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Anti-Choice Protestors Hand Out “Fetuses” To 12 Year Olds

Robin Marty

At least they left their large, graphic "abortion" posters at home.

When it comes to discussing sex or contraception, anti-choice activists say that it is unacceptable to talk to a child in school without explicit parental permission.  But when it comes to handing out two inch long plastic fetuses to preteens, that’s perfectly acceptable.

The New Zealand Herald reports:

A Hastings family have gone to the police after their 12-year-old daughter was given a rubber foetus and anti-abortion pamphlets by protesters while walking home in her intermediate school uniform.

Jane Hannam, 12, was walking home from Heretaunga Intermediate with a friend last Thursday when they were approached by a female protester outside Hawke’s Bay Hospital and given a rubber foetus and information card about foetal development.

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Her parents, Brian and Zarlene Hannam, said it was disgusting that protesters would target young school-aged children and made a complaint to Hastings police.

“We just found her playing with this toy foetus,” Mrs Hannam said. “It was sort of like a really soft spongy flesh-coloured foetus. I just think that’s disgusting.

One protester claims that although they aren’t trying to target the children, per se, it’s not that big of a deal since “they can access that stuff on the computer and most of them know it anyway.”

Too bad they don’t apply the same rules to comprehensive, age appropriate sex education.

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Anti-Choice “Scholar” Explains How to Regulate Abortion Out of Existence

Robin Marty

Speaking at the Value Voters Summit, Michael New describes how to tighten regulations until abortion is inaccessible.

When abortion is restricted, only rich people will get abortions. That’s the theory put forth by anti-choice scholar Michael New, who, when speaking at the Value Voters Summit explained how the increased regulations for women before they obtain an abortion serve to raise costs enough that more women can’t afford them.

Via The American Independent:

“The best thing you can do when you get home is support a variety of state pro-life bills, and essentially, if your state has them, they can be strengthened,” New, a University of Michigan-Dearborn professor who is an adjunct scholar for the anti-abortion Charlotte Lozier Institute, said during a September 15 presentation at the summit. “You can defund abortion by stopping Medicaid funding or by defunding Planned Parenthood. You can strengthen parental-involvement laws, by requiring both parents to be involved. You can strengthen informed-consent laws: Require the woman to see an ultrasound, or require two trips to the clinic. That raises the costs; that stops the abortion from happening. You can lengthen the waiting period. Don’t be like the other states that do 24, 48, 72 hours. Do it for nine months—that’ll stop abortions in your state. I guarantee it.”

New’s comments are part of his “demand side” method to limiting a woman’s right to a legal abortion—creating so many barriers that the pregnant woman cannot access the procedure. New also believes that “supply side” action is the new approach to eliminating abortion, and that TRAP laws are the way to make that occur. As he wrote in Lifenews in July:

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One interesting development is that there has been a subtle shift in pro-life legal strategies in recent years. In the years since Roe v. Wade, pro-lifers have mostly focused on what could be called “demand side” legislation. In short, legislation that was designed to make it more difficult for women to obtain abortions by either imposing legal barriers or increasing the economic costs of abortion. However, in recent years, pro-lifers have pursued what could be termed “supply side” strategies.

These are strategies that are designed to make it more difficult for abortion providers to either stay open or perform abortions.

Overall this has been a wise strategy for pro-lifers. The deplorable conditions found in Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic and the LiveAction videos documenting Planned Parenthood employees engaging is misconduct have created a compelling case for stronger regulation of abortion clinics. Better yet, good research shows that fewer clinics results in fewer abortions.

And to think, people argue that women’s reproductive rights aren’t an economic issue?  Here are the most basic economic principles at work.

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Democrats and Planned Parenthood Leaders Respond to Michigan’s Anti-Choice “Super-Bill”

Angi Becker Stevens

Michigan House Democratic floor leader Kate Segal and Planned Parenthood of Michigan respond to the anti-choice "super-bill," quickly becoming known as one of the most extreme pieces of anti-choice legislation in the country.

Michigan House Democratic floor leader Kate Segal issued a statement Friday in response to the anti-choice “super-bill,” HB 5711, quickly becoming known as one of the most extreme pieces of anti-choice legislation in the country.

In her statement, Segal, who is also a member of the committee on health policy, took a firm stance against the bills:

“This is just another example of how out-of-touch and extremist politicians are declaring a War on Women in order to appease their special interest donors. I will fight this unconscionable attempt to criminalize doctors, restrict women’s rights, and turn a legal and safe medical procedure into one that is difficult to provide, difficult to obtain and dangerous to women.”

Rep. Segal’s views, however, are not necessarily shared by all Michigan Democrats in the House. Of the 7 Democrats on the committee for Health Policy, 5 voted against the legislation, one abstained (Rep. George Darany), and one voted in favor (Rep. Lesia Liss) of the unprecedented restrictions. When the separate “anti-coercion” legislation passed the state house recently, it did so by a a vote of 72-37, a wider margin than the Republican/Democrat split of 63-47.

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Planned Parenthood of Michigan has organized a protest for Tuesday’s House Session, where a vote on the “super-bill” is expected to occurr. Opponents of the bill are encouraged to arrive at the Capitol no later than 1 pm, to be present when the House session begins at 1:30.