Katrina vanden Heuvel argues that the unfounded attacks on Planned Parenthood are part of a broader war on abortion rights.
“What really demands attention are the lives currently hanging in the balance. Since 2011, states have enacted an astonishing 287 new restrictions on abortion access. One-and-a-half abortion clinics are closing every week. Last Wednesday, a Planned Parenthood clinic near Los Angeles was deliberately set on fire.”
“That is what’s at stake. Progressives need to see this new front in an old war for what it is: an existential threat to the pro-choice movement. It is an attack on a vital institution for women and families, waged against an organization that has been an essential part of the fabric of our country for nearly a century. To lose Planned Parenthood because we are not vigilant in its defense would be a 21st-century tragedy.”
“So let’s not be complacent. This is a fight for our lives, and it’s time to take the fight to the extremists, to stand up not just for Planned Parenthood, but also for the people who need it most.”