(October 9, 2017) Planned Parenthood wants you to think it is the champion of women. But if it achieves its goals, there may not be very many women left to champion.
Last year, Indiana passed a law that banned sex-selective abortion—the killing of unborn babies based on their sex. But last week, a federal district judge granted a permanent injunction against that law, AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S REQUEST.
The ruling gives abortionists in Indiana the legal right to kill girl babies just because they are girls.
The case is Planned Parenthood of Indiana v. Commissioner of Indiana State Department of Health, but it could fairly be captioned: Planned Parenthood vs. Little Girls.
In the United States, only a handful of states have laws against sex-selective abortion. Planned Parenthood fights them wherever they appear.
Modern abortion politics has done strange things to our culture. Women and children are natural allies for feminists, but abortion politics has made them enemies.
The first American feminists didn’t see it that way.
Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, denounced abortion. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, another early suffragist and an abolitionist, said, “When you consider that women have been treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.”
And yet treating children as property to be disposed of as we see fit has become the litmus test in today’s feminist movement.
When legislators in Arkansas enacted a ban on sex-selective abortions earlier this year, a prominent civil rights advocate blasted the measure as preventing women from “obtaining abortions that they want for whatever reason.”
Planned Parenthood also attacked the measure, giving aid to the practice of keeping boy babies while discarding girl ones.
And yet, women’s rights activists continue to allow Planned Parenthood to claim the mantle of feminism for itself.
In 1988, Kate Michelman, former head of the National Abortion Rights Action League, told The New York Times: “Abortion is the guarantor of a woman’s right to participate fully in the social and political life of society.”
What an utterly un-feminist sentiment….