Abortion is a passionate topic for me. I am very anti-abortion. I refuse to use the terms "pro-life" (because I am also pro-death penalty) or "pro-choice (that term is innocuous and wrong. So many pro-choice people are only pro-choice about abortion). I think if we are going to have an honest discussion about abortion, we have to be honest about the whole thing. Throw off the pretty terms and state the truth. So, I am very much anti-abortion. If someone on the other side wishes to call me anti-choice, so be it. They won't hurt my feelings. (I am totally pro-choice in a whole lot of other areas that don't include killing innocent unborn children.) I tend to get loud when discussing abortion, and specifically Planned Parenthood.
My problem with Planned Parenthood is that they are billed as a women's health services organization, but really, they are mostly concerned with women's reproductive systems. In all fairness, that makes them about the same as your OB/GYN. This isn't necessarily a problem, it's just highly dishonest advertising. They mainly concern themselves with birth control, pelvic exams, STD screening, and abortion. They are the largest abortion provider in the U.S.
My biggest issue with Planned Parenthood stems from it's origins. It was started by a woman named Margaret Sanger, and she was a rabid eugenicist who believed in forced sterilization, birth control and abortion for minorities, religious people, and basically anyone she deemed unfit to procreate.
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with
social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most
successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious
appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the
Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out
that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.
~Margaret Sanger in Women, Morality and Birth Control
Essentially, Planned Parenthood was based on the idea that getting rid of non-whites and whites with less intelligence than Ms. Sanger herself, was a fabulous idea. Eugenics would become a cornerstone of Hitler's Third Reich. Yes, I just compared Sanger to Hitler, and with a little bit of research into what she believed, the comparison is not hard to make.
Maybe today's Planned Parenthood leaders are not as overtly into eugenics as their esteemed founder, but little has been done to change that mission. When Kermit Gosnell was arrested for murder (and previously sued for wrongful death), it wasn't white women and their unborn children he was butchering. For more than 20 years he preyed on the less fortunate minorities in Philadelphia.
80% of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority neighborhoods. Around 60% are in majority black neighborhoods.
While black women make up just 13% of the population, they account for 37% of the abortions in this country.
White people make up more than 70% of our population, yet account for only 34% of all abortions. Minorities account for the other 66% (yes, my 70% figure is not as far off as I thought).
Seems to me that Sanger's plan is moving along just fine, even though she's long gone.
A few more numbers that might interest you:
Planned parenthood claims that only 3% of their services are abortion. That number is highly misleading. In the case of abortion, they count all appointments as one service. (Consultation, abortion procedure and any followup). If you get your birth control through PP for an entire year, each month is counted as an individual service. 3 visits for abortion, 1 service. 12 packs of birth control, 12 services. (Just a little misleading.) And while not using their misleading statistics still only gives abortion a 12% rate of service, 1/3 of all their clinic revenue most likely comes from....abortion. (We can't be sure, because their statements are vague on where exactly their revenue comes from.) Planned Parenthood claims to do breast cancer screening, however, that is a breast exam, similar to the one you get during your annual OB/GYN appointment. (Or, one you can do at home.) PP does not do mammograms. They refer you to someone who does, the same way your OB or GP would do. On top of that, the recommendation for mammograms is for people over 50 (currently). The majority of Planned Parenthood's customer base is a whole lot younger than that. Good business sense would say that providing mammograms would not be cost affective for an organization like PP.
The numbers don 't lie. And I'd love to have an honest discussion about abortion, where we admit that it unfairly targets minorities, and that Planned Parenthood plays a big roll in that issue.
*This whole though process was brought up as my daughter was working on studying for her AP Political Science Exam. She was asked to point to something that denied a minority civil rights. I thought abortion fit the question well, since it overwhelmingly denies the basic right of life to the minority population of the U.S.