Planned Parenthood Doesn’t “Trust Women” Like Me Who Deeply Regret Our Abortions

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 19, 2016   |   1:19PM   |   Washington, DC

With its shiny pink logo and celebrity supporters, Planned Parenthood works hard to market itself as a health care provider that truly cares about and trusts women. But the abortion chain’s picture-perfect facade begins to crumble when the burden of its practices on women and babies shows.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, destroys about 320,000 unborn babies’ lives in abortions a year and about 7 million in its 100-year history. In the process, it has deceived, damaged and destroyed countless women as well. It’s these women’s stories that Planned Parenthood does not trust the public to hear.

Abby Johnson once bought into Planned Parenthood’s rhetoric. She had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood in 2003 and then worked for the abortion chain for eight years, but as time went by, she became more troubled by the abortion chain’s practices. One day she finally quit, and she now runs an organization called And Then There Were None to help other abortion facility workers leave the industry.

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In a column for The Federalist this week, Johnson explained how Planned Parenthood silences women like her who do not fit its pro-abortion narrative:

Throughout history, women have often been treated as second-class citizens and their voices silenced. But this is 2016, and all women deserve to be heard. Planned Parenthood has consistently claimed to “care” for women “no matter what” and champion “women’s rights”—yet they frantically silence any woman who thinks women deserve better than Planned Parenthood. …

What about the women who mourn the loss of their child after an abortion? What about the women who regret their abortions? And what about the women, like Tonya Reeves, who lost their lives after undergoing an abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility? Will Planned Parenthood allow their stories to be heard?

What about the beautiful stories of true female empowerment and motherhood, like Britney Spears’ little sister Jamie Lynn Spears, or “16 and Pregnant” star Catelynn Lowell? Don’t their stories deserve to be heard?

What about the women like Claire Culwell, who survived abortion and now speaks publicly on the topic? Doesn’t Claire deserve to tell her story?

Planned Parenthood doesn’t trust women with the facts either. When pro-lifers work to ensure women receive information about their unborn baby’s development or the opportunity to see an ultrasound, abortion activists oppose the efforts. They accuse pro-lifers of trying to shame women, but the reality is that they just don’t trust women with all the facts.

They often hide abortion risks from women, too. When Johnson had an abortion at Planned Parenthood, she said they did not give her any information about possible risks and side effects. Later, after a harrowing experience with the abortion drugs that made Johnson think she may be dying (several women have died), she asked a Planned Parenthood manager why they do not inform women of the risks. Their answer? “Well, we don’t want to scare them.”

“To not give women all of the information about abortion because you think it will ‘scare’ them is actually very offensive,” Johnson wrote in 2011. “Doesn’t Planned Parenthood claim to “trust women?” Then why don’t they trust these women enough to give them all of the information?  Do they not think women are smart enough to handle basic facts?”

Sue Thayer, another former Planned Parenthood employee, told Congress in 2015, “No business, certainly no healthcare clinic, should view a woman’s body as a profit center, yet that is exactly what Planned Parenthood does.”

In 2014-2015, the abortion “non-profit” brought in $1.3 billion in revenues while killing 324,000 unborn babies in abortions, according to research by the National Right to Life Committee’s Randall O’Bannon. And its CEO’s salary is nearly $1 million, double what it was five years ago.

As Johnson, Thayer and numerous other women have discovered, Planned Parenthood isn’t in the business of caring. It’s in the abortion business.

Photo Credit: Texas Alliance for Life