“Miscarriage Management:” What Planned Parenthood Will Call Abortion When It’s Illegal

Opinion   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   Jun 2, 2017   |   3:39PM   |   Washington, DC

The nation’s largest abortion vendor, Planned Parenthood, finally got around to releasing their 2015-2016 annual report so their stakeholders (taxpayers) can get a look at what their hard-earned dollars are going toward.

The report is a doozy, as many in the pro-life movement guessed it would be. After all, 2015 was the year the public got a behind-the-scenes look at how Planned Parenthood abortionists sort through baby body parts to find ones they can sell and make money on — that’s illegal by the way.

Planned Parenthood kindly addresses this scandal on page 11, where they take the opportunity to repeat their talking points that the videos were “highly edited” and have been “discredited.”

Both are false. Planned Parenthood’s own forensic analysis, which was done by a sketchy Democratic firm, even said “that there was no ‘widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.'” Another forensic analysis declared the videos from the Center for Medical Progress to be authentic.

There are plenty of things to note about the annual report: The number of abortions have increased, taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood has increased, cancer screenings have decreased, clients have decreased, breast exams have decreased, prenatal care was nearly cut in half.

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But Planned Parenthood added an entirely new subcategory under “Other Women’s Health Services” called “Miscarriage Care.” Students for Life and other pro-life organizations have no intentions or will ever shame a woman who miscarries, but this stood out for a specific reason. A former Planned Parenthood director talked about a similar term that would be used when abortion was eventually made illegal: “miscarriage management.”

Back in 2014, Abby Johnson, who worked as a Planned Parenthood director for eight years in Texas, wrote on her blog that there were protocols for everything at the abortion giant and one in particular stood out because it discussed what to do when Planned Parenthood couldn’t legally commit abortions:

This protocol was simply called “Miscarriage Management.” It was preparation for when abortion made illegal. What would all of these women do if they couldn’t walk into a Planned Parenthood for an elective abortion? We had an answer for that written in this three-page protocol.

We would instruct women to take medications and/or vitamins to end their pregnancy… We would give them instructions on how much they needed to ingest in order to terminate their pregnancy.

We would give them warning signs … signs to help them decide if they needed to go directly to the emergency room. If everything went as planned, they would be instructed to come to our facility for an ultrasound to confirm fetal demise and an MVA (Manual Vacuum Aspiration). This would not technically be considered an abortion since the death of the child had happened outside our facility.

Of course, there would also be a fee for this “miscarriage management” service. You certainly didn’t think they would do this out of the kindness of their hearts, did you?

There were more than 2,000 “miscarriage care” cases in this year’s annual report from Planned Parenthood. They also added “well-woman exams” to the same category, something totally new from previous reports.

Overall, Planned Parenthood is still holding their own as the nation’s largest abortion provider, and they intend to stay that way. When presented with a deal a couple months ago from the Trump administration to keep their federal funding if they stopped doing abortions, they quickly said “Hell no.” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said that abortions were as vital as cancer screenings to Planned Parenthood. Uh-huh, sure — that’s why Planned Parenthood keeps cutting their cancer screenings and increasing the number of abortions.

The non-profit’s entire rationale for existing is just smoke and mirrors. There are thousands of other federally-funded centers that offer true healthcare, are more accessible and affordable than Planned Parenthood, and aren’t riddled with scandal.

Those are the healthcare centers that our federal dollars should be redirected towards, not Planned Parenthood.