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The Left’s Flexible Attitude Toward ‘Rights’

Selective outrage over abortion restrictions and none over curtailing gun rights.

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Rand Simberg

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January 25, 2012 - 12:00 am
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Well, Planned Parenthood was also furious, even though it already does sonograms prior to abortions — it just doesn’t want to show the pictures to the prospective clients. It characterized the decision as “abhorrent.”

But as the head of the Family Research Council notes, what’s really abhorrent is Planned Parenthood’s attitude:

“Her organization recognizes that the biggest weapon in the abortion debate is the ultrasound machine,” Perkins said. “For thousands of women, this window into the womb is the only persuasion they need to reconsider abortion. And, as Richards’s group has proved, pro-abortion activists will do everything in their power to stop mothers from recognizing the personhood of their unborn babies.”

“This is a country where Americans can’t even play paintball without signing a paper acknowledging the risks. How does it possibly make sense to let women undergo a major surgical procedure without giving them all the facts?” he said. “The media may be calling it a victory for pro-lifers, but in this case, women and their babies are the real winners. While Texans still have the right to ‘choose,’ at least they’ll finally know what they’re choosing.”

That is, they aren’t really in favor of choice, because they know that if women have all the info, they are often inclined to make the “wrong” choice — that is, to decide not to terminate their pregnancy and kill their gestating child. I think that, at this point, it’s fair to say that they are not a pro-choice movement — they are objectively pro-abortion, and want to see as many as possible. How else to explain all of this irrational hysteria over a common-sense law?

The question is not whether or not they want to maximize the abortion rate, but why? Is it just business — that they make money off abortions, and want to continue to see their business grow, or is it ideological (or both)? And if the latter, what is the ideology? Is it a concern about population growth in general (often a leftist trope)? Or something darker (so to speak)? Black women get abortions at far higher rates than non-blacks. Is it possible that this is part of Planned Parenthood’s “plan”? Maybe:

[Lila] Rose claimed that Planned Parenthood development officials in all seven states that her group contacted gave similar responses and were encouraging donations that were limited to funding only abortions for black women.

As noted over there, Planned Parenthood’s intellectual DNA goes all the way back to Margaret Sanger and her championing of eugenics:

Rose said that the study was done both because of the controversal views of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, and Rose’s belief that the group was still following those founding principles. Sanger advocated using birth control, sterilization, and abortion to weed out “the problem of the dependent, delinquent and defective elements in modern society.”

Rose also noted that she was concerned that “80 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority neighborhoods.”

Just a coincidence, I’m sure.

At any rate, I’ll start taking their bleating about constitutional rights seriously when it becomes one tenth as hard to get an abortion as it is to bear arms.

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Rand Simberg is a recovering aerospace engineer and a consultant in space commercialization, space tourism and Internet security. He offers occasionally biting commentary about infinity and beyond at his weblog, Transterrestrial Musings.
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