Though Planned Parenthood claims that women depend on them for prenatal care, Live Action investigators had an incredibly hard time finding facilities that offered it—though they found plenty offering abortions. Live Action contacted all 41 Planned Parenthood affiliates where undercover recording is permitted by state law, and only 5 facilities out of 97 said they provided prenatal care.
Planned Parenthood deceives the public and the government when it asks for public funding. It claims to provide all sorts of women’s services that it rarely does. They are just there for the window dressing. Most often Planned Parenthood will refer a woman to another place to receive the other than abortion services that she seeks. Why? Because there is no money in prenatal care or counseling. The money is in abortion. And Planned Parenthood is 90% an abortion mill partially financed by the taxpayer. It has also been caught selling baby parts for a profit.
Those that would defund Planned Parenthood are not trying to put Planned Parenthood out of existence. They merely want to eliminate taxpayer funding of this private for profit organization and for it to stand on its own as any other profit making company has to do.
Planned Parenthood’s own numbers show that it performs less than two percent of U.S. women’s cancer screenings, zero mammograms, and offers virtually no prenatal care for women who want to keep their babies. Its solution for helping women to adopt instead of abort is to tell them to search for adoption services on the Internet. Yet, Planned Parenthood has the largest market share of any abortion chain in the country at over 30 percent.
Roe V. Wade was decided in an age when you could argue that the fetus was a soulless clump of cells and get away with it. There was no ultrasound and no way to monitor the fetal heartbeat, or even to perform fetal surgery. We are now able to save premature babies at earlier and earlier dates. Should our right to life be determined by technology? What kind of right is that?
Viability was and still is a determining factor in limiting abortions. Many states have added restrictions on when abortions can be performed based on the ability of the unborn to save birth. But here’s a test for you. Take a full-term newborn and leave it alone. See if it feeds and changes itself. As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized when Texas passed a late-term abortion ban, the humanity of the unborn was even grudgingly acknowledged by one of the majority in Roe V. Wade:
The 20-week benchmark wasn’t pulled out of a hat. The respected University of Utah expert Maureen Condic recently testified before Congress that at 20 weeks a fetus can feel pain and has “an increase in stress hormones in response to painful experiences” along with other reactions that “reflect a mature, bodywide response to pain.” It is her view that fetuses “deserve the benefit of the doubt regarding their experience of pain and protection from cruelty under the law.”
The public would seem to agree, as the advent and advances of ultrasound have largely shredded the “clump of cells” argument of abortion proponents. A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found 62% of people support the ban. Nationwide, even a recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll found that 59% support an abortion ban after 20 weeks. A Gallup poll late last year found that 64% think abortion should be illegal after 12 weeks….
Thanks to medical science, the time it takes for a baby in the womb to become viable is shrinking. It’s been said that if the Supreme Court in 1973 had seen ultrasound pictures of the unborn, as is routinely done today, Roe v. Wade would have been decided quite differently.
Indeed, writing the majority opinion back then, Justice Harry Blackmun said: “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins.”
He also wrote that if the unborn life was proved to be a person, “the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed.”
On the wall of the Jefferson Memorial are the words: “God who gave us life gave us liberty.” The two are inseparable. Slaves were once considered something less than human, as the unborn currently are. The Supreme Court, which gave us Roe V. Wade, once gave us the Dred Scott decision. A new decision may soon correct another gross injustice.