Posts Tagged ‘ abortion ’

Planned Parenthood: If you have to ask why, the answer is usually “money”

July 31, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"I'm not interested in re-litigating the issue of abortion per se here (that argument will never end), but I do think it's important for all of us -- 'pro-choice' and 'pro-life' alike -- to understand what Planned Parenthood is and how it operates. ... Planned Parenthood boasts more than 800 local franchises and knocks down a billion dollars a year. Its CEO's salary and benefits top half a million dollars annually; other executives and franchise managers also earn low- to mid-six-figure salaries. It IS a business, full stop. More to the point, Planned Parenthood is a 'politically connected' enterprise which games government to subsidize it and protect its business turf." (07/30/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2416  

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Court gags anti-abortion group, bans release of new Planned Parenthood videos

July 31, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The Los Angeles Superior Court has issued a temporary restraining order preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video from a sting investigation of the company StemExpress, which provides fetal tissues for research in conjunction with Planned Parenthood. Videos from a similar undercover investigation conducted by same organization has sparked recent controversy around Planned Parenthood's tissue donation practices. ... The order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of surreptitiously recorded conversations with three high-ranking StemExpress officials. The temporary restraining order will remain in place until a hearing on Aug. 19." (07/30/15)

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Why the GOP will never defund Planned Parenthood

July 30, 2015
posted by

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"Across America, demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday to demand Congress stop giving upwards of $540 million of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood each year. The rallies came just as the Center for Medical Progress released the third of what is likely to be many videos showing the morbid practice the corporation engages in, of selling baby parts to medical research companies. Following that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assigned Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to come up with a plan to defund the abortion clinic. The vote will fail, everybody who is paying attention knows that, and like so many other things which go on in Congress, this is little more than a publicity stunt." (07/29/15)

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Is denial a good basis for abortion policy?

July 28, 2015
posted by

Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Once again, a political sideshow is likely to be the sole outcome from the revelations in the recent Planned Parenthood videos, drowning out what could have been an important conversation around another perennially politicized issue. As could have been a good starting point, the videos show definitely that abortion involves far more than the suctioning of a formless glob of cells. The procedure discussed in detail throughout the videos is the forceable, fatal extraction of human bodies from their protective environment. Bodies with lungs, livers, hearts, heads, and 'lower extremities' -- all clearly identifiable, differentiable -- with abortions performed systematically to avoid crushing the body parts to be 'supplied.'" (07/27/15)

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Urgent! Planned Parenthood funding vote may happen this week

July 27, 2015
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Perry Willis  

"Senator Rand Paul wants to deny tax funding to Planned Parenthood. You should favor this, no matter where you stand on the abortion question. Why? Because it's a matter of conscience. Those who oppose abortions should NOT be required to fund them. It's that simple." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfhmulu  

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Quote of the Week: Cantwell on Planned Parenthood

July 23, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The abortion industry IS an industry. It's a heavily government-subsidized industry. Planned Parenthood poses as a 'non-profit,' but all that means is that it doesn't have stockholders who receive dividends. It's a billion dollar per year business (with half that money coming from taxpayer subsidies) with 820 local franchises. Its CEO knocks down half a million a year, and other Planned Parenthood executives and franchise managers earn $100-250k. Planned Parenthood is a business. More to the point, its operations fit the profile of the way 'Big Business' uses government to pad and protect its profits." (07/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvbj56x  

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Planned Parenthood and unfettered congressional spending

July 23, 2015
posted by

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Zack Pruitt  

"Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million each year from American taxpayers, which comprises over 40 percent of its budget. It was recently shown on video ostensibly seeking to profit from the sale of aborted baby parts (as opposed to being reimbursed for tissue donation), perhaps in violation of federal law. Make no mistake, the big picture story here is not congressional overspending; it is the Senior Director of Medical Services at Planned Parenthood graphically describing her efforts to 'not crush' vital organs when performing abortions in an effort to preserve them and recoup 'between $30 and $100 per specimen.'" (07/22/15)

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Murdering infants for a Lamborghini

July 22, 2015
posted by

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"In 2013 Planned Parenthood got $540.6 million in funding from the United States Federal Government, approximately 45% of its $1.21 billion in revenue for that year. Planned Parenthood claims that federal funds are not used for abortions, that would be illegal, of course. They say only 3% of the services it provides are abortions, but roughly 92% of pregnant women who walk into Planned Parenthood end up having an abortion. These explanations might as well read 'We do not sell baby parts or use federal funds for abortions because unicorn, frisbee, hologram.' By this I mean, it is complete nonsense. When 92% of the pregnant women who walk into your clinic get an abortion, you are an abortion clinic. When you accept payment in exchange for provision of goods and services, you are selling things. When the bulk of your funding comes out of the pockets of taxpayers, you are a government agency." (07/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbnczy9  

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The anti-woman abortion industry

July 16, 2015
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The American Spectator
by Emily Zanotti  

"Planned Parenthood, as other abortion facilities, is far from the Magical Vagina Fairy Palace it's advertised to be. In most urban neighborhoods, it's just another free clinic, albeit one that knows how to do Pap smears, and is less likely to have a waiting room packed with homeless men and junkies in various states of decay. And that's if you're lucky enough to get the national brand. Across the country, hundreds of abortion clinics have faced allegations of health, well-being, and safety violations, many of them lacking the basic standards of medical concern we associate with the places we take our pets. Because they sit at a political touchpoint, many clinics are never punished for their lack of patient care, and because shutting a single clinic down would unleash a chorus of feminist harpies decrying the oppressive paternal state, much of what passes for 'woman-centric care' is a filthy nightmare of creepy doctors, sub-par facilities, and callous disregard for any human life." (07/15/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/63460/anti-woman-abortion-industry  

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The deceptive Planned Parenthood video: On lying to stop murder

July 16, 2015
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"A few days ago, a video went viral which appeared to show a Planned Parenthood administrator haggling over the price of aborted fetal parts. At first I presumed the video was fake, because it only appeared on far right wing websites of poor repute, but it turns out the video isn't staged. Rather, it really does show a dialogue between a PP admin and an undercover investigator, but the video has been edited in a deceptive way. Tomorrow, I'll write something about the ethics of commodifying fetal parts. Right now, let's briefly consider the deceptive editing. Was it wrong for the video editors to deceive the American public?" (07/15/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/07/on-lying-to-stop-murder/  

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LA: Jindal announces investigation into Planned Parenthood

July 15, 2015
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday announced he's directed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to investigate Planned Parenthood activities in the state after a video surfaced that claims the organization is selling fetal body parts. The video, which was posted to YouTube by the Center for Medical Progress, shows a woman discussing the harvest of fetal organs and body parts from partial-birth abortions. The Center for Medical Progress identifies the woman as Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who is Planned Parenthood Federation of America's national medical director. ... The investigation means the [organization's] $4 million clinic planned for New Orleans will not be able to open because Jindal's order includes suspending the issuance of new licenses by DHH." (07/14/15)

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KS: Judge blocks abortion ban

June 25, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"A Kansas judge has blocked the state's first-in-the-nation ban on an abortion procedure opponents refer to as 'dismemberment abortion.' The decision Thursday from Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks came in a lawsuit filed from the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. The center represents two Kansas abortion providers and argued the law would force women to undergo riskier procedures or forgo abortions. The judge's order will stay in effect while he considers the lawsuit further. The new law was supposed to take effect July 1." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q78xpo4  

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OH: Senate to consider “pain-capable” abortion ban

June 24, 2015
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WLWT News    

"Ohio legislation to ban abortions of fetuses after about 20 weeks' gestation is being considered by the Senate Health and Human Services committee. The measure is slated for a possible vote by the panel on Wednesday. It would prohibit abortions after about the 20-week mark, which is the point at which Ohio Right to Life says experts begin to agree a fetus can feel pain." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o293k3y  

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SCOTUS declines to hear appeal of North Carolina abortion law

June 15, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"In a victory for abortion-rights advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday turned away North Carolina's attempt to reinstate a law that would have required abortion doctors to display and describe an ultrasound image of a fetus, even if the patient looked away and covered her ears. Without comment, the justices by an 8-1 vote refused to hear the state's appeal of rulings that blocked the law from taking effect. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented." (06/15/15)

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FL: Scott signs bill requiring women to visit two clinics before abortion

June 11, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Women seeking abortions in Florida will be required to make two visits to a clinic, with a mandatory 24-hour waiting period in between, to end a pregnancy under a bill signed into law on Wednesday. Republican Governor Rick Scott signed the measure, passed this spring by the Republican-controlled state legislature, without comment. 'This means women will be empowered to make fully informed decisions,' said Republican state Representative Jennifer Sullivan, who sponsored the legislation. 'It's just common courtesy to have a face-to-face conversation with your doctor about such an important decision -- especially for such an irreversible procedure as an abortion.' Opponents said it would unnecessarily burden women by creating a stressful waiting period and additional expense." (06/10/15)

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Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion law

June 9, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A federal appeals panel has decided to uphold nearly all of the provisions of a Texas law that will force the closure of most of the state's abortion clinics, according to an opinion published on Tuesday. ... The measure, which first cleared the Texas Legislature nearly two years ago, was part of a wide-ranging bill that limited access to abortions and put restrictions on when they could be conducted." (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pf52627  

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KS: Doctors challenge second trimester abortion procedure ban

June 2, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A father-daughter doctor team on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging a Kansas state law due to take effect in July that would ban a common second trimester abortion procedure that lawmaker supporters termed 'dismemberment abortions.' The ban 'will undermine their patients’ rights to be free from unnecessary medical procedures and to make medical decisions, in conjunction with their physicians, that are in their best interests,' the doctors’ state court lawsuit said. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback in April signed the bill prohibiting the use of dilation and evacuation effective July 1. The bill says the procedure can result in the fetus being extracted in pieces." (06/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qg96mjs  

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Americans getting increasingly pro-choice on abortion

June 2, 2015
posted by

Reason Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown  

"The prevailing narrative in the media, particularly conservative media, still seems to be that Americans -- and especially young Americans -- are trending more pro-life. But millennials tend to reject labels like pro-life and pro-choice, or say that both describe them equally well, reflecting a perhaps confused, perhaps more nuanced, or perhaps still developing sense on the issue." (06/01/15)

http://reason.com/blog/2015/06/01/american-views-shifting-on-abortion  

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How the pro-life movement endangers the unborn

May 20, 2015
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

The Republican-controlled House voted 242-184 last week to impose a federal ban on late-term abortions. Given that President Obama has already condemned this bill as 'disgraceful' and pledged to veto it, the House GOP's main objective seems to be putting in an advance request of a future Republican president. But there's a more troubling question at play here for Republicans: Given that conservatives routinely argue that government can't regulate anything without making it worse, how could government regulate one of the most tragic choices mothers face without compounding the tragedy? The fact is, it can't." (05/19/15)

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Killing the unborn is never a good option

May 4, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Even as social conservatives find themselves in retreat on many issues, such as gay marriage, public opposition to abortion remains high. Americans are conflicted, but recognize that the procedure involves more than just hurting oneself. There's another life involved. Abortion can never be a simple case of personal 'choice.'" (04/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kfmddz9  

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House conservatives secure vote in bid to block DC abortion law

April 30, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Under pressure from House conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders have scheduled a vote for Friday on a measure that would block a controversial abortion law passed by the Washington city council. The law, approved in December, would ban city employers from taking punitive action against employees for using abortion services or birth control. Under the Constitution, Congress has the authority to nullify measures passed by the Washington city council." (04/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qaqufcn  

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Why gay marriage is winning, while abortion rights lose

April 26, 2015
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by Katha Pollitt  

"Why are reproductive rights losing while gay rights are winning? Indiana’s attempt to enshrine opposition to gay marriage under the guise of religious freedom provoked an immediate nationwide backlash. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has allowed religious employers to refuse insurance coverage for birth control -- not abortion, birth control -- to female employees; new laws are forcing abortion clinics to close; and absurd, even medically dangerous restrictions are heaping up in state after state. Except when the media highlight a particularly crazy claim by a Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock, where’s the national outrage? Most Americans are pro-choice, more or less; only a small minority want to see abortion banned." (04/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plf82sb  

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Where are the pro-life utilitarians?

April 22, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Pro-life utilitarians are very scarce. A philosophy professor recently told me that he knows of zero pro-life utilitarians in the entire philosophy profession. This is deeply puzzling. While I'm not a utilitarian, the utilitarian case against abortion seems very strong. Consider: Even if a pregnant woman deeply resents her pregnancy, she is only pregnant for nine months. How could this outweigh the lifetime's worth of utility the unwanted child gets to enjoy if he's carried to term?" (04/22/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/04/where_are_the_p.html  

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TN: Butts tables abortion bill exceptions as “not verifiable”

April 22, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Tennessee state Rep. Sheila Butts (R) on Tuesday moved to table an amendment that would have exempted victims of rape and incest from new restrictions on access to abortion because she said that their claims were 'not verifiable.' While debating a bill that would require women to wait 48 hours and get counseling before having an abortion, state Rep. Craig. Fitzhugh (D) first offered an amendment to HB 977 that would allow doctors to exempt patients from the waiting period for mental health reasons. That amendment was immediately tabled by Butts." [editor's note: Her eponymous name aside, this is still one of the more [bleep]headed claims in recent memory - SAT] (04/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/px95fyn  

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KS: Brownback signs abortion bill

April 7, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation making Kansas the first state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. ... The new law, which takes effect July 1, bans the dilation and evacuation procedure, and redefines the method as 'dismemberment abortion.'" (04/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lxsozb8  

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