ROSE: Planned Parenthood’s rebranding scheme
When President Obama ridiculed small businesses and said, “You didn’t build that,” he was correct in the case of the abortion industry. The tax burden on American families has built the biggest abortion chain in the history of mankind. Nearly $500 million a year in taxes goes to Planned Parenthood’s abortion operation.
So it comes as no surprise that Planned Parenthood plans to spend millions in advertising to attack Mitt Romney for his promise to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
In a new anti-Romney ad, the abortion giant attempts to rebrand itself after years of negative publicity. Our organization, Live Action, exposed Planned Parenthood’s willingness to deliberately cover up sexual abuse and trafficking of vulnerable young girls. This and other Live Action investigations have led to defunding of Planned Parenthood on the state level by more than $60 million.
Planned Parenthood makes the bold claim in its ad that “millions of women rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for basic health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings.” This is deliberate deception. Women inside and outside the womb face harm at Planned Parenthood clinics.
Planned Parenthood directly endangers women’s health. The fact is that there have been at least 10 ambulance calls to U.S. Planned Parenthood locations in the past 20 months. One of Planned Parenthood’s patients, Tonya Reaves, bled to death after her uterus was punctured.
In addition, former patient Roberta Clark has just filed a malpractice lawsuit against Planned Parenthood Birmingham for a botched abortion in 2010. That clinic’s circuit-riding abortionist failed to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, which later resulted in the emergency removal of her fallopian tubes and 13-week-old baby. Ms. Clark is now infertile.
Planned Parenthood’s ad mentions cancer screenings — another deceptive claim about the services it provides. Live Action conducted an investigation earlier this year that demonstrated that Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms, the gold standard in breast cancer screenings. The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed in June, in response to our Freedom of Information Act request, that no Planned Parenthood clinic in the nation has mammography equipment.
Women inside the womb are in the most danger from Planned Parenthood. It condones the despicable worldwide practice of female gendercide, the killing of little girls in the womb specifically because they are female. Live Action videos show Planned Parenthood personnel in several states enabling and encouraging our undercover investigators to abort baby girls simply because they were girls.
The evidence is clear: Planned Parenthood is concerned only about maintaining its pipeline of taxpayer dollars at any cost, including the health and well-being of women. Hence its unwavering support of Mr. Obama, who has shown radical support for the killing of unborn children as a “right” throughout his political career.
When fully developed babies were being left to die in hospitals after failed abortion attempts, Mr. Obama voted against the legislation that would have protected them with lifesaving care. In the Illinois legislature, Mr. Obama voted four times against the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. He arrived in the U.S. Senate just in time to denounce the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the ban on pulling children halfway out of the womb and then killing them — the brutal practice also known as partial-birth abortion. In May, a bipartisan majority of the House, including 20 Democrats, voted to ban sex-selective abortions. A White House spokesman expressed the president’s opposition to the baby-saving ban, saying, “The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.” In other words, gender-based discrimination is fine — so long as it is through an abortion.
The symbiotic relationship between Mr. Obama and powerful abortion interests like Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with women’s health. It’s a relationship as old as politics, where political power is exchanged for government funding, and the health and welfare of women get lip service.
Lila Rose is president of Live Action, a nonprofit pro-life organization, and founder of the Advocate, a pro-life campus magazine.