By Dave Andrusko
Every year, as surely as the swallows return to Capistrano, NARAL Pro-Choice America cranks out its “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States.”
Each year, the nation’s grade hovers between “D” and “D+.” (No grading on a curve for NARAL.)
So what grade does the latest iteration (the 25th) of “Who Decides” assign the U.S. for 2015? Another D! (Even the equally pro-abortion Population Institute gave out a D+.)
“When a country earns a ‘D’ grade in respecting the rights that seven in 10 Americans want protected, it becomes clear that our political leadership is out of touch with our values and priorities as a nation,” intoned Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “2016 can be a turning point for reproductive freedom if we all stand up against the anti-choice rhetoric from the extreme minority and make policy-makers understand the importance of these fundamental rights for all.”
Anything particular stand out? (You can read the report here.)
NARAL did find a few silver linings. “19 states enacted 31 pro-choice measures in 2015, the most since 2008.” NARAL, as does its pro-abortion allies, counts different issues than we do (they include items that are outside our single-issue purview) and has its own measuring stick about what and how something is counted).
But no sooner did they sing this one sweet note than NARAL wrote, “States also enacted more anti-choice measures in 2015 than they did in 2014, highlighting the need to protect reproductive freedom in 2016 at the Supreme Court, in Congress, from the White House and in state legislatures across the country.”
In her President’s letter, Hogue emphasized the importance of the Texas law currently before the Supreme Court:
By striking down Texas’ TRAP law, the Court could end the greatest threat to women’s reproductive freedom since Roe v. Wade was decided more than 40 years ago
What the heck is a “TRAP law?” That’s an acronym for “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers.” That’s code for anything that requires anything of abortion clinics.
In the case of Texas’s HB2, it is a reference to requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. The latter provision has already gone into effect.
They perfectly illustrate how out of touch they are with a majority of the American people.