Conflating the killing of unborn babies with health care, Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen blasted pro-lifers as “misogynists” and oppressors this week in an interview with Vice.
Wen, who oversees about 330,000 abortions a year at the billion-dollar abortion chain, argued that pro-life advocates are not really pro-life because they are trying to take away women’s “healthcare.”
“They don’t get to call themselves ‘pro-life’ when they are taking healthcare and essential services away from the most vulnerable individuals in their own communities,” she said.
Wen confused the issue by lumping abortion in with actual healthcare and then suggesting pro-life advocates are trying to take it all away – when really they are just working to end abortion. She cited rising maternal mortality and cervical cancer rates and a syphilis outbreak in some of the states where pro-life laws are being passed, ignoring how pro-lifers support health care services for these problems.
“Instead of trying to increase access to healthcare to combat these challenges, it’s just shocking that these governors and anti-women’s healthcare politicians are instead actively trying to take healthcare away from people,” she said.
Later, Wen argued that pro-lifers are misogynists who just want to oppress women:
[Vice:] There has always been a battle around the language used to describe abortion rights supporters and opponents, with anti-reproductive-health politicians and advocates calling themselves “pro-life.” What are your thoughts on that term?
[Wen:] As a doctor, I know that keeping people unhealthy is a tool of oppression, and that stigmatizing reproductive healthcare is a tool of misogyny. We just have to call it out for what it is.
… We are seeing for ourselves how what they are doing has nothing to do with protecting people’s rights or health.
It’s actually the exact opposite. They want us to go back in time. If they have their way, our children will have fewer rights than we do.
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Pro-life advocates actually are working to ensure that children have more rights than they do now by passing laws to restore their right to life. Every year, nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted in the United States, more than one third of them by Planned Parenthood.
Pro-lifers are working to protect women, too. They run pregnancy centers to provide material and emotional support to struggling moms. They pass laws requiring that abortion facilities meet basic health and safety standards, and they try to ensure women have information about abortion risks and alternatives prior to making a final decision about their unborn baby’s life.
Pro-life advocates (many of whom are women themselves) care about women and children. They are not trying to take away health care. Health care never involves actively killing a human being. It is the very opposite of what health care should be. Pro-lifers are advocating for better health care for both the woman and her unborn child — care that involves saving lives, not killing them.