Analysis

Planned Parenthood peddles lies in the wake of Texas Heartbeat Law

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, is doing everything it can to discredit the Texas Heartbeat Law, even though polling has found that a majority of Americans support it. Yet that isn’t keeping Planned Parenthood from peddling lies to a sympathetic media.

Doris Dixon, the director of patient access for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, spoke to ABC News about what she allegedly experienced at a Houston facility — complete with helpless patients with nowhere to go and the inability of Planned Parenthood to give them care.

But the question is, if abortion is such a tiny fraction (remember the 3% claim?) of Planned Parenthood’s services, then why is Planned Parenthood acting as if they can do nothing for clients?

One example Dixon gave was of a woman who allegedly visited Planned Parenthood for a routine check-up, only to suddenly discover she was five-and-a-half weeks pregnant just as the law was about to take effect. She would have been able to get an abortion that day, but she tested positive for COVID-19, claimed Dixon, and wouldn’t be able to come back until after her isolation period ended when it would then be too late. “To hear her beg for someone to help her was hard, she was begging,” Dixon said. “For me, I was trying very hard not to cry but the tears were coming down, they were there.”

Dixon’s story has some holes in it. For example, if the patient wasn’t even five weeks pregnant, abortion would still be legal, so there was no reason for the patient not to be given the abortion pill that day. It comes across as a little too convenient for Planned Parenthood’s agenda — is the story even true?

READ: Former Planned Parenthood staffers echo ex-president’s claims that corporation ignores health care

Dixon continued to claim that Planned Parenthood has had to turn away 70% of its clients since the law took effect. “They’ve relied on Planned Parenthood for years and we don’t have the answers,” she said. “We usually have the answers — we don’t have the answers… I feel like I take it personally. I have failed in my goal to help people.”

But in truth, Planned Parenthood has only failed in its goal “to help people” if it continues to focus on abortion as the most important part of its mission.

Planned Parenthood has been open about how “vital” abortion is to them, instead of focusing on providing legitimate health care. The corporation even fired former president Leana Wen for being focused more on health care than abortion. Planned Parenthood provides few health care services in comparison to abortion — less than 2 percent of all cancer screenings, less than 1 percent of all Pap tests, and less than 2 percent of all breast exams in the entire country — the consequence of pushing health care aside in favor of abortion for years. The organization provides virtually no prenatal care, and adoption referrals are nearly non-existent.

 

If Dixon’s goal is truly to help women, there is no reason why she can’t. Planned Parenthood could shift its mission in Texas to give aid to women facing unplanned pregnancies. The state of Texas is already putting efforts in place to expand care that will help women and children. Pregnancy resource centers likewise offer women support and options.

Instead, Dixon engaged in fear-mongering, claiming that the law would increase attempts from women to abort their own pregnancies at home. She also claimed that one patient tried to “self-terminate.” Yet Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry as a whole do not have problems with women giving themselves abortions; in fact, they’ve been exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to push for at-home abortions to be legalized and have even pressuring the FDA to get rid of a safety protocol, REMS, so the abortion pill can be distributed to women without testing or an in-person exam.

Planned Parenthood seems fine with the idea of women risking their lives by committing abortions at home without medical supervision as long as they can profit from it.

All of this makes one thing very clear: the problem isn’t that Planned Parenthood can’t care for women — it’s that they won’t.

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