By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Click onto the website of the nation's largest abortion operation, and you'll see phrases such as "opponents of women's health" and "every woman's right to make her own medical decisions."
The message being broadcast is that to oppose Planned Parenthood is to jeopardize women's well-being and to prevent women from making decisions that affect their health.
This may be "on message" for PP, but it is actually off-message for many women.
National public opinion polls show that most Americans--including women--oppose most abortions. So, in lobbying for unrestricted abortion, PP is advocating against the deeply-held beliefs of many women.
Pro-abortion advocates have been relentless in fighting the most basic health and safety standards for abortion facilities. Even in the wake of the crimes committed by abortionist and serial killer Kermit Gosnell, they balked at regulations designed to protect women from butchers at abortion facilities. Such an absolutist position is not simply pro-abortion, it is anti-woman.
Research shows that as many as 60 percent of abortions may be coerced, meaning that a woman is pressured by someone else to seek an abortion. Often, that other person is a boyfriend or husband. So, in a number of cases, abortion advocates are defending a man's right to make what they claim to be is a woman's decision. So, too, it is often a male abortionist who carries out the procedure. I have heard far too many accounts from women who felt demeaned and disrespected by the men who aborted their children.
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