Earlier this month, the Missouri House voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Other states, like Oklahoma, Texas, and Idaho, have recently passed laws that offer significant protections to preborn children. And in Missouri, there is only one abortion facility in the state — a Planned Parenthood. For one Planned Parenthood staffer, not being able to get a woman an abortion is a matter of “life and death.”
Angela Huntington works for Planned Parenthood Great Plains as an abortion patient navigator, meaning she takes calls from across the country to connect women with abortion facilities when abortions are not available in their state. In an interview with Refinery29, Huntington spoke about her new position, which was created after the Texas Heartbeat Act was passed.
“The more I’ve gotten into this position, the more I’ve realized how vital this work — and everyone who does it — is. We are approaching the possibility of a post-Roe era, and S.B. 8 in Texas is a trial run,” Huntington said. “It’s imperative that there are positions and people and systems in place to catch these patients when access to this vital [health care] is either limited more or completely removed.”
What is not explained in the explanation of “this service” is what, exactly, Planned Parenthood is providing: abortion. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s former president and CEO, likewise described abortion as vital when given the option to stop committing abortion and focus on providing actual health care. Both Richards and Huntington try to conflate abortion with health care, which it is not, all while Planned Parenthood’s legitimate health care services have been steadily falling over the years. Of course, abortion is vital… to Planned Parenthood’s bottom line, anyway. Abortion is a profitable business.
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Meanwhile, Huntington seemingly doesn’t notice the irony of how she describes being unable to commit abortions (emphasis added). “I have a lot of anxiety over what’s been happening — my entire staff does,” she said. “The health center staff providing this abortion care are feeling it too, this stress, and the increasing patient volume. This is life or death for some patients, and to know that this is a vital need I’m helping out with every day keeps me going.”
Abortion absolutely is a matter of life or death, but not in the hyperbolic manner in which Huntington describes it. Every single abortion procedure kills at least one person — a preborn child — and countless other women have also been injured or killed.
It is also sadly true that women seeking abortion are terrified and desperate. They think they have no choice, and Planned Parenthood assures them that they’re correct; the abortion industry even seeks to close doors to all other options, continually railing against pregnancy resource centers that provide tangible, free, life-affirming assistance. Yet abortion as a whole is a sign that our society has failed women. Women deserve better options and shouldn’t be forced to feel that their only choice is between killing their child and fulfilling their career or education. Killing innocent human beings by abortion doesn’t offer women life at all — only the illusion of it.
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