Planned Parenthood Is Not a “Healthcare Organization”

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Does Planned Parenthood provide women services other than abortion? Sure. But don’t let this mislead you; the company is an abortion mill.

One of the primary defenses made on behalf of Planned Parenthood is that abortion comprises a small percentage of their services. Supposedly the majority of their operation consists of birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and treatment, and counseling. “Abortion is ONLY 3% of what they do,” Planned Parenthood apologists  love to chant. That statistic makes it easier for Planned Parenthood to argue that they are not only a social good, but a necessity. However, the abortion business is by no means the champion of women’s healthcare they masquerade as.

Assuming, for the sake of the topic at hand, that abortion is truly morally neutral, Planned Parenthood is still an abortion business. The aforementioned 3% statistic is misleading. Planned Parenthood gets the 3% figure by dividing the number of abortions they provide by the number of “services” they perform, which they define as “…a discrete clinical interaction, such as the administration of a physical exam or STI test or the provision of a birth control method.”

In this regard they equate the time, money, and effort of an abortion (which can cost anywhere from $300-$1500) with those of something as simple and inexpensive as a pregnancy test, which one can buy at a grocery store or pharmacy for $10. Planned Parenthood acquires over a third of their revenue from abortion services. In their 2015-16 annual report, Planned Parenthood documents 328,348 abortions performed and serviced 2.4 million patients served, meaning 14% of their patients had abortions. This is nearly 5 times as much as Planned Parenthood would have the public believe. This raises eyebrows for an important reason.

If abortion is truly morally neutral, why does Planned Parenthood go to such great lengths to downplay their role in the abortion business?

Planned Parenthood pretends to hold a monopoly on healthcare for low-income Americans and women. While they boast a large clientele, the healthcare business would be largely unaffected in the event of their federal defunding. The organization performs less than a percent of America’s pap tests, not even 2 percent of breast exams, but over 30% of the nation’s abortions. Planned Parenthood clinics are shutting down left and right, with only slightly more than 600 remaining in America.

In contrast there are 20 times as many federal community health centers that perform all the health services Planned Parenthood provides minus abortions. When Planned Parenthood demands the half a billion federal funds they receive every year, it’s not to ensure the well-being of American citizens but rather to line their pockets with abortion reimbursements.

It’s clear why “pro-lifers” hate the abortion giant, but even “pro-choicers” should hesitate before lending support to the organization. After all, if being pro-choice is about favoring a woman’s right to choose, why does Planned Parenthood push abortions on their patients, performing over 160 abortions for every one adoption referral? Those at Planned Parenthood obviously care about which choice you make, namely the one that benefits the organization financially. Planned Parenthood idolizes reproductive choice and simultaneously makes a mockery of the pro-choice label.

The $554.6 million Planned Parenthood receive from taxpayers is largely funding elective, medically unnecessary procedures. Regardless of whether or not abortion is morally reprehensible, it would be grossly dishonest to esteem Planned Parenthood with the title of healthcare organization.

Jonathan Reed is a student at Texas A&M and is the outreach coordinator of Pro-Life Aggies.

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