I reported last week that SD's only abortion mill, Planned Parenthood of Sioux Falls, apparently did not commit abortions last Monday, the first day a new law took effect forcing abortionists to tell mothers they planned to snuff a human life and may suffer psychological consequences.
The status now? The Catholic News Agency reported yesterday:
In an interview with CNA on Monday, July 28, Dr. [Allen] Unruh said there were still indications that no abortions were being performed at the Sioux Falls clinic. Sidewalk counselors had told him that none of the women who were apparently scheduled for abortions had showed at the clinic by 9:30 am.
But SD's Voices Carry blog cautions...
It's a bit like how Obama is taking a premature victory lap around the world right now. The pro-life community nationally has taken notice of the unusual Monday here at SD's only abortuary. Unfortunately though, somehow, the story on blogs and national news reports has grown to... SD is now "an abortion-free state" and it's because the doctors refused to come. Neither of these is certain.
What is true is that 5, not 8, women showed up to the "clinic" Monday for appointments (2 said they were there for abortion appointments) and all 5 found the doors locked and all 5 eventually left...
Some suggest PP merely changed "abortion day" to another day of the week to throw off those who are watching them closely. Though possible, it's not probable since again they forgot to notify these women. What is true is that the PP here usually does abortions on Monday but told KELO News they were " not seeing patients" on Monday. What's true is that SD was abortion-free on Monday.
It's speculation as to what exactly is going on but three options are likely 1) they weren't ready to comply with the 8th Circuit Court ruling 2) their lawyers were holding up their doctors or 3) their doctors are now hesitant or refusing to come to SD to do abortions. Maybe it's a combo of all three. Maybe we have seen SD's last abortion and they will stay open for everything but abortion. These are maybe's and speculations and that is it.
PP... has been open all week and, publicly, they say they are doing abortions at the Sioux Falls "clinic." What's true is that it's virtually impossible to get accurate and true information of any sort out of PP. That's why the courts had to step in and make sure they stopped giving women ideologically-charged, agenda-driven, non-scientific information (blobs of tissue) and instead give women information that is biologically and medically accurate.
Hmmm....so, is PP open or not?
I'm just wondering why a loss of a "healthcare service" comprising only 3% of their total available services would shut down the operation of said facility?
OMG...where would all those women go now for their pap smears, gyn exams and BC pills???
Heaven forbid...NOT at a Federally-regulated medical facility??Posted by: RSD at July 30, 2008 3:30 PM
I remember listening to a tape of a National Abortion Federation discussion among "counselors" about how to handle informed consent laws. They universally declared that the most effective (for them) method of dealing with informed consent requirements was to say something like, "We are being forced by law to offer you these brochures. They were put together by religious zealots passing off their dogma as if it science. The only purpose of these materials is to try to shame and humiliate you. Do you want to view these materials?" The women would almost universally say no, of course.
So what was to stop PP from doing likewise? Why couldn't they just say, "Under duress I am required to recite this religious dogma to you. These words are only intended to harass, shame, and intimidate you."
I mean, let's be serious -- PP has never balked at lying or manipulation or evading the law before. Why now?
Something is going on here that we're not even suspecting.Posted by: Christina at July 30, 2008 4:28 PM
You make an excellent point, RSD. If, as they claim, abortion is only a minuscule portion of their business, then they should have been very busy as usual, doing all the myriad other things that they do.Posted by: Anonymous at July 30, 2008 4:36 PM
That's very interesting. Indeed what a shame if this IS what's being done. And there would be no way to determine whether or not PP was complying with the law.
I'm of the agreement that something is not quite right.
"These are maybe's and speculations and that is it."
Exactly.Posted by: Hal at July 30, 2008 5:27 PM
When/if they open back up, couldn't someone just find a pregnant woman to schedule an abortion with the intent of gathering information rather than actually having an abortion?Posted by: xalisae at July 30, 2008 5:30 PM
I would love that assignment. Undercover. heh heh
Better yet, send PIP.
Dang right... send PIP!Posted by: Doug at July 30, 2008 11:28 PM
x:5:30: Great idea! :)Posted by: Janet at July 31, 2008 12:19 AM
A state where the judges didn't let PP play the indefinite appeal game to stay open without oversight and restriction. If I can take a phrase from Bobby, South Dakota "God love ya"Posted by: truthseeker at July 31, 2008 1:55 AM
It's OK, TS. I stole it from Bishop Fulton Sheen.Posted by: Bobby Bambino at July 31, 2008 8:36 AM
DougPosted by: mk at July 31, 2008 1:51 PM
((((( MK )))))Posted by: Doug at August 5, 2008 9:18 PM