'Right to Shoes' Event Laced with Irony
While the President refused to comment on the savagery of Kermit Gosnell, his appearance at Planned Parenthood's Maryland fundraiser says plenty. For President Obama, the return to "normalcy" after last week's tragedies means promoting the industry that gave rise to the "human butcher." A day after Gosnell's attorney "fell ill" (probably sick at the thought of defending the man), President Obama confirmed his defense of an organization that stands behind Gosnell's sadistic techniques.
In a move that their PR team must have questioned, the First Couple will join a special Thursday gala to toast an organization that fights for the "choice" of killing babies born alive. Three weeks ago, while witnesses in the Gosnell trial were tearfully remembering their boss's instructions to "slit the throat" of a newborn 20 minutes old, Planned Parenthood was 830 miles away trying to stop doctors from saving babies just like her. The abortion giant's own lobbyist looked Florida legislators in the eye and insisted that medical care is for wanted babies--not accidental survivors of a botched abortion.
"We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician," Alisa LaPolt Snow told a committee in complete disbelief. On that issue, Planned Parenthood and Barack Obama stand alone. Not a single Florida state representative could bring themselves to do once what Barack Obama did four times--vote against life-saving treatments for living, breathing infants.
In 48 hours, the leader of the free world will put his presidential seal of approval on an organization whose icy indifference extends to far more than tiny children. Turns out, the back-alley squalor of Gosnell's clinic isn't all that uncommon. In the multi-billion dollar empire of Planned Parenthood, you'd think clinics could afford to clean their equipment or sanitize bloody tables.
Well, they may have the money (thanks to taxpayers), but they lack the motivation. At the end of March, two nurses from Planned Parenthood of Delaware quit the business for fear they'd lose their licenses over the third-world conditions of the branch's operating rooms. "They were using instruments on patients that were not sterile," one said of the clinics' "meat market" mentality. "I couldn't tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was," Ms. Mitchell-Werbrich explained. "[The doctor] didn't wear gloves. He didn't believe he needed to," she told authorities.
And these health hazards aren't all President Obama is condoning when he speaks on Planned Parenthood's behalf. It takes a lot of nerve to stand up in front of the world and declare your support for an organization accused of defrauding your own administration. For a man who's done the bulk of his Planned Parenthood fundraising through unwilling taxpayers, the President seems amazingly unconcerned about the organization's nationwide Medicaid racket or, for that matter, its criminal cover-ups, falsified patient records, racially-motivated donations, or its pro-prostitution, pro-human trafficking counseling. Why on earth would anyone raise more money for an organization that can't be trusted with the $542 million Americans are forced to give it every year? As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, it literally pays to break the law. In President Obama's latest budget proposal, he suggested rewarding the organization defending itself against multi-state lawsuits with an extra $30 million in funding!
Meanwhile, Jill Stanek wasn't the only one who noticed the sick irony of the name for Planned Parenthood's fundraiser: "Right to Shoes." Most pro-lifers probably couldn't help but think of the grand jury report and the chilling photos of severed baby feet on Gosnell's shelf. For years, tiny footprints have been the symbol of the pro-life movement. And tragically for millions of unborn children, Planned Parenthood never recognized their right to shoes.
On Abortion, the Skype's the Limit
The Kermit Gosnell trial continues to be the single greatest pro-life ad out there, as more Americans are jarred into thinking about the grisly realities behind "choice." Louisiana's leaders were the latest to spring into action, rolling back some of the gains made by the pro-abortion camp. Yesterday, in keeping with the recent pattern of pro-life protections, the state senate voted overwhelmingly (32-2) to protect women from doctors who would prescribe dangerous abortion drugs by Skype or other video conferences. Under this measure, doctors would have to be present when the pill is administered to ensure that patients are getting the care and counsel they need. In an indication of how the political landscape may be changing, not a single person spoke up against the proposal on the floor.
The Pelican State is also set to vote this week on whether or not to expand Medicaid as part of ObamaCare. Governor Bobby Jindal (R) is strongly opposed to the idea, as I am. In a letter to state leaders, FRC urges the legislature to hold the line on the President's unpopular--and fiscally unsound--law. "Estimates show that by expanding Medicaid, hundreds of thousands would either be dumped or discouraged from joining the private insurance market, forcing 41% of Louisianans into Medicaid... [which] could cost Louisiana taxpayers as much as $1.7 billion over the first 10 years of implementation." As Gov. Jindal points out, "Soon there will be more people riding in the cart than people pulling the cart." States like Louisiana need to recognize that the President "is gradually turning the world's greatest health care system into the world's largest welfare system." If you live in Louisiana, I encourage you to contact your state legislator through the House switchboard (225-342-6945) and ask him or her to vote NO on ObamaCare's expansion.
Many Are Called, But Fu Are Chosen...
Bob Fu knows first-hand what it's like to be persecuted by the Chinese government for his faith. He and his wife, Heidi, fled to the United Statesas religious refugees in 1997. Not long after, Bob founded the China Aid Association (CAA) to draw international attention to China's gross human rights violations against house church Christians. Don't miss your chance to hear from Bob Fu on religious freedom and how the global church can prepare for a future democratic China by obeying the biblical mandate to support the persecuted. The event starts at noon on Wednesday, April 24 at FRC headquarters (801 G Street, NW). Register here to attend in person or via live webstream.
** How do we prevent future Kermit Gosnells? The states have a pretty good idea by rushing to work on new pro-life protections. Read what else we can do in FRC's Anna Higgins's new column for Townhall.com. Also, for more on the Boy Scouts' absurd "compromise" to allow homosexual youth, click over to U.S. News and World Report to read Rob Schwarzwalder's piece, "Allowing Gay Boy Scouts Clouds Scouts' Fundamental Purpose."
*** FRC's Dr. David Prentice is a regular Kansas celebrity after yesterday's bill signing! Hear more about his involvement in the creation of the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center here and on today's edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.