by Steven Ertelt
September 28, 2005
Little Rock, AR (LifeNews.com) — After Hurricane Katrina shattered the lives of millions of people in the South, abortion advocates offered them morning after pills and free abortions instead of food, shelter or money to rebuild. Now, that Hurricane Rita has struck, an Arkansas abortion facility says it will again perform free abortions.
Jerry Edwards, the director of the Little Rock Family Planning abortion business, says he’s already performed six free abortions and is ready do to more. In fact, Edwards claims the abortions are needed to protect the health of women who were victimized by the hurricanes.
"If we didn’t provide it now, they would get it later — a late-term abortion that would give greater risk to the mother’s health," he told Little Rock television station KTHV.
Edwards operates the only abortion business in central Arkansas and, when called by the Associated Press for further comment, a staff person named Lori said Edwards had gone out of town but confirmed he was still offering free abortions.
Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, told AP that Edwards’ offer was "insensitive" to the victims of the hurricanes and said he is further traumatizing women by abortions that can cause extreme physical and psychological damage.
"This just adds to the devastation these women already have in their lives," Mimms told The Associated Press. "Some have lost family members. They all have lost property for sure. Taking the lives of unborn children who are survivors of the hurricane is the wrong response."
Mimms said Arkansas Right to Life is doing what millions of other Americans are doing, by finding ways to help the people affected by the storms. Her group has started Operation Baby Box which packages together diapers, baby clothes, and other supplies for mothers and infants who may have lost all of their possessions.
Marvin Schwartz, spokesman for Arkansas-Oklahoma Planned Parenthood, defended Edwards’ free abortions, which would normally cost women about $550.
"Doctor Edwards is doing a humanitarian relief service in his field. Whether you are a homebuilder or a transportation provider, he is among those providing an important function and I commend him for doing so," he told AP.
Planned Parenthood came under fire shortly after Hurricane Katrina for using the disaster to raise funds for itself. In an online appeal to its members to give money to support hurricane victims, it admitted the money would only be used to rebuild its abortion businesses that had been damaged.
Related web sites:
Arkansas Right to Life – https://www.artl.org