Earlier this week, Harry Reid announced that he would use every means at his disposal to block any Continuing Resolution or spending bill that contained ideological language – and specifically mentioned the attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood. His argument – and that of other supporters of Planned Parenthood – is that most of their services have nothing to do with abortion. A little simple math proves that this is far from the truth.
Planned Parenthood released their 2009 ‘Service Report’ recently – and it paints a fairly grim picture.
They claim that abortions make up ‘3 percent’ of their services – but that 3% is 332,278 aborted children. They did 977 adoption referrals and treated some 7,021 ‘prenatal clients.’If we do some math, we discover that for every adoption referral PP made, they aborted 340 unborn children. For every woman they assisted to carry a child to term, they aborted 47.
What about the other 97% of Planned Parenthood services? 35% was contraception – including 1,537,180 doses of ‘emergency contraception’. What’s that? That would be the ‘morning after’ or ‘plan b’ pill, a method that according to Catholic teaching is abortion. According to the Catechism, life begins at the instant of conception. Ideologically, plan b is not much different to a Catholic in communion with the Holy See as a conventional surgical abortion. Of the spectrum of contraceptive services Planned Parenthood provided in 2009, fully one quarter were ‘plan b’ interventions.
If emergency contraception is considered to be a method of abortion by Catholics – and it is – then abortion makes up considerably more than the 3% claimed by Planned Parenthood. If every dose of plan b resulted in the termination of life, the total number of abortions as defined by the Magisterium would be 1,869,456. Planned Parenthood claimed they treated some 11 million clients – this means that about 1 in 10 used Planned Parenthood to abort an unwanted child.
The American Life League estimates that the ‘3%’ of surgical abortions Planned Parenthood performs account for some 40% of their income. Dawn Johnson, a former PP exec, stated that abortions were encouraged as a means to ‘offset’ less profitable services like STD treatment.
Mr. Reid is concerned about ‘ideology’. Well, so is the Citizen. He is embracing an ideology that advocates the business of eliminating undesirable life. When this is done to humans living outside of the womb, we call it genocide.
Mr. Reid calls it healthcare.
And he criticizes my ideological failings?