Be it on TV, social media, or by penning opinion items, Planned Parenthood’s new president, Dr. Leana Wen, has been laborious at work attempting to persuade Americans that abortion is mainstream medical care — as American because the flag, apple pie, and, properly, motherhood.
You would possibly anticipate such slick public relations work from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion franchise, which performs greater than one-third of all abortions within the United States. Hearing it from a skilled medical physician, nevertheless, is complicated, to say the least. Wen has even pointed to her time as Baltimore’s well being commissioner, touting her position there as “doctor to the city,” to set up her credentials as somebody who actually cares about your well being.
Nothing might be farther from the reality. Just ask girls in Baltimore.
Wen was hardly an neutral advocate for the medical wants of Baltimore girls. Instead, she introduced a restricted view of ladies’s healthcare to her job and unlawfully used her put up to strive to silence the voices of those that assist a Baltimore girl’s proper to select life.
Back in 2009, the mayor and metropolis council of Baltimore handed an ordinance requiring being pregnant clinics that don’t provide or refer for abortions to put up an indication to that impact of their ready rooms. The regulation empowered town’s well being commissioner, Wen, to situation notices and impose civil penalties upon noncompliant facilities.
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The regulation focused the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, a nonprofit, pro-life being pregnant heart working out of house native Catholic church offered. The heart provides assist, emotional and tangible, to girls going through sudden pregnancies. The free diapers, child wipes, ultrasounds, and parenting lessons are recreation changers for a lot of pregnant girls.
You would possibly suppose that the “doctor for the city” would welcome such neighbor-helping-neighbor initiatives. But these helps threatened Wen’s “reproductive healthcare” plan for ladies in Baltimore. Although nobody ever mistook the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns for an abortion clinic, Wen was prepared to advantageous the middle if it failed to put up a disclaimer in its ready room.
The heart objected and went to courtroom. This previous January, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed Wen and firm a major loss of their anti-life marketing campaign. The U.S. appellate courtroom discovered that Baltimore’s motion trampled on the free speech rights of the middle. In its opinion, the judges warned Wen towards “[w]eaponizing the means of government against ideological foes.”
The upshot: Women in Baltimore going through challenges throughout their being pregnant can nonetheless discover assist on the heart, no thanks to Wen.
If Wen’s courthouse correction sounds acquainted past Baltimore, it ought to. California tried to shut down pro-life being pregnant facilities within the state. The state had a disclaimer discover requirement related to Baltimore’s, but it surely went a step additional. It required all licensed facilities to refer girls to the state’s low value or free abortion providers. The act’s biggest boosters have been then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the state’s present high regulation enforcer, Xavier Becerra.
The U.S. Supreme Court stepped in and stopped the insanity in NIFLA v. Becerra. The free speech protections of the First Amendment, the excessive courtroom stated late final time period, prohibit the federal government from attempting to co-opt non-public entities like pro-life being pregnant facilities by undermining their relationship with girls or being compelled to ship the state’s pro-abortion message.
So, regardless of the efforts of Wen, Harris, and Becerra, a pregnant girl in America can nonetheless discover life-affirming assist at our nation’s pro-life being pregnant facilities.
Unable to use the authority of native and state authorities to shut down the competitors, Planned Parenthood has apparently modified techniques. Wen’s effort to spotlight her medical credentials is a disingenuous effort to distinguish her from her predecessor and run-of-the-mill pro-abortion politicians. The reality that somebody with a medical diploma leads Planned Parenthood is a distinction and not using a distinction.
If she is actually dedicated to the healthcare wants of Americans and never simply one other abortion zealot, Leana Wen would possibly contemplate early retirement from her new Planned Parenthood put up.
LifeNews Note: Andrea Picciotti-Bayer is a authorized adviser for the Catholic Association Foundation.