1/28/2005

Quote of the Day

In a New York Times piece about the dust-up over Hillary Clinton's recent comments on abortion, Planned Parenthood spokesperson Carla M. Goldstein dropped this gem:

Reporters and the general public really need to understand the dangers of parental notification.
One-third of Planned Parenthood's income comes from performing abortions. With that in mind, the motivation for their opposition to parental notification becomes obvious - they're protecting their revenue stream. The "danger of parental notification" is that it might actually reduce the number of abortions in this country, and that would hurt Planned Parenthood's bottom line.

In Hillary Clinton's New York, a minor can't get a tattoo - even with parental consent. Yet, the Empire State considers those same minors to be capable of giving informed consent to an invasive medical procedure. Hell, in 2002, Planned Parenthood held a Roe v. Wade Poster Contest, and children under 18 couldn't even submit an entry without their parent's permission.

Whatever your stance on abortion, it is hard to argue that children should be allowed to have them without parental consent.

Update: On a somewhate-related note, Planned Parenthood president Goria Feldt has resigned after an eight-year tenure.