The U.S. Senate held a hearing today on the Women’s Health Protection Act – a pretty-sounding name for an awful bill that would roll back years of pro-life laws that sought to save the lives of preborn children and protect their mothers.
Abortion advocates and Planned Parenthood have reason to be worried about the business of abortion in this country: in 2013 alone, 22 states enacted a total of 70 restrictions on abortion, which is the second highest number of abortion restrictions to become law in a single year. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortions – their business model will suffer if more women don’t get abortions every year.
The name of the bill is disingenuous to the actual protection of women’s health. By rolling back common sense laws like waiting periods, ultrasounds before abortion, and admitting privileges for abortionists, women’s health is put at risk. Why would a woman choose to go to an abortion doctor without knowing that he had admitting privileges to nearby hospitals in case anything goes wrong? And they do go wrong.
Last year a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher died at the hands of LeRoy Carhardt in Maryland when she went for a late-term abortion of her 33-week-old baby. In 2012, a young woman died from a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood in Chicago – the autopsy showed the injuries were survivable if she had gotten proper medical attention.
Why wouldn’t an abortion facility be subject to the same medical standards as other outpatient facilities? These laws are enacted precisely to protect women from “house of horrors” situations like those of Kermit Gosnell, who did unspeakable horrors to not only the babies he killed after botched abortions but to the women themselves who came to him.
If pro-choice legislators truly wanted to protect women, they would fight to make sure abortion facilities and the abortionists are up to all medical standards that other facilities would normally have to meet to be compliant as surgical centers.
The abortion advocates in the Senate pushing this bill are just that – advocates of abortion. They don’t care about women’s health but are under the thumb of groups like Planned Parenthood who need abortion to be completely unrestricted so they can meet and exceed their bottom lines. It was recently reported that Planned Parenthood has abortion quotas that its affiliates are required to meet each year – they even gave out an award in Colorado for a Planned Parenthood facility that surpassed their quota. With more and more abortion restrictions being passed around the country, will Planned Parenthood make their abortion quotas, which essentially put a value on each woman and the little life that is exterminated? Hopefully not.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who introduced the bill last November, said that “A new federal law is necessary to stop anti-choice legislators from using women’s health and safety as a ploy to enact unconscionable and unconstitutional state statutes that obstruct and block women from essential healthcare.”
Firstly, abortion is not “essential healthcare” nor is it healthcare at all. Secondly, Sen. Blumenthal and other proponents of this bill are using the same scare tactics they use whenever they need to exacerbate the so-called war on women. By plainly making up statements about abortion access, the Left isn’t helping themselves. Lastly, the regulations that passed in most states are common sense rules, like waiting periods and ultrasounds, which are favored by a majority of Americans. It’s the least the abortion industry can do for women. To say that these laws harm women’s health is ludicrous.