The abortion giant Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have filed suit to challenge abortion laws in three states.
The groups seek to strike down a North Carolina law banning abortion after 20 weeks (5 months), an Alaskan law preventing health centers from performing abortions past the first trimester (almost 4 months), and a Missouri law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and to perform abortions in facilities that meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center.
“We filed today’s lawsuits to send a clear message: From Alaska to North Carolina—and every state in between—we will continue to fight until every woman has the dignity to make decisions about her body, her family, and her future. Our bodies, our rights, and our clinics are not going anywhere,” the ACLU said in an online blog post.
The group asserted that the North Carolina law forces abortionists to delay “caring for women until their condition imposes an immediate threat of death or major medical damage,” and that the Alaskan law means that some mothers will be “traveling out of state to access the care (abortion) they need.” It also said that the Missouri law has reduced those able to comply to one facility.
“We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy,” Planned Parenthood’s chief medical officer, Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, said in a teleconference according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
As previously reported, Planned Parenthood, originally known as the American Birth Control League, was founded by Margaret Sanger, a feminist who decried what she characterized as women serving as “incubators.”
“Woman’s role has been that of an incubator and little more. She has given birth to an incubated race,” she wrote in “Woman and the New Race.” “In the mass, she has brought forth quantity, not quality. The requirement of a male dominated civilization has been numbers. She has met that requirement.”
“This is the dawn. Womanhood shakes off its bondage. It asserts its right to be free. In its freedom, its thoughts turn to the race. Like begets like. We gather perfect fruit from perfect trees,” Sanger said. “The relentless efforts of reactionary authority to suppress the message of birth control and of voluntary motherhood are futile. The powers of reaction cannot now prevent the feminine spirit from breaking its bonds. ”
Sanger, who was a staunch advocate of eugenics, also made a correlation between birth control and the purification of the races, referring to those with disabilities as being “morons,” “idiots” and “imbeciles.”
“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives,” she wrote in the aforementioned publication. “If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.”
In “The Pivot of Civilization,” Sanger said, “’Constructive’ eugenics … shows us that we are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all—that the wealth of individuals and of states is being diverted from the development and the progress of human expression and civilization.”
According to its annual report released at the end of December, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions nationwide during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
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