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By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
Governor Jan Brewer
Representative Debbie Lesko
Senator Nancy Barto
Senator Kimberly Yee
What do all these people have in common?
They’re passionately pro-life and – to Planned Parenthood’s great frustration – they’re women!
What’s more, these women represent only a small portion of the female pro-life leaders in Arizona.
It’s what is so special about the pro-life movement in our state. These pro-life champions care just as much about the woman walking into an abortion clinic as they do about the reborn child. It’s why our state has passed so many common sense health and safety standards for abortion clinics.
Sadly at every step along the way, the abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, has tried to block even the most basic rules.
Case in point: consider yesterday’s hearing in the House Reform and Human Services committee. Up for debate was the CAP-supported HB 2284, the Women’s Health Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Lesko. I consider it a privilege to be able to have testified in support of this critically needed legislation.
Among other things, this bill would ensure abortion clinics are subject to the same inspections as every other medical facility in the state. Specifically, this would grant the epartment of Health the ability to inspect complaints at abortion clinics without being required to first warn the clinic.
Most people would be shocked to know that abortion clinics have a special carve out like this – especially when abortion providers have such a terrible track record of harming women and preborn children (see: Dr. Kermit Gosnell).
What I found most nonsensical about yesterday’s hearing for HB 2284 was the double-speak.
In one breath the president of Planned Parenthood testified that their organization cared for women. Yet in the very next breath, he stood opposed to protecting women from abusive practices at negligent abortion clinics.
Make no mistake about it – Dr. Kermit Gosnell was allowed to practice in Pennsylvania for so long precisely because the state did not properly inspect abortion clinics due to pro-abortion politics.
It’s imperative that we learn from this tragedy, and not allow hypocritical and dangerous politics to get in the way of our government fulfilling its most basic duty: protecting life.
The sad reality is that as Arizona law stands today, our state values the safety of women at an abortion clinic less than the safety of men and women at every other health care institution.
Thankfully, the Women’s Health Protection Act passed out of committee. There is still a long road ahead for this bill – and at some point, we may need your help by contacting your legislators in support of HB 2284. You can track the progress of this legislation using our Bill Tracker, and by “Liking” CAP on Facebook. Later today, we’ll post my testimony on our Facebook page.
The Tragic Truth of Abortion
Nearly 57 million Americans have died in abortion mills. This is equal to the entire populations of several states.
26 percent of all U.S. pregnancies since 1973 have ended tragically — in abortions.
A majority of Americans oppose abortion.
A majority of women who have abortions believe they are violating their own moral conscience.
Many women and girls are forced or coerced into abortions by a husband, a boyfriend, or their family.
Many women have died from LEGAL abortion. Many more have suffered complications and had to be rushed to emergency rooms after botched abortions. The idea of so-called “safe and legal abortion” is a myth.
Abortion significantly heightens a woman’s risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and scores of additional physical problems, including infertility. Nearly one in 30 women will suffer a perforated uterus during abortion.
Abortion substantially increases a woman’s risk of emotional problems, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Post-abortive women are more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Embryology textbooks state that life begins at conception. The baby’s heartbeat can be heard at 21 days.
Planned Parenthood requires abortion quotas of its affiliates to profit off the death of innocent preborn boys and girls.
Planned Parenthood and other abortionists have a history of refusing to obey the law and report statutory rape of minors seeking abortions.
The relationship between a woman and an abortionist is not a private matter between a woman and her doctor. A doctor is a care provider for patients. An abortionist shows up in a room to kill the preborn child of a woman he has never met before and will not likely meet again.
Abortion employees lie about the human nature of the preborn child in order to sell abortion to women.
Post-abortive women suffer significantly higher rates of accidents, deaths, suicides, and homicides.
Nearly 8 of 10 post-abortive women experienced a preoccupation with their aborted child.
Many people have left the abortion business and become ardent spokesmen for the value of human life, including the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who was responsible for one of the largest abortion factories in America. He had also co-founded the National Abortion Rights Action League and admitted that he and others made up phony statistics and polls to generate public support for abortion.
Abortion increases the rates of child battering.
There is never a reason for abortion. Adoption is the best option for someone who does not want to raise her child.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a leftist and former ACLU lawyer, called the Roe v. Wade decision “heavy-handed judicial intervention” that was “hard to justify.”
Pregnancy by rape is statistically rare. Police and doctors reported that rapists are often sexual deviants incapable of impregnating their victims. Some women do carry their rape child to term because they believe the child has committed no crime.
Abortion mills are often located in minority communities, and minorities are the victims of a disproportionate number of abortions.
Between 20 and 30 weeks, a preborn child has more pain receptors per square inch than at any time before or after birth, with only a thin layer of skin.
The size, location, and level of development make the preborn child no less human.
No nation will prosper by killing millions upon millions of preborn children.
America desperately needs to restore a culture of respect for human life from natural birth to natural death.
Tempe Union High School District has agreed to allot time for representatives from 1st Way Pregnancy Center and Alliance Defending Freedom to speak at at tonights Sex Education Curriculum Committee meeting in opposition to Planned Parenthood’s proposal to teach sex education to children.
Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Natalie Decker said, “Since sending our Jan. 6 letter, we have had the opportunity to speak with Dean Pickett, attorney for the Tempe Union High School District. Mr. Pickett has clarified both the role of the district’s Sex Education Curriculum Committee and the process by which the district intends to consider implementing any sex education curriculum it may approve.
“We are particularly grateful for assurances from the district’s superintendent that no decision has been made by either the committee, the district, or its governing board and that the committee is at this time only reviewing several curriculum options, including options supported by Alliance Defending Freedom and its clients. Mr. Pickett also clarified that the committee’s role upon completion of its review is merely advisory to the district’s governing board, which will make any final decision on any curriculum adoption. In addition, he has advised us that no decision or recommendation has been made as to which individuals, whether from Planned Parenthood or otherwise, will offer sex education curriculum to the district’s students.
“While it has been our experience that Planned Parenthood seeks access to school districts with minimum communication to parents and thus ‘behind closed doors,’ we commend the district’s governing board and its committee for acting openly in compliance with Arizona’s Open Meeting Law and for enabling Alliance Defending Freedom and its clients to present alternative proposals for consideration.
“We also commend the district for the adoption of its Policy IHAMB, which comprehensively addresses the requirements in Arizona for a legally compliant sex education curriculum, and for the district’s assurances that it will comply with Senate Bill 1009 in this important matter.”
OneNewsNow.com reports a legal group has joined Arizona’s attorney general in defending a law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks:
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney General Bill Montgomery are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that shot down a law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Arizona’s HB 2036, reversing a previous district court ruling which had upheld the law. Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, explains the argument for keeping the law in place.
“Every innocent life deserves to be protected,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Not only does this law protect children in the womb who experience horrific pain during a late-term abortion, it also protects mothers from the dangers and tremendous psychological consequences of late-term abortions. Arizona’s law is entirely reasonable and constitutional, and we hope the Supreme Court takes this invitation to revisit the extreme constraints Roe v. Wade imposed on state safeguards for women’s health.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, based in Scottsdale, filed a friend-of-the-court brief support of the law in May. The petition noted medical research proving that, by 20 weeks, an unborn child has developed pain sensors all over its body. As a result, many states have adopted laws that limit access to abortion after 20 weeks.