Tuesday, May 24, 2011
‘New Normal’ on Questions of Life
The sight of Planned Parenthood’s top official turning on the charm in Austin, Texas, says everything about one of the year’s most extraordinary developments.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the late Gov. Ann Richards, was in town to lobby Texas legislators to preserve the group’s access to state money.
When you’re defending your home turf and facing a shutout, your team is in trouble.
But Planned Parenthood, subject of so many recent news stories about federal spending cuts, isn’t the real focus of this struggle. It’s the entire social and legal regime erected 38 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court when it legalized abortion on request.
While official Washington occupies itself with soaring deficits, health care costs and the status of the war on terror, state lawmakers have been busy passing law after law challenging one or more core holdings of the high court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade.
It’s a stunning development. Read more