Chelsea Handler and People Magazine Airbrush the Ugliness of Abortion

Opinion   |   Maria Gallagher   |   Apr 24, 2017   |   11:19AM   |   Washington, DC

Actress Julia Roberts graces the cover of the latest “People” magazine, which has declared her the world’s most beautiful woman for 2017. It is the fifth time the movie star has received the publication’s “Most Beautiful” honorific.

But tucked inside the pages of the glossy magazine is a feature which airbrushes the ugliness of abortion. In the context of a regular feature entitled “Why I Care—Personal Stories About Giving Back—comedian Chelsea Handler is advertised as “working to help protect Planned Parenthood.”

The feature makes no mention of the fact that Planned Parenthood takes the lives of more than 320,000 preborn children in a single year—a staggering number, by any calculation. It also omits the Congressional investigations launched in response to shocking undercover videos which depicted high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials blithely discussing the harvesting of baby body parts while eating salad and sipping wine.

While the piece talks about “breast-cancer screenings,” it fails to mention the fact that no Planned Parenthood facility in the country provides Mammograms—despite repeated false claims that defunding Planned Parenthood would eliminate women’s access to low-dose X-rays that can aid in the detection of breast cancer.

The article also fails to mention the women of the Silent No More Awareness campaign, who have experienced the loss of children to abortion and are now speaking out in the hopes of sparing other mothers such devastation.

It is heartbreaking that Chelsea Handler underwent an abortion at Planned Parenthood when she was only 16 years old. She states that she “didn’t want to be a teenage mother.” The article does not state whether the Planned Parenthood staffer explored with her the life-affirming option of adoption. But we know from the organization’s own statistics that abortions far outnumber adoption referrals at Planned Parenthood facilities.

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“Why I Care” seems to be crafted as a feel-good feature profiling celebrity charity work. One definition of the word “charity” provided by Merriam-Webster is “benevolent goodwill or love of humanity.” But you don’t love humanity by taking the lives of members of the human family. In this way, Planned Parenthood fails the charity test.

In the words of feminist pioneer Alice Paul, “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”

And it is ironic that a publication called “People” would feature an organization that eliminates people—and may in fact have taken the life of the female who would have been deemed the World’s Most Beautiful Woman of 2040—or any other year.