Planned Parenthood Congratulates Itself for Opposing Anti-Forced Abortion Policy

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Congratulates Itself for Opposing Anti-Forced Abortion Policy

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 13
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Planned Parenthood has been one of the foremost opponents of a Bush administration proposal to enforce existing laws protecting doctors and nurses from involvement in abortions against their conscience. The abortion business sent a note to is supporters congratulating them for lobbying against it.

Last week, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards called on abortion advocates to contact Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and leave comments on his blog opposing the policy.

"The flood of comments to Sec. Leavitt’s blog forced him to acknowledge the secret rule the Bush administration is considering — the first time any administration official has addressed the issue," she wrote.

"In his latest blog post, Sec. Leavitt admits that the pressure from Planned Parenthood supporters like you made it impossible for him to continue to ignore the controversy," Richards added.

Richards’ email ignores the sarcasm in a blog response Secretary Leavitt posted.

"I’m delighted to announce that, with the help of Planned Parenthood, my blog — for the first time — received more visits than my teenage son’s MySpace page," he said.

Planned parenthood also ignored how a high percentage of the emails and posts abortion advocates left on the blog were profane or contained threats.

Leavitt said 25 of the pro-abortion responses to the policy "contained what the reviewers described to me as ‘profane language or personal attacks on your body parts, religion or family.’"

Leavitt spent the rest of his post addressing the disagreement Planned Parenthood has with the Bush administration over forcing doctors, hospitals and medical staff to do abortions.

He said that, according to the ideology of groups like Planned Parenthood, "if a person goes to medical school they lose their right of conscience. Freedom of expression and action is surrendered with the issuance of a medical degree."

Leavitt said the disagreement goes further because abortion advocates have tried to get organization that offer accreditation for doctors to revoke that if they do not perform abortions or refer form them.

"It is currently a violation of three separate federal laws to compel medical practitioners to perform a procedure that violates their conscience," he explained.

"Obviously, some disagree with the federal law and would have it otherwise, so they have begun using the accreditation standards of physician professional organizations to define the exercise of conscience unprofessional and thereby make doctors choose between their capacity to practice in good standing and their right of conscience," he explained.

Leavitt summarizes the debate this way: "This is about the right of a doctor to not participate if he or she chooses for reasons they consider a matter of conscience."

"If the Department of Health and Human Services issues a regulation on this matter, it will aim at one thing, protecting the right of conscience of those who practice medicine. From what I’ve read the last few days, there’s a serious need for it."


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