Planned Parenthood: Kill Amendments to Ban Sex-Selection Abortions

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California have issued a floor alert to members of the California legislature urging lawmakers to defeat all pro-life amendments to budget bills, including any that ban sex-selection abortions or require parental consent for minors to obtain an abortion.

The memo to California lawmakers, dated June 12, speaks on behalf of more than 110 Planned Parenthood facilities in the state and declares California to be a “pro-choice state,” based on a Field Poll from four years ago which they claim found 71 percent of Californians opposed to any further restrictions on abortion.

In addition, the Planned Parenthood affiliates' memo states that any amendments that could restrict abortion are “hostile” to “choice,” and it threatens that lawmakers who vote “on any budget amendments to restrict abortion access may be included on the PPAC Legislative Scorecard.”

To justify their demands upon lawmakers, the Planned Parenthood affiliates cite:

  • In American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren (1997), the California Supreme Court ruled in [sic] that minors have a constitutionally protected right to privacy and that it is unconstitutional to require a minor have parental consent prior to obtaining an abortion.
  • The California Supreme Court ruled in Committee to Defend Reproductive Rights v. Myers (1981) that budget restrictions on Medi-Cal abortion funding are unconstitutional and violate privacy and equal protection provisions in the state constitution.
  • Bans or restrictions on abortion infringe upon the doctor-patient relationship; determinations about about [sic] appropriate medical procedures should be left to medical professionals.

“Restrictions like mandated waiting periods, sex selection abortion bans, required ultrasounds, or those that apply only to abortion providers, facilities or drugs,” states Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, “do not improve or protect women’s health, they simply limit access to reproductive health care.”

The Planned Parenthood floor alert comes just as pro-life organization Live Action released a new investigative video exposing a Planned Parenthood facility in Indiana’s counseling of a 15-year-old girl on how to engage in bondage and sado-masochistic sex with her boyfriend:

Despite the pro-abortion industry’s focus on “privacy” and “women’s health care” in defending abortion, even major liberal American judiciary figures find fault with Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for example, told a University of Chicago Law School group last year that Roe overruled the democratic will by handing down a ruling made by “unelected old men.”

In addition, liberal constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz told CNBC last October that the U.S. Constitution does not provide for a right to an abortion.

"I can’t find anything in the Constitution that says you prefer the life of the mother, or the convenience of the mother if it’s an abortion by choice, over the potential life of the fetus," Dershowitz said. "Look, I think women if they’re required to not have abortions could die... so I favor a woman’s right to choose. But I can’t find it in the Constitution. And everything I favor I don’t think is necessarily constitutionally based.”


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