A federal judge put a pause on Missouri’s eight-week abortion ban on Tuesday. However, U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs will allow one portion of the policy to take effect — a ban on abortions based solely on race, sex or a diagnosis indicating the potential for Down syndrome.
Sachs wrote abortions based on Down syndrome would be “somewhat rare, given the window of time needed for adequate testing and consultation.”
Planned Parenthood vowed to fight that portion of the law. Colleen McNicholas, chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, said:
“Although we are grateful today’s ruling allows us to provide care to some Missourians, we will continue to defend the truth: EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason.”
State Rep. Skyler Wheeler (R-Orange City) said that comment is probably one of the most evil things he’s ever heard.
“That is the most racist, sexist and discriminatory comment I’ve ever read in my life,” he said. “It’s no secret Planned Parenthood is full of evil, now they’re just bringing it out more and more. This is all the more reason to push against giving them any sort of public dollars and any kind of credibility as being a ‘good place’ for women to go to receive services. There are many different options out there that provide better service and also do not think it’s OK to kill a baby because it might be black, might be a girl or potentially has Down syndrome.”
Tim Overlin, executive director of Personhood Iowa, expressed his frustration as well.
“Here we are riding the roller coaster of judicial supremacy again,” Overlin said. “It’s another ‘hey, we’re the most pro-life state in the country…oh wait, now a judge says we’re not.'”
In addition, he said at least Planned Parenthood is putting the truth out there.
“There’s a thirst for death that cannot be quenched,” he said. “They don’t care why. They want zero, none, not for any reason — no restrictions. They don’t want to have protection for any babies. Welcome to the Peter Singer world.”
State Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Adel) recalled the claims of abortion being “rare.”
“Planned Parenthood has once again demonstrated just how extreme of an organization they really are,” he said. “No longer is Planned Parenthood talking about abortion being rare, rather they have now taken the position that ‘EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason.’
“Killing a baby in the womb because of their sex, race or diagnosis of Down syndrome is a radical view that does not resonate with the American people. Planned Parenthood’s comments and their crusade to profit from taking the life of innocent children simply because they are a particular race or gender or because the child has an extra chromosome is simply disgusting and reprehensible.”
Tamara Scott, Iowa’s RNC National Committeewoman and part of Concerned Women for America of Iowa, said if Democrats expect their concern for racism to be taken seriously, they should be especially vocal about this.
“It’s time for reckoning,” Scott said. “Democrats who’ve feigned outrage as they manufacture claims of racism must now speak out against about abortion clinics that target locations in minority neighborhoods.
“If feminists and the Left expect us to believe they truly care about equality, they must stop the ‘War on Women’ that starts in the womb. And for all who profess to protect those who dare to be different, that must also include those who face a difficult diagnosis like Down Syndrome. We can no longer allow Planned Parenthood to eradicate whole people groups in their quest for eugenics. Margaret Sanger and PPH have committed atrocities against humanity for far too long, it’s time their evil reign comes to an end.”