Planned Parenthood plans to launch a $1 million ad campaign to convince the public it needs tax money to continue providing cancer screening services, Politico reports.
Planned Parenthood is in panic mode as U.S. Congress moves to defund it; tax dollars make up close to half of its annual budget. The abortion group receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars each year, and performs about 320,000 abortions on unborn babies annually.
President Donald Trump recently offered a deal that would have allowed Planned Parenthood to keep receiving tax money if it stopped doing abortions. Planned Parenthood refused.
Now, it is trying to convince the public to help stop the defunding effort. Planned Parenthood’s new television and digital ads will feature cancer survivors explaining how they went to Planned Parenthood to receive help. Some ads also will show a clip of President Donald Trump who once praised the abortion chain for helping women affected by cancer.
According to the report:
“Millions and millions of women, cervical cancer, breast cancer, are helped by Planned Parenthood,” Trump says in the ad, which pulls the quote from his Feb. 26 primary debate with Republicans. The ad then cuts to a cancer survivor talking about Planned Parenthood.
The campaign will include a digital effort and possible “grassroots events” across the country, said Dawn Laguens, an executive vice president at Planned Parenthood.
“They want to weasel, waffle and deal-make to get out the way,” Laguens said. “We have a lot of people, and they are going to get rowdy, not just on TV but on their doorsteps.”
Laguens also claimed abortions are just 3 percent of what Planned Parenthood does – a statistic that even liberal fact checkers have called out as misleading. Others are questioning why, if abortions are such a small percentage of what it does, Planned Parenthood did not take Trump’s deal so that it could continue to provide cancer screenings and other health care services.
Planned Parenthood is desperate to keep its taxpayer funding. Last week, Republicans in Congress released the American Health Care Act. Their plan to repeal Obamacare includes provisions that would revoke funding for Planned Parenthood.
A provision in the bill prohibits states from using “direct spending” on “prohibited entities” with federal funds allocated from the legislation; and those entities include any entity that “provides for abortions.” That means the nation’s biggest abortion corporation — Planned Parenthood.
Abortions, not cancer screenings, are the center of Planned Parenthood’s mission. Its own annual reports show its cancer screenings services are dropping rapidly, while its abortion numbers remain steady. From 2009 to 2014, “cancer screenings” dropped from 1,830,811 to just 682,208. “Breast exams/breast care” fell by more than half, from 830,312 in 2009 to 363,803 in 2014 and pap smear tests dropped nearly two-thirds, from 904,820 to 271,539.
The cancer services that Planned Parenthood does provide also are very limited. It does not provide mammograms, something it lied about.
Planned Parenthood also may be increasing women’s risk of cancer through its abortion business. Numerous studies have found links between abortions and increased risks of breast cancer.
A Bangladesh study published in the Journal of Dhaka Medical College on risk factors for breast cancer, led by Dr. Suraiya Jabeen, found a statistically significant 20.62-fold increased risk among women with abortion histories. The new study on the abortion-breast cancer link is by far the highest risk elevation reported among 73 published abortion-breast cancer studies.
Fifty-six of 71 epidemiologic studies, and biological and experimental evidence support the abortion-breast cancer link.
The White House responded to the new ads by referring to the deal that President Trump offered Planned Parenthood.
“There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services,” the statement to Politico said.
Trump has been consistent in saying that he will sign a bill to defund Planned Parenthood as long as it continues to perform abortions.