So there was a big protest at Hoag the other week over Hoag’s decision to stop performing abortions. I decided to check it out in person, rather than relying solely on news reports.
So what was all the hullabaloo about?
According to a nurse that worked at Hoag, Hoag started doing abortions somewhere around 1996. As a “faith-based” hospital, I have to wonder how that happened, but we will discuss that later.
Now after partnering with the Catholic Hospital system that owns Saint Josephs in Orange, Hoag decides to stop performing all “elective” abortions. Hoag performs only about 100 abortions a year. That made the National Organization for Women (aka the NOW Gang) upset. You see, the NOW Gang is not Pro-Choice, they are Pro-Abortion, and Hoag has decided not to play anymore, so they organized a protest.
Then Pro-Life groups heard about it and decided to counter-protest to show support for Hoag. By press reports there were nearly 400 protestors there, with Pro-Life protestors outnumbering the NOW Gang supporters 3 to 1. Clearly the Pro-Lifers out maneuvered the NOW Gang.
So why are women protesting Hoag for not performing abortions?
The NOW Gang states on their web site that “NOW affirms that reproductive rights are issues of life and death for women, not mere matters of choice. NOW fully supports access to safe and legal abortion.”
So does that mean that Hoag has to perform abortions even if it doesn’t want to? That is evidently what the protest was about.
Why is it a surprise that a Presbyterian Hospital is Pro-life?
Hoag’s mission statement says that it is a “non-profit, faith-based hospital.” I don’t understand why the pro-abortion protestors want to force an organization like Hoag to do a procedure that it doesn’t want to do?
Coat hanger back alley abortions?
The NOW Gang warns that abortions will be performed by coat hangers in back alleys if abortion isn’t legal. The NOW Gang didn’t protest Hermit Gosnell, the “butcher of Philadelphia” and now convicted baby killer. If you remember, Gosnell specialized in late term abortions, and when he botched the abortion (that means that the baby was born alive), he was convicted of murdering three babies by “snipping” the baby’s spinal cord with a pair of scissors..
Nor did the NOW Gang protest Gosnell’s unsanitary, terribly run, abortion clinic that didn’t meet minimal health standards of a medical facility. Several women complained that they contracted STDs from the abortion clinic. But, if anyone attempts to regulate abortions, according to their website, the NOW Gang will be there.
Why is Planned Parenthood upset?
Many signs read “I Support Planned Parenthood.” Does that mean that they like Hoag’s decision? After all, that means less competition for the Planned Parenthood (PP) facility up the street in Costa Mesa. I am sure that all those doctors that are upset at HOAG for not allowing abortions, will probably be booking their procedures at PP.
I was encouraged
At the protest there were young people, mostly under 25, that formed a group called Abortion Survivors. Their theme is that they are the generation that are most impacted by the “abortion holocaust” and if they were there, that meant that they survived what could have been them in that clinic in Philadelphia. Their goal is to end abortion in their lifetime. The NOW Gang hasn’t gotten to all of them…
Scott Peotter is an Architect and former Planning Commissioner in Newport Beach. Scott can be reached at [email protected]