Planned Parenthood's CEO Cecile Richards: Military abortion clinics "a sign of the times"?

burris gotcha.jpgI wrote a couple weeks ago that pro-abort Democrat US Sen. Roland Burris had introduced an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would force all military medical facilities to make privately financed abortions available.

The amendment passed in the Senate Armed Services Committee along party lines (except Ben Nelson) and is now headed toward a showdown on the Senate floor.

The defense authorization bill passed without any such amendment in the House, meaning if the abortion amendment remains intact, a House/Senate conference committee will decide its fate....

mccain dadt.jpgKeep an eye on the filibuster AZ Sen. John McCain is attempting to wage on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, also in the defense bill. The other side may attempt to compromise by dropping Burris's amendment as a bargaining chip... or not. Even if that happens, pro-lifers cannot support a defense bill containing DADT. If DADT remains, it would only be a matter of time before abortion on demand becomes a component of the military.

While the mood of the country is definitely swinging pro-life, as evidenced by recent polls and also a plethora of pro-life legislation introduced and passed on the state level, tone deaf pro-abort ideologues controlling the Congress and White House have been and will push abortion until the clock runs out on their possession of power, hopefully in November 2010. But a lot of damage can be done until then, as the military abortion amendment demonstrates.

Meanwhile the abortion industry behind the push puts on a happy false face. as this June 17 Politico article shows:

With a couple of quiet changes to long-standing rules, the military is on track to make 2010 a year in which its reproductive health policies are significantly liberalized.

In February, the military began requiring all of its hospitals to stock emergency contraceptives. And now, a Senate amendment to the defense authorization bill would authorize military hospitals to perform elective abortions.

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"I do think it's a sign of the times," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "It's the recognition that reproductive health care for women is basic health care. The world has changed, and women play a larger role in the military. These are all very positive steps."

These shifts in military policy are particularly notable in light of the numerous anti-abortion provisions flying through state legislatures. Catalyzed by the health reform debate, anti-abortion advocates have just passed some of the most restrictive abortion laws in recent memory....

The federal government usually has little influence on reproductive health policy....

So it's rare to see much movement on abortion policy at the federal level. Anti-abortion advocates frame the shift toward more liberal reproductive rights within the military as driven by a Democratic Congress and a pro-abortion-rights administration.

"They're using the military as a wedge and a way to implement their agenda," Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, said of her opponents. "I see them being very craven in looking to use the military to put the stamp of approval of federal government on abortion."...

Current law, passed by congressional Republicans in 1995, bars any elective abortions at military hospitals....

To be sure, legislators have introduced similar amendments before, all of which have failed. But the proposal, sponsored by Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), hits the floor in a markedly different atmosphere: It's the first to be proposed during the Obama administration and may avoid a heated debate, with most social activists focused on the "don't ask, don't tell" provision.

Abortion rights groups are confident that, this time around, the political landscape is amenable to a decision in their favor.

"In the Senate, things are good," said Richards.... "The good thing is, this amendment puts the issue squarely on the table: How can you prohibit women serving overseas from having the same rights as women in the United States?"

Anti-abortion-rights advocates like Americans United for Life have already begun laying groundwork for a campaign to keep the military abortion ban in place and lobbying legislators to vote down the amendment when it comes to the floor....

But privately, anti-abortion advocates admit they're uncertain whether they have the votes to stand in the way. "Our hope would be that the amendment is stripped on the Senate floor, but right now we don't have a majority of pro-life members," one anti-abortion advocate told Politico....

Activists on both sides of the issue expect a vote by the end of this month at the earliest and definitely before the summer recess.

[Photo of Richards via Politico]


Comments:

Abortion and health care should not be used in the same sentence. Use your vote, people!

Posted by: Courtnay at June 17, 2010 9:47 AM


Woman pleads guilty to accessing Obama's student loan records

qctimes.com/187208c6-796a-11df-9bcb-001cc4c03286.html

Mercedes Costoyas, 53, of Iowa City, is one of nine people charged with exceeding authorized computer access

She also faces deportation, according to discussion during the plea hearing, but Judge James Gritzner said “that issue is for another court on another day.”

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Oh the irony.

Apparently an undocumented alien accessed b.o.'s student loan records. One can only speculate as to her motives.

Maybe she figured if an undocumented alien could be elected president of these United States, then she could also live and work here with impunity.

(I know this has nothing to do with abortion in the military or don't, don't tell. Unless you are an undocumented alien serving in the U.S. military. The democRATS want to extend don't ask, don't tell to police officers asking people in their custody about their imigrant status.)

Posted by: yor bro ken at June 17, 2010 9:51 AM


This man did not win his seat fair and square and snuck into D.C. in a dastardly manner. Now he is catering to the cockroaches of society in hopes that they can work their dirty deeds and keep him in office come election time.

Posted by: Sydney M. at June 17, 2010 9:53 AM


Are members of the military begging for more abortion rights?

Posted by: Janet at June 17, 2010 10:05 AM


Even if that happens, pro-lifers cannot support a defense bill containing DADT. If DADT remains, it would only be a matter of time before abortion on demand becomes a component of the military.
Huh? Why on earth would that be? Do gay people have more abortions? Seems a bit counterintuitive to me! I think that if the bill passes without abortion funding and with a repeal of DADT, that would be a great outcome. It's about time the LGBT community and pro-life movement stopped being enemies.

Posted by: Kelsey at June 17, 2010 11:01 AM


Uh, the military is likely terrified at the quality of doctors they will be able to recruit if those doctors know they will have to perform abortions. Of all highly trained professionals in the STEM fields, doctors have the highest rate of believing in a six day creation (about 60% IIRC) indicating a very high level of religiosity among doctors.

Doctors are important for saving the lives of injured soldiers. The military wants the best it can get. That is already a tall order. Adding a requirement to perform abortions would slash the size of the pool of interested quality candidates. Not that pro-aborts care about the lives of soldiers. Their baby killing religion trumps all sense of pragmatism.

Posted by: hippie at June 17, 2010 11:08 AM


I assume that you're actually talking about the DADT repeal, not DADT itself. The post is a little confusing. It is the REPEAL of DADT that is currently proposed in the defense bill.

Posted by: Kelsey at June 17, 2010 11:09 AM



Are members of the military begging for more abortion rights?

Posted by: Janet at June 17, 2010 10:05 AM

Awesome point!

Of course not!

Posted by: hippie at June 17, 2010 11:12 AM


Kelsey, the "repeal" uses stealth language, as usual, to get the liberal way.

And as I often say, homosexual advocates are the flip side of abortion advocates: They both want illicit sex without consequences. Note where one goes, the other follows.

Posted by: Jill Stanek Author Profile Page at June 17, 2010 11:28 AM


I read that the last time this happened (government paying for military abortions), many doctors refused to do them.

Posted by: phillymiss at June 17, 2010 11:37 AM


"Not that pro-aborts care about the lives of soldiers."

I totally agree...not to mention the risk in the security of this once great nation.

If they don't care for the life of an innocent, precious unborn..why would anybody else's life matter to them as long as they can keep their despicable agenda.

Now who's shoving their beliefs down someone else's throat?

Posted by: RSD at June 17, 2010 11:38 AM


From Politico:

Anti-abortion-rights advocates like Americans United for Life have already begun laying groundwork for a campaign to keep the military abortion ban in place and lobbying legislators to vote down the amendment when it comes to the floor.

“It’s particularly poignant and tragic that others are making the argument that these things can help keep troops in the field,” said Yoest. “We’re very concerned about it, and it’s something we will have to rally people against.”

Kudos to Yoest and AUL for their campaign. Just wondering how "privacy", the right that abortion "rights" are based on, can possibly be afforded to military women who are undergoing the abortion procedure while ACTIVELY SERVING in the MILITARY. There is a RECOVERY period and the medical abortions can take several agonizing days to complete. Will they be given sick days? Medical leave? Will it be kept a secret from Superiors? It's a more complicated issue. Surely Roland Burris is thinking of abortion as a "quick fix" to an everyday female medical "problem", or he isn't thinking at all.


Posted by: Janet at June 17, 2010 11:42 AM


Okay, a minor correction. 59% of US doctors believe in life after death. 76% of doctors describe themselves as religious.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/zoom/html/2002345131.html

I don't remember where I saw the percent who believe in creationism.

Posted by: hippie at June 17, 2010 11:44 AM


That should be: "It's a more complicated issue than the supporting politicians realize."

Posted by: Janet at June 17, 2010 11:44 AM


Roland Burris "thinking" is an oxymoron...

Posted by: RSD at June 17, 2010 11:48 AM



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