Tonya Reaves is ‘the real face of the war on women’: Lila Rose at Values Voter Summit
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 17, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Live Action founder Lila Rose deflated the Democratic Party’s talking points about a Republican “war on women” at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, saying it is Planned Parenthood that belittles women who oppose abortion and sometimes kills women who seek it.
Rose told a large and receptive crowd at the Omni Shoreham hotel on Saturday when they think of the disastrous effects of abortion policy, they should not think of Sandra Fluke but 24-year-old Tonya Reaves. An autopsy confirmed Reaves died from a botched abortion after bleeding on an abortion table for five-and-a-half hours.
Rose noted that doctors did not call 911 until well after the damage of a punctured uterus became obvious. “Planned Parenthood, as you may know, is very careful about their image,” she said. “They’re very good at PR, and they’re very good at dismantling other organizations, e.g., Komen.”
“Tonya left behind her one-year-old son, Alvin, and a grieving mother who is now suing Planned Parenthood for their negligence,” she said.
“Tonya is the real face of the war on women – women who have been lied to by powerful interests with powerful population control ideologies who are telling us women that abortion will liberate us, that abortion will solve our problems,” Rose stated. “We know the emotional threat of abortion and we know often, too often, the physical threats of abortion to our own bodies as well as against our children.”
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The pro-abortion movement’s war on women includes the Democratic National Convention’s refusal to acknowledge the existence of pro-life women in its own party and media denigration of women like Rose, who defend the unborn.
The president’s opposition to a recent bill that would have banned sex-selective abortion – the subject of Live Action’s most recent undercover expose – is another front in the war, Rose said.
“President Obama, in a time when the war on women was supposedly being waged, went out of his way to say he refused this basic protection for unborn baby girls,” she stated.
The contradiction of a society that treasures women but allows baby girls to die – and of a nation that calls for a more perfect union while encouraging mothers to kill their own babies at will – threatens to hamper America’s future, she said.
Rose posed a question: When the family, “that fundamental bond, that place where we should be the safest and the most cared for…that building block of civilizations… is under threat and when family members are turned…against each other, how can we have a strong economy? How can we have a strong nation?”
Although polls show the president with a moderate bounce after the Democratic National Convention, most pundits view the presidential race as too close to call. But Rose remained confident.
“I am very hopeful about November,” she said. “We really have to get out the vote.” She looked forward to a future filled with “better things in 2013 ,when we start to create that country where every life is protected by love and by law.”