Article by Katie Kieffer; Cartoon by Amie Kieffer
I have a list of reasons why you can trust Planned Parenthood.
By now, you’ve probably seen the viral video starring Planned Parenthood executive Dr. Deborah Nucatola. In the undercover clip, made by the Center for Medical Progress, Dr. Nucatola gushes about performing abortions in such a way so as to carefully and fatally “crush” fetuses while preserving specific body parts like “fetal livers” which are popular on Planned Parenthood’s secretive “menu” of harvesting options.
In my opinion, as a Millennial woman, Planned Parenthood is very forthright. Here are four examples of Planned Parenthood’s reliable claims:
1. Millennial women love our services
Dr. Nucatola claims that Planned Parenthood’s fetal part harvesting “service” was “asked for” by their abortion “patients.” If so, why hasn’t Planned Parenthood gone public with this program? After all, transparency would allow more women to learn about the valuable service Planned Parenthood purports to offer.
Here are the facts: only 27 percent of Millennials call themselves “pro-choice only” and the majority (51%) of Millennials say that abortion services should not be covered by health insurance, according to a 2015 study by Public Religion Research Institute.
2. Video was edited to make Planned Parenthood look like a profiteer
Actually, the full-length video is more embarrassing to Planned Parenthood than the 9-minute version. Very few people have the time or motivation to watch a 2-hour-and-43-minute-long video, which is why it was edited—not to make Planned Parenthood look like a profiteer.
Only the full-length version of the video shows Dr. Nucatola admitting that the goal of Planned Parenthood’s 67 affiliates who perform harvesting is to: “do a little better than break even, and do so in a way that seems reasonable.”
Dr. Nucatola emphasizes that their main concern is not the safety of the mothers undergoing the abortion procedure or the ethics of selling their dead children’s livers, but “it’s really just about if anyone were ever to ask them [the 67 affiliates], well, what do you do for this $60, how can you justify that?”
So, Planned Parenthood’s stated and accomplished goal is to do better than break even through harvesting baby parts. For them to say they neither have nor want to profit is like an entrepreneur refusing to admit that he is profiting until he is a billionaire.
Even if Planned Parenthood were LOSING money, they are still STEALING my money because I have a First Amendment right to bar ANY of my federal tax dollars from going toward the organization that performs over a fourth of all Abortions in America.
3. “We follow all laws and ethical guidelines”
Richards defended their organ harvesting program, saying they: “follow all laws and ethical guidelines.”
See above. They are profiting. And it’s in their best interest to keep profits artificially low so that they do not raise red flags.
Even if it were legal, legalizing a practice does not make it ethical: at one point it was “legal” to enslave African Americans and to bar women from voting.
Abortion is technically legal in the United States, but it violates natural law. Reason tells us that every human being has a natural right to their own private property—the first of which is their own body. As soon as a baby or fetus has a body, they have a natural right to their body, even if it is growing inside of another body.
We all have a duty to help young women enduring the pain and challenge of rape or an unwanted pregnancy, and I’ve offered many ways in which we can do this in a manner that respects both the mother and the baby in previous columns as well as in Let Me Be Clear.
4. Our opponents want to “cut women off” from “other health centers”
Yes, Richards actually made that assertion. Without batting an eye, she told Americans that anyone who disagrees with their shady baby-part harvesting program wants to cut women off from care at pregnancy crisis centers. This is her biggest lie of all. Pro-life organizations do not receive federal funding like Planned Parenthood; they survive through private philanthropy, which shows that their opponents actually work harder to care for women.
OK, so Planned Parenthood is not that transparent. Millennial women like me—as well as your young friends, daughters and granddaughters—would be wise to look elsewhere for caring, trustworthy and reliable healthcare.