The recent shootings at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood remind me of an era that began over 20 years ago. Between 1993 and 1998 a series of assassinations were leveled at abortion providers and office staff in Pensacola, Florida, Brookline, Massachusetts, Birmingham, Alabama and Buffalo, New York. I suspect that the violence of that era is about to make a resurgence.
The issue is larger than one of abortion—it is a societal issue in which we have become less and less tolerant of one another.
The intolerance covers the entire political spectrum from far right wing conservatives to left wing progressives. Whether the issue is abortion, gun control, LGBT rights, taxes, immigration, climate change or the management of Syrian refugees… we have become a country of individuals consumed with the know-it-all-sounds of our own voices. Simply put we are far more concerned with “our” own freedom of speech and expression than “yours.”
Consider some of these events within the past few weeks Continue reading “Abortion Wars”
It shouldn’t be necessary to write this article but the recent Washington Post (July 14, 2015) story “Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood exec discussing organ harvesting” has prompted many individuals—both Pro Choice and Pro Life–to react with confusion, disgust and even rage. Unfortunately, this is the not the first time that the professionalism of abortion providers has been called into question. Well-publicized cases such as that involving Pennsylvania physician, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, is another recent example of a stain on the integrity of abortion providers from whom they expect greater care and compassion.
But these recent events make it necessary for abortion providers to examine their own practices and their own behavior. Simply put, the public requires and deserves assurances that women seeking abortion services will be treated with the care and dignity they deserve.
The facts of this video—along with other recent incidents–will be discussed in upcoming political campaigns, in the halls of Congress and will alter the very landscape of abortion rights and the use of fetal tissue for years to come.
But this article is about something else. This is article is not about a woman’s right to abortion—it’s about a woman’s right to dignity.
Continue reading “Abortion Services – Treating you with the dignity you deserve”