Repro Wrap: Everyone Hates National Right to Life (Even Abortion Opponents) and Other News

Last weekend, the anti-abortion movement broke up with itself, and it was a little bit wonderful. The gist? Georgia Right to Life, the National Right to Life Committee state affiliate that had been a member since even before the Roe v. Wade decision, had refused to support the national organization’s 20 week abortion ban push, because it allowed an exception in the case of rape or incest. On Saturday, they paid the price for being anti-exception, when a newly launched fledgeling group called Georgia Life Alliance stole their affiliation, becoming the new state branch of the NRLC.

To be clear, all of these groups want abortion eliminated under all circumstances. National Right to Life Committee, if it had a magic wand it could wave, would be just as happy to grant legal rights to fertilized eggs and send pregnant people back into the back alleys as Georgia Right to Life’s members would. But they know that that step is unattainable at this moment, and instead are focusing on piling on as many restrictions as possible that will currently stand up to legal scrutiny. And Georgia Right to Life, to them, was stirring the pot.

The Georgia Life Alliance, on the other hand, has already promised obedience. “[W]e will work diligently to support the goals and objectives of the NRLC while also advancing the cause for life in the State of Georgia,” the group pledged in a press release after the affiliation battle. They will also provide endorsements for slightly less out of the mainstream candidates, in the hopes of avoiding a 2012 Todd Akin moment. That’s what happens when your new “pro-life” group is pulled together by conservative political pundit Erick Erickson.

So has the anti-abortion movement suffered a massive schism, and will they pull together enough to continue their fight against the right to terminate a pregnancy? It would be nice, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Yes, the “personhood” wing is very, very angry. But in the end, they all still want the exact same thing, they just can’t agree on how to get there.

In other news, this week marks the one year anniversary of the opening of South Wind Women’s Clinic in Wichita, Kansas, and the clinic announced that they have assisted about 1500 patients with their reproductive health care needs since they opened their doors. Abortions themselves in the state of Kansas continue to decline slightly, meaning that the clinic did not increase the number of abortions performed, but simply allowed more people a closer option to obtain a termination. Meanwhile, GOP leaders are “following the lead” of Kansans for Life, the state’s NRLC chapter, and blocking a heartbeat abortion ban from getting to the floor. Could Kansas be the next state where the anti-abortion movement will schism like Georgia’s did?

The Alabama legislature approved doubling the waiting period for an abortion from 24 to 48 hours, making it that much more difficult for a pregnant person to obtain a termination. In other worrisome Alabama news, the law stating that all abortion providers must have local admitting privileges, which had been blocked, will now go to trial.

The Louisiana house has voted on its own TRAP bill with admitting privileges and medically unnecessary and expensive clinic regulations, so the bill will now move to the senate, and a similar bill has passed an Oklahoma house committee. Each bill would shut down all but one or two clinics in the state. And, speaking of one clinic in a state, Mississippi has passed a 20 week gestation (18 weeks post fertilization) abortion ban, which their governor can’t wait to sign.

As was expected, the 5th circuit federal court declared that the Texas bill that is closing almost every clinic in the state is actually constitutional and not an undue burden to pregnant people, because abortion is still legal even if it isn’t accessible to most of the pregnant people in the state. Now, clinic owners are trying a new lawsuit that states that requiring the clinics to rebuild as ambulatory surgical centers is a violation. Here’s hoping this attempt at softening the law fairs better.

In good news this week, the governor of West Virginia vetoed the state’s new 20 week abortion ban, a move that left abortion opponents across the country fuming as lose their “a Democratic leaning state passed it!” talking point. Also, Wisconsin legislators killed off the push to create “Choose Life” license plates that would fund crisis pregnancy centers. The surprising part? It was the state’s Republican legislators who did it.

Finally, Rennie Gibbs, who was jailed for giving birth to a stillborn baby, which the state claimed occurred because she used cocaine, has had the charges dropped in the “depraved heart murder“ case that has haunted her since she was 16-years-old. Sadly, prosecution claims it will consider still filing manslaughter charges against her later this year.

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98 comments

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

This is a personal decision. Only a woman carrying the fetus should decide. This is not a political issue.

Politicians: Stay out of my WOMB!!!

Next they will try to decide if emergency appendectomies are legal.

Gerald L.
Gerald L2 years ago

@ Carole L. Quote; And all of them said if they had it to do again they wouldn't have had children. In fact, just last week when I was at the club,

Carole, your actual experience with friends = time at the club? Is that evening clubbing or an exercise club? I don't need an answer, but your right we all have a choice. Your actual experience with friends, acquaintances, with children is they are always looking for someway to pawn their children off on someone else so they could go out.

If clubbing and partying time is being robbed by being parents, this is a sad stat. If 75% would NOT do it, have children, makes it even sadder.

Carole if; There's a reason we chose 'not' to have children. People should be responsible and avoid pregnancy. Not using abortion as a preventative remedy.

CAUTION; Carbon Disulphide a neurotoxin is used in some birth control pills. WHAT are the long term effects? Is residue of the neurotoxin stored in the users body and tissues responsible for the rise in autism and Multiple Sclerosis?



Franck Rio
Frank R2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Carole L.
Carole L2 years ago

(cont'd)
My sis-in-law 'confessed' to me that she wasn't cut out for motherhood. This of course 'after' she'd squeezed out 3 children. Ppl are always trying to 'give' their children to my better half and me. There's a reason we chose 'not' to have children. Why would we want anyone else's. So don't give me that abortion guilt trip crap. There was a study that concluded 75% of 'all' parents say if they had it to do again they wouldn't have children. And that my dear Gerald is a fact.

Suba G
“Those who oppose abortion: Would you care to specify the real reasons for your opposition?”

you need to add; without quoting the bible, religious beliefs, or claims “all life is precious” bs. and if they really are "living" their lives according to scripture, do they stone adulterers and unwed mothers etc.

Carole L.
Carole L2 years ago

Vasu M.
“Pro-lifers are trying to sweep a serious moral issue like animal rights under the rug by dismissing it as someone else's "religious belief," but it wasn't too long ago that pro-lifers faced similar discrimination!”

perhaps, except they were not forced to have abortions or use bc.

Gerald L
“Maybe a University Psychology Program could do a study of possible guilt after the fact
gauging potential substance abuse, anti-depressant use, psychotic mood swings, depression etc.”

the only psychosis we see is on the right.

“I have heard the stories where sadly girls that have had abortions find it hard to visit with former friends who now have children.”

oh, you've “heard” stories. My actual experience with friends, acquaintances, with children is they are always looking for someway to pawn their children off on someone else so they could go out. And all of them said if they had it to do again they wouldn't have had children. In fact, just last week when I was at the club, there was an acquaintance there whom I see on occasion, he lamented having children, and said how much simpler life would be without them.

James Wilcox
James Wilcox2 years ago

"Everyone Hates..."

Apparently ...

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

pam w.
pam w2 years ago

Diane C...."(If it's really about protecting a human being, you can't throw that out because of the circumstances of conception. that would make human beings who owe their existence to rape or incest somehow less human.)"

++++++++++++ Of COURSE a rape or incest victim should be forced to continue the pregnancy! That mindless zygote is more important than the adult, sentient woman forced to carry it.

Diane C.
Past Member 2 years ago

Although it's overall good that there's dissension among them, I at least give the GA people credit for consistency in their stance. (If it's really about protecting a human being, you can't throw that out because of the circumstances of conception. that would make human beings who owe their existence to rape or incest somehow less human.)

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se2 years ago

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