April 23, 2014

The Center for Reproductive Rights makes Obama look conservative

Irony.

One minute a federal judge is telling the Food and Drug Administration that it has to allow Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, to be sold over-the-counter to women as young as 15, and in the next, the Obama Administration is appealing the ruling, arguing the contraceptive is too untested to be allowed to teens without a prescription.

Again, this is Obama’s Justice Department were talking about here, not George W. Bush’s. It almost makes my head spin.

Predictably, it doesn’t score points with the far left. Quoting from the Washington Post:

“We are deeply disappointed that just days after President Obama proclaimed his commitment to women’s reproductive rights, his administration has decided once again to deprive women of their right to obtain emergency contraception without unjustified and burdensome restrictions,” Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup, [...], said in a statement.

Odd name, that: Center for Reproductive Rights. There’s not a lot on their site about the promotion of “reproductive” rights, actually. Most of it’s all about the “termination” of any kind of reproduction. In fact, in their list of issues, “Safe & Healthy Pregnancy” is the fifty of seven issues, and the only one that actually leads to anything “reproductive.” Even there, though, they argue that life begins at birth, spinning the abortion debate by claiming that there is a “emerging trend to extend a right to life before birth, and in particular from conception.” Never mind that science shows that babies in utero experience the whole range of emotions that while still in the womb…heck, I got that from Wikipedia. I don’t need “international human rights consensus” to define life for me.

These people should call themselves the Center for Abortion Rights. At least it would be accurate, even if no less malicious.

But I digress. The point is, these people and I disagree on the point when a woman’s right to choose to give birth begins and ends–and that point is when she chooses to engage in consensual sexual relations (as I have argued before). These people–cut from the same selfish cloth as the abortionists at Planned Parenthood who would be glad to allow the “termination” of the lives of babies that survive an abortion (and that’s on the record, folks. You can watch the video below)–want an unrestricted right to end any kind of “reproduction.”

And that includes allowing teens to get hands on insufficiently tested drugs without consulting a physician. You know it’s worth taking a look at when the most liberal administration in two decades is concerned about the potential effect the drug will have on teens.


Planned Parenthood on what should happen when a baby is born alive after a botched abortion.

“So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief,” said Rep. Jim Boyd. “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”

“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” said Planned Parenthood lobbyist Snow.

Rep. Daniel Davis then asked Snow, “What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving. What do your physicians do at that point?”

“I do not have that information,” Snow replied. “I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information.”

Rep. Jose Oliva followed up, asking the Planned Parenthood official, “You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?”

Again, Snow replied, “That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider.”

About Daniel Burton

Daniel Burton lives in Salt Lake County, Utah, where he practices law by day and everything else by night. You can follow him on his blog PubliusOnline.com where he muses on politics, the law, books and ideas. He is active on social media, Republican politics, and has been named to PoliticIt’s list of the “Top-50 Utah Political Opinion Leaders” on Twitter. You can reach him directly at dan.burton@gmail.com

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