Planned Parenthood upset over lack of abortion talk in Democratic debate

Planned Parenthood

This week, the Democratic presidential hopefuls met again for another debate, spanning two nights. While not every candidate was present, the groups who assembled discussed their positions on issues like women’s pay and health care. However, one thing that wasn’t discussed enough, according to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry was — you guessed it — abortion.

While Kamala Harris and Joe Biden did discuss the Hyde Amendment, the word abortion was never mentioned, and the CNN moderators never brought it up either. Carter Sherman complained at Vice, “CNN moderators didn’t ask the candidates a single question about abortion in either of the two nights of debate, and none of the candidates brought up the word.” It didn’t take long for the abortion industry to begin complaining, too.

The acting president of Planned Parenthood wasted no time speaking out. “Voters need to know what candidates will do to protect their reproductive health care — yet tonight all they got was deafening silence,” Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement. “We’re talking about our health, our rights, our futures. We can, and we must, do better.”

The complaints also poured out on social media, with many equating abortion with health care.

These are nothing more than desperate attempts from an industry in crisis to hide the actual issue at hand. Despite repeatedly insisting that abortion is an issue of health care, this is indisputably false. Abortion is not health care; health care does not purposely take a life, and health care does not cause women to experience emotional trauma, guilt, and regret… and abortion is never necessary to save a woman’s life.


Polling also has repeatedly made it clear: people do not like abortion. While it is true that most people want it to remain legal, they want it to be heavily restricted, oppose taxpayer-funded abortion, and favor requirements like parental consent and waiting periods. The number of people with pro-life views is also increasing, and a majority of Americans find abortion to be morally wrong.

People may want abortion to remain legal, but they don’t see it as something to be celebrated. As it is, the full line-up of Democratic candidates is already more extreme than the vast majority of the American people on the issue, but that still isn’t good enough for the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood and its defenders will be satisfied with nothing less than constant enthusiastic affirmation — even if it’s not what the American people want.

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