Protecting a unique, living baby in the womb once he or she has a heartbeat is “diabolical,” Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson told MSNBC last week.
Johnson, who runs the billion-dollar abortion chain, slammed a new Texas heartbeat law as “cruel” and “diabolical” because it would ban almost all abortions in the state.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the pro-life law on May 19 to prohibit abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, typically about six weeks of pregnancy. The legislation potentially could save tens of thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year, but pro-abortion groups are expected to challenge it in court.
Johnson said Planned Parenthood will keep fighting against the law just as it fights for easy access to abortions.
“I want to remember that abortion is still legal in all 50 states right now,” Johnson told MSNBC. “Despite their d—-est to try to create all of these horrible, diabolical restrictions, it’s possible and legal to get an abortion in Texas.”
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She tried to re-frame the purpose of the law to make it about control rather than protecting unborn babies.
“That is the intent of these laws, to create these unbelievable extra burdens unto patients who are seeking access in an effort essentially just to control our bodies,” Johnson continued.
She said the heartbeat law is “clearly designed to shame, intimidate providers, people driving their partners to a clinic to access abortion,” and a provision allowing private people to sue abortionists is making people “afraid.”
Johnson continued: “People will not stop seeking access. We saw when they were trying to add restrictions, the executive orders during COVID. People drove 18 hours from Texas to Colorado to get access. They had to take off work. They put their kids in the car, parents in the car to travel through a pandemic. … That is what the impact is. That’s what the fight is.”
But abortion restrictions do stop abortions and save lives.
A recent study by abortionists and researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found a 33-percent drop in abortion numbers when Texas temporarily halted abortions along with other elective procedures in 2020 because of COVID-19. The researchers admitted that the restrictions prevented some women from getting abortions – meaning babies’ lives were saved.
However, Johnson told MSNBC that restricting abortion would create a massive burden on people throughout the U.S.
“The impact and the extreme burden on those people seeking to access abortion is going to be incredibly intense,” she said. “We have to think about how we support them, how we make sure that we are creating a right structure for them to gain access, just as we have seen over the last year in particular.”
Abortion may be essential to Planned Parenthood’s billion-dollar “non-profit,” but it is not essential or necessary for women. Abortions violently destroy unique, living human beings – children in their mothers’ wombs – and doctors confirm that abortions are not health care.
As Texas and other states ban abortions, they also are increasing support for families in need so that no woman feels that aborting her unborn child is her only option. In April, Texas House lawmakers approved a $20 million increase in funding for programs that provide free support services to pregnant and parenting families.