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Is Abortion 'Health Care'? Activists Want It Both Ways.


Is Abortion 'Health Care'? Activists Want It Both Ways.
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LifeNews.com subsequently tweeted out a summary of the piece under the headline: “Cecile Richards: If Planned Parenthood is Defunded We’re ‘Terrified’ Women Won’t be Able to Get Abortions.” I retweeted that, with a little quip attached, and my tweet went a bit viralSince then, several left-wing journalists and activist types — as well as the author of the original BuzzFeed story — have tweeted back that LifeNews.com’s tweet misrepresented the original quote. What Richards said is that they were afraid of losing their “health care.”Pardon?Isn’t it Planned Parenthood’s own contention that abortion is “health care”? Doesn’t Planned Parenthood insist that to deprive women of the right to an abortion is to deprive them of their basic “reproductive rights”? In fact, isn’t Planned Parenthood so committed to this idea that they believe taxpayers should be forced to fund abortions — on the grounds that taxpayers fund other “basic health-care needs”?Put another way: Wouldn’t it contradict what Cecile Richards has spent her adult life advocating to suggest that her understanding of “health care” excluded abortion?Don’t get me wrong, though: If that is what’s happening, it’s extraordinarily welcome news.

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