Excited by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn abortion clinic regulations in Texas, abortion counselor Charlotte Taft penned an essay this week describing her hopes for the future of abortion in America.
Writing for the pro-abortion web site Rewire, Taft called for an “abortion renaissance” to overturn even more abortion regulations, force taxpayers to fund abortions and put an abortion clinic within an hour’s drive of every woman in the U.S.
Many abortion activists like Taft have been rejoicing after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the Texas law in June. The law protected women’s health, saved the lives of thousands of unborn children and closed abortion clinics that could not ensure adequate health and safety protections for women. However, the liberal justices struck down the law and sided with abortion activists who argued that the law was an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion.
Fueled by the ruling, abortion activists are challenging even more pro-life laws, hoping to make abortion free (through taxpayer dollars) and readily available to any woman for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.
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Abortion providers can finally begin to turn our attention from the idiocy and frustration of dealing with legislation whose only intention is to prevent all legal abortion. We can apply our energy and creativity fully to the work we love and the people we serve.
We’ve been under attack and hanging by a thread for so long—with our financial, emotional, and psychic energies drained by relentless, unconstitutional anti-abortion legislation—it’s been almost impossible to create and carry out our highest vision of abortion care.
In Taft’s pro-abortion utopia, the “highest vision of abortion care” means no regulations or oversight whatsoever of abortion facilities, no requirements that women receive accurate information about abortion risks and alternatives, no laws ensuring that women are allowed to see an ultrasound of their unborn child, no restrictions on dangerous webcam abortions where women never see a doctor in person, and no waiting periods to protect women from being rushed into an abortion.
“The Renaissance involves raising an even more powerful voice against these regulations, and being firm in our unwillingness to spend taxpayer dollars harming women” by passing pro-life laws, Taft wrote.
But she does want to spend more taxpayer dollars on abortions. Overturning the Hyde Amendment and forcing taxpayers to fund abortions has become one of abortion activists’ top priorities, and pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to help them accomplish it.
The Hyde Amendment protects taxpayer dollars from directly paying for most abortions. Upheld by the Supreme Court, the Hyde Amendment is now a target of abortion advocates who have moved from pro-choice to pro-abortion — forcing Americans not only to accept unlimited abortions before birth but also to pay for them.
To Taft, however, Hyde “represents an undue burden because it places additional risk on poor women who can’t access care as early as women with resources.”
Taft took an even more radical turn when she essentially argued that, when taxpayer funding isn’t available, men should be forced to pay for the abortion of their unborn child:
Since patients bear 100 percent of the medical risk and physical experience of pregnancy, and the lioness’ share of the emotional experience, it makes sense to me that the partner involved be responsible for 100 percent of the cost of an abortion. And why not codify this into law, just as paternal responsibilities have been? Perhaps such laws, coupled with new technology to make DNA testing as quick and inexpensive as pregnancy testing, would shift the balance of responsibility so that men would be responsible for paying abortion fees, and exercise care as to when and where they release their sperm!
Taft’s description of her abortion “renaissance” exposes just how radical the abortion industry is. Abortions, by pro-abortion groups’ own admission, already are common in the U.S. More than 1.1 million abortions occur every year in America. And the U.S. has some of the most permissive abortion laws in the world; only a handful of other countries, including China and North Korea, also allow elective abortions for basically any reason after 20 weeks.
Abortion activists are not hiding behind the deceptive rhetoric that abortion should be safe, legal and rare anymore. It is becoming increasingly clear that they do not care about women’s health and safety as much as they care about readily available, taxpayer funded abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.