As usual, Planned Parenthood and NARAL close their eyes to pro-life women. So much so, this time, that they pretend these women don’t even exist.
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act has been debated all over the media these last few days. And not because Americans actually debate whether we ought to help trafficked women and girls. No, the Trafficking Act has been debated because Democrats decided to oppose it late in the game because the Hyde Amendment – which prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions – was included.
The Hyde Amendment was included from the very beginning, but perhaps Democrats failed to read the actual wording of the legislation. Or, maybe they decided to change course when Planned Parenthood and their cronies started yelling about the proposed law.
Adam Peters wrote for Live Action yesterday about exactly how Planned Parenthood handles victims of human trafficking. (Note: It doesn’t help them with “legal” abortions, despite its claims to the contrary. Instead the abortion giant is content to help pimps secure forced abortions for the women they victimize.)
So instead of looking past a pro-life provision that is a normal part of federal legislation, Planned Parenthood and NARAL decided to come against a law that would help trafficking victims. And, in the process, they are blaming pro-life men and pretending pro-life women don’t even exist.
On March 12, Planned Parenthood retweeted a NARAL tweet, claiming that “only men are supporting #antichoice restrictions in a #humantrafficking bill.”
Wait a second, here. Only men?
Are Planned Parenthood and NARAL really claiming that Senator Joni Ernst – who spoke out in support of the pro-life provision in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act that same day at a press conference – is a man?
Are they so desperate to pretend there is no such thing as a pro-life woman? Or even a woman who could support basic, popular pro-life legislation like this? So desperate, in fact, that they hide their eyes from Senators Amy Klobuchar, Dianne Feinstein, Deb Fischer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Heidi Heitkamp, Susan Collins, Kelly Ayotte, Shelley Moore Capito – all women who cosponsored this bill?
According to Congress.gov – an official government website – only one woman took her name off the bill as cosponsor: Senator Barbara Boxer.
So despite Planned Parenthood and NARAL’s insistence that “only men” support the pro-life provision in the Act, basic facts prove them wrong. Of course, when you’re in the business of killing, what’s a little lie? And while some of the Democrats are claiming they weren’t aware the Hyde Amendment was included, Senator John Cornyn – head sponsor of the Act – explains it well:
“You can imagine my surprise when — I think it was yesterday that I got calls, letters, heard speeches that people were surprised, shocked that this provision was in the legislation, when of course it was filed in January, I think January the 13th, and made public to the world,” said Cornyn. “If anybody thought it was hidden, it was hidden in plain sight to anybody who cared to read it. And to me what was so surprising about some of the reaction is that this… maintains the status quo. This doesn’t change anything.”
So even though including a prohibition on using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion is status quo, Planned Parenthood has decided to pick a fight, pretending to stand up for victims of trafficking. Too bad for them that they’ve already been caught on tape helping traffickers victimize underage girls.
It’s time for Planned Parenthood to stop all the pretending. Stop pretending they couldn’t read the bill for themselves. Stop pretending they care about victims of trafficking. And stop pretending that pro-life women – or women who support even the basic, most commonsense pro-life measures – don’t exist.
But I guess, in the end, if it’s so easy for Planned Parenthood to erase the lives of millions of preborn children through abortion, it must not be that difficult to erase the votes, sponsorship, and press conferences of nine women who took a basic pro-life stand.
LifeNews Note: Kristi Burton Brown is a pro-life attorney, volunteering for Life Legal Defense Foundation and as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom. She is also a stay-at-home mom and an assistant editor for Live Action News. This column originally appeared at Live Action News and is reprinted with permission.