Time for Planned Parenthood’s to roll out its latest “nationwide initiative”

By Dave Andrusko

Dawn Laguens

As Planned Parenthood navigates the internal politics of choosing a successor to Cecile Richards, the nation’s largest abortion provider “announced a nationwide initiative to expand access to abortion, birth control and reproductive health care,” according to the Hill.

“Today, we’re going on the offense. We’ve been marching, mobilizing, and organizing — and now we’re channeling that into real policy change,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

We’re told by the Hill’s Jessie Hellmann that PPFA, friendly state lawmakers, “and other partners will roll out legislation in more than a dozen states this week that it says will expand access to sexual and reproductive care, with a plan to advance initiatives in all 50 states by the end of the year.” This is, we’re informed, all in the form of a “rebuttal” to the Trump administration’s “attacks” on women’s health care.

Well, okay. They’re “going on the offensive.” NRLC and its affiliates are “on the offensive” all the time. As to the issues that affect us, we’re informed that coercion and an attempt to keep abortion-minded women in the dark is yet again the order of the day for PPFA.

For example, Planned Parenthood wants a law in Maine to “require all nurse practitioners to provide the abortion pill to patients upon request.” (My emphasis.) Period.

Then there is Missouri. As NRL News Today has reported many times, this very pro-life state has a 72 hour waiting period. To be more specific, the law Missouri’s law has a 72 hour waiting period between the time a woman first meets an abortionist and (if she goes forward) has an abortion. It also requires that a booklet be made available and that the woman be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound and to hear the fetal heartbeat

“Planned Parenthood would repeal the state’s 72-hour waiting period for abortions,” Jessie Hellmann reports.

Talk about birds of a feather. The most prominent opponent of the law is “Mary Doe,” an adherent of the Satanic Temple.

Late last month, for reasons of its own, the Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments in the case.

The sentence in the booklet which Doe argues “promotes a religious doctrine she does not believe in” says, “(t)he life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”

In a fine story, Heather Clark wrote that Doe is seeking a “religious exemption” from the law.

Clark notes

that Doe doesn’t believe “as a matter of religious faith” that life begins at conception, but that she rather feels that she is simply aborting “tissue” that is “part of her body, and not a separate, unique, living human being.” However, it also stated that Doe “felt guilt and shame” for declining to hear the heartbeat of her unborn child during the ultrasound that is required 72 hours before the abortion.