by Kevin Dawson
Everyone needs to watch this new video from Live Action, “Debunking Planned Parenthood’s 3% Abortion Myth.” It’s simply excellent. Have you ever come across a pro-choice apologist claiming that abortion doesn’t significantly factor into Planned Parenthood’s profit margins? Live Action has got the answer. In fact, in their new video, they have several answers.
“It’s in their annual report. It’s on their website. And their supporters say it all the time.” That’s the lead in on this new video, after restating Cecile Richards’ attempt to claim that abortion makes up only “3%” of the services they provide. Pointing out that The Washington Post gave the claim “three pinocchios” (read: “very misleading”), the narrator iterates that in 2014, 323,999 abortions were carried out by Planned Parenthood. That’s one abortion every 97 seconds.
One abortion every 97 seconds. Are you kidding? Even if the “3%” figure were to hold up, that is an incredible reality; not incredible as in “good,” but incredible as in “impossible to believe.”
But it doesn’t hold up. With 323,999 abortions performed upon 2.5 million patients, this “means that one in eight patients who walk into Planned Parenthood will get an abortion.” How does Planned Parenthood get to their “3%” number? They include every single action as a service. And they treat them all equally. So they divide number of abortions by the number of steps in providing an abortion, for example. A woman comes in for an abortion? She will get a pregnancy test (that’s a “service”); an abortion (that’s a “service”); a sexually transmitted infection (STI) test (yet another “service”); and will be given contraceptives (a “service”). So by counting steps in their standard operating procedure for completing a “safe and legal abortion,” as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) puts it, they downplay the fact that abortion remains the central action in their procedures.
This video is an excellent resources for any pro-life American seeking to accurately rebut the misleading language used by an organization that commits roughly 30 percent of the nation’s abortions. Kudos to Live Action for breaking down the numbers for their fellow pro-lifers and for crafting what should be an essential part of the argument against Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion perpetrator in the United States.
Kevin Dawson is the Operations Manager at American Principles Project.