lifemattersjournal:

The media silence on the Planned
Parenthood (PP) scandal has been deafening: where is the outrage?
Where is the voice calling for justice? Instead, there have been
op-eds and guest columns from the mouthpieces of Planned Parenthood
and the same tired talking points repeated ad nauseum. But the
undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood by the Center for
Medical Progress (CMP), whether or not you agree with their tactics,
has revealed gruesome and inhumane behavior by the #1 abortion
provider in the nation. There are more comprehensive options than
Planned Parenthood: and they perform all of their medical care
without killing human beings.

One of the most
recent CMP videos
is a documentary, most of which is consented footage from a former
StemExpress Procurement Technician who speaks at length of her
experience with procuring brain tissue from a fetus whose heart was
still beating after an abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility: not
only did the PP physicians not attempt to save the child’s life, but
then Holly was advised to cut through the face of the infant to
procure highly valuable brain tissue. This testimony is evidence of
Planned Parenthood subverting the Born-Alive
Infants Protection Act of 2002

and shows a callous disregard for the life and dignity of a preterm
infant and demonstrates that PP places a higher value on scientific
research (and potentially profit). After Planned Parenthood’s conduct
in Ohio, covering
up the statutory rape of a minor

by her soccer coach in the name of the Almighty Dollar, we would be
negligent to continue to stand with them. We as a Commonwealth and as
a nation should not be contracting with an organization that directly
defies the law and subverts sound medical ethics time and again.

The common retort in favor of
Planned Parenthood is that “they provide quality healthcare” and
“they do so much good.” Planned Parenthood has 665 clinics
nationwide which perform a limited scope of services: you can’t get
care to overcome infertility, resources to help you plan your
parenthood if you are pregnant and want to carry your child to term,
and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. And to address a common myth:
PP
does not provide mammograms

at any of their clinics – in fact, they don’t even have the
equipment to do them. To address another misleading number: the
statistic that is often touted: “only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s
services are abortions.” When reviewing their most
recent annual report
,
we can see that Planned Parenthood provides more abortions yearly
than any other provider in the U.S.: with 327,653 in 2013-2014. And
since they served 2.1 million patients that same year, we can see
that 12% of the patients they saw received abortions. Roughly 48% of
their non-governmental clinic revenue came from abortion services.
94% of all patients seeking care for their pregnancy will have an
abortion, with just about 5% receiving prenatal care, and less than
1% receiving adoption referrals. Abby Johnson, a former PP Clinic
Director, has exposed
their abortion quotas

and awards for increasing abortion services: this directly
contradicts the common line we hear from the pro-choice side that
they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.”
Abortion is the only service that Planned Parenthood provides that
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) do not: so let’s support
the nonviolent choice.

There are 22
FQHCs

within a 15 mile drive of the Downtown Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood
location. Most of these Community Health Centers provide breast and
pelvic exams, cancer screenings, gynecological care, and even birth
control to low/no-income individuals who may or may not have
insurance. The Senate
bill

that was on the table in August to defund Planned Parenthood
would have redirected the $500 million in taxpayer funding to these
grassroots healthcare organizations who are in touch with the needs
of our own communities. When PP’s CEO
receives over $520,000

annually in her salary and benefits, we are no longer looking at a
non-profit that has the good of the people at heart. They are a
One-Percenter corporation that has demonstrated a clear disregard for
the dignity of the preborn, infants born alive, many rape victims,
and the women who they lie to consistently by telling them that these
precious preborn human beings are nothing but “blobs of tissue.”
You can’t harvest “hearts,
lungs, and liver”

from blobs of tissue, but Dr. Nucatola knows that .

We wouldn’t contract with a
pre-school that killed 3% of the toddlers in its care each day, no
matter how much free or low-cost care they offered to the general
public. Our government contracting with an organization that kills
tiny human beings makes us, too, complicit in death. Planned
Parenthood is acting like an abusive boyfriend: I’m sick of being
told that I’d be lost without them. They do not own women’s
healthcare and they do not deserve our money.

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