Planned Parenthood’s annual report for the 2018-2019 fiscal year was released this week, and the report ironically features the following quote: “From the very beginning, Planned Parenthood organizations have fought for the world we want: a world where every person can control their own body and plan their own future. And we’ve never backed down, pushing our country forward and protecting the rights of all people.”
Well … not all people.
This year’s numbers compared to last’s paint a striking picture of what Planned Parenthood’s true goal is: stripping the human dignity of the unborn and compromising women’s health care standards in the process.
Despite the CDC’s November report that abortion rates are declining, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions compared to the previous year’s 332,757. That is 345,672 human lives that will never have a future. That is the violation of 345,672 individuals’ most fundamental right: the right to life.
Unfortunately, that shocking number is only the tip of the iceberg. Planned Parenthood also boasts that it has expanded its telemedicine abortion services, now offering it in 16 states. But the reality of telemedicine abortion is that it causes women to experience the loss of their child alone and without any immediate support from a medical professional. That is not the standard of care that women deserve.
For pro-life advocates, this report can be disheartening, even sickening. But there is reason for hope.
Even as Planned Parenthood is executing its destructive mission through challenges to laws that protect women and children, there are currently several cases where Planned Parenthood stands to lose ground.
In Missouri, Planned Parenthood sued the state because it adopted life-affirming legislation, including a law prohibiting doctors from aborting unborn children simply because of a Down syndrome diagnosis. ADF filed a friend-of-the-court brief to explain that states can and should protect unborn children from fatal discrimination. Every life is worth living, and everyone deserves a chance to plan their future.
In North Dakota, the American Medical Association and abortion providers sued the state because it passed legislation that requires doctors to inform women that medication abortions can sometimes be reversed, and that abortion terminates “the life of a whole, separate, unique, living being.” ADF is intervening on behalf of Heartbeat International to defend this law that ensures women have all the information they need to make empowered choices.
While not a party in that case, Planned Parenthood has expressed opposition to many of North Dakota’s laws that equip women with information needed for informed decision-making. Something as simple as ensuring that abortion providers tell women what an abortion does and offer them a chance to view an ultrasound is offensive to Planned Parenthood and its tireless abortion campaign. That Planned Parenthood wants to withhold medical information that helps women make the best decision for both them and their child shows that the abortion giant is merely acting out of self-interest.
And these aren’t the only states where the abortion industry is in court.
In Louisiana, abortion facilities have committed many horrific health and licensing violations. So, Louisiana passed a law that requires doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. This means hospitals, rather than untrustworthy abortion businesses, will vet doctors for competency, improving safety standards.
The law also ensures that if a woman experiences medical complications from an abortion, the doctor performing the abortion can personally admit her to the hospital and treat her there. This lowers the risk of serious injury or death from botched abortions by ensuring that the hospital has all the information needed to treat the woman properly.
ADF filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 80 former and current Louisiana state legislators to tell the Supreme Court that women undergoing invasive medical procedures, like surgical abortion, deserve access to the best care possible, especially if complications should arise. Also, the brief explained that abortionists shouldn’t be allowed to hijack women’s rights and use them to overturn a law protecting their health and safety. If Planned Parenthood truly cared for the safety of women, it would support this law. But instead, the abortion giant is opposing it.
The fact that Planned Parenthood wants to overturn all of the laws discussed above is disturbing. But it’s not surprising.
While Planned Parenthood may claim to protect the rights of “all” people, its actions in the past year say otherwise. And actions speak louder than words.