Since the leaked draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority decision on the Dodd v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and the ultimate final ruling that overturned Roe v Wade, there has been a rash of closings of Planned Parenthood clinics around the country. Based on the articles I’ve been able to find, the states where PP clinics are closing include: Texas, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Vermont, New Hampshire, Colorado, Indiana, Idaho, and Alaska.
Of course, PP claims that these closings have nothing to do with the overturning of Roe v Wade, which ruled that there is no Constitutional right of abortion, and put the legality of abortion back into the hands of the fifty state legislatures. In fact, PP has also announced that it is opening a clinic – one clinic – in eastern Washington, close to the Idaho border, where abortion is expected to become illegal. These clinics represent only a small portion of the almost 600 PP clinics in the US (as of 2021). Even still, the closing of clinics at this time, regardless of the reasons PP gives, is troubling for an organization that insists that it is pro-choice and not pro-abortion, and that abortion constitutes only a very small percentage of the healthcare they provide to women. For years, PP has made the claim that abortion represents only 3% of the healthcare they provide to women and that they are the only healthcare providers for many women, so that if their clinics closed, many poorer women would lose access to necessary healthcare. Why would these clinics be closing at this time if abortion represents such a small percentage of the services they provide? Because, in truth, abortion is the big money-maker for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood in 2020 performed about 40% of the abortions in the United States. Fully 96.9% of pregnant women who received services from PP received in abortion, compared to the 0.7% who received adoption information and the less than 3% who received pre-natal care.
The closing of clinics across the country is not the only set back Planned Parenthood is suffering. The abortion giant will be required to pay $4.3 million after it was caught committing Medicaid fraud in Texas. They are also being sued in Washington state for Medicaid fraud. Finally, PP is being investigated by the Government Accounting Office over how it has been spending the federal money it receives, which amounts to about $500 million a year. Lest we forget, PP has also admitted to harvesting and selling fetal body parts and has also gotten in trouble over the years for not reporting cases of statutory rape.
There has been a great deal of opposition from pro-abortion politicians against crisis pregnancy centers after the Dodd v Jackson ruling. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has called for the forcible closing down of crisis pregnancy centers, accusing them of “torturing” women. Letitia James, Attorney General for New York, as well as Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), have demanded that Google stop providing people with information on crisis pregnancy centers on their search engine.
Of course, not only have these centers received opposition from politicians, but they’ve been the target of attacks from activists and domestic terrorists. Numerous attacks on crisis pregnancy centers, as well as churches and other pro-life ministries, have been reported across the nation. As of yet, there have been no arrests, and critics are accusing the FBI of not taking the attacks seriously. In a recent vote in the House of Representatives, Democrats blocked passage of a resolution condemning attacks on crisis pregnancy centers and churches. It seems that one’s criminal actions are excusable if one’s politics are of a certain flavor. Pro-abortion activists continue to protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices with impunity, even though doing so is a federal crime.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life education organization, reports that, as of 2019, there were 2,132 crisis pregnancy centers in the US that performed 486,213 free ultrasounds, 731,884 free pregnancy tests, and provided 967,251 free consultations to clients. According to Heidi Matzke, who runs a crisis pregnancy center in Sacramento, CA, these centers extend $266 million worth of free medical services and resources to pregnant women each year. That’s about half of what the federal government gives to Planned Parenthood.
In another revelation that pro-choice really means pro-abortion, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has used her line-item veto to nix $25.5 million in services supporting pregnant women and adoption services. These include:
- $10 million for a marketing program that promotes adoption support services
- $4 million to fund a maternity home program, assisting with health and prenatal care, parenting and life skill development.
- $2 million to fund a maternal navigator pilot program that steers women to services that promote childbirth and adoption
- $2 million for a tax credit to adoptive parents
- $1.5 million for ‘pregnancy resource centers’ that are private nonprofit organizations that promote childbirth and adoption
- $5 million for “ethical stem cell/fetal tissue research” instead of using aborted fetuses for stem cell research
- $1 million for pregnancy support centers at colleges
Gov. Whitmer has made it clear that, as far as she’s concerned, if you are in a crisis pregnancy, you must choose abortion or receive no assistance from the state of Michigan. Whitmer doesn’t want women to choose life for their babies, and she doesn’t want women or couples to consider adoption. She wants women to abort their babies, and she’s manipulating the Michigan state budget to pressure women to do just that.
The Democrats have made it clear that their party does not exist to help women who may be facing a crisis pregnancy make the best choice for themselves and for their baby. Their party exists to pressure women to have abortions. Abortion is the only choice in their minds, and it ought to be the only choice in yours, too. Assisting women in crisis pregnancies to give their babies life is “torture” as far as they’re concerned, and it ought not be allowed. Only abortion may be considered as a legitimate choice for women.
This is pure evil. The lies of Planned Parenthood are evil. The attacks on crisis pregnancy centers are evil. The line-item vetoes of Gov. Whitmer that defund services to assist Michigan women in crisis pregnancies are evil. If the intentions of the pro-abortion movement were not obvious before, they are obvious now. They are not and never were “pro-choice.” They are now and always were “pro-abortion.” The mask is off. The curtain has been pulled back. The ugliness and the evil are there for all to see. Are we willing to acknowledge the truth, or will we continue to turn our eyes away and pretend the ugliness and evil isn’t there? The soul of our nation depends on how we answer.
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