Planned Parenthood Prepares for Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Thursday, October 25, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Lisa Shaw
TheNewAmerican.com
Wednesday, 24 October 2018

In fear of the turning tide in the political atmosphere, leading abortion organization Planned Parenthood is preparing for an overturning of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide. Having put into motion a multi-million dollar plan “to protect and expand abortion access in the face of [a] hostile Supreme Court,” according to their website, the abortion giant is trying to “ensure abortion is still accessible in the United States no matter what happens at the Supreme Court.”

Though the organization has been aware of the growing political shift, Brett Kavanaugh’s recent confirmation to the Supreme Court seems to have exacerbated the shift for PP and its cohorts. In a press release PP claims that Kavanaugh’s appointment cements “an anti-abortion majority on the highest court in the land, and [makes] it likely that the nationwide right to safe and legal abortion will be further eroded, if not eliminated, in the near future.”

Planned Parenthood’s 2019 plan for how to function in this “post-Roe” culture has been in the making since June. According to the same press release,

Planned Parenthood convened staff members from 19 states and Washington, D.C. to strategically plan for an expansion of abortion access in key states, address current inequities in access, and prepare for a legal environment that fails to protect abortion access nationally.

This plan will be enacted in three manners — access, policy, and culture change — according to California’s Planned Parenthood (PP) CEO and President Crystal Strait:

• Access: Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates will expand services in states where abortion is likely to remain legal and accessible, and invest in technology and other resources to help people living in hostile states access abortion, no matter what. Planned Parenthood will do this through investment in a Regional Access Network, expanding where telemedicine is offered, and leveraging technology and innovation to help connect people to services.

• Policy: Planned Parenthood Action Fund and local Planned Parenthood advocacy organizations will partner with state advocates and coalition partners to use state policies to ensure there’s an ironclad network of states across the country where abortion will still be legal, no matter what happens at the Supreme Court. They will also continue to work to enact good laws that both protect and expand access to abortion, and fight tooth and nail to stop legislation that seeks to further restrict access.

• Culture change: This work encompasses fighting abortion restrictions at their source: the stigma that still surrounds abortion in this country. Planned Parenthood will be enhancing our efforts to destigmatize abortion in the media, in everyday conversations, and across popular culture — including working with the music, fashion, movie, and television industries, and with additional public awareness campaigns to be announced in the coming months.

In light of this rally cry from PP, abortion activists are networking and forming defensive tactics as if expecting a cataclysmic end of the world. In fact, an article in Elle magazine entitled, “How to Prepare for a World Where Abortion is Illegal,” lays out a strategy for making a “disaster plan,” expanding on PP’s plan.

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