Community Forum: Q&A

Community Forum: Q&A

Community Forum: Q&A

Last week, we held a community forum to talk about the late-term abortion laws that were introduced in New York and Virginia. Our Director, John Gerardi had a sit-down conversation with the CEO of California Family Council, Jonathan Keller, about the implications of this late-term abortion law.

We want to thank everyone who showed up to our event last Thursday, and we wanted to provide some resources for everybody who was not able to attend. Here is a link to the op-ed piece that John wrote on the topic of late-term abortion, which was published by GV Wire:

The forum included a Q+A session, and we thought we’d include some of those questions we received from the audience:

Where are the man’s rights in the context of abortion?

Unfortunately, men have absolutely no rights when it comes to abortion. In its Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, the Supreme Court held that states cannot pass any laws requiring that a husband even be notified that his wife is having an abortion. This is the source of tremendous suffering for men whose children were aborted without their knowledge or approval. We have heard a number of stories from men where they deeply regret, or are grieving the loss of a child.

Is the concept of “access to abortion” demanded by Planned Parenthood v. Casey or any other court ruling? Is “access” simply a mantra of the pro-abortion forces?

There is no requirement of access in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The government does not have to provide you with access. Access to abortion is not rooted in any supreme court decision. However some justices, and retired supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy believed that women wouldn’t be equal until all woman had access to abortions. Abortion access could be in future supreme court decisions depending on who is on the court.

What conditions are considered “fatal” for the perinatal hospice legislation that Right to Life wants to pursue? Concerned special needs can be lumped into this category?

We at Right to Life want to pursue legislation that requires giving information about perinatal hospice to parents whose unborn child has received a fatal diagnosis. When parents learn about the option of perinatal hospice, some 75-80% of them choose not to abort their babies.

Perinatal hospice is for a genuinely fatal diagnosis, and is unlikely to survive very long at all following birth. This form of care merely helps provide the mother and father with the necessary grieving support, support in delivering the baby, and dignified care for the child following his or her birth and until his or her death.  It is not for couples whose child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome or some other disability.

On a related note, the Supreme Court may soon hear a case out of Indiana about whether states may ban abortions chosen for discriminatory reasons (based on the baby’s sex, race, or disability, including Down Syndrome).

How close is the state of California to approving late-term abortion?

We passed that exit a long time ago. After viability if you want to an abortion, you need a health exception reason. But as we said what is health? It can be absolutely anything. There is no pregnancy possible that doesn’t implicate a mother’s health ever. Late-term abortion is here in California.

What is the significance of Women’s Global Development and prosperity for women who cannot  afford all other non-abortion medical needs, for example HIV testing, OBGYN care?

We never want to characterize woman who choose abortion in any negative terms. There are very few women who are going into an abortion clinic in the full throes of irresponsibility and flippantly choosing abortion. The vast, vast majority of women choose abortion because they feel like they have no other choice. Whether it may be, family situations or financial situations. This is why here at Right to Life of Central California, we are in the middle of a new initiative by introducing a medical clinic with full sweep of services that Planned Parenthood offers except for abortions. Obria is going to fill a need that is going to serve women and men in the entire Central Valley.

How can these meetings take place with the spanish speaking community?

Contact us, so we can establish connections and create spanish speaking events.

Down below, is a link to our facebook video of our community forum in case you couldn’t make it last week.