Planned Parenthood, NARAL overjoyed by Supreme Court ruling
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, June 29, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – While pro-life, pro-family activists lamented Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the health care bill, the abortion industry welcomed the 5-4 ruling in favor of a bill that could lead to the federal funding of abortion.
The nation’s pro-abortion organizations weighed in with a series of similarly worded press releases recycling many of the same phrases and talking points.
Planned Parenthood called the bill “the greatest advance in women’s health in a generation.” Echoing President Obama, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said, “This is a victory for the American people, and we thank President Obama and the members of Congress who passed the Affordable Care Act for their leadership on this issue.”
“Women who come into Planned Parenthood health centers often struggle to balance paying for birth control and health services with paying for textbooks, groceries, or gas for the car. The Affordable Care Act will make those decisions easier for women across the country,” she said.
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A Planned Parenthood press release states that one of the “key benefits” of the health care bill is that, starting in August, “birth control will be treated like any other preventive prescription under the Affordable Care Act, and will be available without co-pays or deductibles.”
Judy Tabor, president of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, shared identical sentiments. “This is the greatest advancement for women in a generation,” she said. She said, thanks to the bill, women “won’t have to make a decision about whether to buy their birth control, or pay for their groceries or fill their tank with gas.”
The bill may pad the billion-dollar abortion industry’s bottom line. Planned Parenthood’s press release notes, “49 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers have contracts with private insurance companies”
Nancy Keenan, the departing president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said, “The Affordable Care Act marks the greatest advancement for women’s health in a generation.” She called the decision “a tremendous victory for American women” that “will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services [and] better access to contraception.”
As implemented, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), conventionally known as “ObamaCare,” would allow insurance agencies that participate in the state exchanges the bill creates to charge women a $1 surcharge for abortion coverage, effectively underwriting the ghastly procedure with federal funds.