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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

"No Such Thing as Pro-Life with Exceptions.."

Planned Parenthood fights order in fraud probe

Planned Parenthood is on the defensive in Indiana after a pro-life group's undercover work led to a state fraud investigation and a judge's decision ordering the agency to turn over medical records for abortions done on girls under the age of 14.

Mark Crutcher, author of a
new handbook that aims to re-energize and equip the pro-life movement, sparked the Indiana probe and others like it across the nation with a well-documented survey revealing virtually all Planned Parenthood affiliates fail to report clear cases of statutory rape to authorities.

Girls under age 14 are presumed to be victims of rape, but Planned Parenthood argues that compliance with the underage reporting law would breach the doctor-patient confidentiality agreement.

Nevertheless, Crutcher, president of Texas-based
Life Dynamics, insists Planned Parenthood understands the law, noting his group has a tape recording of the abortion provider's top two national attorneys admitting that child-abuse reporting laws override confidentiality requirements in every state.

Planned Parenthood is preparing an appeal of the May 30 ruling by Judge Kenneth H. Johnson of Marion Superior Court, who said in his 23-page decision, "The great public interest in the reporting, investigation and prosecution of child abuse trumps even the patient's interest in privileged communication with her physician, because in the end, both the patient and the state are benefited by the disclosure."

Betty Cockrum, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, told the New York Times she's fighting the ruling to protect the 100,000 patients who went to the 40 Indiana health centers last year.

"It's surprising and disappointing," Cockrum said. "Patients beyond Planned Parenthood's are looking at this decision with some anxiety. People believe their medical records are sacred."

A similar case is pending in Kansas before the state Supreme Court.

In addition to the Planned Parenthood probe, Crutcher's Life Dynamics brought about the 1999 congressional hearings on the
sale of aborted baby parts. His unique 1996 book, "Lime 5: Exploited by Choice," documented that women are being sexually assaulted, mutilated and killed inside legal abortion clinics in numbers never before been made public.

Staying on message

In his latest book, "
On Message: Understanding and Communicating the Pro-Life Position," Crutcher provides succinct responses to 90 arguments commonly posed by abortion-rights activists.

He believes the handbook comes at a time of unprecedented opportunity for the pro-life cause.

But Crutcher contends that since the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 overturning all state laws banning abortion, the movement has strayed from the simple message that life begins at conception and, therefore, must be protected from that moment.

"If you go back to the early years of the movement, the message was, 'We must stop abortion, period,'" Crutcher explained in a WorldNetDaily interview. "But over that period, we've drifted, we've compromised, allowing abortion for this reason or that reason."

He contends there is no such position as "pro-life with exceptions."

In his introduction, he asserts the "exceptions" arguments can be exposed as fraudulent by simply paraphrasing them -- such as in the case of rape, saying, "I am pro-life, but I think it should be legal to butcher babies who were conceived in rape."

The arguments in the book, presented in an easy-to-read format, are vital, Crutcher believes, because the pro-life struggle is a grass-roots campaign that will be won by people talking to their co-workers, relatives, friends and neighbors.

"We've got to stay on our message, the fundamental pro-life view," he said. "I've just seen so many instances where people who call themselves pro-life are so far away from the pro-life position that it means nothing."

One reason he wrote the book is because of a new generation of activists.

"We have all these polls showing we have an enormous influx of young people coming into the pro-life movement," he said. "It's incumbent on those of us who have been around for a while to educate these people."

But the book has been helpful even to pro-life advocates active for many years.

A 20-year veteran of the movement, noted Crutcher, said she got the book for her daughter but decided to read it first to make sure it contained nothing inappropriate for young people.

The woman didn't anticipate learning anything, he said, but after reading it, commented, "I was astonished at what I didn't know, and I was astonished to see what were very simple no-nonsense answers to questions."

Topics include contraception, women's rights, "back-alley abortions," sex education, constitutional rights and overpopulation.

Media 'lockhold'

Crutcher believes the abortion-rights movement has been able to gain ground because of its "lockhold" on the American media.

"The mainstream media has been a giant newsletter for the pro-abortion lobby," he said.

But Crutcher also belives pro-lifers have been misguided in their strategies.

"People have said erroneously, if we can soften the pro-life edge a little bit, we'll make it more palitable," he explained. "But all you've done is confuse people."

The genius of the pro-abortion movement, he says, is they have been unwilling to compromise.

"If a state proposes the most innocuous, meaningless restriction on abortion, these people fight it like it's a complete ban," Crutcher said.

In contrast, the pro-life side has been willing to compromise by allowing exceptions, such as the health of the mother and fetal deformity.

"In the process, what we did was confuse the American people," said Crutcher. "If we had stuck to our guns, to say absolutely no abortion during the nine months of pregnancy, I think we would have won this a long time ago."



  • This is the old Purist vs Incrementalist battle. I think there's room for both approaches. The Purists make sure we don't lose sight of our objective, which is to stop abortion. But the incrementalists achieve the actual reductions in the frequency of abortions. Both work together.

    The incrementalists gradually erode public support for abortion, and put people more at ease of the idea of life without readily available abortion. The purists ensure that we're going to follow through and not just rest on our laurels after "restrictions."

    By Blogger GrannyGrump, at 11:12 PM  

  • I have a fairly simple comment. If everyone stayed out everyone else's private matters, we all could better our own lives. Isn't that the optimal goal of life?

    5775 EK

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:03 AM  

  • 5775EK,
    That is not even close to being the optimal goal of life. That is the optimal goal of hell. The optimal goal of life is to do what we can to honor God and love our neighbor - this includes protecting the lives of innocent victims.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 1:22 AM  

  • Very well said, RWNJ!

    And I used to live in Marion, IN. *shudder*

    By Blogger Blog Owner, at 3:36 PM  

  • - I am adamently and totally pro-life, but I have to disagree with those that say there are no exceptions. Clearly there are exceptions when a woman or a Doctor have the right to choice. I understand the fear that giving in on anything tends to open the gates for subtle over time compromises. Never the less, its just as absurd to say there are no viable reasons for abortion under any circustances, as it is to set up drive through abortion clinics. I reject the zealous, indiscriminate application of yes and no by both extremes. The real problem is that Roe vs. Wade was adopted with no well thought out rules/laws, and so you have baby killing franchises as a result. Given the nature of the sorts of gobbledegiik and word play coming from the "progressive" left, its not a stretch to say that the proponderence of this "murder by writ" resides in the Democratic party. The worst of it is that I would guess most of these people wouldn't really know Marx if he bit them on the ass. Its all about simply averting responsibility for the babies they spawn.

    By Anonymous Big Bang Hunter, at 1:42 AM  

  • Colorado's new republican AG, John Suthers,
    has been encouraged by Colorado Right to Life
    to pursue PP, as Kansas and Indiana appear to
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