The abortion industry would have us think that the United States is extreme for its current trend in abortion restrictions at the state level. But in fact, it is our lack of restrictions, compared to the rest of the world, that makes the United States extreme. We are one of only seven nations which allows for elective abortions past 20-weeks and one of only four nations which allows for them up until birth.
How does the abortion industry fit into this? One would be hard-pressed to find any common sense abortion restriction that they would be willing to support.
Planned Parenthood is a world and national leader in abortions, and they, like NARAL Pro-Choice America, oppose abortion regulations. Each year NARAL puts forth an annual report, usually criticizing the fact that many states in the nation have restrictions on abortion. They are also strident in their attacks on pregnancy resource centers, as analyzed by Calvin Freiburger for Live Action News.
Despite the United States being in the extreme minority when it comes to 20-week abortions, both Planned Parenthood and NARAL still oppose such bans. Not surprisingly, both organizations have endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Planned Parenthood even broke precedent to endorse her in the primary season.
Clinton is equally extreme. When asked about late-term abortion by John Dickerson for CBS’s Face the Nation, Clinton wouldn’t fully commit to coming out against third-trimester abortions. “Do you support a federal limit on abortion at any stage of pregnancy?” Dickerson asked her. Her answer at the simple question is telling:
I think that the kind of late-term abortions that take place are because of medical necessity. And, therefore, I would hate to see the government interfering with that decision. I think that, again, this gets back to whether you respect a woman’s right to choose or not. And I think that is what this whole argument once again is about.
“She is publicly signaling to the abortion lobby that she backs abortion on demand and won’t support any restrictions,” Mallory Quigley of Susan B. Anthony’s List said in April about Clinton. And back in January, The Washington Times recognized Clinton’s extreme position with their headline “Hillary Clinton rallies Planned Parenthood vote, fights all restrictions on abortions.”
Groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL have hijacked the abortion debate completely. They claim to speak about women’s issues, now termed ‘women’s health,’ which has been co-opted to mean little more than unfettered abortion access. In opposing all abortion regulations and restrictions, Planned Parenthood and NARAL show their extremism, as their position doesn’t even line up with those who self-identify as pro-choice. According to a January Knights of Columbus/Marist poll, self-identified pro-choicers are in favor of greater restrictions on abortion. The poll results stated:
66% of those who describe themselves as pro-choice say abortion should be allowed, at most, in the first trimester, in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother, or never permitted.
Planned Parenthood may refers to itself as a woman’s health organization, but politics has taken priority. President and CEO Cecile Richards has no medical background, but has been plenty busy in the political realm. Planned Parenthood has a very active political arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which also receives taxpayer dollars, as members of Congress noted during their investigation of the abortion giant. And that action fund is fighting against laws restricting abortions — laws passed by legislatures elected by the people — and also funding candidates who will oppose such laws.
The bottom line is that the abortion industry, especially groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL, have attempted to fool the country into thinking the United States is extreme in its attempts to limit or restrict abortion. In reality, it’s just the opposite. Defunding Planned Parenthood and rerouting that money to federally qualified health centers, as well as educating the public on abortion, could go a long way toward helping our country to protect the preborn.