Written by the SPUSA Women’s Commission and passed by the Socialist Party USA National Action Committee 12/2/2015
The Socialist Party USA stands with Planned Parenthood and supports every woman’s right to receive comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including access to safe, legal abortions. We condemn the most recent terrorist attack against a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs and recognize the connection between this attack and the release of videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of ‘selling baby parts’, an allegation the alleged shooter specifically mentioned in a statement to the police shortly after his arrest. These false claims have led to a congressional witch hunt which is aimed at shuttering Planned Parenthood for providing healthcare to women and upholding the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Vicious lies like this don’t just prevent women from getting vital healthcare and family planning services, they cost us our lives.
Anti-abortion activists have a long history of using unethical tactics like twisting facts and rejecting medical science in order to rob women of their fundamental right of bodily sovereignty. The recent upswing in harassment and violence directed at reproductive health clinics nationwide shows that when legal means are exhausted, so-called ‘pro-life’ extremists can and will use cold-blooded murder in order to control women’s lives and bodies. The Socialist Party USA will continue to fight for a woman’s right to choose and ensure all questions of reproductive healthcare are decisions that will remain between a woman and her doctor.