Former Planned Parenthood Worker: It Only Cares About Abortion
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 11/23/11 11:52 AM
Catherine Adair, a former Planned Parenthood staffer in Boston, has written a new column in the Washington Examiner about her experience and says the abortion business is really concerned about one thing: abortion.
Adair has begun to speak out recently about her experiences and, previously, credited Abby Johnson leaving her post as the director of a Texas-based Planned Parenthood abortion facility with inspiring her to share her own story of getting out of the abortion industry.
“When Abby prevailed against Planned Parenthood in their lawsuit, I felt that maybe, just maybe, I could tell my story,” she said. “I now have the strength and courage to expose the horror I experienced behind the doors of the abortion clinic.”
Adair recounts how she came to Planned Parenthood in the late 1990s.
“In 1997, I began working at a Boston Planned Parenthood clinic as a young, idealistic college student who strongly believed in what I had been told about the organization, that I would be helping other young women access safe and affordable health care,” she writes. “But I quickly came to learn that the message Planned Parenthood advertised did not reflect reality. I was disillusioned by the betrayal that was perpetrated against patients and the public alike.”
Adair says she didn’t spend her time helping prospective parents, pregnant women, or providing medical care for women.
“My time there was not spent providing prenatal care to pregnant women, providing counseling or basic health care services or educating women about reproductive health. Instead, I spent my days urging women to terminate their pregnancies. My superiors constantly reminded me of our abortion-centered business model: abortions first, everything else came second,” she writes. “I began to recognize their emphasis on performing abortions each time a woman would express concern or have second thoughts about having an abortion. When I notified management, though, they told me not to worry and encourage her decision to move ahead with the procedure.”
While the abortion business regularly makes it appear that abortions constitute a small percentage of what it does, Adair says that is misleading.
“Planned Parenthood has gone to great lengths to fool the public into thinking that abortions make up only “3 percent of services provided” in their clinics. In reality, according to its most recent report, abortion patients constitute 12 percent of all Planned Parenthood clients, or 332,000 of 3 million unduplicated clients,” Adair explains. “They used my misunderstanding of what the organization stood for to encourage me to perform and assist in a practice that makes up 98 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women.”
Adair also says Planned Parenthood frequently misleads women about the development of their unborn child.
She writes: “In fact, clinic workers would purposefully avoid providing information on fetal development, what the child looked like, the child’s anatomical development and the pain he or she could feel. I was continuously reminded that when referring to the baby, the appropriate terminology was “clump of cells” or “contents of the uterus.” Planned Parenthood’s mission is to pressure as many women into having an abortion as it can. Those in charge know that can’t be accomplished if they refer to the child as a “baby.” Then women would know what was really growing inside them: a little person with a beating heart, functioning nervous system, tiny hands and feet. The child is entirely disregarded. There is no counseling, no care, no waiting and no discussion. Once a pregnancy is confirmed, it is off to termination.”
The former Planned Parenthood worker encourages pro-life people to expose the abortion business.
“We must shed light on what Planned Parenthood actually does. It spends millions of dollars each year to ensure that the American taxpayer will continue subsidizing its abortion services,” she concludes. “Women deserve better.”