70 Days of Life: Is there a War on Women?
Over the weekend the Democrats once more said they will continue their “War on Women” rhetoric with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz vowing to continue the mantra. I think this might be the first time Rep. Wasserman Schultz and I agree on something. There is a War on Women – what we disagree on is who is waging it.
In truth it has been the pro-life side, regardless of party, that has repeatedly stood up for the woman when it comes to her safety in relation to abortion – be it offering alternatives through pregnancy care centers, offering counseling like with Project Rachel Ministry, helping to expose the inhumanity of abortion giant Planned Parenthood (who is at the forefront of the gender war) like Live Action has with their expose videos or in trying to ensure that the facilities that perform abortions meet at least minimal health care requirements. The pro-abortion caucus for years have fought against pregnancy care centers that hope to give women options other than death they have fought against parental notification bills in cases of abortion, they have fought against the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act that seeks to protect infants born alive after a failed abortion (our current President fought against a similar bill at the state level) and they have fought against the partial birth abortion ban.
Those who claim the right is conducting this war on women are the same people who oppose legislation that would protect taxpayers of both sexes from having to pay for the brutality of abortion (a “procedure” that kills unborn female babies as well as unborn male babies.)
Abortion, and Abortionists, Targets Women
Abortion is a procedure that in many countries primarily kills girls. In 2005, 90 million women were estimated to be “missing” in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, South Korea and Taiwan alone, due to sex-selective abortion. The practice occurs in not only countries like India and China but in the U.S. as well.
One Planned Parenthood worker when asked about sex selection abortions stated “I can tell you that here at Planned Parenthood we believe that it’s not up to us to decide what is a good or a bad reason for somebody to decide to terminate a pregnancy.” This is no fluke as abortion-giant Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is opposed to a ban on sex-selective abortions on the grounds that it would “limit [a woman’s] choices as she makes personal medical decisions.”
President Obama has repeatedly vowed to stand by abortion giant Planned Parenthood, and he has repeatedly kept that vow. Even once threatening to cut off funding for poor women and children in Texas unless taxpayer funding to the abortion organization was restored.
Commodification and Sex-Trafficking
Planned Parenthood has been caught once again in possible complicity with crimes – this time related to child prostitution. Planned Parenthood has apparently fired the offending worker; however they have shown they cannot be trusted to police themselves. This is hardly a surprise. Years ago while working with Rep. Joe Pitts’ (R-Penn.) office on making sure that taxpayer funds that are supposed to be fighting diseases in Africa don’t instead go to groups that promote or support prostitution it was the pro-abortion folks who fought against that provision – eventually taking the issue to court.
Planned Parenthood also has a long history of covering up statutory rape. Yet still that doesn’t threaten the hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies they get.
Additionally one of the largest relief agencies for women who are being trafficked is the U.S. Catholic Church, yet the Obama Administration took away a government grant because the Catholic Church refuses to promote abortion. So the Obama folks put fealty to the cause of abortion above helping women out of forced prostitution and slavery.
Safety Regulations for Abortion Facilities
Planned Parenthood has done more than anyone to make sure abortion facilities are less safe and regulated then beauty parlors. Despite proof that human monsters like Kermit Gosnell are far from being an aberration. Here is an excerpt from the grand jury report describing in detail Kermit Gosnell’s crimes which explicitly states that the tragedy in this man’s abortuary could have been avoided if someone had simply spoke out:
This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.
If Democrats truly were the “Party of Women” then they should be consistent when they think they see their rights trampled, however it is the policies of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her pro-abortion allies that have created the Kermit Gosnell’s of the world.
If Speaker Pelosi wants further proof that her party is the party of Kermit Gosnell she merely needs to look within her own caucus (via Creative Minority Report):
Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania is one of the fastest rising stars in the Democrat Party, taking on a recently announced leadership role at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Schwartz, a four-term suburban Philadelphia congresswoman, is taking on the position left vacant by Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who was just tapped to chair the Democratic National Committee.
One fact that has gone unmentioned in all the media reports trumpeting Schwartz’s as
cendancy is that Allyson Schwartz, besides having a perfect pro-abortion record in Congress, co-founded and acted as Executive Director of an abortion clinic in Philadelphia for 13 years (1975-1988). The clinic was called the Elizabeth Blackwell Center which is ironic because Blackwell, the first female physician in the U.S., was pro-life.
The clinic was not without its troubles. The Philadelphia Daily News quoted a call from a Republican candidate that detailed an assortment of lawsuits against the clinic:
“18 lawsuits have been filed against Miss Allyson Schwartz’s clinic, including assault, battery, negligence, perforated bowels and uteruses,” the woman said, “and even abortions performed without consent of her patients.
In 2002, the Blackwell clinic declared bankruptcy due to diminished demand for abortion and stiff competition in the area. In its last year, the center still performed about 1,500 abortions. According to the Daily News, the center derived its largest share of revenue from abortions.
You want to know the difference between Kermit Gosnell and one of those abortionists Nancy Pelosi seeks to protect over the cause and life of women? So do I .
Pregnancy Care Centers
On the pro-life side courageous men and women have stepped up to be able to offer alternatives to the killing of a child. They have one agenda and it is not a political one. All they care about is the mother and her child. In reward those who would claim the mantra of helping women seek to close them down. In jurisdictions like Baltimore or Washington State laws are passed to unfairly target pregnancy care centers. In a state like New York former Governor Elliot Spitzer (D) (who somehow is still seen as a champion of women despite his exploitation and abuse of them) built a legacy on fighting pro-lifers. Now New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has pledged to continue the lawsuit against pro-life crisis pregnancy centers – for he considers them as “sham” clinics and since they don’t offer abortion are not to be considered giving “legitimate health care.”
Last year those toiling under the War on Women banner fought against ultrasound procedures being part of a women’s choice to have an abortion or not. Among those opposing was abortion-giant Planned Parenthood, which must have surprised a number of Planned Parenthood technicians since “a 2003 study shows 99% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities do them before [a surgical abortion].”
All of these are just a few examples. Look how even as far back as the Clinton Administration dangerous abortifacients were politicized at the FDA and the Presidents long stream of nominations of people who believe abortion “rights” are more important than women’s health (one example here). Add in how his fiscal policy has put women business owners out of work and the bias against mothers prevalent within the liberal movement and you have to admit there is a war on women, and its Generals are Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Deborah Wasserman Shultz and Planned Parenthood.