Pro-Life Victories over Planned Parenthood; Legislative Successes Limit Abortions Even While Obama Defends Practice

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Byline: John Naughton, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The pro-life movement has enjoyed remarkable success in recent years, seeing the passage of numerous laws in state legislatures to limit abortion and protect women and children from abuse by the country's largest and most unscrupulous abortion provider, Planned Parenthood (PP). In 2011 alone, 83 pro-life initiatives became law. Particularly noteworthy are new fetal pain laws in five states that ban most abortions after 20 weeks, when it is universally agreed that the fully formed baby can feel the horrific pain of the procedure (although many experts agree that the fetus feels pain much earlier). Planned Parenthood opposed these humane laws.

Laws passed to inform women and protect women and children and Planned Parenthood's response include:

* In 2004, Ohio banned the use of the abortion drug RU-486 unless administered in compliance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directives. RU-486 abortions have been responsible for deaths and numerous adverse effects. Planned Parenthood sued, saying the law was an undue burden for women. In May 2011, the court summarily rejected PP's arguments.

* In 2005, South Dakota passed a law requiring abortionists to tell women that abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being and to inform them of the known medical risks of abortion, including depression and suicide. Planned Parenthood sued South Dakota, challenging the law except for the known risk and depression provisions. This month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled in favor of most of the law but not the suicide provision, citing an American Psychological Association (APA) report from 2008 that states that there are no adverse psychological effects from abortion. However, there was a vigorous judicial suicide dissent pointing to problems with the APA report. This point is sure to be argued again, as Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green University has just published a meta-analysis of studies showing that suicide risk increases by 155 percent after abortion, and David C. …