“The past year might have been the worst for abortion rights in America since Roe v. Wade was decided 42 years ago.”
Slate begins the list of lamentations with what they termed the “propaganda coup” of the videos from the Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood clinics and National Abortion Federation conventions were infiltrated to collect direct testimony from abortionists about methods used for fetal tissue-harvesting. (see recap video below)
PLANNED PARENTHOOD IMAGE DAMAGED
Planned Parenthood’s mantra on those embarrassing videos –echoed faithfully by the mainstream media– is that the hidden camera videos were “selectively edited,” but two forensic examinations found that to be false. As The Federalist reported, both forensic reports, including one commissioned by Planned Parenthood, “assert that there is no dubbing or alteration to the audio and no evidence of misrepresentative editing.”
The CMP videos, that were released beginning in July, have resulted in five separate congressional investigations and a newly announced lawsuit from Planned Parenthood against CMP for racketeering, trespassing and secret taping.(see here)
At the outset, Planned Parenthood head, Cecile Richards, apologized for the tone and statements in the videos and then testified at length to Congress, revealing that
- 86 % of Planned Parenthood’s revenue (outside of federal funds) comes from abortions;
- no PP facility offers mammograms, nor do they even have the equipment;
- the “non-profit” PPFA in 2014 made $127 million in excess revenue after expenses (what normal people call a “profit.”)
PRO-LIFE POLITICIANS EMBOLDENED
Slate complained that, “Support for abortion bans without exceptions for rape or incest became the normative position among Republican presidential candidates. [Note: Kansas has no rape/incest exceptions in state abortion restrictions.]
It is true –and a welcome development– that this year’s GOP presidential primary debates have revealed a new vigor for deploring abortion and calling for the end of tax support for the nation’s abortion giant, Planned Parenthood. Political courage is infectious; the U.S. Senate defunded Planned Parenthood for the first time ever, although President Obama vetoed the measure.
That the public responded positively to these events is an understatement.
But pro-abortionists want to convince themselves otherwise, and quote the reasoning of the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, “We are experiencing the culmination of a decades-long strategy by anti-choice extremists…The far-right takeover of the GOP, a project that’s been underway for more than 40 years, is complete.”
This “take-over” is in reality a reflection of the growing self-identification of Americans as pro-life.
Indeed, 2015 was a milestone year for Republican control of state legislatures, (see chart) with the party dominating both houses in 30 states, the highest number since at least 1978. Republicans used their electoral strength to pass more than 50 state pro-life laws.
DISMEMBERMENT BAN NOTED
The story makes only an indirect referral to the historic “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act” passed in Kansas and Oklahoma in April. A long-time abortion advocate asserts, “What we’re witnessing is the culmination of a kind of group defamation against women who have abortions as people who kill and dismember unborn children.”
Wow, that’s a whopper!
Supporters of the dismemberment ban have only excoriated abortionists and their businesses, not women.
In fact, most women who have obtained dismemberment abortions were never told that the abortionist used sharp tools to painfully pull apart their still-alive unborn child until he/she bled to death! They most often just see a reference to “removing the pregnancy.”
Slate concludes, “2015 has been a lesson in how the once unthinkable becomes the new normal—and it’s happened with a Democrat in the White House. If a Republican wins the presidency next year, we will likely see 2015 as an entirely different sort of inflection point. Just because things are as bad as they’ve been in 40 years doesn’t mean they can’t get worse.”
From our perspective, the lives of unborn children are depending on us to insure the abortion industry in 2016 has another bad year.