The ACLU: Taking a Strong Stand, When It Suits Their Agenda

ACLU, Abortion, Clinics, Regulation, Health, Women

What would you think of an organization named the American Civil Liberties Union?

It sounds like it would be a pretty terrific organization, right?

Unfortunately, the name may be far too distinguished and noble for this organization.

While it publicly claims to take a stand for first amendment rights, protection from discrimination, due process, and privacy [1], the truth is that they only try to uphold their goal for those who share their point of view.

In many instances, the lives of those involved seem secondary to the political purpose they are trying to pursue.

Because so many within the ACLU’s leadership strongly support legalized abortion, it appears that preventing abortion clinics from being regulated is much more important to them than the health of women.

One of the many examples of this could be seen in the Spring of 2011, when the ACLU came out in opposition to Pennsylvania’s HB 574, a House of Representatives Bill that proposed that, “abortion clinics follow the regulations of ambulatory surgical facilities, which differ in numerous ways from the current laws and regulations that abortion clinics follow” [2].

Especially in light of the horrors witnessed in the clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and the revelation that abortion clinics in many places have not been following proper reporting procedures [3], it has become clear that more regulations are needed to protect the health of women.

Those who are against these regulations, such as the ACLU, hold a position that could mean a higher incidence of accidents, infections, and death for many women who undergo an abortion.

It is in fact those who support these types of legislation, those in the pro-life movement, who are taking a stand for the health of women.

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References

[1] American Civil Liberties Union. (2011). “About the ACLU.” American Civil Liberties Union, 2011. Web. 8 Jul 2011. http://www.aclu.org/about-aclu-0

[2] American Civil Liberties Union. (2011). “ACLU of PA: House Abortion Clinic Bill Could Lead to Clinics Closing, Public Health Crisis.” American Civil Liberties Union, 11 May 2011. Web. 8 Jul 2011. http://www.aclu.org/about-aclu-0

[3] Dale, MaryClaire and Walters, Patrick. (2011). “Pennsylvania Abortion Doctor Charged With 8 Counts Of Murder.” Huffington Post, 19 Jan 2011. Web. 2 Jul 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/19/kermit–gosnell-charged_n_810976.html

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