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September 14, 2015 | Volume 90 Number 23

COMMENTARY

Can we trust Planned Parenthood and other abortion industry leaders to self-regulate?

Time and time again they have proven the answer is a resounding no!

The Virginia Catholic Conference is strongly urging pro-life advocates to show up at what it considers a critical Virginia State Board of Health meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Richmond when the Board will consider changes to Virginia’s strong regulations of Virginia abortion centers. These regulations center on safety standards for women seeking an abortion and are a thorn in the side of those who support unrestricted abortion on demand.

Abortion industry leaders — who have a profit move at stake — are seeking limited oversight on the centers. Abortion in many states is big business. You can bet that many pro-choice advocates will be out in full force at the meeting to show support for their cause.

It is important that pro-life advocates show up in at least equal or stronger numbers to demonstrate support for the existing regulations.

pro-life graphicRecent demonstrations around the country, including several protests against Planned Parenthood in Virginia, have weakened the status of the pro-abortion organization. There is growing sentiment for cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood after the revelation that it is selling body parts of aborted fetuses to make a profit. The public has every right to be outraged! It is a huge embarrassment to Planned Parenthood which has seen its influence wane.

And then to think that federal tax dollars are used to support this organization.

Again, the meeting of the State Board of Health will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive in the west end of Henrico.

Although the meeting does not begin until 9 a.m. pro-life advocates are urged to arrive by 9 a.m. because space inside the meeting room will be limited. Advocates are urged to register by contacting Jeff Caruso, executive director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, by email at jeff@vacatholic.org or calling 804-225-8565.

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