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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Liar, liar, pants on fire

It's said that in war, the first casualty is truth. I guess that's true for culture wars too ... at nearly every religious site I visit online there is the untrue assertion that Planned Parenthood is in the business of selling baby body parts for profit. But that isn't true.

1) Planned Parenthood does *not* sell baby body parts. When a patient requests that a donation to research be made, then they facilitate that donation, sometimes charging costs for transportation/processing, sometimes not. The pro-life people who made the videos lied. Read Unspinning the Planned Parenthood Video ... A cynical attack on Planned Parenthood ... The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood

2) Yes, Planned Parenthood does some abortions, but abortion makes up only 3% of their services. They also do gyn exams for infections, pap smears, breast cancer screening, prenatal care, provide contraception. And they are one of the few places women who are poor can afford to go for these services. Read Nope, Abortion Is Not Planned Parenthood's "Central Purpose"

3) So when pro-life groups like the Center for Medical Progress and Republican politicians attack Planned Parenthood, they are making it ever harder for poor women to get health care. Read  Who’s Behind the Planned Parenthood Sting Video? Troy Newman—and Other Rabid Anti-Choicers ... Suprise: Anti-Vaxxers Are Leading the Charge Against Planned Parenthood ... The Planned Parenthood 'sting' video's first casualty? Women with breast cancer


Anonymous Richard said...

Thanks for these posts. My mother was a former public health nurse that volunteered for PP for many years providing the most basic reproductive health care and screening to migrant workers and to many young women who just had no clue and no reliable resources for sex ed information. I agree with you completely.

11:21 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

How interesting - I volunteered there one summer when I was in college.

11:29 AM  

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