Americans learned a lot of terrible things about Planned Parenthood this year, but these five just might take the cake. When it comes to the abortion giant – who receives $1.5 million per day of our own hard-earned money – we can’t afford to turn a blind eye.
1) Planned Parenthood wants abortions to be “plentiful.”
Imagine "life in a magical land where abortions and birth control are free and plentiful" This place exists. https://t.co/zdEYnLF0oT
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) December 13, 2015
Planned Parenthood – the organization that performs a third of abortions in the U.S. – would actually love abortion to be “plentiful.” This is way out of whack with most Americans’ feelings on the matter. Even many pro-choice Americans believe abortion should be rare, not “plentiful.”
Not so Planned Parenthood. After all, the average 10-week abortion brings in about $450-$600, and the median charge for a 20-week abortion is $1,500, so bring on the cash.
2) Planned Parenthood knows abortion takes the life of a baby.
In a shocking admission, Dr. Savita Ginde – abortionist and Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains – said on tape, “It’s a baby.”
Who was she speaking of? A picked apart little human baby who had just been aborted (probably by her) at her clinic. In the same discussion, Ginde explained:
“Here’s the heart. My fingers will smoosh it if I try to pick it up. The heart is right there… A lot of times I‘ll get a full torso, spine, kidneys. You could send the whole thing or pick that apart… It’s a baby.”
3) Planned Parenthood actually does abort babies who could survive outside the womb.
During her testimony to Congress, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told a big, ugly lie (despite her oath to tell the truth and all that jazz). She claimed that PP does not perform abortions of viable babies. Her exact words were: “We don’t provide abortions after, um, viability.”
Live Action News investigated Planned Parenthood’s own clinic websites, finding that at least six PP clinics throughout the nation do in fact provide abortions after viability. These clinics (screenshots here), perform abortions at 22 weeks, 6 days; 23 weeks, 6 days; and 24 weeks.
Viability is the point in time where babies could survive outside the womb. According to a fact-check article on Richards’ statement:
[F]etal respiratory capacity has been enhanced in our modern day. A great number of babies can now survive at 22 weeks gestation. (The earliest recorded babies to survive were born at 21 weeks 6 days and 21 weeks 5 days.) The Washington Post remarkably even reported: “That babies can survive at 22 weeks is not a new finding; it has been known for 15 years. … New research confirmed that 22-week fetuses, measured from the first day of the pregnant woman’s last menstrual cycle, can survive.”
You can read more here to find out exactly how Richards lied to the American public and to Congress.
4) Planned Parenthood has been harvesting baby body parts and organs.
2015 brought one of the strongest modern indictments against PP and the abortion industry: the undercover work of The Center for Medical Progress. CMP’s string of stunning videos showed PP executive after PP executive haggling, negotiating, and laughing over the body parts of aborted babies. (Here’s a guide to how PP is shown breaking the law in these tapes.)
A few choice quotes:
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” – Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation Senior Director of Medical Services
“Because some of our doctors in the past have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it [deliver the fetus intact] in a way that they get the best specimens, so I know it can happen.” – Melissa Farrell, Director of Research, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
“We’re doing procedures at 17 weeks, so we have fairly large identifiable parts. … And we’re planning on going to from 18 to 20 weeks by the end of the year.” – Dr. Savita GInde, Vice President and Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
After attempting to negotiate the price of baby parts, President of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors’ Council, Dr. Mary Gatter infamously explained:
“I want a Lamborghini.”
5) Planned Parenthood lies. And lies. And lies and lies and lies.
Additionally, the descriptions of baby parts and organs on the fully credible CMP tapes reveal PP’s extensive knowledge on fetal development. As Live Action News’ Cassy Fiano explained, “This video in particular makes it overwhelmingly clear that Planned Parenthood knows the facts of fetal development, and yet, lies to women.” Fiano continued:
Shoddy science is not uncommon for Planned Parenthood, where staffers work hard to make sure that women remain in the dark about the growth of their preborn babies. For example, a baby’s heart starts beating just three weeks after conception, brain waves can be measured around six weeks, and by nine weeks, the baby can suck her thumb.
Planned Parenthood works very hard to make sure that women don’t know any of this – through outright lying and by giving women false information in order to manipulate them into having an abortion. Women are told that a baby doesn’t have a heartbeat until around 17 weeks of pregnancy, and that in the first trimester, nothing is developed:
“There’s not a baby at this point. You wouldn’t be able to identify any parts of the fetus whatsoever. … [A]t this point there’s nothing developed at all. There’s no legs, no arms, no brain, no heart.”
Live Action investigators have caught Planned Parenthood staffers lying to women again and again about fetal development. One thing is clear: whenever Planned Parenthood is caught on tape, there’s almost certain to be a lie.
In 2016, let’s keep educating America on the truth that Planned Parenthood fails to tell: every single baby is a precious human being, deserving of a chance at life.