Bachmann: Schools might start abortion field trips
What is there to say that hasn't been said before? Rep. Michele Bachmann continues to surprise us, despite us believing she couldn't ever surprise us again with her over-the-top and flat-out false fear mongering.
This is a good one though. Bachmann has decided that part of the health care bill that discusses school-based clinics (she calls them sex clinics) would lead to students being whisked away during school hours for abortions without parent consent. OMG. Totally plausible.
The bill also says that the clinics would follow patient confidentiality as well as parent notification laws already in place, which Bachmann doesn't seem to understand. You can see parent consent requirements for abortions here. And states also vary on confidentiality of patients under 18, but most teens can get services without their parents knowing unless it is a life-threatening situation.
But that doesn't matter to Bachmann. And it also doesn't matter that Planned Parenthood provides many other amazing services to young people besides abortions to help them better understand their bodies and health care. It's such a sin to understand how your body is developing and learn it from people who make it easy to talk about.
Check out the video and text of her statement on the House floor below. (via)
Highlights from her statement:
And written in this bill is a provision whereby Planned Parenthood could become a proprietor for school-based clinics in every school across United States. These have been more accurately called school sex clinics.
And as a matter of fact, the bill goes on to say what's going to go on -- comprehensive primary health services, physicals, treatment of minor acute medical conditions, referrals to follow-up for specialty care -- is that abortion? Does that mean that someone's 13 year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that night? Mom and dad are never the wiser.
Read her full comments here .
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