Abortion activists with Planned Parenthood complained that two new laws signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam this week will “hurt women of color.”
Implying a possible racist motivation, the abortion chain’s Tennessee branch slammed the governor Wednesday because he signed two laws to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups of state taxpayer dollars.
“This hurts patients. It prevents them from seeing a healthcare provider they choose. Specifically, in our area, reproductive healthcare is difficult to access for some people,” said Sarah Wallet, the medical director for Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis. “There’s a lot of stigma surrounding reproductive healthcare. This will especially hurt women of color.”
At best, the claim is far-fetched. Women still have plenty of places to go in Tennessee to seek health care, and neither law reduces funding; they merely redirect it to groups that offer comprehensive healthcare but not abortions.
Federally-qualified community health centers vastly outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities in Tennessee and provide much more comprehensive health care. A 2015 comparison showed 187 service sites in Tennessee compared to just four Planned Parenthoods.
At worst, Wallet’s statement is hypocritical. Planned Parenthood targets minority women and their unborn babies for abortions. One analysis found that Planned Parenthood placed 79 percent of its abortion facilities within walking distance of minority neighborhoods. Many believe its founder, Margaret Sanger, also targeted blacks as part of her eugenic beliefs.
The abortion rate is disproportionately high in the black American community. Even though black Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, 35 percent of the babies killed in abortions are black, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The black genocide of abortion is disturbingly evident in New York City, where state data shows more black babies are aborted than are born.
This move by Tennessee to prioritize funding to comprehensive health clinics – which offer mammograms, prenatal care and other services that Planned Parenthood does not – actually will help women and unborn babies by supporting programs that do not promote the killing of a family member as a method of “reproductive healthcare.”