A Democrat congressman who is the likely party nominee for US Senate against Ted Cruz is a little bit confused when it comes to Planned Parenthood. And that’s putting it lightly.
Congressman Beto O’Rourke apparently thinks that the nation’s biggest abortion business saves the lives of unborn children rather than kills them. At a recent forum he was asked questions about the Planned Parenthood abortion company and he defended it as supposedly a life-saving business.
As is typically the case when politicians defend Planned Parenthood, O’Rourke talks only about the very small portion of what Planned Parenthood does that is not abortion-related. As if providing any other service somehow makes up for killing over 300,000 unborn children every year and killing an injuring women in botched abortions.
O’Rourke also made the ironic statement that somehow defunding Planned Parenthood abortion clinics will reduce abortions. Never mind that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortion company killing more unborn children every year than any other business.
O’Rourke said it was “common sense” to keep family planning clinics open.
When we close down so many of our family planning clinics in this state, when we as you say allow religion to trump common sense, and science, and medicine, and the best advice of our doctors and our providers, you make it harder for women to get a cervical cancer screening, to get family planning help, or even just to see a provider who will make the life or death difference for them.
O’Rourke argued that Texans, regardless of political affiliation, should support family planning centers.
“It doesn’t matter how pro-choice or pro-life you describe yourself as being. Having this as our distinction right now is unconscionable,” he said, referring to the mortality rate.
The candidate went on to express his support specifically for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The organization is the country’s largest abortion provider with affiliates performing more than 300,000 abortions per year.
“We had a spike in abortions performed as we closed down a quarter of the family planning clinics in the state,” O’Rourke said. “There is no Planned Parenthood in El Paso, Texas … It’s really hard for young women in that community to seek family planning help, and we have some really tragic outcomes as a consequence.”
But Planned Parenthood’s own figures show that it does just as many abortions while helping fewer women with contraception or prenatal care.
In fact the newest annual report indicates that Planned Parenthood killed over 320,000 unborn children and abortions. That is well over one-third of all the abortions that take place on an annual basis in the United States.
Planned Parenthood is also providing fewer non abortion services for women as women continue to look elsewhere for family planning.
“In addition to the reduction in abortions, Planned Parenthood also reported a slight lessening in its government funding (from $554.6 million to $543.7 million),” one analyst said. “Planned Parenthood also reported lower numbers of female birth control customers, emergency contraceptive kits, PAP tests, and pregnancy tests. In fact, it reported that its total number of unique customers was the same as last year—2.4 million individuals.”