Abortion Advocates Gripe and Moan: Pro-Life Advocates Watering Down Roe

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 22, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Advocates Gripe and Moan: Pro-Life Advocates Watering Down Roe

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 22
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocacy groups had little good to say on the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that has produced more than 52 million abortions. They complained about how pro-life advocates have spent three decades doing everything possible to water down abortion until it can be ended.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards led the griping and moaning about pro-life advocates and their feverish efforts to protect as many women and children as possible.

"Thirty-seven years ago today, the Roe v. Wade decision solidified the right to choose for American women," she said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.

"However, a women’s right to make personal health care decisions is under continuous assault by anti-choice organizations and individuals."

She called pro-life educational and legislative efforts to reduce abortions "harassment and intimidation tactics" that "deter women from seeking health care and doctors from providing it."

Examples of those? Richards cited efforts to help women get abortion counseling, "mandatory waiting periods and targeted restrictions on abortion."

"As we have for more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood remains steadfastly committed to … fighting efforts to" reduce abortions, she said.

Ellen Malcolm, the president of Emily’s List, tried to turn complaints into political action.

"This week marks the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and it’s a great reminder of why we work so hard," she wrote her supporters in an email LifeNews.com obtained.

"With the right to choose under attack over and over, we know we need to fight for every pro-choice vote. And the results of this week’s Massachusetts Senate race remind us how tough that work can be," she added.

Malcom admitted tough days may be on the horizon for pro-abortion stalwarts.

"There’s a lot of talk in the news right now about the daunting challenges Democrats will face as the election cycle heats up," she said.

"There’s no question: The 2010 elections will be among the most difficult we’ve ever faced. As we saw in Massachusetts this week, the Tea Party activists are energized, independents are surging to the right, and the Republican Party is primed," she said. "At EMILY’s List, we are not waiting for what we all know is coming in November — we’re preparing now to fight back."

"We need to act — and act now," she said.

And Nancy Keenan over at NARAL called her supporters to do more to fund abortions in healthcare.

She said "anti-choice activists are rallying around Rep. Bart Stupak who has said that he will stop at nothing to block the final health-reform package if it doesn’t include his ban on abortion coverage. We must triumph over divisive anti-choice politics and protect women’s health."

"As this crucial fight goes down to the wire, don’t let anti-choice extremists get away with using this historic legislation to roll back" abortion funding, she said.

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