Liberalism has a great many dirty little secrets beneath its self-righteous facade, and one of the dirtiest is how few of their stated principles they actually believe. For instance, on abortion they claim to champion a woman’s right to decide “whatever’s best for her.”
Putting aside how this ignores the fact that there’s a second person impacted by the mother’s “choice,” if liberals really believed it they would have no problem with women deciding that getting help somewhere other than Planned Parenthood is best for them, right? Women’s health is all that matters, isn’t it?
Not according to the Left. In fact, Planned Parenthood’s website contains a page warning women that “so-called” crisis pregnancy centers — nonprofits across the country that help pregnant women with everything from health resources and adoption referrals to baby supplies and parenting classes, and which might well outnumber abortion mills — “are fake clinics” that “have a history of giving women wrong, biased information to scare them into not having abortions.”
PP wails that CPCs:
– may not give you complete and correct information about all your options — abortion, adoption, and parenting
– may try to frighten you with misleading films and pictures to keep you from choosing abortion
– may lie to you about the medical and emotional effects of abortion
– may tell you that you are not pregnant even if you are. This may fool you into continuing your pregnancy without knowing it. If your decision is delayed, it could make abortion more risky. It could also keep you from getting early prenatal care.
– may discourage you from using certain methods of birth control that are very safe and effective
The first thing to note is that Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide a single documented example to back up any of these accusations. You’re just supposed to take their word for it that they’re the only ones who really care about women, and that any intrusions against their assumed women’s health monopoly are inherently fraudulent.
Of course, the truth is that there is no evidence for the pattern of misconduct PP describes at crisis pregnancy centers. I know because two years ago, I analyzed and destroyed the abortion lobby’s most comprehensive attempt to establish one, a hit piece by NARAL, in a series for Live Action News (part 1, part 2, part 3).
Every accusation was either unsourced and lacking the necessary details to corroborate it, a case of CPCs delivering accurate information (such as on fetal pain, medical risks of abortion, etc.) and legitimate messages (like the effectiveness of abstinence or horror of abortion) that the abortion industry simply doesn’t want them to hear, a straw-man knocking a particular CPC for not offering something it never claimed to offer in the first place, or simply false.
In the years since, I’ve been watching pretty closely for abortion apologists to update their anti-CPC narrative with actual facts and examples…and they haven’t. At most, maybe they can dig up some individual CPC somewhere that did something wrong, but it they tried to spin any such hypothetical as more than an isolated incident, it would be awfully hard for them to keep a straight face when claiming that the legions of stories of misconduct at Planned Parenthood facilities somehow don’t reflect on the organization as a whole.
Speaking of which, that’s the most outrageous thing about this attack: the hypocrisy. For every one of the above bullet points, Planned Parenthood has actually been caught doing something equivalent or worse.
Not giving complete or correct information about options? Planned Parenthood staff has recently been caught on video and audio telling people they can’t get ultrasounds to see their baby unless they’re having an abortion, and that they don’t offer prenatal care at all.
Trying to frighten patients with misleading material? The web page we’re responding to here is a golden example of dishonest fear-mongering.
Lying about abortion’s effects? Numerous former employees and patients of Planned Parenthood have come forward to describe how they’ve lied to women and been lied to by PP about the physical and emotional fallout of abortion.
Misleading patients about whether or not they’re pregnant? PP lies to women about what they’re pregnant with, giving out false information on when the heartbeat begins (3 weeks, not 17), what 8-week-old fetuses look like (yes, they have arms, legs, and faces), and more.
Discouraging effective birth control methods? Planned Parenthood actively promotes sexual promiscuity among teens, because their profits require people to continue to get pregnant when they don’t want to be — so much so that PP facilities have abortion quotas.
Finally, you have to appreciate the irony in this line from Planned Parenthood’s hit job: “Many times, the crisis pregnancy centers are located very close to real reproductive health centers. This makes it easy for women to go to the crisis pregnancy center by mistake.” In other words, Planned Parenthood thinks women are too stupid to be trusted to walk into the building they’re looking for. Yet conservatives are the misogynists?
This attack on crisis pregnancy centers isn’t about women’s health. Pro-aborts don’t give a damn about women. It’s about the simple fact that every time a woman facing an unintended pregnancy learns she has real, safe, humane choices and decent people willing to help her every step of the way, Planned Parenthood loses a customer, the myth that women can’t survive in America without abortion loses a bit more power, and the Cult of Choice loses a potential foot-soldier for the Democrat Party.
And that utterly terrifies these people.