Planned Parenthood says it opposes ‘forced abortion’ but is tied to China’s one-child policy
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The successful release of dissident Chen Guangcheng has shined such a light on China’s one-child policy that on Thursday the Planned Parenthood Federation of America released a statement condemning “forced abortion and coerced birth control.” However, the federation supports funding for the international organization that cooperates with Beijing’s population control measures, is institutionally tied to its enablers, and critics say Planned Parenthood performs abortions on coerced women in its clinics everyday.
After noting “the safe passage of Chinese human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng and his family to the United States,” the organization condemned “the scourge of coercive reproductive policies.”
“Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) opposes coercive and inhumane reproductive policies and practices, including China’s one-child policy and the illegal practices of forced abortion and coerced birth control reported in some localities,” its statement read. “The continued oppression of Chinese families through coercive reproductive policies must end.”
PPFA promised to begin “amplifying a human rights perspective” on the issue.
“We agree, in principle, that coerced abortions are wrong,” Stephen Casey, vice president and chief counsel of Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL), told LifeSiteNews.com. “What we’d like to see now is its being put into practice.”
He noted PPFA is linked to forced abortions here and in Chen’s native China.
The George W. Bush administration ended funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after a 2002 federal investigation found the UNFPA sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Chinese State Family Planning Commission (SFPC), the agency that implements China’s one-child policy.
The Obama administration renewed U.S. funding for the global population control agency.
Earlier this month, as the Republican-controlled House considered a successful measure to eliminate UNFPA’s $39 million budget, Planned Parenthood issued a press release claiming the bill would “harm women around the world.” (Emphasis in original.)
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The organization has not announced plans to return the money nor to withdraw from UNFPA.
However, Casey is more familiar with coerced abortion back home.
Citing the experiences that TCDL has had in litigating cases of forced terminations and “the exposure of various clinics that are covering up for statutory rape [and] child trafficking,” he said Planned Parenthood’s opposition to coercion “needs to be put into practice and not just a news byte.”
Casey’s non-profit, TCDL, represented a 16-year-old girl he says was literally dragged “across the sidewalk by the belt, leaving her bloody” as she was led to two Austin-area abortion clinics – including a Planned Parenthood.
“That’s a forced abortion,” Casey said.
Pro-life activist Tara Shaver spared an Albuquerque, New Mexico, teenager an unwanted abortion at Planned Parenthood in 2010. When Tara texted the 17-year-old that she could leave anytime she wanted, the minor replied, “my parents won’t let me.”
“This incident highlights the epidemic of coerced and forced abortions that occur with alarming frequency in this nation,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said at the time. “Abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood are all too willing to exploit women in vulnerable circumstances in order to make a buck.”
Casey also represented a 14-year-old girl Corpus Christi girl, who received a temporary restraining order after she said her family members physically assaulted her while trying to force her to obtain an abortion.
Last November, eyewitnesses said they saw abortion workers at Affiliated Medical Services, a Milwaukee-area abortion clinic, prevent a young black girl aged 11-14 from leaving the facility.
At times, it is the judicial system that orders a woman to undergo the invasive and deadly procedure. In January, a Massachusetts court threw out a lower court’s ruling compelling a mentally ill woman to have an abortion and sterilization, although a court-appointed expert testified she strongly objected to both procedures. Ultimately, the state dropped the request.
Planned Parenthood made no condemnations in these cases.
Casey said Chen’s decision to come to America shows the dregs of the abortion culture. “With the exploitation of the gold-covered fetuses and babies that were powdered and a story out of India about aborted babies being fed to dogs, God’s grieving. The world’s grieving over abortion, and we’re going to look back and see it’s such a stain on the face of humanity.”
Casey said anyone in the state of Texas facing an unwanted abortion can contact TCDL. Those in the other 49 states can contact the Alliance Defense Fund, and “We will work to resolve the situation to protect both the mother and the baby.”
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