On the pro-life blogs….
On August 24, 2006, the FDA made the morning-after pill available without a prescription to any adult (read: men, too) over 18.
In December 2003, on behalf of Concerned Women for America, I testified before an FDA committee against making the MAP available over-the-counter. My focus was on the danger to underage girls.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary, Christina Page at RH Reality Check wrote:
[H]ere’s a retrospective of the arguments and forebodings the religious right made to influence the FDA’s decision and mislead the public. Enjoy.
And wouldn’t you know, one of my quotes made her list. I’m flattered. Here ’tis:
I was pleasantly surprised news organizations covering the Aurora Planned Parenthood protest Saturday approximated our numbers accurately, calling it “huge” even. Good photo in the Daily Herald.
But there were other signs of bias. Sometimes it is subtle, but it’s usually there.
… Efforts to shutter the clinic continued with an abortion protest Aug. 16 that drew 400 abortion opponents… and a few dozen abortion-rights proponents….
Why are we “abortion opponents” and they “abortion-rights proponents”? The word “rights” codifies their position….
The pro-life protest against Planned Parenthood Aurora was scheduled for Saturday, August 25, at 9:00a.
But to ensure that constitutional freedom, Pro-Life Action League had to file a federal lawsuit against the City of Aurora and only got an emergency hearing Friday at 4:00p.
I spoke with PLAL’s attorney, Tom Brejcha of Chicago’s Thomas More Law Center, this morning.
Tom said they filed the lawsuit against Aurora ordinances that are clearly unconstitutional and subjectively enforced. There are two contentions….
The headline of this August 26 CNN story triggered the first gag: “Obama invokes Bible in NOLA.” Then came the article:
“Getting ready to talk to you today, I recall what Jesus said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount,” Obama said at New Orleans’ First Emmanuel Baptist Church. “He said, whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock.”
“The rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. But it did not fall, because it was founded on the rock,” he continued….
From the Chicago Tribune, July 27, 2007:
Neighbors who drive by the bustling construction site in Aurora think they are seeing the completion of the “Gemini Health Center,” just as the sign says….
But in a few weeks the sign will be changed to reflect the true owners of the building: Planned Parenthood….
“Frankly, I’m surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long,” said Steve Trombley, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area…. “We didn’t want anything to interfere with the opening….”
That the clinic was kept hush-hush for so long was no accident. Planned Parenthood adopted the strategy after a 2004 boycott by contractors stalled work for two months on a clinic in Austin, Texas….
From the Aurora Beacon News, July 29, 2007:
Aurora’s Planning and Development Committee approved the final plan for the medical complex on Nov. 16, 2006…. The owner was listed as Gemini Office Development LLC, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood….
It’s one thing to play cards close to the vest; it’s another to intentionally conceal information in legal documents and in legal city hearings.
On City of Aurora permit applications, Gemini never stated it was part of PP. On each of its construction applications dated March 23, 2006, July 27, 2006, November 22, 2006, and December 4, 2006, it listed “Gemini Office Development” as owner and “Gemini Office Development” as tenant.
Then on its March 22, 2007, application for signage, Gemini stated the tenant was “UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME,” which was clearly untrue:
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by Jill Stanek