On April 22nd, a “Dear Abby” column promoted Planned Parenthood for the second time this month. A 17-year-old girl writes Abby looking for advice concerning sex. She says, “Dear Abby: I’m a 17-year-old girl. Last weekend I lost my virginity in the back seat of a stranger’s car. I feel guilty about it and I haven’t told anyone. I’m not sure if he has. I need some advice on whether I should be making a big deal out of it, or just ignore it and move on. — Anxious in Ohio”
Abby responds by telling “Anxious in Ohio” not to ignore it because having sex is a big deal. While her first piece of advice is fairly commendable, she quickly ruins it by referring the teen to Planned Parenthood. She writes, “You treated your first time like it was something casual, and that is sad. It is a “big deal,” not only because of what it indicates about your level of self-esteem, but also because you don’t know whether you have been exposed to an STD. Did the boy use a condom?
She concluded, “Mature girls know to protect themselves when engaging in sexual activity. It is important that you be checked by a gynecologist for STDs and learn about effective birth control. If you don’t have a doctor you can confide in, Planned Parenthood can help you.”
As LifeNews previously reported, earlier this month a 16-year-old known as “Uncertain in the South” wrote Abby looking for advice on how to proceed after finding out she’s pregnant. The teen explains that she hasn’t told her father yet because she’s afraid he’ll make her have an abortion.
She writes, “I have had a very strained relationship with my father for many years. My mother and I are not close because she was incarcerated for most of my life until recently. I am 16 now, and just found out I’m pregnant. No one knows except the father of my child. For some reason, he is thrilled for us. I, on the other hand, am terrified of the uncertainties. I know what my father will say. He will want me to get an abortion, but I would never choose that for myself or for my baby. My mother is struggling since she was released from prison and is still trying to get on her feet. I live with my grandparents, who don’t have the means to support a child. It seems like my only option is to move in with my boyfriend and his family while I finish school and then get a job. Please give me an unbiased perspective.”
Initially, Abby tells the teen that she should tell her father because she may need his help and that he can’t force her to have an abortion. However, then she follows it up with telling her to go to Planned Parenthood. She says, “You must also be sure to have the best prenatal care possible, so your child will be born healthy. Planned Parenthood has clinics where this care is offered, and you should contact it as soon as possible. If you check its website, www.plannedparenthood.org, you will also find information about adoption.”
Planned Parenthood is not the place to go to find out about sex, prenatal care, or to find out more about adoption. Unfortunately, over the past three reported years (2011-2013), Planned Parenthood has performed nearly one million abortions (988,783). In 2013, abortions made up 94% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals accounted for only 5% (18,684). Additionally, Planned Parenthood’s cancer prevention services went down 17% over one year, and contraceptive services dropped by 4%.
Furthermore, for every adoption referral the “non-profit” hands out, they perform 174 abortions. Instead of going to Planned Parenthood, teens should go to one of the 2,500-Pregnancy Care Centers in the country to receive scientifically accurate, truthful information about sex and pregnancy.