NARAL Gives Nation a “D” on Protecting “Right” to Abortion

National   |   Dave Andrusko   |   Jan 18, 2013   |   11:53AM   |   Washington, DC

It’s helpful, even if their perspective is skewed and the numbers inflated, to get NARAL Pro-Choice America’s annual evaluation of the state of the abortion landscape.

The 22nd edition of “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States,” we’re told, “shows a mix of progress and setbacks for women’s reproductive freedom across the country.”

NARAL (and the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation) always assigns a letter grade, usual D-. This year the nation moved up in NARAL’s eyes: it earned a D.

That, in spite of 2012 being “another record year of anti-choice attacks.” NARAL’s tally of legislation (proposed and passed) differs from National Right to Life for a host of reasons, but both agree 2011 and 2012 were excellent years for the Movement in many state legislatures.

“Each of these measures interferes with a woman’s right to make her own private, personal decisions about her reproductive health,” NARAL says. “And state governments continue to be dominated by anti-choice politicians, which likely means the trend of legislative attacks on reproductive freedom will continue in the year ahead.” Really?

Let’s look at a few of NARAL’s findings and then explain what they really were about:

At the state level, “the most prominent trends were: bans on abortion care after 20 weeks; laws prohibiting abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges; and laws that prohibit state funds from going to Planned Parenthood or to any health center that provides abortion services.”

“Abortion care” after 20 weeks? Oh, they mean legislation to say you can’t crush the heads and sever the arms of unborn babies mature enough to feel pain.

*Under ObamaCare health insurance plans offering abortion coverage are allowed to participate in a state’s exchange and to receive federal subsidies unless the State legislature affirmatively opts-out of allowing plans that cover abortion (or unless a state already has a law preventing health insurance in the state from covering elective abortions, except by a separate rider.) Specific language in the Obama health care law authorizes the states to ban abortion in the exchanges. 17 states have done so. NARAL Pro-Choice is not so hot on choice when state legislatures exercise their choice to opt-out.

*Some states are prioritizing full service health providers as recipients of their family planning or preventative care dollars rather than the money going to abortion clinics or their affiliates.

Additional paragraphs follow mischaracterizing pro-life (“anti-choice) bills as a way of portraying the abortion industry as under siege. For example, there are “burdensome requirements on abortion providers,” according to NARAL. Abortion clinics can self-regulate, they assure us.

They seem never to have heard of abortionists such as Kermit Gosnell, who will go on trial on eight counts of murder, or Robert Alexander, whose pit of an abortion clinic was just shut down by Muskegon, Michigan, authorities.



It will be the job of pro-lifers in the state to keep the pressure on. That’s never easy and even more so given the success of pro-abortionists in turning even the most routine, commonsense regulations into a “war on women.”

But that’s okay. No one ever said it would be easy. Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in his Natioanl Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.