Monday November 1, 2010

Panic: Abortion is in ‘Extreme Danger’ Says Planned Parenthood as Election Looms

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2010 ( – As the Obama administration heads toward major losses in Tuesday’s mid-term elections, the nation’s top abortion lobbies are rallying supporters to mitigate what is expected to be a Republican and pro-life takeover at the polls.

“I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: women’s health and reproductive rights are in extreme danger in this election,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote in an email to supporters Monday. “The only thing we can do now is get out there and vote — and make sure everyone who supports women’s health does the same.”

Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Organization for Women are scrambling to protect their recent political and legislative victories, particularly the abortion funding in the federal health care reform law, which were made possible by the Democratic stronghold on Capitol Hill.

Republicans have pledged to support legislation that would codify the Hyde amendment – making it impossible for any federal program to fund abortion except in cases of rape and incest. Such a law would evaporate the hard-won health reform funding aggressively pursued by the abortion lobby. Top Republican leaders have even expressed dedication to repealing the entire reform law, which was heavily supported by the abortion lobby.

On top of several other initiatives, Planned Parenthood has manned phone banks with volunteers to help get out the pro-abortion vote.

“Everything I’ve asked you to do, you’ve done. Now I need you to do just one more thing, and it’s the most important of all: go out and vote tomorrow,” wrote Richards in her letter to supporters.

NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan expressed dismay that a victory for “anti-choice forces” could lead to even more aggressive legal protection for the unborn than pro-life lawmakers have recently attempted.

“If anti-choice forces take back Congress, we’re preparing for attacks on choice that are worse than the Stupak abortion-coverage ban to health-care reform,” Keenan told supporters. “Don’t let that happen.”

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