Planned Parenthood: Relentlessly Ruthless
This OpEd originally appeared in The World and Everything In it. Listen to the audio commentary here.
I’ve been researching Planned Parenthood for nearly 15 years. The billion-dollar abortion business kills 1,025 human lives every single day. Their original slogan, “Every Child a Wanted Child”, has turned into the commercialized slaughter of millions. They are the leading killer of black lives, yet they’re praised by once-great civil rights groups like the NAACP and the National Urban League. They’re funded by major corporations (directly or through employee match programs) such as Paypal, Chase Bank, Shell, Bath & Body Works, Starbucks, Liberty Mutual, Costco, and many more. They’re protected by pro-abortion news media. And their violent destruction of those made in God’s image goes ignored by many in the Church.
Last week, Planned Parenthood released its 2021-2022 Annual Report, declaring that they are “relentless.” I think they meant ruthless. The report shows they killed 374,155 unrepeatable human beings – down only slightly from the last fiscal year. They had 2.1 million patients, also a drop from the previous fiscal year. Taxpayer funding, however, increased by tens of millions rising to the highest level ever: $670 million! Twenty years ago, they “served” 2.6 million people yet received $241 million in government funding.
In the report’s introduction, Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson and Board Chair Dr. Kulleni Gebreyes wrote this strange sentence: “Planned Parenthood is … the health center staff pulling snacks out of their desks to give to patients so they have something to eat on their long drives across state lines.”
So, wait, they pulled out bags of chips and candy from their personal stashes in a grand display of charity? Wow. That’s some real sacrifice.
They continued: “We are the voice on the other end of the phone line, moving mountains to find an appointment.” Not sure adding a calendar entry is “moving mountains.” Perhaps if they were providing millions of free baby and maternity items each year, like pregnancy centers, that would be moving mountains. Or, if they provided nearly 300,000 moms and dads parenting classes each year and every service for free. Or, if they helped to meet financial needs or connected women to resources so that they could be stronger than their circumstances – that would be moving mountains. But making an appointment to benefit from killing someone’s unborn child is just making money, not moving mountains.
Planned Parenthood’s latest report shows continued profits. But I–and millions of others like me–will let love lead us as we work to end the violence, no matter what.