By Dave Andrusko
You know that pro-abortionists have found themselves back squarely into a corner when the “best” (worst) thing they can say about pro-life legislation is to level the content-free charge that it “patronizes women” and (for good measure) “compromises the doctor-patient relationship.” That was the best Planned Parenthood could muster up to criticize Louisiana’s new “Sign of Hope Act.”
But I should have known better than to believe that was the pro-abortion set’s best shot!
House Bill 636 simply requires abortion clinics to have certain signage, in addition to a website, to inform women about abortion alternatives and the fact that they cannot be forced to abort against their will. Who could object to that?
A couple of days after pro-life Gov. Bobby Jindal HB 636 into law last week, one unhinged critic claimed he was “likening women to criminals”! That is bizarre, even by pro-abortion standards.
Let’s see if we can figure out why House Bill 636 sent Kate Sheppard into paroxysms of anger.
First, the backdrop. Most women are at least somewhat ambivalent about having an abortion and far more than we think feel coerced. According to Louisiana Right to Life, by enhancing Louisiana’s current Woman’s Right to Know law, the new law addresses this problem in two ways.
(1) Requires a “Forced Abortion Prevention Sign” to be conspicuously posted in abortion clinics informing women that they can’t be forced to abort against their will; that the father is liable for support; that adoptive parents may pay costs of prenatal care and childbirth; that there are many public and private resources to help during and after pregnancy as listed on a DHH website featured on the sign posted in the clinic.
(2) Creates a DHH website and mobile/smartphone platform to deliver information about free ultrasound, pregnancy resources, abortion health risks, and the development of the unborn child. In addition to being posted on the sign, the web address must be given by phone or email at the initial contact seeking an appointment.
When he signed House Bill 636 into law in front of a crowd at the First Baptist Church of West Monroe, Jindal said, “Women deserve to know their legal rights and the protections already afforded to them under the law.” He added, “We are confident that the more they know, the more they’ll choose life and alternatives to abortion.”
Sheppard insisted in hammering Jindal that “information about alternatives in and of itself isn’t the problem.” Okay, what IS the problem? “It’s that the measure is explicitly aimed at deterring women from seeking an abortion—not about allowing her to consider all her options.”
“Deterring” in pro-abortion parlance is anything that does not affirmatively grease the skids all the way up to and through the abortion. To make women aware that they cannot be forced to have an abortion can have the effect of steeling the resolve of a woman who is being intimidated, overtly or covertly, by the baby’s father. And for women panicking over everyday economics, knowing that there is help can make all the difference in the world. “Choice” for self-avowed “pro-choicers” is legitimate only if the choice is for death.
So how was Jindal “likening women to criminals,” according to Sheppard? Stay with me on this because I have no doubt at some level she actually believes this.
Jindal said, according to the News Star of Monroe, Louisiana, that “When officers arrest criminals today, they are read their rights,” adding, “Now if we’re giving criminals their basic rights and they have to be informed of those rights, it seems to me only common sense we would have to do the same thing for women before they make the choice about whether to get an abortion.”
Is he “likening women to criminals”? Of course not! He is saying that if someone who is suspected of committing a crime is made fully aware of his legal rights, surely a woman who is contemplating a legal act—having an abortion—is due the kind of information that will make it possible for her to make a fully informed decision. And that, by the way , is not “deterring,” that is making slogans about “choice” a reality.
At the signing Jindal said the new law wouldn’t be the last. “Today is surely a very important step forward, but we must never forget the tremendous amount of work that remains to be done to create consistent culture of life in our state, and our country, and our society so that every innocent life, every unborn child is welcome in this world,” he said.
Congratulations to Gov. Jindal, the legislature, and Louisiana Right to Life.
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