One of Planned Parenthood’s cornerstone defenses to the attacks against it, particularly the formal efforts at defunding the group, is that PP assists women who actually decide to keep their babies with prenatal care.
However, a stunning video by the pro-life group Live Action appears to show that PP is all talk and NO action when it comes to providing assistance to those women who want to carry their fetuses to term. Live Action says the piece is its first in a series of “Abortion Corporation” videos designed to reveal that Planned Parenthood’s lone agenda is in the providing of abortions, not women’s health care, more broadly, and certainly not the facilitation of prenatal care.
The video essentially takes to task Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and other PP leaders who have repeatedly claimed that prenatal care is one of the services on which their customers depend, and that would be in severe jeopardy if defunding efforts begun around the country gain serious traction.
According to Live Action, their undercover investigators, inquiring about the availability of prenatal care at 97 PP centers they contacted, found themselves turned away at an astounding 92 of those.
Here is a sample of the responses:
“Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care.”
– Tempe, AZ, Planned Parenthood
“No, we don’t do prenatal services. I mean, it’s called Planned Parenthood, I know it’s kind of deceiving.”
– Merrillville, IN, Planned Parenthood
“No, see, we don’t see pregnant women as a way of giving prenatal care, we see pregnant women, um, you know, if they are considering other options.”
– Santa Fe, NM, Planned Parenthood
In a statement, Live Action founder and president Lila Rose said, “Planned Parenthood says it’s a champion of women’s health care, yet prenatal care, which is an essential service for expectant mothers, is virtually nonexistent. Our investigators who wanted to keep their babies were turned away by 92 out of 97 Planned Parenthood centers. It’s clear that despite its claims, abortion is the priority and the only option for pregnant women that visit Planned Parenthood.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large