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Why would the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation lend her image and story to the Center for Reproductive Rights?

by | Sep 24, 2014


By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.

Padma Lakshmi, the host of “Top Chef"

Padma Lakshmi, the host of “Top Chef”

Padma Lakshmi, the host of “Top Chef,” has become the latest celebrity to shill for the aggressively pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), linking her own story and her advocacy for women who, like her, suffer from endometriosis, to the controversial organization.

In a brief video, Lakshmi talks about how she suffered from the pain of endometriosis for more than two decades, went undiagnosed until she was 36, and was incredibly fortunate to be able to have a child despite her condition, which is often associated with infertility.

She ends with a plea for “reproductive health care”:

“I think what politicians and representatives need to remember is that they represent us. Their responsibility is to allow all their constituents the right and access to good, sound healthcare, including reproductive healthcare.”

Lakshmi, the daughter of a Pfizer executive and a nurse, made no mention of being without health care or uninsured. Like many women, she believed that her condition was normal, particularly because her mother also suffered from severe menstrual pain – an opinion shared by the doctors she visited.

Precisely because of this experience and the desire to help other women living with endometriosis, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America, which works to increase women’s awareness of the condition and raise money for research.

A worthy cause, and one that could generate broad support, regardless of one’s political persuasion. So why does Lakshmi worry that politicians are coming to take away women’s access to endometriosis treatment?

Her video is part of CRR’s “Draw The Line” campaign, which describes itself as “a national campaign to build support across the United States for robust protections of every woman’s constitutional rights and access to safe, legal, high-quality reproductive health care—no matter where she lives.”

Safe? Legal? Are we still talking about laparoscopy here?

CRR’s President and CEO Nancy Northup made the following statement: “It’s time to turn up the volume on stories like Padma’s and remind politicians that our reproductive health care is an essential part of our health, well-being, and lives.”

“Stories like Padma’s”…right. As heartwarming as it would be to think that the Center for Reproductive Rights is a champion for women with endometriosis, a quick search of the contents of their website reveals the following:

That’s right, nearly 4,500 references to abortion, and a paltry five for endometriosis: abortion is mentioned about 900 times more often.

While it’s understandable that the CRR would benefit from having someone like Lakshmi speaking on their behalf, it’s less clear what Lakshmi or her foundation gain by partnering with the Center for Reproductive Rights, whose major claim to fame is pushing abortion on countries all over the world using strategic litigation.

Much like the doctors who missed Lakshmi’s symptoms for over twenty years, CRR seems to have been fairly unaware of endometriosis – at least, until they seized a golden opportunity use it to raise money for pro-abortion lawsuits.

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