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Abortion Backers Want to Turn the Clock Back

by | May 9, 2014

By Maria Gallagher, legislative director,
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Hillary Clinton and Congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies

Hillary Clinton and Congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies

The abortion industry and its apologists want to turn the clock back on patient safety.

Witness the desperate rhetoric of pro-abortion Congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies, who is perhaps better known now as Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law.

Margolies has decided to make an issue of opponent Brendan Boyle’s vote in favor of our common sense Pennsylvania law requiring abortion facilities to abide by the safety standards of outpatient surgery centers.  Boyle is no pro-lifer–in fact he is running ads saying he will stand up for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation.

But in Abortion World, even the most basic safety requirement is considered an attack on Planned Parenthood, which performs more abortions than any other single entity in the U.S.

The Times Herald newspaper quoted Margolies as saying, “My message to Brendan Boyle today is perfectly clear, you had your chance to stand with women, to take on Pennsylvania’s Pro-Life Federation and you stood with them, not with us. Having been a member of Congress, I can tell you that Brendan Boyle is on the wrong side of this issue.”

Actually, Margolies is wrong on a number of counts.  Enacting safety regulations is standing with women.  Those who oppose such standards are standing against women.  While Boyle’s pro-abortion stand shows him to be on the wrong side of the issue of life, in his vote for the abortion center regulation law, he was on the right side of history.

If a restaurant campaigned against sanitary conditions in fast food joints, the public would be rightly repulsed.  The same principle holds true for candidates who pontificate against health standards for abortion facilities.

Margolies and other hard-core abortion backers may be nostalgic for the Clinton-Rendell era of virtually no oversight of abortion centers.  But with the public outcry over abortionist and now convicted killer Kermit Gosnell, those days have come to a merciful end.  And the tens of thousands of women represented by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation do not want to go back.

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