”With the name Planned Parenthood, you would think that the “Plan” is “Parenthood.” Is parenthood really the plan? What appears to be their plan based on their actions?
Today, Planned Parenthood avoids the fact a unique human life begins at the moment of conception. This makes it easier to grow their revenue from abortions. (1)
On Planned Parenthood’s website, you get copious information about having sex without commitment or responsibility but nothing about when a new human life begins. When I asked their Bot about the beginning of human life, I encountered an “awkward” answer. The 24/7 automated Bot sidesteps the question of when a new human life—and therefore parenthood—begins. (2)
My correspondence with the Bot:
“When does human life start?”
Message from Bot. “Sometimes we bots have a hard time understanding humans. Could you ask me in a different way?”
“When does human life begin?”
Message from Bot. “Well this is awkward, but I can’t understand your question. You can try picking from popular questions and topics instead.”
A legitimate response to one of the most important questions that someone can ask is intentionally avoided by the largest abortion provider in the country. Could the awkwardness of the bot’s response to that question be due to their bias toward abortion?
Besides failing to acknowledge that human life begins at conception, Planned Parenthood also gives the false impression that surgical abortion, which involves shredding a living human being and then tossing the remains into a medical waste container, is done “gently”: “Suction abortion (also called vacuum aspiration) is the most common type of in-clinic abortion. It uses gentle suction to empty your uterus. It’s usually used until about 14-16 weeks after your last period.” (3) This statement dismisses the living human(s) residing in the mother’s womb. After a “successful” abortion, only one human will leave the Planned Parenthood facility. A small portion of one or more humans with separate and unique DNA will be left in the womb. Planned Parenthood dismisses the humanity of the young human beings in the womb and dehumanizes them by calling them names such as “clump of cells” or “products of conception.” Nonetheless, a human is a human by any other name.
Patient escorts at Planned Parenthood often ignore the life-affirming encouragement offered by prayerful counselors. When a young woman approached the abortion facility driveway in her car, the escort enthusiastically said, “Come, come, come…” and motioned with her arm to enter. The pro-life counselor unsuccessfully tried to give information on alternatives to abortion. After the car went up the driveway, the abortion escort had a snide gleeful look on her face as she chuckled and called the pro-life counselor a vulgar name. The counselor told me she prays for her.
Planned Parenthood also gives the impression that “unwanted” young humans in the womb are worthless. They take a nugatory neonatal attitude publicly for “unwanted.” However, what they say versus what they do can be vastly different. In a disturbing undercover video, some Planned Parenthood employees exhibit indefensible disrespect for the human person they consider “worthless.” Only “worthless” when killing but not when haggling about the price of baby body parts. (4)
Some former Planned Parenthood employees said they had pizza parties and time off for exceeding abortion quotas. How they met their quota: “I trained my staff the way that I was trained, which was to really encourage women to choose abortion, to have it at Planned Parenthood because that counts … towards our goal.” (5) Pizza parties and time off for increasing abortion numbers but no evidence this is done for adoptions.
Planned Parenthood’s lobbying efforts for radical pro-abortion legislation exemplify their plan for no restrictions on abortion. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, supported eugenics, forced sterilization, and spoke before white supremacists. In The Pivot of Civilization, she writes, with extreme god-like arrogance, as though she should decide who lives and who dies: “…we are paying for … an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all …” (6)
At least two prominent feminists and abortion supporters have not shied away from the reality of abortion. Naomi Wolf wrote, “Clinging to rhetoric about abortion in which there is no life and no death, we entangle our beliefs in a series of self-delusions, fibs and evasions, and we risk becoming precisely what our critics charge us with: callous, selfish and casually destructive men and women who share a cheapened view of human life… [we] need to contextualize the fight to defend abortion rights within a moral framework that admits that the death of a fetus is a real death.” Camille Paglia wrote, “Hence I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue.” (7)
In the past, Planned Parenthood acknowledged that abortion takes the life of a baby. In a 1952 pamphlet about birth control, you could read a different description of abortion than today: “An abortion … It kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health.” (8)
What is the current “Plan” for Planned Parenthood? It doesn’t seem to be parenthood. “According to an Annual Report, 96.9% of pregnant women seeking help from Planned Parenthood get an abortion; only 0.7% get adoption referrals…” (9) A more accurate name for Planned Parenthood today seems to be “Planned Abortion.\” Clearly, their plan is much more focused on extracting money from patients for abortions instead of promoting parenthood or the loving gift of adoption.
Today it appears that Planned Parenthood wants to hide its plans. Someday, hopefully, they will truly “Plan for parenthood and work for parenthood.”