PA Is Ground Zero for the Abortion Clash

By Tara Murtha
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Planned Parenthood estimates that in the first half of 2011, the Legislature spent 30 percent of its working time debating abortion.

“[The idea to repeal the Abortion Control Act] has been bubbling up for some time in my consciousness,” says Josephs. “I believe the Komen uproar was watershed. I really believe that that woke everyone up and made their blood run cold.”

The ramifications of repealing the Abortion Control Act would be staggering. No more creepy eyeball watching or requirements for unnecessary architectural upgrades to jack up the cost. Providers could spend time and money providing health care instead of a constant legal defense to stay open.

But since it would likely go over like a veto hearing in bear-hunting season, a total repeal is largely symbolic. But the attempt to repeal specific mandates, such as the 24-hour waiting period, is not.

“There is no point to make you wait 24 hours, except to make it expensive and difficult for women to access abortion,” says Josephs.

That a senator who lost his seat by a landslide is coming home to stump for the White House is as ironic as the fact that Pennsylvania has shelved an abortion bill in response to backlash against similar bills in other states that it enabled, but it seems the rest of the country is getting as weird as us, which is not a good thing.

When GOP candidates arrive here for the primary, we should insist the candidates address the record-high number and severity of state abortion restrictions, which all started here in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of independence. For some.

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1. BPB said... on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:22AM

“Aptly put, "...Pennsylvania, the birthplace of independence. For some." For African slaves? Why, proudly, yes! since PA was the first state to outlaw slavery. (In 1780, Pennsylvania became the first state to vote to end slavery, when it adopted a gradual emancipation plan.) But today 72% of all black children never get the opportunity to experience "LIFE, liberty or the pursuit of happiness". How tragic for all Pennsylvanians.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:35PM

“Yes, all those bills are definitely crossing the lines. Big time. Informed consent, uh? How cute. Then why do lawmakers insist on doctors lying about women concerning abortions, citing a long-debunked study linking abortions to breast cancer? Why do lawmakers insist women are too stupid to inform themselves, think about their options and what's best for them, and take a decision accordingly?

Women have the right to be mad. They have the right to be fed up and I'm happy to see them fighting back! The government does not belong in our uteri. Besides lawmakers should be dealing with REAL issues such as the economy and the lack of healthcare access for too many Americans. NOT regulating women's uteri. Shame on them.”

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3. Leslie Johnson said... on Mar 14, 2012 at 11:41PM

“I am appealing to parents to watch the enclosed video. It shows the assault Planned Parenthood has launched against children. It is sickening.

A corporate policy that actively stalks, tempts and sets up children for sex is reprehensible. Do parents know what their doing?

Supporting Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars promotes their ideology.

I cannot support any decision that robs children of their innocence.

Thank you for your consideration.”

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4. Karen Poles said... on Mar 16, 2012 at 10:30AM

“The right is in the midst of an all out attack on the rights of women. They are trying to relegate women to property. We are too stupid to know what we want to do with our bodies and lives. The attack on Planned Parenhood is misguided. Planned Parenthood was where I went as a young woman for GYN exams and birth control. It was the only place I could afford. Without them, who knows how my life would have been different. Don't let the right wing fanatics force your little girl into an unwanted, preventable pregnancy.”

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5. Greg Wilson said... on Mar 20, 2012 at 04:33PM

“Leslie Johnson, I watched the video and I am now trying to figure out how I can donate to Planned Parenthood. Would you recommend $100 or $200?”


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