Why do so many people, in and out of office, have a problem with Planned Parenthood? Why do pro-life legislators both in Congress and in various states want to cut off public funds from Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood talks as if these efforts are all about opposition to contraception or attacks on “women’s health care,” yet nothing in these bills would curtail any of these programs. No, the key issue in these bills and in the hearts and minds of so many taxpayers, men and women, is Planned Parenthood’s relentless promotion and performance of abortion.
Though they soft pedal it and don’t often come right out and say it, abortion is at the very core of who Planned Parenthood is and what it does. And all the evidence indicates that an absolute commitment to abortion is one the group considers non-negotiable.
Planned Parenthood likes to say that abortion represents only 3% of its total services, but this relies on a very sketchy mathematics that counts every box of condoms, every packet of birth control pills, every pregnancy test, every test for STDs (or STIs as they now call them, for sexually transmitted infections) as a separate service. But to see how dear abortion really is to Planned Parenthood and its bottom line, let’s look at the data in terms of this four-part test: clients, revenues, organization and agenda.