Planned Parenthood on the Defensive

Planned Parenthood on the Defensive
Source: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Planned Parenthood is on the defensive now because very soon they will take a hit to their bottom line and their image. Between the impending loss of millions in Title X funding and the bad PR associated with a new movie “Unplanned,” word is getting out that abortion, central to Planned Parenthood’s business, is the antithesis of healthcare.

The new regulations on Title X grants require financial and physical separation between entities that provide family planning and entities involved in the delivery of abortion services. Under these new rules, Planned Parenthood must either get out of the abortion business or set up separate facilities for offering abortion in order to achieve a clear separation between family planning activities and abortion. They have made it clear that they are unwilling to do either.

Instead, Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen has repeatedly attempted to brand abortion as healthcare. Wen talks about the treatment for measles, opioid addiction, obesity, and colorectal cancer as though abortion is in the same category. Abortion is not healthcare, certainly not for the baby who loses her life, but neither does it constitute healthcare for the mother. National Institutes of Health-sponsored researchers report the reasons women often seek abortion for…

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