Interview with Wendy Grassi of Planned Parenthood

03/08/06

Planned Parenthoods across the United States will come together in a day of solidarity with South Dakota on Thursday, holding rallies and events protesting South Dakota's new law banning abortions. The law makes illegal all abortions except those done to save the life of the mother, with no exceptions for rape or incest. As of July 1st, performing an abortion would be a felony with a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. WMNF's Emily Reddy talked with Wendy Grassi, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida's Director of Public Affairs, about South Dakota's ban and about Florida's parental notification system.


South Dakota's sweeping anti-abortion law could be the first real test for Roe vs. Wade under the new Supreme Court. Grassi talks about the implications, should the law be upheld. (Grossi ... would go immediately into affect.)

Mississippi is also in the process of passing its own abortion ban, but with exceptions in the case of rape or incest.

Grassi says that Planned Parenthood is preparing for a legal response to the South Dakota Law. (Grassi ... every step of the way.)

Grassi sees Florida's own constitutional amendment requiring the notification of one parent before a minor can have an abortion as one of many ways that anti-abortion activists are eroding women's access to an abortion. (Grassi ... parental notification laws.)

The limitations imposed by the parental notification law may be largely symbolic, however, as Grassi says it has had little affect on abortion rates. (Grassi ... usually bring a parent with them when they come for abortions.)

Grassi sites a study that shows the parental notification law having the same lack of impact on the numbers of minors getting abortions in other states. (Grassi ... wanted the teen to have an abortion.)

Republican Rep. John Stargel of Lakeland wants to make it even tougher for minors to get parental notification waivers from the courts. Grassi comments. (Grassi ... it's really ridiculous.)

Planned Parenthood has been getting a lot of response from the community about South Dakota's abortion ban. Again Grassi. (Grassi ... I can't believe these states are doing what they're doing.)

Grassi invites the community to attend Planned Parenthood's rally of solidarity with the women of South Dakota on Thursday at noon in Sarasota on the corner of Ringling and Washington Boulevard.

You can follow Planned Parenthood's actions at plannedparenthood.org. With WMNF News, this is Emily Reddy.

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