Abortion Chief Richards Wrong on Rights

Barb Wire

Would you trust your health to someone who can’t answer basic legal questions? At Planned Parenthood, millions of women have. The group’s president, Cecile Richards, continued to prove that she either doesn’t care or doesn’t understand the fundamental truths about the lives she encounters every day.

During a radio interview with WHO News radio in Iowa, Richards was asked, “At what point does that child — or that unborn person, fetus — whatever you want to call it — at what point does that baby get the constitutional rights?”

Richards’s response?

“Well, I don’t really, actually — I don’t know that there’s an exact answer for that.” Because, she went on awkwardly, “…There are, as you know, restrictions on women’s ability to terminate a pregnancy — and when they can, but until a pregnancy is viable they have the right to make that decision.”

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As in 2014, when she told a reporter that she didn’t think when life begins is “relevant,” Richards seems to have no concept of the inherent dignity of the unborn child, or its right to life, which is recognized by the government in laws like the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and by the founders in guiding documents like the Declaration of Independence. The rights of the person (including persons in the womb!) have their roots in the Old Testament — but if Richards is unwilling to accept that source, how about Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law, which was the foundation for America’s?

The U.S. Supreme Court quotes it. Our forefathers based the Constitution on it. It’s not as if the questions of the liberty and freedom of the person have not been addressed.

Planned Parenthood has either conveniently forgotten or overlooked history — both of which enable them to continue ignoring the rights and worth of the generations of children they’ve extinguished.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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