New Planned Parenthood Defends Killing Babies: “Abortion is Health Care”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 15, 2018   |   10:58AM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood’s new president Leana Wen is touring the country during her first week on the job, preaching about how the killing of unborn babies is essential “health care.”

Arizona Republic reports Wen stopped in Phoenix, Arizona to meet with the abortion chain’s Arizona leaders and tout its abortion practices. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in America. It aborts about 320,000 unborn babies every year.

“Abortion is a safe, legal medical procedure that one in four women in America will have in the course of their lifetime,” Wen told the newspaper.

“It is part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care, just like any other aspect of health care, and should not be singled out,” she said. “All types of health care must be a fundamental human right.”

Wen’s suggestion that abortions should not be stigmatized because they are so common is not true. Both pro-life and secular news outlets have repeatedly debunked the claim that as many as one in three women have an abortion in their lifetime. In 2016, the liberal Washington Post labeled the claim a “whopper.” But even if it was true that one in four women abort an unborn baby in their lifetime, it does not make it right.

Abortion is not like any other “health care” procedure, because its purpose is to kill, not heal. A baby almost always dies in an abortion because a baby is supposed to die in an abortion. Killing a living human being is not health care or a human right. Human rights do not destroy the rights of other human beings.

Wen’s misleading claims did not stop there. She also attacked President Donald Trump’s administration for supposedly trying to reduce women’s access to birth control.

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According to the report:

What works for reducing unintended pregnancies and the need for abortions is birth control, comprehensive sex education and access to a full range of reproductive health services.

“And yet, less than 24 hours after the elections last week, we saw the Trump administration come out with new rules that will allow employers to deny women birth control coverage. So how does that make sense?” Wen said.

“If the goal is to reduce unintended pregnancies, let’s invest in what works.”

What the Trump administration actually did is expand exemptions from the onerous Obamacare HHS mandate. The mandate requires employers to provide all forms of birth control, including types that may cause abortions, in their employee health plans.

The Obama administration gave exemptions to giant companies like Pepsi, Visa and Chevron, but refused to do so for religious employers. Nuns with the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby were forced to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief from the mandate. Trump’s new policy expanded those exemptions to protect religious freedom, not cut off access to birth control, which already is easily obtainable.

Most news outlets do not fact check Planned Parenthood’s claims. They take them at face value, but the American people should not. Behind these claims is a $1.46 billion abortion group that pays its leaders million-dollar salaries and hides the truth from millions of women who might choose life for their unborn babies if they only had the support they deserve.