published Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Abortion provider Planned Parenthood promotes myths

Planned Parenthood has claimed often, in the wake of its funding spat with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, that it promotes women's health. Komen, a charity that fights breast cancer, tried to end its funding to Planned Parenthood, America's biggest abortion provider. But abortion advocates and members of Congress pressured Komen into reversing its decision.

That is regrettable because even if you support abortion "rights," it has been apparent in many cases that the interests of women are not Planned Parenthood's focus. In some instances, evidence suggests adult predators procure abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics for young victims. In a long piece in The Weekly Standard in 2007, Charlotte Allen detailed a tragic case in Ohio:

"Brian Hurley, a lawyer representing the daughter molested for five years by the recently convicted John Blanks Jr. of Mason, Ohio, says the girl reported the years-long abuse to a Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio employee when her father drove her there to have an abortion at age 16 after getting her pregnant -- their response, according to Hurley, was to send the girl home in her father's car with a packet of birth-control pills," Allen wrote. "The abuse continued for another year and a half, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported, at which point the girl told her future college sports coach, who reported the coerced sex to authorities, launching the criminal investigation that led to Blanks's arrest, trial, and five-year prison term."

There have been similar cases over the years, and just last year, undercover video showed a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey offering "advice" to a couple who posed as traffickers of underage girls.

"The man says he is involved in sex work and wants to bring girls, some only 14 or 15 and illegal immigrants, for medical exams," The New York Times reported. "The [office] manager says that 14-year-old girls should not admit their ages, because it triggers extra reporting requirements. 'For the most part, we want as little information as possible,' she says. Asked if the girls can obtain abortions, the manager replies that if they are under 15, they should go to another clinic where 'their protocols are not as strict as ours.'"

Allen also debunked the claim that abortion makes up only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's "services":

"One way Planned Parenthood massages the numbers to make its abortion business look trivial is to unbundle its services for purposes of counting ... . An abortion is invariably preceded by a pregnancy test -- a separate service in Planned Parenthood's reckoning -- and is almost always followed at the organization's clinics by a 'going home' packet of contraceptives, which counts as another separate service. Throw in a pelvic exam and a lab test for STDs -- you get the picture. In terms of absolute numbers of clients, one in three visited Planned Parenthood for a pregnancy test, and of those, a little under one in three had a Planned Parenthood abortion."

Downplaying abortion at Planned Parenthood is "deliberately misleading," Allen added.

And misleading the public does nothing to promote women's health.

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librul said...

Better headline:

"Right wing propaganda mill, News Free Press, promotes myths."

February 8, 2012 at 6:32 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

It only takes a little research to see that Ms. Allen is just a loud pawn. She thinks women are dumb and need to be guided. So wonder exactly who is really guiding her? Undoubtedly some man she deems smart. Her judgement means nothing. Maybe she really is dumb and just doesn't realize how smart the rest of us are. She will quote references, but then when you research, the facts are just not there. Or, you can come across research that says because we have this number of unintended pregnancies, that must mean we have this many abortions. I have found those numbers consistantly repeated for abortion rates. It is not the same thing. But these LIARS will use any means to get what their twisted minds want. The new rightwing cheer, "lie for god". Think about it people. This is a false flag. An embryo will not be given birth rights no more than sperm will be.

This war on women will be met with a war on men. And we saw the other day just how quick these men will vote down this nonsense when it affects them. Every time there is a push to control women and their bodies, there will be a push back to control men and their bodies. We have had enough!

Who wrote the above article anyway? Why are there no names, screen names, or clues to the author? It looks like maybe the research skills are lacking, so maybe they didn't want their name to it. Or maybe they just wanted to spread some lies without accountability.

February 8, 2012 at 9:51 a.m.
Livn4life said...

So information on {Planned Parenthood being misleading which comes from someone other than CNN MSNBC, etc. is just propaganda or misinformation and comes from people just out to get Planned Parenthood. Thus ANY info. coming from the previously mentioned media sources MUST be considered factual and unbiased. No wonder few people believe anything they hear these days. Planned Parenthood is a large contributor to the abortion industry and there have been many proven abuses in that industry. But never mind, right wing propaganda mill trumps anything which just might be accurate. No wonder we are headed in the wrong direction.

February 8, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Just do the research Livin4life. I don't watch any network tv so your argument doesn't hold water here. I actually do the work and go to the sources of information. And yes you are right, you cannot believe anything the media is telling you. Do a little research and you will find out really quick that they all lie and spin to the owner's agenda.

I do not doubt that there are abuses to abortion. But by that reasoning, if I am abused, I should just end my life? How absurd! There are abuses to money, should we just end that too? There are abuses to sex, should we just end it as well? There are abuses to marriage, should we just end it?

The numbers are cooked, twisted, and spun. Follow the money.

February 8, 2012 at 10:58 a.m.

The whole abortion industry operates on the lie that the fetus isn't a life. If someone were to kill the mother and the "fetus", two murder charges result. Why? What if the violent criminal simply beats the woman and forcibly aborts the fetus? Assualt charges? Nope. Double standard charges. We need to make up our minds one way or the other. Either a fetus is a life or it isn't.

February 8, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.
HighFastHard said...

Oh someone PLEASE add a comment that includes a bunch of BIBLE quotes......

February 8, 2012 at 3:49 p.m.
moonpie said...

FPSE, you are absolutely correct.

A fetus is a life. It certainly is alive.

The debate should be centered on does a mother have a right to terminate that life.

That is a tougher argument for pro-choice folks to argue and I think they dodge it.

(For the record, I am reluctantly pro-choice only because I know of the ugly reality of women who have sought unsafe, illegal abortions only to die and leave their existing children motherless.) I don't have time to debate this now, but I do think your point is right on target.

I think the pro-life people have a very valid point in this regard and ultimately, pro-choice individuals should have the argument that "Yes, it is killing but (insert argument here)."

February 8, 2012 at 8:40 p.m.
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