Planned Parenthood Targets Legislators in Top Pro-Life States

National   |   Maria Vitale Gallagher   |   Jul 10, 2012   |   1:37PM   |   Harris

I recall during the first days of the Obama Administration, the prospects for the pro-life cause in America appeared to be particularly bleak. President Obama released a statement restating his support for Roe v. Wade, the tragic U.S. Supreme Court ruling which brought us abortion on demand for any reason during all nine months of pregnancy. He followed that up by overturning the Mexico City Policy, clearing the way to force U.S. taxpayers to support organizations that promote or perform abortions overseas.

And the hits at the federal level just kept on coming.

But then, a curious thing happened: pro-life legislation caught fire in the states. Mainstream news outlets wondered how all these pro-life bills were being passed.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund—obviously no supporter of these efforts—is chronicling what it calls a “dramatic surge of legislation” and the “most aggressive legislative attacks” it has faced in a generation.

I am happy to report that my home state, Pennsylvania, tops the list of states the abortion giant is watching.

The Keystone State passed legislation last year which requires that abortion facilities be subject to the safety standards that govern ambulatory surgical facilities. Unannounced inspections of abortion centers by state health officials are now a matter of law. The legislation grew out of the massive tragedy in West Philadelphia, where abortionist Kermit Gosnell is charged with the murders of seven newborn babies and one female patient. The case pointed out the dangers that women face when pro-abortion Governors turn a blind eye toward regulating abortion facilities. Thankfully, under pro-life Governor Tom Corbett, abortion centers finally are being held accountable.

Pennsylvania is also considering legislation which would allow the state to opt out of abortion funding under so-called health care reform—a position supported by a majority of Americans, according to national polling data.

Other states on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund watch list include Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Planned Parenthood fears ultrasound legislation, and it’s no wonder—when women actually get a chance to see the image of their unborn child, it’s bad for business. State lawmakers also have the nerve to say that taxpayer money should not support an organization that has been investigated for everything from Medicaid fraud to sex abuse cover-up allegations.



If you go to , you’ll find the big pink eye of Planned Parenthood staring out at you. But now, there are plenty of legislators in the states keeping an eye on Planned Parenthood. And, in state after state, they don’t like what they’re seeing.