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Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and the “Abortion Renaissance”

by | Jul 15, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Charlotte Taft

Charlotte Taft

Over the decades, I have read abortion clinic entrepreneur Charlotte Taft with something approaching bemusement, bewilderment, and befuddlement. Taft does make some amazing–make that stunning– comments.

Who is Charlotte Taft? “She is the former director of the Abortion Care Network, an organization for independent providers and abortion care allies,” according to her bio at the pro-abortion site rewire news. “She is a consultant and counselor with Imagine! with her partner Shelley Oram.”

Which brings us to “It’s Time for an Abortion Renaissance,” which she posted last week at Rewire news.

The “Renaissance” was made possible by the Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn parts of the 2013 Texas law.

What did Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt represent? A kind of declaration of independence for abortion clinics from any responsibility to the health of the women they are aborting in assembly style numbers.

To give some idea of where Taft is coming from (she’s optimistic but not totally sure the pro-abortion Utopia is around the corner), here is her conclusion:

Being frustrated and helpless is exhausting and can burn us out. So here’s a glass of champagne to being able to dream again, and to dreaming big. From my own past clinic work:

At this clinic we do sacred work
That honors women
And the circle of life and death.

As I have written countless times, I understand fully how women in crisis can be ramrodded into having an abortion they don’t really want or succumb to fears of a bleak future should they carry their baby to term.

What I don’t understand are people like Taft.

“Sacred work”? Lopping off arms and legs until a defenseless baby bleeds to death?

“That honors women”? Honors women’s what? Fear, desperation, lack of support by the baby’s father?

“And the circle of life and death”? Is she channeling “The Lion King”? Are Taft and her ilk unable to understand that unborn children are not prey–that they are our children whose death we chose because we lack the moral and spiritual strength to choose life?

There’s lot of almost comical drivel in “It’s Time for an Abortion Renaissance.” Taft dreams of civil disobedience against abortion clinic regulations she doesn’t like. In the process she likens herself to “the man who stood in front of moving tanks in Tiananmen Square.”

And no, I am not making that up.

What’s interesting is that she picks out a quote from Justice Breyer who wrote the decision:

More fundamentally, in the face of no threat to women’s health, Texas seeks to force women to travel long distances to get abortions in crammed-to-capacity superfacilities. Patients seeking these services are less likely to get the kind of individualized attention, serious conversation, and emotional support that doctors at less taxed facilities may have offered.

Justice Breyer clearly is channeling Taft et al.’s wistfully imaginative portrait of your independent mom and pop abortion clinic, not to be confused with “crammed-to-capacity superfacilities” (aka the $26 million dollar Planned Parenthood’s megaclinic in Houston).

All the comforts of home–“excellent, affordable, and state-of-the-art abortion care,” to quote Taft. No wonder we are seeing the beginnings of a move to make abortion clinics glorified spas.

The difference, of course, is that a mom may bring her little one along while she works out and then brings her home with her. At the “independent clinic,” she comes in the mom of a living baby and leaves the mother of a dead baby.

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Categories: Abortion