During the recently ended presidential campaign, “pro-life” apologists for Sen. Obama insisted that he wasn’t pro-abortion. “In fact,” they insisted, “he’s actually really pro-life because he’ll work to decrease abortions by improving the economy. He’s not like those radical pro-abortion groups.”
Yeah, right, and if you believe that, I have a Senate seat to sell you… wait, never mind.
Just out, a coalition of pro-abortion organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the single largest provider of abortions in the U.S., sent a 55 page set of “marching orders” to the president-elect. It was supposed to be secret, so the Obama administration could follow the directions for how to spin his drastically pro-abortion agenda without looking like he was just parroting the abortion industry.
Apparently, the office of the president-elect was not clear on the “secret” part. It was posted on their website.
The intro presents these as just a bunch of concerned organizations who want to help improve the country. Sort of like our local “just a concerned grandma” who writes letters to the editor… except that she previously identified herself as the “volunteer communications director” for the regional branch of Planned Parenthood, and her husband is the head of the region. I guess she figured people were more sympathetic to her “commonsense” arguments for abortion when it wasn’t so obvious that she stood to make a lot of money off legalized child murder remaining legal and common.
So, who is included in these concerned organizations who know so much about health care? The partial list:
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Student Association(who, in violation of the Hippocratic Oath, not only tolerate abortion, they seem to be against conscience protection for medical personnel who want to keep their oath)
American Jewish World Service (which fights “hunger, disease, and poverty in the developing world”… which brings to mind Priests for Life founder Fr. Pavone’s comment that we need government officials who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. The same could be said for “charitable” organizations who fight poverty by killing the poor.)
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (founded by Alan Guttmacher, the namesake of Planned Parenthood’s statistics arm, the Alan Guttmacher Institute. In spite of the bare bones “we want to improve reproductive health services” mission statement, there is little doubt that “improve” means “expand abortion availability and funding.”)
Other purely pro-abortion organizations: Catholics for Choice (which exists only to jump up and down while screaming, “We won’t listen to the pope!” Really helpful voice), Center for Reproductive Rights, Choice USA, International Planned Parenthood Federation (Western Hemisphere Region), NARAL Pro-Choice America, Guttmacher Institute (research arm of Planned Parenthood), National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Ipas (which sponsors street theater in India to spread the word that abortion is legal so as to “improve” women’s lives… too bad for those tens of millions of “missing” girls aborted in India for being female), National Network of Abortion Funds, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, SisterSong (specifically aimed at black and Native American women… although 50% of black unborn babies are aborted), Pathfinder International (working to promote abortion and “reproductive health” in Latin America, Africa, and Asia), The MergerWatch Project (specifically formed to fight hospitals or medical individuals who refuse to participate in abortions or contraceptives, with Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, which was listed as a separate organization, but appears to be the “activist” department of MergerWatch, not a truly separate organization).
Center for Inquiry (basically, a secular/atheist organization whose goal is to “scientifically” evaluate religions and ethics), and its spin-off groups Generations Ahead and Center for Genetics and Society (from their websites, they seem to be spin-offs from the Center for Inquiry, but not completely separate organizations. Of course, they’re listed as totally separate entities to make the list more impressive, I guess.)
Women’s groups (all pro-abortion, of course): Feminist Majority, Jewish Women International, National Organization of Women (NOW) (which expelled its vocal pro-life members decades ago), National Council of Jewish Women, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Women of Reform Judaism (I notice that Feminists for Life was not here. Funny, but they’re the ones that actually got Congress to pass legislation strongly encouraging colleges to provide for pre-natal and childhood care in their insurance plans, instead of just paying for the abortion or telling the pregnant student, “Tough luck, honey. Get lost.” It would seem FFL would know something about making health care more responsive to women’s needs…)
Pro-choice and/or “women’s” law groups: Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund… any doubt if they’re pro-abortion?), National Women’s Law Center, Northwest Women’s Law Center (why does the word “women’s” always mean “pro-abortion” in these groups? Most women are pro-life, or at least not nearly as pro-abortion as you’d think from perusing the websites of “women’s” groups)
And then there’s the “why are they here?” groups: Secular Coalition for America (hate to inform you, but I marched next to a very nice atheist at the March for Life in DC two years back; it isn’t just a “religious thing”), Union for Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (ok, is “pro-choice” secularist or religious? And why do I care what any of these belief groups say about health care? I notice there are no official Catholic groups here… and a third of the hospitals in the U.S. are Catholic, not Unitarian.)
And, finally, the “we know why they like abortion” groups: Population Action International, Population Connection, Sierra Club (because less baby humans means more room for baby owls)
The “wish list” for Santa/Obama is the usual: government funding for abortions, force insurance companies and hospitals to provide contraceptives (which cause chemical abortions sometimes) and abortions, a nice-sounding distraction about “health care for everyone”, etc. And they don’t want to wait for the new president to get some work done on the economy, Afghanistan, Iraq, the bailouts, or anything else… they want this in the first 100 days.
Some of these groups seem to be doing some good things: fighting poverty, illness, providing cancer screenings, etc.
The majority of these groups, however, are not concerned medical groups with experience with the general population. Most of these groups provide or promote abortions. They are out to protect their livelihood, regardless of any evidence about its damage to women, children, and society at large. Would you seriously consider advice on how to legalize drugs from a coalition of pot growers and cocaine smugglers if they put a nice American flag on the front page of the report? Apparently, Team Obama would.
Even the groups doing good things are signing on to the disgustingly flawed “solution” of eliminating the next generation that might need their help.
And they want more money.
Your money, through your taxes or through your insurance plan. No, you don’t get a choice.
They want to force medical students to participate in abortions, get their hands dirty with murdered blood… because then they’re complicit. Then the students will graduate to become doctors who won’t fight abortion because they don’t want to think about the tiny, perfect hand and rib cage laid out on the bloody tray to be counted to make sure all the parts were vacuumed out.
The reality is that the abortion industry is desperate. They can’t get enough doctors to enter the specialty of slicing off babies’ arms and legs and vacuuming out their skulls. Many abortionists were at or near the bottom of their med school classes; with its insistence on patients signing away their rights to sue before the procedure, the abortion industy looked safe. Abortionists are pariahs in the medical community and in the community at large; most try to keep their “specialty” quiet. It’s better to keep this a secret.
Which is what is the major problem with this document. It was supposed to be secret marching orders for the new president. Sure, Planned Parenthood had made public comments along the lines of, “We put a lot into his election, we expect payback,” but nothing this explicit. Or in writing. Or with this laundry list of clearly pro-abortion-no-apologies groups.
True, president-elect Obama has not actually acted on this… yet. But he did promise Planned Parenthood at an event they sponsored during the campaign that he’d make FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act) his “first priority” when he gets in office. FOCA would wipe out any legislation or practice that “hinders” abortion, including bans on government funding, allowances for insurance companies and hospitals to refuse to participate, parental notification for minors, informed consent (required “this is a baby. He/she feels pain” type statements and/or ultrasounds so the mom can see who she’s aborting), waiting periods (usually a day or two between consultation and abortion; what other non-emergency surgery can you get done immediately and on-demand?), etc. (Virginia seems to think that even requiring abortion clinics to meet the standard inspection requirements for other walk-in minor surgery clinics is “unduely hindering” abortion.) FOCA would wipe out all of these commonsense laws.
And Obama’s transition office liked the marching orders enough to post it on the website for comment. This does not bode well for “change” or “hope” or “governing from the center“… this is just more Chicago politics: well-groomed and nice on the surface, but greedy, self-serving, and cruel underneath.
“I paid for your election, now I want payback, and I want it right now.”
Are we really surprised?