Redirecting Funds Away from Planned Parenthood Won’t Hurt Women’s Healthcare
One question that has been raised quite frequently especially by talking heads on the news or touted by certain celebrities is that if the current federal taxpayer dollars being poured into Planned Parenthood are redirected elsewhere, where will women go to receive quality care? The question is posed in such a way so as to indicate that if Planned Parenthood were defunded, then it would immediately leave millions of women without healthcare options. But despite the unearthing of Planned Parenthood’s past and current questionable business practices many are still concerned that depriving them of federal funds will somehow hurt women.
Vital healthcare services are indeed important, but the fight against redirecting federal taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood is not a fight against women’s health. No one wants to deny poor women quality, comprehensive healthcare services.
“There are 13,540 federally-qualified, low-cost, high quality health care clinics and rural health centers, which outnumber Planned Parenthood 20 to 1 nationally,” according to Family Research Council.
Planned Parenthood’s website advertises that it offers abortion, adoption, and parenting services the truth is that abortion is the primary option that is pushed on women who reach out to Planned Parenthood for help with adoption or parenting services.
Planned Parenthood misleads women to believe that abortion is safe.
Planned Parenthood refers to abortion on its website as a “safe, simple medical procedure,” and this is what they want you to believe. The reality is that there is no such thing as a safe abortion. An abortion is hardly safe for a mother, both in terms of medical safety, and mental trauma undergone. And abortion is certainly never safe for the baby being aborted.
Planned Parenthood pushes women in vulnerable situations to have an abortion.
Planned Parenthood’s own website provides case in point proof of this fact. In describing abortion procedures, Planned Parenthood sums up its answer to the question “How can I get an-clinic abortion,” with “it’s best to try to have your abortion as soon as possible.”
Planned Parenthood uses medically inaccurate terms in an intentional effort to mislead women.
In describing the abortions it does “in house,” Planned Parenthood refers to a Dilation & Evacuation (D & E) abortion procedure as using “suction and medical tools to empty your uterus.” It refers to a suction abortion as “a gentle suction that empties your uterus.” Both of these statements are medically inaccurate and misleading. Even its descriptions of how the abortion pill works are misleading and medically inaccurate. For a more detailed analysis, read this article I wrote for Live Action News detailing this intentional falsification of information by Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood endangers women by fighting against abortion regulations and routine inspections.
One example of Planned Parenthood not caring about women involves Planned Parenthood complaining about the cost of hiring more on call doctors with admitting privileges in the event of a medical emergency. Planned Parenthood spokespersons have time and time again protested against similar safety measures. In this case, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson for a clinic fighting against a law to mandate an emergency on call OB/GYN said doing so would place a “burden” on women seeking abortions. Given that the average annual cost to have an OB/GYN be on-call 24/7 is $182,500 it, seems that Planned Parenthood is more concerned with the financial “burden” such a requirement would cost them, than women’s safety.