By Dave Andrusko
As we approach the 2016 National Right to Life Convention in Herndon, Virginia, more and more staff energies will be devoted to making the July 7-9 pro-life educational event of the year the best ever. If you have not registered, please go to nrlconvention.com. You’ll be glad you did.
On Friday, there was so much going on that NRL News Today was only able to write a short overview of pro-abortion Hillary Clinton’s address to her buddies at Planned Parenthood [“Clinton wows Planned Parenthood audience in speech to its political arm”].
I’d like to add some commentary, because when the former Secretary of State is speaking to her soul mates, you hear in clear, straightforward English just how in touch she is with PPFA but how out-of-touch she is with the rest of America.
Clinton told the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Let’s repeal laws like the Hyde Amendment that make it nearly impossible, make it nearly impossible for low-income women, disproportionately women of color, to exercise their full reproductive rights.
Never mind that overwhelmingly, the American people do not–do not–want their tax dollars paying for abortions. In an environment that is ever more receptive to the pro-life cause, this truism goes back to the earliest days.
What is the real reason Clinton and Planned Parenthood want to gut the Hyde Amendment? Simple. By cutting off virtually all federal funding for abortion, unborn lives are saved each and every day.
Conservative estimates are that at least a million people (not to count their descendants) are alive today because of the Hyde Amendment. Testifying before a congressional committee in 2011, NRLC Federal Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said NRLC “believes that the Hyde Amendment has proven itself to be the greatest domestic abortion-reduction law ever enacted by Congress.”
No wonder Clinton and PPFA (and NARAL and EMILY’s List, etc.) want to end the Hyde Amendment, which is a provision attached to the annual appropriations bill that covers many federal health programs (including Medicaid). More federal funding means more–lots more–dead babies.
Clinton told her audience, “I’ve been proud to stand with Planned Parenthood for a long time. And as president, I will always have your back.” A pointed and absolutely accurate summation. Clinton and PPFA are closer than white’s on rice and have been “for a long time.”
And please remember that her vow to “always have your back” is not mere rhetoric nor is it simply a promise to turn aside any attempts to limit the reach of the nation’s largest ‘abortion provider.’ In other words, her words go way beyond playing defensive.
Planned Parenthood is a key player in the international battle to strike protective abortion laws in places such as Ireland and in much of South America. They are on the move to guarantee that unborn babies are as unsafe and in peril in Chile as they are in California.
You can watch the speech at c-span.org so let me quickly conclude with this from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee:
And here’s another fact that doesn’t get much attention: unintended pregnancy, teen pregnancy, and abortion rates are at all time record lows.
We disagree with Clinton’s/PPFA’s explanation for the first two, and vociferously so with the third encouraging trend.
If Clinton and PPFA had their way, we would never, ever have experienced a drop from 1.6 million abortions in 1990 to a little over 1 million today. With every fiber in their institutional body, they oppose (and continue to oppose) everything that made that possible, starting with Hyde but including parental involvement laws, informed consent laws waiting periods, saying “no” to partial-birth abortions, and enacting requirements that abortion clinics meet something above the absolutely bare minimum standards–to name just a handful.
Planned Parenthood believes that abortion is like a magic wand that “solves problems.” As such it ought to be waved on every possible occasional, including when the baby is diagnosed with a disability or identified as a baby girl.
Clinton=PPFA=abortion on demand for any reason, or no reason, and everywhere.
That’s what her speech signaled to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. That’s what the public needs to know.