Over 20 years ago, pop singer Alanis Morissette had a song that hit the charts worldwide listing a number of things she thought were ironic. Here’s another one that could be added to the list.
In a new opinion column, Leanna Wen, the new president of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, says she has seen too many “preventable deaths” in her role as a doctor. Never mind that Planned Parenthood could easily prevent the deaths of over 320,000 people a year that it terminates in abortions.
Naturally, Wen did not mention the deaths of those babies as something she could prevent. Instead, just like her predecessor Cecile Richards, when wrapped up abortion in false and misleading euphemisms of healthcare and reproductive health.
Meanwhile, Wen, who calls Planned Parenthood’s primary business of abortion “health care” says it’s the “right thing to do.” When is killing a baby ever the right thing to do?
In my life as an immigrant living in low-income communities, as an emergency physician and as a public health advocate, I have seen more preventable deaths than I can count or recall.
Everything I’ve learned as a public health leader has led me to this conclusion: the threat to women’s health is the greatest public health catastrophe of our time. Planned Parenthood’s work — bringing affordable and accessible health care to as many women (and men and all people) as possible — isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s the urgent thing to do.
Already, one in five women in this country have been to Planned Parenthood for care. I am proud to include myself among them. Like a lot of young people, I knew I could rely on them for reproductive health care provided with compassion, respect and genuine concern. As president, I plan to continue that legacy.
Wen also decried the fact that more women and unborn children may be protected from abortion — preventable deaths — if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Meanwhile, with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the right to safe, legal abortion is on the line like never before.
Already, there are significant barriers to accessing abortion. In the last seven years, over 400 laws have passed that directly restrict abortion care. Pretending they are trying to “protect women,” states like Missouri and North Carolina have enacted 72-hour waiting periods and others, like Iowa and soon Ohio, are passing laws outright banning abortions after six weeks, when many women don’t even know that they are pregnant.
We can easily count the number of preventable deaths Planned Parenthood could help prevent.
Planned Parenthood performed 321,384 abortions over this past year, a very slight decrease from the 328,348 abortions in 2015. However, since 2006 the number of abortions Planned Parenthood performs annually has increased by nearly 11 percent.