Wednesday, September 18, 2013

This Just In: 13 year olds should be forced to give birth and other "pro-life" wisdom

Indiana's Right to Life community has made some pretty tenuous grasps to try to close clinics in the past (like, for example, trying to use the Americans With Disabilities act to attack a provider for not having a wheelchair ramp). Now, they are attacking Illinois Dr. Ulrich Klopfer again. His crime? Providing an abortion for a pregnant 13 year old (and likely with the consent of that girl's parent, since Indiana has a parental consent law). IRL is arguing that the clinic didn't report the abortion soon enough, as per Indiana law. But anti-choice activists also make it clear that in their world, the 13 year old should have been force to remain pregnant and give birth to the child, too.

“It's heartbreaking to learn that a 13-year-old became pregnant and now must live with the pain of an abortion for the rest of her life,” Humbarger said in a statement. “But it's doubly-heartbreaking that Dr. Klopfer's failure to report the abortion may have allowed the girl's molester to walk. In Indiana, sex with a person under 14 is recognized as child molesting, regardless of the male's age.
Using a 13 year old's pregnancy for political gain is sad on its own, but what is particularly disturbing is how the information was obtained. According to CNSNews, the Right to Life group was informed about the 13 year old's abortion by a "sidewalk counselor" tracking patients.  It was a follow up by Humbarger to check the abortion reporting stats that made them believe that the abortion was never reported.

Let me explain that one more time --- they use sidewalk counselors to track patients, then check abortion reports to look for specific patients that they monitored at the clinic. They aren't "praying." They aren't "offering pregnant women options." They aren't "speaking the truth the abortion industry don't want you to know." THEY ARE TRACKING PATIENTS.

Remember that the next time an anti-choice activist claims protesters are only there to help, and that they aren't trying to harm patients.

Speaking of protesters, Alabama is protesting hospitals that don't provide abortions simply because they do offer transfer agreements, Created Equal took bloody fetus posters to University of Toledo, and another graphic abortion display protest lost a debate to a 15 year old.

Florida is about to try another go at a "personhood" attempt in the wake of the Remee Lee "tricked into ingesting cytotec" case.  Lawmakers say this isn't about abortion, yet admit the goal is to redefine viability.

[Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland] said the bill would make any unborn child, no matter how far along, viable, “so the courts don’t have to determine the viability factor.”
Viability describes whether an unborn child can survive outside the womb.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is apparently attempting to see just how much lower his approval ratings can tank by giving a Department of Health and Human Services job to a former Tea Party leader and anti-choice activist. This would be a person who may be writing the new regulations that could potentially shut down all of the abortion clinics in the state.

Finally, good news -- Wendy Davis is probably announcing a run for Texas governor in October. Which is fantastic since I can't take any more bad news for a while.

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