A nationwide anti-abortion debate is reaching colossal proportions as more and more states are taking a stand in regards to this long-disputed issue. On Friday, a San Francisco judge ruled against an anti-abortion group, denying them the freedom of releasing videos and other confidential information that they obtained by infiltrating a planned-parenthood organization.
The videos that the antiabortion activist organization released were edited portions, Planned Parenthood alleges. As a result, the nonprofit group released videos depicting unedited video clips disputing the allegations that Planned Parenthood had been discussing the illegal sale of embryo parts.
But while some states insist on supporting each citizen’s right to choosing whether to become parents, other states feel they do not want to associate themselves with organizations that do not respect life. Alabama, for instance, followed in Louisiana’s footsteps and pulled state funding for Planned Parenthood.
According to Gov. Robert Bentley’s statements, he respects life, which, in his opinion, begins with conceptions. Consequently, following a 15-day-notice, the Alabama Medicaid Agency will end its provider agreement with Planned Parenthood.
This decision is the result of a series of unsettling videos that the aforementioned anti-abortion groups released. These videos depicted Planned Parenthood representatives discussing fetal tissue sale and caused a nationwide uproar. Aside from Louisiana and Alabama, the small New England state of New Hampshire also ended its contract with Planned Parenthood.
During the Republican debate, GOP candidates were asked about their views on the matter. Governor Bush explained how he, as Florida Governor, insisted on creating a culture of life in the Sunshine State.
“My record as a pro-life governor is not in dispute. I am completely pro-life and I believe that we should have a culture of life,” he said.
Senator Marco Rubio also insisted that he is pro-life. He underlined the importance of protecting each human being and under US law, each citizen (even those who haven’t received a chance to live) should receive that protection.
Despite having been pro-choice in the past, even Republican candidate Donald Trump changed his views. According to his statements, friends of his caused this massive shift of opinion by not aborting a child that became “a total superstar.”
Overall, the Republican Party prides itself in being united when it comes to defending the rights of every American child, even those unborn.
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