A recent poll conducted for the National Right to Life Committee showed that more than half of Americans (55 percent) don’t know that Planned Parenthood (PP) does abortions — let alone that it is the biggest abortion provider in the United States.
Students for Life of America reports that the percentage of those who are unaware of PP’s true activities is even higher among college students. At least 60 percent of college students do not know PP does abortions, even though more than 50 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortions are done on teenagers and college-aged women.
Planned Parenthood would just as soon this fact stays hidden. They cloak their true business in the language of “reproductive health services” and “healthcare.” President Obama contributed to this duplicity in his April 26th speech to PP’s national conference in Washington D.C. In his speech, according to the Associated Press (4/27/2013), the president avoided using the word “abortion.” Instead, AP reported, “he spent most of his time praising Planned Parenthood for the cancer screening, contraception and other services it provides to women of modest means.”
According to Obama, “One in five women in this country has turned to Planned Parenthood for healthcare. One in five, and for many, Planned Parenthood is their primary source of healthcare—not just for contraceptive care, but for lifesaving preventive care, like cancer screenings and health counseling.”
But, as Lauren Enriquez recently wrote at LifeNews.com (5/13/2013), despite the efforts of the President and others to paint Planned Parenthood as a “primary source of healthcare,” abortion is Planned Parenthood’s real business, not health care.
Enriquez pointed to a Live Action investigation back in 2011 that showed that the organization does not provide mammograms for women; i.e., “cancer screening” as the president claimed.
When Live Action called 30 Planned Parenthood facilities in 27 different states to inquire about mammograms, every office they called, without exception, told the caller she would have to go elsewhere for a mammogram. And many admitted that no Planned Parenthood facilities provide this screening procedure for breast cancer.
Nor does PP tell women that research now shows a clear link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer. As Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer points out, “Fifty-four of 67 epidemiological studies since 1957 report an abortion-breast cancer link—not counting biological and experimental evidence.” (For more information on the abortion/breast cancer link see: The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer at: www.abortionbreastcancer.com.)
If women go to Planned Parenthood to find out they are pregnant, what kind of “health counseling,” as the president calls it, are they likely to receive? Will they learn about prenatal care, and parenting, or even adoption? Not likely. Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, says in her book Unplanned, the primary goal of PP workers is to sell abortions to those women who come to their facilities.
The numbers from fiscal year 2011-2012 confirm this. That year PP performed a record 333,964 abortions on unborn children. Only 2,300 customers were referred to adoption agencies. In 2010, the organization did 329,445 abortions, provided prenatal care for only 31,098 women and referred only 841 women to adoption agencies.
While the abortion business brought in $150 million to Planned Parenthood in 2011-2012, it still gets almost five times that amount from the federal government to support its trade. A little more than 45 percent of Planned Parenthood Foundation of America’s nearly $1.2 billion in total income, or $542.4 million, came from American taxpayers that year.
Now Planned Parenthood of Florida has just been given a federal government grant of $2.5 million to target young black teens in Florida with a new predatory program aimed at getting them to come to them for birth control. But we should be telling these young women, “Don’t be deceived. Their true goal is not to help you prevent pregnancy, but for you to have 3-5 abortions before you’re 18.”
One of PP’s advertisements says their program is about “Sistas Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering.” It’s touted as a program “designed just for African American female youth ages 14-18 who want to become a part of a family of sistas who are proud to be African American and know how to handle their business.”
Don’t be deceived by the rhetoric of the president or of Planned Parenthood. PP’s goal is not improving women’s health; it is selling abortion as “birth control.” There is nothing “empowering” in having an abortion. Nor does it bring healing to your life.
If you truly want to be informed, go to www.AbortionBreastCancer.com and to www.theUnchoice.org and and learn more about the risks associated with abortion. There you will find the information you’ll never hear from anyone at Planned Parenthood. Their business is abortion, not healthcare.