Politically Incorrect Prenatal Care

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The Bush administration announced last week that starting in November, it would allow states to provide government-subsidized health care to fetuses. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson issued the new regulation, which would provide prenatal care for unborn children and to pregnant women under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP.

No sooner had the announcement been made than the collective pro-abortion groups of America loaded their weapons and fired away. Judging from the barrage of protests, one would have thought that Roe v. Wade had been repealed.

“If there was ever any doubt about the Bush administration’s real intent to attack women’s reproductive rights, there’s no question now,” said Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This measure reduces women to incubators (and) elevates the status of the fetus above that of the woman.”

“What they’re trying to do with this is not so much promote comprehensive health care for uninsured people, but to make a political statement about embryonic personhood,” Elizabeth Cavendish of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) told The Washington Times.

Thompson dismissed the charges, saying that the new regulation had nothing to do with abortion and everything to do with “taking care of poor mothers and poor children who need this help.”

That Americans need more health care coverage is no secret. The U.S. Census Bureau just reported that roughly 41.2 million people or 14.6 percent of U.S. residents lacked health coverage for all of 2001, compared with 14.2 percent the previous year.

And if anyone espouses the need for adequate health care coverage for women, especially minority women, it’s NARAL.

According to their 2002 study: “The Reproductive Rights and Health of Women of Color”, 13 percent of white women lack health insurance, compared to 23 percent of African American women, 42 percent of Latinos and 25 percent of Asian American women.

As for poverty levels, NARAL reports that nine percent of white women have incomes below the federal poverty level, compared to 25 percent of African American women, 24 percent of Latinos, 11 percent of Asian American women and 23 percent of Native American women.

“Women of color obtain prenatal care less often and later in pregnancy than other women,” the study said.

Their conclusion?

“Expand the eligibility criteria for public assistance for prenatal care including providing coverage for immigrant pregnant women.”

Which is what the Bush administration did, only NARAL didn’t like it.

As for Planned Parenthood, Gloria Feldt claimed that the SCHIP regulation “is cloaked in rhetoric about increasing access to prenatal care.” She added, “Planned Parenthood strongly supports prenatal care for pregnant women.”

Oh, really?

According to their annual report, Planned Parenthood conducted 197,070 abortion procedures in 2000 compared to seeing a paltry 17,700 “prenatal clients,” but do not give specifics on whether these clients ever carried their babies to term.

Everyone knows that Planned Parenthood’s business is not babies (lest they even use that term), but abortion. And as the number one abortion provider in the country, they know how essential their reproductive health “services” are to low-income women.

At one time Planned Parenthood included in their annual reports the income levels of their patients. They stopped reporting those figures in 1992 but even that year, the statistics were noteworthy.

“Close to 69 percent of all Planned Parenthood female contraception clients, more than 1.27 million women (about the same number as in 1990), reported incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level” for 1991.

Let’s be honest. Pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood no more want prenatal care for minority women than they want President Bush to remain in the Oval Office. What they want is taxpayer dollars, political clout and free rein to continue their business – the multi-billion dollar business of abortion.

Planned Parenthood was repeatedly contacted for this article but could not find an available spokesperson.

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