Thursday, September 11, 2014

Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards changes tune on over the counter birth control

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards has an editorial in CNN which claims that making the birth control pill available over the counter would “push women back to 1950s.” 
At first glance, this appears to be a welcome shift, a reflection of the growing support for making birth control available to more women.

It's not. When health insurance doesn't cover birth control and women have to pay out of pocket at the drugstore, it won't expand access to birth control but shrink it.....

Offering over-the-counter birth control instead of insurance coverage for birth control amounts to a $483 million tax on women.

Compare that to a Huffington Post piece written by Richards in 2013 where the FDA’s decision to make emergency contraception available over the counter for women of all ages (including teen girls) was hailed as “wonderful news” and meant that there would be “no barriers, no shame.”

This is a historic moment for women's health -- and a huge step forward in Planned Parenthood's work to expand access to birth control. Hopefully, with this decision, women all over the country will soon be able to walk into a pharmacy and pick up emergency contraception off the shelves, as soon as they need it -- no barriers, no shame.

Will Planned Parenthood and Richards now lobby to stop emergency contraceptives from being sold over the counter? 

Wendy Davis claims her unborn child suffered while she claimed the opposite in her famous filibuster

In her recently released book, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis claims her unborn daughter Tate Elise was suffering and this is one of the reasons she opted for an abortion. 

"At some point in the almost two weeks of second and third and fourth opinions and tortured decision making, I could feel her little body tremble violently, as if someone were applying an electric shock to her, and I knew then what we needed to do. She was suffering …”

An unborn child in the second trimester was suffering physical pain?

That’s a strange assertion coming from Davis who claimed just the opposite when she famously filibustered against the prolife law in Texas.

At about the 13 minute mark of the video below, Davis begin discussing a paper in which the authors claim fetal pain probably isn't possible until the third trimester. 

She continues in this video.

So her position is that Texas shouldn’t ban late second trimester abortions based on unborn children feeling pain because they don’t feel pain but I had a late second trimester abortion because my unborn child felt pain and I didn't want her to suffer any more.