Why Praise and Not Reform of Planned Parenthood?

“If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are not choices at all, then it doesn’t deserve our praise, it deserves reform.”

This is a quote from Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, during a video conference on the subject of privacy.  He was suggesting that regulators scrutinize social media’s privacy policies (e.g. Facebook) instead of Apple’s.  When I read the words though, it reminded me of a particular organization that needs scrutiny and reform – Planned Parenthood.

Misleading users

  We can check that box off.  Planned Parenthood has the following statements on their website:

“There are fake clinics that say they have pregnancy services. These are called Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and they’re run by people who are anti-abortion and don’t believe in telling you the truth about all of your pregnancy options. They may use lies and manipulation to try to scare or shame people out of choosing abortion.”

With regard to life-affirming pregnancy centers. These centers provide information for alternatives to abortion.  They don’t shame or scare anyone.  This information alone is misleading.

“Both in-clinic and medication abortions are very safe.”

 Well, Planned Parenthood needs to define “very” safe. A baby’s heart is stopped so it’s not safe at all for at least one life involved in the procedure.

Data exploitation

  We can check that box off also.  The Center for Medical Progress’ exposure of Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts business included the following:

“Planned Parenthood revealed private patient medical information to third party contractors at StemExpress, LLC in order to meet the company’s quotas for harvesting body parts from Planned Parenthood abortions, said a former StemExpress procurement technician, Holly O’Donnell.”

So, PP exploited personal patient data in order to work with StemExpress in gathering the requested baby body parts.

Choices that are not choices at all.  We can check that box off definitively.

When Dr. Leana Wen took over as president of Planned Parenthood in 2018 she stated that the “core mission” of Planned Parenthood was “providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion.” Despite this, Wen was fired within months of joining Planned Parenthood, and according to her she was fired because she “did not prioritize abortion enough.”

 From personal experience, I have never seen Planned Parenthood work with any pro-life witnesses outside their facilities to share life-affirming choices before a woman makes a decision even though we are within feet of their doors.   The choices they do offer are whether to have a surgical abortion or a medical one.  Opting to end a child’s heartbeat is the only choice offered.  There are no referrals to pregnancy centers.  There is no counseling as to the adoption process.  Abortions are the key ingredient of PP’s profit margins so it would be counter-intuitive to not push the key product.

Tim Cook is known to have a liberal-leaning ideology. I may not agree with his politics, but he is a successful businessman and I can’t say I disagree with his statement as it stands for any business.  So, based on this analysis why is PP praised and why is it not singled out for reform?  Because once again, the primary party involved in abortion, a child, cannot speak, cannot vote and is considered just collateral damage in Planned Parenthood’s misguided and heartless message that abortion empowers women.  Therefore, misleading the moms and dads, exploiting their personal information and underhandedly offering the idea of choices that really aren’t there is celebrated instead of being denigrated and targeted for reform.

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