City Health Commissioner Calls in the Cleanup Crew

By Randy LoBasso
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Looks like City Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz is getting all pro-baby on us in the wake of DHS’ (which he oversees as Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity) uncovered alleged takeover of a young girl’s reproductive system.

Just a day after the exposed debacle, which may have taken the “choice” out of the term “pro-choice,” (I never thought I’d be able to give Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” meme any due), a press release was sent out regarding a happy-go-lucky conference at the Please Touch Museum involving both Schwarz and Hillary Chen from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Schwarz is launching the Philadelphia Text4Baby Campaign today, “a free mobile information service, is designed to promote maternal and child health by providing pregnant women and new moms with detailed health tips to assist in caring for themselves and their children,” which was also launched as a nationwide service back in February. "Women sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE in Spanish) to 511411 to receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth," the release continues. Not included in the information service (we assume): “Get your baby aborted or face the wrath of having your children taken away from you.”

He’ll be surrounded at the conference by pregnant women, new mothers and babies.

But will this orchestrated distraction prove worthwhile? We’ll have to wait and see. For the time being, the previous story has gone viral and even the National Catholic Register is saying The City of Philadelphia is in the Business of Killing Babies (although according to a flier put on my car at the Columbus Blvd. Target yesterday, the Catholic Church murdered JFK, so who are they to judge?) and lots of blogs are saying this incident has something to do with the incoming New World Order’s reproductive police state. So there’s that, too.

PhillyNow believes this was a case of gross incompetence—if it’s completely true, which may never be found out due to medical privacy laws—and one person’s belief that she knew what was best for a young girl and her family. The right to seek an abortion is an important privacy right, not something that needs to be forced upon our youth by a judge. And there’s certainly no reason to give the other side more room and reason to take that right away.

In the meantime, Text4Baby, y’all! Schwarz needs the positive press.

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