The authoritarian left seems absolutely determined to hide the number of women who die as a result of an abortion. Earlier this week, for example, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands reportedly sued the state of Idaho over a state-wide abortion law that went into effect back in July requiring licensed abortion clinics, hospitals, and physicians to file a detailed report any time there’s an abortion complication.
Specifically, the Planned Parenthood branch purportedly urged a US District Court judge in Idaho several days ago to overturn a newly enacted law in the state, otherwise known as HB 638, that has now made it mandatory for licensed death clinics and abortionists to report every time a woman getting an abortion needs medical treatment or dies from complications.
Although this seems like a legitimate concern, Planned Parenthood wants that info kept secret.
In their complication report, the medical officials are apparently expected to keep the patient’s identity private but must list “the age and race of the patient, state and country of residence, and [the] number of previous pregnancies, births, and abortions of the patient.”
They are also reportedly required to include “the gestational age of the unborn baby, [the] abortion method used, and identification of the physician” in their report as well.
Those who fail to comply with the new law will apparently face fines and possible license suspensions. If a licensed medical professional fails to file such a report in the event of an abortion complication, for example, then they risk being fined $500.
Once a second infraction is committed, licensed facilities not only risk being fined $1,000 but also risk having their license suspended for six months.
If a clinic ends up violating the law more three or more times, then they risk having their license suspended for a whole year.
According to the Planned Parenthood branch, however, such common sense reporting requirements must not allowed, because it supposedly “doesn’t do enough to protect women’s private medical information from being released to the public.”
The abortion organization also reportedly opposes the law because they claim it is “convoluted and puts health care providers at risk of criminal and civil penalties if they guess wrong when attempting to follow the vague reporting requirements,” which is utterly ridiculous.
“The law violates constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection by arbitrarily singling out one particular medical procedure and requiring invasive reporting that has nothing to do with protecting patient health care,” explained the abortion group in a statement that was published on their website several days ago.
“Providers will now face potential criminal and civil penalties and professional discipline, which could result in the loss of their medical license, for non-compliance with these unconstitutional, vague, and overreaching reporting requirements,” they continued, adding, “furthermore, the information gathered by these requirements is not protected from disclosure, putting patient and provider privacy at risk.”
In a separate statement, Hannah Brass Greer, who is the chief legal counsel for the abortion organization, suggested that the law has no real basis in science and medicine and consequently never should have been passed in the first place.
“This law is nothing but government interference designed to restrict Idahoans access to legal reproductive health care,” began Greer.
“This bill should never have passed in the first place as it has no basis in science and medicine. We deserve more from our elected leaders. At Planned Parenthood, safety is our top priority; HB 638 is not about patient safety. Abortion care is already incredibly safe,” she continued.
“This is another attempt by Idaho politicians to shame and stigmatize people seeking abortion care and to spread the myth that abortion is dangerous. These reporting requirements burden patients and their medical providers and represent another example of government overreach by Idaho politicians,” added Greer, noting, “this law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.”
Their opposition to the law, though, is clearly absurd. They aren’t trying to put private medical information at risk of being exposed and they aren’t trying to punish medical professionals who do their job properly. The law is simply trying to inform and protect vulnerable women who are thinking about ending their own pregnancy.
Disturbingly, the abortion activists at Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands branch of Planned Parenthood are not the only ones pushing back against abortion regulations.
Several months ago, for instance, US District Judge Carlton Reeves, an Obama-era appointee, placed a “temporary restraining order” on a piece of pro-life legislation, known as “HB 15010,” that had been signed earlier this year in Mississippi prohibiting women from having “abortions after 15 weeks gestation unless the unborn baby is not expected to live outside the womb or if continuing the pregnancy jeopardizes the woman’s life.”
Alarmingly, a similar law in the state of Alabama was also recently struck down by US District Judge Myron Thompson. Basically, Thompson ruled that like Texas, Alabama cannot ban cruel and unusual dismemberment abortions.
Thankfully, though, despite the fact that heartless individuals are making it as easy as possible to kill babies while they’re still in the womb, others are actively campaigning to make doing so much harder.
Back in December 2017, for example, a piece of pro-life legislation, known as “SB 3,” was passed by the Pennsylvania House Health Committee. According to reports, if the legislation is ultimately signed into law, abortionists would be prohibited from performing abortions after twenty weeks. Dismemberment abortions would also be completely banned.
If pregnant women knew a bit more about the potential risks involved in undergoing such a procedure, then they may be less likely to actually do so. Hopefully, the US District Court in Idaho understands this and will ultimately rule against Planned Parenthood’s campaign to make abortion less transparent.