On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Barack Obama released a statement that read, in part, "because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams." His statement fails to apply to the 56 million unborn babies who were aborted or to the women who have been diminished in the United States since 1973. They never had a chance to live their lives or fulfill their opportunities and dreams.
Roe v. Wade used raw judicial power to overturn the democratically passed laws in every state in the country and remove state restrictions on abortion. Hence, America has become one of the leading abortion nations, a place where one in four babies are aborted. And we stand with only four other nations, including China and North Korea, that allow for late-term abortions under any circumstance.
Our nation's laws need to realign with the changing views of Americans on abortion. In a recent national poll, 84 percent of Americans support significant abortion restrictions, including nearly 6 in 10 of those who identify as strongly pro-choice. For example, 79 percent of pro-choice respondents believed there should be a 24-hour waiting period before having an abortion and 80 percent support parental notifications.
Americans are waking up to the tragedy of abortions. In the Gallup poll, pro-choice Americans are at record low, while 50 percent of Americans identify themselves as pro-life. And the next generation is more strongly pro-life, as they have become increasingly aware of the consequences of an abortion, including women suffering from short-term and long-term physical and psychological problems, as well as the atrocities associated with the destruction of human life.
The abortion rights movement is finally losing ground, and it should be concerned. That's why abortion rights activits were thrilled to find their abortion rights cheerleader in Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who fought against 20-week abortion regulations.
Extreme liberals should be even more concerned about how life affirming medical clinics such as Stanton Healthcare are revolutionizing women's medical care and providing a true choice for women. They share countless stories of women facing unexpected pregnancies who had scheduled an abortion, and yet changed their minds when they found the support and resources that Stanton provides.
Stanton Healthcare is determined to face Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world, head on. In Boise, Idaho, it has moved right next to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. As part of its goal to replace Planned Parenthood, Stanton is building a state of the art women's medical center next to Planned Parenthood's mega-center. Stanton is expanding both nationally and internationally, including in Europe and Africa.
While Planned Parenthood received $540 million from taxpayers, Stanton did not receive a dime from the federal government. As every national poll shows, a shift is occurring as more Americans are embracing the pro-life message. Should not the federal government provide equal funding to support medical clinics like Stanton that provide women with access to abortion alternatives?
Brandi Swindell, founder and CEO of Stanton Healthcare, states that "92 percent of all women who use Planned Parenthood services get an abortion, and for every 145 abortions performed, Planned Parenthood only makes one adoption referral." Women deserve better and more options. Every woman should have access to quality health care and compassionate abortion alternatives.
Can a movement really consider itself pro-choice when it only allows "one choice?" Women deserve better.