Planned Parenthood: Roe Dying, Sex-Selection Abortions OK

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 26, 2012   |   1:47PM   |   Washington, DC

As Americans marked 39 years of virtually unlimited abortions under Roe v. Wade this past weekend, various Planned Parenthood leaders and officials participated in interviews and some of their frank comments are startling.

Angie Murie, executive director of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region in Canada, was recently quoted in a National Post article claiming she opposed sex-selection abortions but essentially admitting that women should be able to have abortions for just about any reason.

“I wrestle with gender-based abortion more than any other reason [a person might give for choosing to have an abortion,]” she said. “From a macro perspective, I don’t think it’s a very good idea for us to be eliminating women. But if you look at it at the individual level, which is what we do, I don’t have any right to say that one person’s reason is better or worse than another’s.”

Next, Casey Martin, a man who is the Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes director, admitted the “sky is falling” on Roe.

“I’m sorry to say that the sky is falling on Roe v Wade. It’s been falling incrementally for the past four decades, and it fell further, faster, in 2011 than in any year before,” he said.

While Planned Parenthood likes to tout itself as some sort of health agency that has virtually nothing to do with abortion, he admitted the abortion business is the leading pro-abortion voice.

“First, the idea that the pro-choice community – whose most visible proponent is Planned Parenthood,” he said.

That caused David Schmidt of Live Action to respond that Martin is confirming what pro-life people have said all along.

“Some (usually abortion advocates) question why pro-life advocates spend so much of their focus on Planned Parenthood which they describe as just another health care provider. The fact is that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in the United States as confirmed by their own annual report showing over 325,000 termination procedures,” he said. “So there you have. Planned Parenthood admitting that they are the most visible proponent against the right to life and for the choice to terminate one’s child. Who made Planned Parenthood associated so strongly with abortion and against the right to life? They did and defenders should see that even they admit it.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood affiliate chairman Richard Solomon wrote a piece filled with false stereotypes and accusations about pro-life people:  “The fight, then, isn’t really about abortion. It’s about controlling the sexuality of poor and middle-class women by punishing them if they dare to be sexually active and find themselves with an unintended pregnancy.”

“Why is Planned Parenthood losing public support and funding? Well, instead of making a logical case for their receipt of taxpayer money, they are choosing to engage in a despicable attack on right-to-life advocates,” Live Action responded.

“The reason why we speak up for the unborn children and want to defund Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the U.S. is because we want to control the sexuality of poor people? Are you kidding me? If this is the great argument that they choose to yield against us then they are in a lot of trouble,” it continued. “Planned Parenthood refuses to debate the justification of the actual act of abortion because they know they would lose. Instead they try to win with underhanded attacks on the motives and character of their opponents. It is despicable and dishonest tactic.”