Planned Parenthood’s celebrity supporters rallied around it this weekend as it celebrated its 100th birthday.
Law and Order actress Stephanie March even wrote a “birthday love letter” to Planned Parenthood for the women’s blog Refinery 29.
In the past 100 years, Planned Parenthood has aborted almost 7 million unborn babies and received hundreds of millions of our tax dollars for its “non-profit” operations. But March only briefly mentioned abortion in her letter. She focused on Planned Parenthood’s birth control and sex education programs and thanked the group for helping her get birth control as a teenager.
“Were it not for Planned Parenthood, I would not have had access to the tools I needed to take care of my body and myself,” March wrote. “I would not have had the ability to determine my own future and my own professional trajectory. I would not have had the answers I needed.”
March described herself as a “privileged white girl” from an upper-middle class family. Essentially, she argued that if she needed Planned Parenthood, girls from less privileged upbringings must depend on it even more.
She went on to criticize pro-lifers for attacking Planned Parenthood and reducing young girls’ access to its services:
Alas, that is no longer an option for too many girls. Many Planned Parenthood clinics across the country are shuttered. “Family values,” the vilification of Planned Parenthood’s work, terrorizing of the clinic staff, and radical de-funding (in the name of “saving” us) has seen to that. Despite the facts that the clinics that perform abortions are separate legal and financial entities, that federal funds are not used to pay for abortions, and that abortion only constitutes 3% of the work Planned Parenthood does.
March is wrong, though. Even some mainstream and liberal fact checkers have debunked the 3-percent myth. Abortion is a key part of Planned Parenthood’s mission; and while it is supposed to separate our tax dollars from its abortion business, evidence indicates that it does not.
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The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo responded: “According to March, providing birth control is reason enough to get behind Planned Parenthood. This, apparently, absolves the corporation of all their sins; we must look past the gruesome dismemberment of unborn babies, because… condoms. Or something.”
Planned Parenthood does about one-third of all abortions in the U.S., about 320,000 a year, according to its own annual reports. In its history, Planned Parenthood has aborted 6.7 million unborn babies – destroying their chances of ever celebrating a birthday, according to National Right to Life. No one knows how many of those babies’ body parts were then harvested and possibly sold for a profit.
March was very concerned about the well-being of young women, but Planned Parenthood does not have a good reputation in that area either. The abortion chain has been caught failing to report the sexual abuse of young girls. Undercover investigations by Live Action revealed some of its employees were willing to help cover up child sex trafficking, and others gave very young teens dangerous advice about practicing sadomasochism, or torture sex, viewing pornography online and circumventing laws that require parental involvement in reproductive health decisions.
March and a number of other celebrities have been trying to bolster the abortion chain’s shaky reputation, but as more facts come out about Planned Parenthood, more people are realizing that the abortion chain’s work is nothing to celebrate.