Planned Parenthood is the most dangerous organization in America today!
In 1984, I was taken aback by those words. They were uttered by Dr. Bernard Nathanson as I was interviewing him for a documentary on abortion called “A Matter of Choice.” Nathanson once ran the largest abortion facility in the state of New York. After the development of realtime ultrasound imaging, which opened a window to the womb, he became an ardent defender of the preborn.
When Dr. Nathanson, first made that statement, I thought he was some kind of nut! What possibly could be wrong with helping married women plan their families?
At the time, I thought Planned Parenthood was as American as apple pie and as wholesome as, well, motherhood itself. How that image has changed!
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis must now decide if Planned Parenthood is a friend to pregnant women. More specifically, the 8th Circuit will decide if Planned Parenthood has the standing to challenge a 2005 women’s right-to-know law in the state of South Dakota.
What is it that the nation’s largest abortion provider doesn’t want women to know?
Planned Parenthood doesn’t want women to know that an abortion will terminate “the life of a whole separate, unique living human being,” because it hurts the bottom line.
The South Dakota law requires that doctors give this information to women in writing and in person at least two hours before an abortion, along with risks involved in the procedure, including psychological risks, which have been well-documented.
Before any other surgery, a doctor must disclose exactly what is involved in the procedure as well as all known risks. So why does Planned Parenthood spend so much time and money tying up our courts trying to keep women in the dark?
The answer is so obvious it shouldn’t take all 11 jurists to decide this issue, although a lower court temporarily suspended the law and a three-judge panel of the 8th circuit upheld the lower court’s injunction.
Among the oral arguments, heard yesterday, was that this legislation infringes on doctors’ First Amendment rights by requiring them to state the obvious.
The lower court took us back to the dark ages – before realtime ultrasound and fiber optics – when it said that the question of whether a fetus is a human being is “unsettled.” Have those jurists been asleep for three decades?
A mere 12 years after Roe v. Wade, Newsweek magazine authors Kenneth Woodward and Mark Uehling put the issue in perspective in a special report, “American’s Abortion Dilemma.” In the Jan. 14, 1985, issue, they wrote,
In most serious debates, however, it is taken as a biological fact that a fetus is alive, human and unique. …
Although Planned Parenthood technically is a “charitable” organization, that designation is for tax purposes only, for that organization does not meet the traditional definition of the word – unselfish Christian love.
The doctors who work at Planned Parenthood do not do those abortions for free. They are making a killing in this bloody business, as do Planned Parenthood executives. It is money that is driving this lawsuit.
Does Planned Parenthood, which has a vested financial interest in abortion, have standing to represent pregnant women in this case? No reasonable jurist could answer “yes” to that question.
While the number of abortions performed in the U.S. each year has been decreasing, the number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood clinics is on the rise, and many of those abortions are performed on teenagers. A visit to the Planned Parenthood website and teenwire.com will show you why. Its “experts” advise teens on sex and give detailed instructions on how to carry out virtually every sexual activity.
Their “expert” tells one teen who asks “What is promiscuous?” that this word is not really helpful and goes on to say, “Deciding to have sex and deciding how many times we want it and how many sex partners we want is a personal decision.” In other words, in Planned Parenthood’s philosophy, anything goes.
In response to a girl who wants to know if she should tell her mother that she thinks she is ready to have sex, the Planned Parenthood expert writes, “If you’re very concerned that your mother would get upset, you might choose to put off this conversation. …” The website also advises teens on how to get around parental consent laws in order to have abortions.
Studies show that more teens having sex means more teen pregnancies. And, more teen pregnancies mean more abortions for Planned Parenthood.
Now, you can decide if Dr. Nathanson was right.