Adding insult to injury, a group of abortion clinics around Texas has launched a fundraising campaign to finance “no-cost abortions” to victims of Hurricane Harvey as their way of providing assistance to those who have lost homes, property or family members.
The campaign to finance abortion providers effectively funnels off donations from food, medical and primary care in order to pay for abortions.
“During Hurricane Harvey, many of the clinics in Houston had to close temporarily, leaving women with very few options,” reads a statement titled “Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help” by a group called Whole Women’s Health.
“Continued political attacks on abortion access make an unwanted pregnancy particularly stressful in Texas – add that to the stress of dealing with hurricane aftermath,” it says.
“To ensure our patients get the compassionate, quality abortion care they deserve, we’re providing no-cost abortions for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.”
“The need for abortion care does not stop for natural disasters. Your contribution eliminates another barrier for a woman who needs care.”
“To help cover the cost of abortion care for someone affected by Hurricane Harvey, donate to Stigma Relief Fund today,” the petition concludes.
The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), one of the nation’s leading pro-abortion groups, posted tweets last week lamenting the lack of abortions happening in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey.
It also invited its readers to support the Lilith Fund, which is financing clinics to Texans can receive abortions in the wake of Harvey. “Join us in supporting Harvey survivors seeking an abortion but cannot afford it,” a Lilith picture read.
— Tx Freedom Network (@TFN) September 1, 2017
— NARAL Pro-Choice TX (@naraltx) August 31, 2017
Abortion providers have a history of exploiting natural disasters to their own ends. When Brazil suffered a crisis from the Zika virus a year ago last January, Planned Parenthood capitalized on the tragedy to push for the expansion of abortion-on-demand throughout Latin America.
Even though only Brazil had seen a sharp rise in microcephaly cases, Planned Parenthood targeted other Latin American countries with restrictive abortion laws, such as El Salvador, in hopes of exploiting the crisis to change existing legislation.
Planned Parenthood Global, which agitates for abortion access internationally, weighed in on the question.
“Governments cannot, on the one hand, discourage pregnancy, while at the same time limiting their commitments to and funding for family planning and access to safe and legal abortion,” said Dee Redwine, Latin America regional director of the organization.
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