Every liberal Hollywood star, it would seem, is eager to show their support of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
The abortion business soon could lose nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding. The new U.S. Congress is moving to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect the tax dollars to community health centers that provide more comprehensive care, but not abortions.
Planned Parenthood is fighting to keep its funding, and a long list of celebrities are lining up to help. The latest is Kate Walsh, known for her roles in “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” The actress said she once was a patient at Planned Parenthood.
The blog She Knows reports Walsh narrated a new short video that defends Planned Parenthood’s work and the tax money it receives.
“When I was uninsured, I relied entirely on Planned Parenthood for all of my health care needs, and I want all women to have access to affordable health care,” Walsh told the blog. “Many women will suffer, and some will die from cuts to Planned Parenthood. To me, that is unconscionable.”
Later, she added, “Furthermore, it is the law that every woman have access to a safe and legal abortion.”
This is just empty rhetoric and fear-mongering. Walsh’s claim that women will die if Planned Parenthood loses taxpayer funding is completely unfounded. She does not give any evidence or explanation whatsoever.
She also wrongly implies that women can rely on the abortion chain for “all” their health care needs — just as she claims to have done. The truth is Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion health care services are very limited. It is not a comprehensive health care facility where women can go for basic medical needs. If Walsh or any other woman needs a mammogram or prenatal care, she has to go somewhere else.
If a pregnant woman wants health care for herself and her baby, she will not find it at Planned Parenthood. A new Live Action investigation found the abortion chain regularly advertises “prenatal services” but very few of its facilities provide them. Of the 97 Planned Parenthood facilities it called or visited, only five offered some sort of prenatal care.
If a pregnant woman wants an ultrasound to check on her unborn baby, Planned Parenthoods don’t do that either, another Live Action investigation found. Staff at 68 facilities told the pro-life group that their ultrasounds only are used for abortions.
Federally qualified community health clinics, which would receive the taxpayer funding that Planned Parenthood currently gets, provide much more comprehensive health care to women and men. They just don’t do abortions.
What’s more, there are many more of them in both rural and urban communities. A 2015 study found that comprehensive health clinics outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by 20 to one.
In January, lawmakers took the first steps toward defunding the abortion group and redirecting tax dollars to community health centers. President Donald Trump has promised to sign a bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business as long as they continue doing abortions.
Planned Parenthood does about 320,000 abortions every year, about one third of all abortions in the U.S., according to its annual reports.