Partial Birth Abortion Ban
Thursday, April 19, 2007
The U.S. Supreme Court has officially decided that partial birth abortion is barbaric and never medically necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman, and has upheld President Bush's ban.
(Drawing and quartering your infant in utero or engaging in chemical warfare is still okay though).

Among the notification emails in my inbox yesterday and today from pro-life sources, I received TWO breathless e-mails from Planned Parenthood. They are desperately trying to drum up some money:

Email #1:


Join Planned Parenthood in doing what the Supreme Court refused to do. Act right now to protect women's health and safety

Your immediate help is essential as Planned Parenthood responds to the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court decision issued just hours ago. It's a dark day for women's health and safety.

With Bush appointees John Roberts and Samuel Alito leading the way, a 5-4 majority turned its back on more than 30 years of Supreme Court decisions that protected women's health from dangerous laws that restrict abortion.

In the cases of Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood and Gonzales v. Carhart, the court has now made the Bush abortion ban the law of the land. There is no way we will let this stand. Not when it's an issue so central to women's lives and so crucial to the health care services that Planned Parenthood provides to women every day.
Here's the second one:

In the last 24 hours, people all across America have expressed their outrage at a Supreme Court ruling that has brought about a seismic shift on reproductive freedom. The court told women that, with their health at risk during a pregnancy, deciding what to do is no longer up to them and their doctors. The Bush Supreme Court has let politicians come barging into that most personal of decisions.

No woman in America is safe from that intrusion. And women in states where anti-choice legislators are tripping over themselves to take advantage of the court's unprincipled actions are in the most immediate jeopardy. Send a powerful message right now. Make clear that you won't let any court or any politician put women's health and safety at risk.
PP had a commentator on one of the news channels last night - interrupting their unceasing coverage of the Virginia Tech killings - who is characterizing the ruling as "a politician in the doctor's office with you".

Of course, they are conveniently ignoring the fact that the government, usually via the FDA, is involved in private healthcare decisions all the time - allowing this therapy, recalling those drugs, promoting procedures. Planned Parenthood was all for government intrusion into healthcare matters when it involved making Plan B an OTC medication and forcing pharmacists to provide medications that violated their religious and moral beliefs.

Consider a quick phone call to your Congressional representatives letting them know you are in favor of the ban. PP can make a lot of noise in politics - make your voice heard too.

Don't know how to get in touch with them (or even who they are)?
Go here and type in your ZIP code.

BTW, I've heard the best way to contact government officials regarding issues is via fax - it has the urgency of a phone call and the weight of a letter.

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