While the majority of Americans who value the sanctity of human life mourned the loss of some 53 million innocent babies and all the generations of the families that those children would have parented, President Obama joined Planned Parenthood in celebrating 39 years of abortion-on-demand in the U.S. on January 22, 2012, as he released a statement in support of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision.
President Obama characterized abortion-on-demand as protection of “a woman’s health and reproductive freedom,” and then said that Roe v. Wade affirms “that government should not intrude on private family matters.” In other words, government must not intrude on the wholesale slaughter of helpless, innocent preborn babies. Because, after all, according to this warped logic, it is nothing more than a private family matter if a woman chooses to pay to have her child killed instead of bringing him or her to term. What the president didn’t mention is that the government has moved far beyond protecting the supposed right to kill little children and is subsidizing it through the $1.3 million it pours into Planned Parenthood each and every day.
Then, in perhaps one of his most sarcastic statements to date, President Obama said, “[W]e must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.” This, from the administration that has cut millions of dollars from pregnancy help centers and abstinence education, that embraces homosexuality and debauchery, that has a litmus test of abortion support for appointees to all levels of the executive and judicial branches, and that has done absolutely nothing to encourage adoption.
Planned Parenthood, for its part, alternated between celebrating Roe and whining about pro-life victories in 2011 and “what was surely the most aggressive assault on women's rights since the Roe decision was handed down.”
“The scope of their attacks,” PP head Cecile Richards said, “has been mindboggling. According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2011, state legislatures passed more than triple the number of anti-women's health provisions than in 2010—the highest ever. Twenty-four states enacted 92 new abortion restrictions last year, shattering the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.” It is telling that, as she rails about “anti-women’s health provisions,” her specific reference is to abortion restrictions.
She also threatened legislators who are working against the abortion giant, by invoking her “Women are Watching” campaign, claiming that women are “angry” and will hold politicians accountable for opposing Planned Parenthood and opposing abortion.
As we solemnly mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood is truly playing defense—and not very successfully. It is using the same tired rhetoric and the same angry—though now aged—women to declare its supremacy, and it is failing miserably. Estimates are that as many as half a million young women and men marched on Washington, D.C. over the weekend. They were marching for life, and against Planned Parenthood and its hoary culture of death. And these young women and men are determined to put an end to the abortion giant.
As we continue to turn up the heat on Planned Parenthood, we know that we are winning. And we know that if we persevere under the banner of Our Lady, the victory will be ours. The ungodly culture of death being promulgated by the union of Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration is doomed.