To anti-choice extremists. Planned Parenthood is the symbol of women’s reproductive freedom, which to them is unbearable.
In July, anti-choice zealots launched their war on women with a guerrilla-style attack on Planned Parenthood. Seemingly out of nowhere they hurled heavily edited videos at the media, that supposedly showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue for a profit. When the whole video was examined, however, the truth came out. It became clear that the real conversation being had was actually a discussion of legal forms of fetal tissue donation.
Unfortunately, it did not matter that the producers of the altered videos all had suspicious credentials and belonged to the anti-abortion group The Center for Medical Progress (CMP)â€”led by 26-year-old activist David Daleiden who has a murky past at best. The feeding frenzy had begun.
â€œRoll Call found that some House Republicans had seen the videos weeks before they were released to the public without making any public comment, suggesting some degree of private coordination between the CMP and the GOP.â€ The Daily Beast
Despite the stench of fraud surrounding these altered videos, the federal government and some states began probes into Planned Parenthood.
In August, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and South Dakota completed their probes and cleared Planned Parenthood of any alleged wrongdoing; and governors in Washington, New York, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Idaho, and Virginia have rejected calls for probes in their own states.
In addition, the attempt to get the Federal Government to defund Planned Parenthood failed-but only by seven votes in the Senate. Thatâ€™s why they think they can make it happen this time around.
Anti-Choice Extremists have been Very Successful this Summer:
â–º Five (5) states â€“ Alabama, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Hampshire â€“ have all defunded Planned Parenthood and other states are working toward the same end.
â–º There has been a dramatic increase in violence, including arson, against Planned Parenthood clinics around the country as a result of the hateful and false rhetoric spread by anti-choice legislators and activists.
â–ºThese anti-choice activists gained traction with candidates in search of an electoral base. They demand that their candidates staunchly oppose women and our right to comprehensive reproductive health care including abortion and contraception
Republican presidential candidates have weighed in:
â— All of the candidates are on the record as opposing abortion, and want to ban it.
- Some want to ban abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.
- Mike Huckabee has said he would not rule out using the military to end abortion, and recently stated, as if to prove him point, that he would support denying an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim.
- They have all vowed to defund Planned Parenthood.
- Jeb Bush is famously on the record for saying â€œ[Heâ€™s] not sure we need half a billion dollars for womenâ€™s health issuesâ€
â–º These extremists have also aided in the rise of severe abortion restrictions including Ohioâ€™s new one, HB 131, which will make it a felony to perform an abortion based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. As a candidate competing for the GOP presidential nomination, Gov. John Kasich will sign it into law. This law holds the doctor liable!