Life News, August 8, 2012 by Steven Ertelt
A pro-abortion group We Are Woman is working with some of the leading players in the abortion industry for a rally in the nation’s capital in two weeks that it says will bring thousands of abortion activists to town.
“In two weeks, a grassroots organization called We Are Woman will bring thousands of women, men, and children from across the United States to Washington for a national rally in support of women’s rights, illustrating the power of women and their allies to fight back against what can only be described as a national war on women,” the group announced. “The rally will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol from 11am-4pm.”
The event has received endorsements from Planned Parenthood and NOW, as well as endorsements from left-wing activist group CODEPINK, the National Council of Women’s Organizations and its ERA Task Force, the National ERA Alliance, Rock the Slut Vote, and others.
Bonnie Grabenhofer, the Executive Vice President of NOW and Laura Meyers, CEO of Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C will speak at the pro-abortion event along with local politicos.
“We Are Women’s co-founders met online earlier this year, bonding over shared disgust with the political establishment and the mistreatment of women by congressional representatives, state legislators, governors, and political pundits,” the group says — referring to pro-life legislation and the pushback against the pro-abortion Obamacare mandate.
But Brianna Walden of the Family Research Council says the real “War on women” is abortion.
Pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood would like you to think they are fighting for women by opposing draconian measures promoted by republicans against women’s health. In actuality, the cause for which they go to war is not women’s health, but the expanse of abortion, and unfortunately women themselves are often the casualties in that war.
On July 20th, 2012, Tonya Reaves’ family joined a growing number of people grieving over the loss of a beloved daughter, mother, or sister to a failed abortion procedure. In reports on Tonya, who died from abortion complications in Chicago, Illinois, the number often promulgated regarding the percentage of abortions that result in the woman’s death is less than 0.3%. But as Tonya’s family knows, she is so much more than a statistic, a “less than one percent.” And so are the other 450+ women who have died as a result of abortion since Roe v. Wade (Center for Disease Control and Prevention Report, pg 36).
It is to the families of those 0.3% that Planned Parenthood offers their “condolences,” while at the same time opposing state legislatures’ attempts to offer real solutions to the shocking lack of regulation of the abortion industry.
Few Americans realize how de-regulated abortion clinics are across the country. Prior to 2011, Missouri was the only state in the nation that regulated its abortion clinics as it regulated other outpatient surgical facilities, the intuitive definition of an abortion clinic. Fewer still realize that Illinois had a one-page bill in 2011 (HB3156) that would do just that: define abortion clinics as “ambulatory surgical facilities” and regulate them thereby. Unfortunately, this simple bill designed to protect women was aggressively opposed by Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion lobby, and it died in the Illinois House of Representatives by a close vote.
Just over a year later something else died in Illinois, but this time it was a mother and her child.
One cannot be certain that the increased oversight found in HB 3156 would have prevented Tonya Reaves’s death. But how many more women must die before we stand up to the abortion industry and demand their compliance with life-saving regulations rather than placidly accept their condolences for avoidable deaths?
While Planned Parenthood and the left loudly accuse pro-life conservatives of waging a “war on women,” they quietly pull the trigger on legislation designed expressly for women’s safety.