Saturday, April 30, 2005

Planned Parenthood: Keeping It Small in the Family

OpinionJournal's James Taranto has noted the Orwellian tone taken by an abortion advocate [scroll down for the item], the unfortunately named Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), as she assailed the The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which passed the House on Wednesday. The bill would make it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines to avoid parental-notification laws. "The people of this country don't want the government intruding" in family disputes, Slaughter said.

As Taranto observes, "In fact, this bill would not intrude into family disputes; it does precisely the opposite: It would punish those who intrude into family disputes by helping girls procure abortions without their parents' knowledge."

But Slaughter isn't the only abortion advocate taking a page from Big Brother's book. The headline of Planned Parenthood's press release on the bill screams, "House Passes Dangerous Family Restriction Act." The mind reels.

When it comes to "dangerous family restrictions," the truth is that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger (who wrote of "the wickedness of large families") was quite in favor of them—especially when they restricted poor and minority families, as a damning essay on attests.