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Maybe Time Didn’t Notice the Birth Dearth There


On Morning Joe this morning, Richard Stengel of Time magazine explained why Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards made its just-published “Most Influential” list: “Many, many, many women see them as defending women’s birth rights.”

Do I even need to say this? Just not the right of the most helpless girls and boys to be born.

And, honestly, we’ve seen some alarming questions be raised by Lila Rose and Phil Kline and Abby Johnson about Planned Parenthood practices. They’re an abortion business. Can we be honest about that? And they’ll go so far as to try to bury the Susan G. Komen Foundation — the people who just want to eradicate breast cancer, right? — if Komen is remotely seen as a threat to that business.

Dr. John Bruchalski of Divine Mercy Care in Virginia — who I wrote a little about here he’s a “defender of women’s health,” which is how Time (based on the Morning Joe segment) presents Richards. He challenges doctors and the culture to truly treat their patients with love. In the case of a women who is pregnant, both of them.

Why do the rights of one life trump the rights of another just because we can’t hear the other’s cry for life? 

Birth right? To a death rite? 

These are grueling situations women find themselves in, unplanned pregnancies — especially when they come without family or financial support. But Planned Parenthood represents a cultural, political, economic powerhouse — subsidized by taxpayers — that has radically changed how we view women and men and life itself. It’s changed what we expect from one another, from our most intimate relationships, from our business relationships. And Planned Parenthood sure is influential given that under its influence and direction, the federal government of the United States now officially considers pregnancy something to prevent. 

Something’s diseased here.

Sandra Fluke, by the way, the Georgetown Law student who has been advocating for this administration’s mandated contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drug coverage, writes the tribute to Richards in Time. In it, Fluke describes the Planned Parenthood president as “my advocate and that of every woman in America.”