Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Planned Parenthood: abortion trumps everything

Recently President Trump made an informal proposal to Planned Parenthood: they could continue getting federal funding if they decided to stop performing abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards fired back, proving what prolife people already knew about Planned Parenthood: abortion is too central to their mission to ever abandon. Taking to Twitter, Richards said that they are "proud" to provide abortions, which are "a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings." Planned Parenthood and the tax dollars they receive are inseparable from their abortion mission.

We know that Planned Parenthood lies about the services that they provide. For example, they don’t provide mammograms, most locations don’t provide prenatal care and they also refuse to provide women with ultrasounds unless they are getting abortions. Their 3 percent gimmick is designed to mislead people when convenient for them to downplay abortion.

So how many women are using Planned Parenthood? In 2015 Planned Parenthood reported seeing 2.5 million clients. In the United States there is about 62 million women of reproductive age (ages 15 to 44). This means that only 4 percent of women who are of reproductive age will go to a Planned Parenthood in a given year. Many of those women are only going for services involving Planned Parenthood's vital abortion mission.

The 4% figure gets even smaller when you look at how many total women there are living in the United States. In 2014 there were 125.9 million women. Less than 2 percent of them used a Planned Parenthood during the calendar year.

Roughly half of women are prolife, and are forced to support an organization whose core mission includes abortion. Why should we force those women to violate their most deeply held beliefs in order to provide care to 2 percent of women—especially when there are much more numerous and comprehensive alternatives available? The only mission of these alternatives is caring for patients.

It is past time to stop coercing American taxpayers into helping Planned Parenthood advance their abortion mission.