As the nation’s largest taxpayer-funded abortion provider, with an annual budget of $1 billion, Planned Parenthood, according to the organization’s 2010 annual report, is able to sell abortions to nine out of every 10 pregnant women it encounters, earning the organization $164 million in revenue in the process.
So, absent any moral qualms and given the financial stakes, it wasn’t surprising that PPFA worked feverishly in urging its Democratic allies in Congress and the White House to oppose the passage of PRENDA.
For its part, the Obama administration, voiced its strenuous opposition by releasing a statement prior to the vote which claimed PRENDA would “subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations” for an abortion, adding, “The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.”
While some may applaud the Obama administration’s newfound commitment to opposing government overreach in matters of healthcare, it should be noted that PRENDA specifically states that a healthcare provider has no “affirmative duty to inquire as to the motivation for the abortion…absent having knowledge or information that the abortion is being sought based on the sex or gender of the child.”
Of course, Obama’s reluctance to protect the rights of the unborn should come as little surprise given his track record in ignoring the rights of the newly born, evidenced by his opposition as then-Illinois State Senator Obama to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, an Illinois bill meant to provide protection for babies born alive after attempted abortions.
While Obama has since claimed that he opposed that bill because it was unnecessary, given that Illinois law already provided protection for infants born alive, he failed to mention that at the time, protection extended only to babies whom physicians deemed to have “sustainable survivability.”
Thus infants who were not expected to survive could be killed or left unattended to die, a practice brought to light by Jill Stanek, an Illinois nurse who exposed the abortionist practice of abandoning babies born alive after failed abortions by leaving them to die in hospital utility closets.
Yet, despite the efforts of Planned Parenthood and its Democratic allies to minimize the importance of curtailing sex-selective abortions, there are some voices in the abortion industry that recognize the problem as not just the province of pro-life advocates.
Those voices include the pro-choice research group, Guttmacher Policy Review, which acknowledged in a 2012 report that sex-selection abortions pose a serious problem in the United States, as well as the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, who recently admitted that “sex-selection abortion is a real problem…and it needs to be addressed.”
Unfortunately, the response they advocate to address the gendercide problem is relegated to fighting any legislative efforts to stem the detestable practice, a practice which Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn has said is “sick, it’s discriminatory, it’s sexist and it is blatantly anti-woman and anti-human.”
Despite the awful accuracy of that description, given the recent failure of Congress to pass PRENDA, it’s still not enough to make sex-selective abortions illegal.
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