Friday, April 25, 2008

So, I ask again. Was Planned Parenthood Lying?

Or perhaps they're just understaffed?

One year ago last Friday, on April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court rejected facial challenges to the constitutionality of the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Before and after the Court's ruling in Gonzalez v. Carhart, Planned Parenthood attorneys had warned that permitting the ban on partial birth abortions to go into effect would threaten women's health. Expressing the same concerns, Justice Ginsburg predicted and invited as-applied challenges to the PBA ban to protect womens' health.

Ninety-seven days after the decision I noted here that it was odd then that Planned Parenthood had not brought such an as-applied challenge. After all, according to Planned Parenthood, 6 partial birth abortions were occurring per day. Assuming the truth of this figure - and it was likely a gross understatement - there have now been 2232 partial birth abortions that have NOT happened as a result of the Court's decision last April. Ed Whalen also notes that the attempted explanations for Planned Parenthood's failure to bring an as applied challenge on behalf of one of these thousands of women no longer hold water (and never did).

So, I ask again. Is it possible that Planned Parenthood wasn't being entirely truthful when it told the Court that partial birth abortion was necessary to protect womens' health? Or have we just witnessed 372 remarkably lucky days?