Analysis

The abortion industry is not about ‘choice.’ It’s about making abortion the only option.

Abortion was legalized under the false narrative that there should be a “choice” in whether or not a woman gives birth to her child or aborts him. While the killing of preborn children should have never been legalized, the abortion industry never had the intention of ensuring that abortion was just one of many choices.

When COVID-19 hit, abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood’s greatest concern was continuing abortions. And while it claims to provide actual health care to women, Planned Parenthood commits 40% of all US abortions, while providing just 1.3% of breast exams and less than one percent of Pap tests nationally. In addition, the abortion corporation’s claim to provide adoption referrals is largely a sham, along with its claim that women depend on it for prenatal care.

The abortion industry’s agenda has always been to financially profit from abortion. To do that, it has to either minimize the other options or eliminate them altogether.

READ: She was pro-choice until her own unplanned pregnancy threatened her athletic scholarship

Blocking laws

The abortion industry works hard to block pro-life laws from taking effect. Many of these laws are created to help women make an informed choice when it comes to abortion. But the abortion industry has repeatedly proven it doesn’t care about choice, it cares about abortion.

In 2016, Indiana enacted an ultrasound law that required an 18-hour window to exist between a woman’s ultrasound and her abortion. The intention was to offer women time to reconsider their decision to abort after seeing the ultrasound, rather than rush them through the abortion process. Planned Parenthood sued the state, arguing that the law placed an “undue burden” on women. The abortion corporation eventually dropped its suit and the law went into effect on January 1, 2021.

Planned Parenthood also opposes parental consent laws, which allow parents to know when their child is about to make the life-changing, life-ending decision to abort. A teen girl, perhaps feeling too ashamed to tell her parents she pregnant, may go through with an abortion not realizing that her parents would have provided help for her and her baby. By blocking the parents out of the conversation, abortion businesses have a better chance of convincing young girls that their only choice is abortion.

The abortion corporation also fought against a Texas booklet called “Woman’s Right to Know,” which provided women seeking abortion with information on their options, abortion risks, abortion procedures, fetal development, adoption, and life-affirming medical and social services available.

Planned Parenthood claims these sorts of laws are not truly about protecting women, but women are unlikely to receive full information from businesses who only make money if they choose abortion.

Phony adoption referrals

According to Planned Parenthood’s 2018-2019 annual report, adoption referrals at the organization were up an astounding 51 percent (51.15%), rising from 2,831 in 2017 to 4,279 in 2018. But these numbers aren’t based on actual adoption referrals. In fact, Planned Parenthood doesn’t share what constitutes an “adoption referral” at its affiliates. According to former employees, an adoption referral could mean nothing more than that an abortion facility employee mentioned the word “adoption” as to a woman seeking abortion.

“If anybody even took information on adoption, we would check that box and that would count as an adoption referral, but in all those years – almost 18 years – that I worked there I never knew one client that chose adoption,” explained Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager.

“The connection was really formed just for the purpose of being able to say to our donors that we partnered with an adoption agency. And even people who are pro-choice seem to want to hear, ‘Well, ya know, Planned Parenthood is about choice. They have the choice of adoption.’ Even though once the partnership was made I never – in all the connections I had with all the 17 centers in Iowa – heard anyone say that they had a client go and meet with the people from the adoption agency,” Thayer added.

 

 

Silencing pregnancy centers

Some state legislators with abortion industry connections are working to silence pro-life pregnancy centers that provide women with real help when facing an unplanned pregnancy. In 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of California pregnancy centers in NIFLA v. Becerra after the state’s “Reproductive FACT Act” tried to force non-profit pregnancy centers to promote abortion through government-mandated messaging. Essentially, abortion businesses in the state wanted pro-life pregnancy centers to verbally refer women — who had gone to the pregnancy center for life-affirming choices — to the abortion businesses. SCOTUS found that this violated the centers’ First Amendment rights.

That ruling did not stop other states from attempting to enforce similar anti-pregnancy center legislation. Hawaii also wanted to force pregnancy centers to advertise abortion, but a court struck down the law based on the SCOTUS ruling in NIFLA v. Becerra. Illinois passed a law attempting to force medical providers to inform women of abortion. And though for three straight years similar bills have failed, Connecticut is again attempting to dictate how pregnancy centers advertise their services, at the urging of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut.

Pregnancy centers allow women the freedom to choose life rather than feeling forced into choosing abortion. These centers offer parents free baby gear, parenting classes, diapers, help to obtain health insurance, help to find a safe home, and more. When women are given solutions to the problems leading them towards abortion, they are freely able to choose life. And that means the abortion industry loses a client.

READ: Report: Pregnancy resource centers served nearly 2 million people in 2019

Prenatal care deception

Planned Parenthood has long claimed to offer prenatal care to women, but a 2017 Live Action investigation found otherwise. Women around the nation performed their own investigations as well and found that the majority of Planned Parenthood locations did not provide prenatal care despite advertising it on its affiliate website listings. According to its 2018 annual report, Planned Parenthood provided unspecified “prenatal care” for 9,798 women but committed a record 345,672 abortions with a total of $1.6 billion in excess revenue.

 

 

“When I was newly pregnant without insurance, I called PP to see if I could pay for a dating ultrasound to confirm how far along I was,” said one woman on Facebook. “They told me they only do dating ultrasounds before an abortion. I couldn’t believe it. They wouldn’t take my money for an ultrasound to keep my pregnancy but would take my money for abortion.”

Another person who called Planned Parenthood wrote: “The recording said they offered prenatal care, but the woman who actually answered said they didn’t. … They want people to come there, under that misconcpetion, so they can talk them into another money-making abortion.”

Denying abortion pill reversal

The abortion industry denies that abortion pill reversal works and even lies to women who inquire about it. Planned Parenthood has told women that if they attempt abortion pill reversal and the baby survives, he or she will be born with birth defects. This has been shown to be false. Abortion pill reversal involves administering the pregnancy hormone progesterone in order to counter the progesterone-blocking effects of mifepristone, the abortion pill.

The industry has also tried to discredit the abortion pill reversal protocol in an attempt to hide the truth from women, and abortion advocates are fighting to prevent women from learning about it. If women know about abortion pill reversal, access it, and share their stories about saving their babies, the abortion industry has a lot to lose. The recent increase in interest in abortion pill reversal during the pandemic proves that women do sometimes regret making the decision to abort — something the abortion industry denies. But the existence of abortion pill reversal and the 750 babies saved prove otherwise.

The abortion industry prides itself on being about ‘choice’. But the truth is, its entire business model is founded on one choice: abortion.

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