posted at 2:31 pm on January 31, 2017 by Ed Morrissey
Priorities, priorities at Planned Parenthood: women’s care, or core business? The nation’s largest abortion chain has demanded that Republicans in Congress stop attacking “women’s health care” with their proposals to bar federal funds from flowing into their coffers. When it comes to actual caring, however, Planned Parenthood focuses its resources on abortions. Live Action has two new videos out today demonstrating that PP’s clinics use their ultrasounds — a key diagnostic tool for expecting mothers — only to prepare to terminate the life within the womb in all but a handful of their clinics:
Here are a few examples of caring:
Planned Parenthood uses ultrasounds to determine a baby’s age and position in the womb before it kills her. In the “Ultrasounds for Killing, Not Care” video, investigators posing as pregnant women asked 68 Planned Parenthood facilities for ultrasounds to check the health of their babies, but only three centers would provide them. The remainder either used ultrasounds for abortions or did not perform ultrasounds at all. Investigators received responses like:
“No, we don’t do any ultrasounds for prenatal care. We do them when we’re doing abortions, but not for any other reason.” – Council Bluffs, IA, Planned Parenthood
“No. Nope. Not – not something we offer. Well, we do have to do an ultrasound with an abortion, but we don’t offer them for – we can’t do anything to make sure that the pregnancy’s fine.” – St. Louis, MO, Planned Parenthood
“We only do ultrasounds if you are terminating.” – Corning, NY, Planned Parenthood
Two former PP managers confirmed the policy. And when PP does do ultrasounds, they make sure that women can’t see what those ultrasounds show:
Investigators’ observations were confirmed by Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager in Storm Lake, IA. “If Planned Parenthood is really about choice, they would show women the ultrasound. And they don’t,” she told Rose in an interview in the “Planned Parenthood Managers: Ultrasounds for Abortions, Not Health Care” video. She said that Planned Parenthood won’t show pregnant mothers the ultrasound pictures of their babies, and in fact, “They turn the monitor away so the mom can’t see it.”
This exposes Planned Parenthood’s claims about providing pre-natal care as nonsense. What kind of pre-natal care can they provide without performing ultrasounds to check on the health of the baby? It’s not that the clinics don’t have those resources — they intentionally refuse to use those resources for pre-natal care.
Abortions are legal, but that doesn’t make them health care, and it certainly doesn’t mean that the federal government should subsidize private organizations in that business. Those Title X funds should be redirected to clinics who prioritize care over despair.