5 Reasons Why Pro-Lifers Are Right to Focus on Planned Parenthood

In the movement to restore the life rights for unborn children, some abortion-supporting critics have asked, “Why are pro-lifers focused on Planned Parenthood? Don’t they know Planned Parenthood does many other things besides abortion?”

The truth is that while Planned Parenthood offers other services, they are America’s leading abortion giant. Below we list five reasons why this focus of pro-life advocates is justified if abortion is to be abolished.

1) Planned Parenthood Performs More U.S. Abortions than Anyone Else

Planned Parenthood’s latest records show that they aborted 332,278 unborn children in 2009. This is a record high for them and when compared to the national abortion total of 1,210,000 shows that Planned Parenthood now performs more than 1 in 4 U.S. termination procedures.

Pro-life youth protest Planned Parenthood in Dixon, CA.

2) Planned Parenthood is the Leading Force against Pro-Life Legislation

When popular measures such as parental notification or consent before a minor can abort or informed consent are considered, Planned Parenthood is leading the way in lobbying against them. Planned Parenthood devotes millions and millions of dollars towards political organizing and lobbying to ensure the failure of laws and candidates who respect life. Planned Parenthood led the way in opposing the banning of partial-birth abortion.

3) Planned Parenthood is the Leading Legal Proponent for Abortion on Demand

As North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul Stam said, “If you read abortion case law, half of them are Planned Parenthood suing over something.” From Planned Parenthood v. Casey to legal challenges opposing waiting periods before abortion, clinic health standards, ultrasound before abortion, partial-birth abortion restrictions, and late-term abortion restrictions, the list is never-ending. In short, Planned Parenthood provides much of the legal and financial muscle to deny unborn children even the mildest of protections.

4) Planned Parenthood is a Leading Public Voice against Life

When public debates rise about whether unborn children should have legal protection or what limits on abortion should exist, Planned Parenthood is quick to use their public relations power to ignore and devalue unborn human life. Furthermore Planned Parenthood uses their media voice to smear pro-life advocates, as happened in Florida where the Planned Parenthood Affiliate Director called peaceful pro-life protesters “terrorists.”

5) Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Numbers Are Growing While National Rate Falls

Over the last 10 years abortion at Planned Parenthood has jumped from 182,792 to 332,278, an increase of almost 150,000 terminations a year. During the same period the national abortion rate fell by over 100,000 from 1,314,800 to 1,210,000.

Planned Parenthood is arguably the single most powerful entity in the United States pushing an expanded abortion agenda on the American people. The evidence shows that abortion is not simply another procedure that Planned Parenthood offers but a major focus of their operation. Pro-life advocates are well justified in opposing them.

  • Guest

    Before pro-abortion trolls (or pro-life concern trolls) play the “Planned Parenthood reduces abortion by offering contraception” card, I want to point out that they do more abortions than they supposedly prevent.  According to their factsheet, they prevented 291000 abortions in 2009:

    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:VPSK6zL0P1YJ:www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/PP_by_the_Numbers.pdf+planned+parenthood+by+the+numbers&hl=en&gl=ca&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjpLSM-esXAH897xKJuzZEHlSj7QZGEV1bJ5ef97njBNgpoy9Qs2x5-qqoc_5CzDAlrMpG4MsrNFBVC555Jq5lKSJ2hg_XHHBjR–1XRY1J2Sw8k0ZvVnNVSN_yecb9DZSP3Eev&sig=AHIEtbSZgXH5P5ex_YW8OkLBtFWJdgac5A

    This means that if Planned Parenthood was completely shut down, the annual number of abortions would automatically decline by 41000.  A modest drop, but 41000 needless deaths prevented is nothing to sneeze at.  Of course, we do have some reason not to take their abortion numbers at face value:

    http://liveaction.org/mona-lisa/indianapolis-in-is-planned-parenthood-underreporting-abortions

    Women would also be able to find contraception outside of Planned Parenthood, further reducing the number of abortions.  One could argue that the same for abortion, but Planned Parenthood distributes a far smaller proportion of contraceptives (less than 10%, as opposed to over 25% of abortions).  This effect would therefore be greater for reducing abortions.  Government funding for contraceptive programs could also be redirected to organizations that don’t do abortions.

    And as mentioned in the blog post, a weaker abortion lobby would make it easier to pass pro-life laws in the future.  Fans of the “throw condoms and pills at the problem” strategy should have no problem embracing defeating Planned Parenthood’s influence (provides they are actually pro-life, of course).

  • banana

    This is powerfully true and necessary to understand.

  • Theresa

    THE FACTS……NOT OF LIFE BUT THE FACTS OF DEATH

  • Jennie

    i really, really like articles like this one.  they are straightforward and pithy.  it makes me want to slam my head into a wall when a pro-lifer supports planned parenthood.  this, along with abby johnson’s “planned parenthood’s business model,” and lila’s “six PP deceptions” are now all saved into my “favorites” tab on my computer, because i use them in debate. 

    keep up the fantastic work.

  • Narniagirl55

    One other thought…Planned Parenthood is in competition with “other” abortion clinics so they want to make sure they get most of them…contraception and mammograms (which we all know they DON”T do) are reasons to fool the public into thinking we NEED them…we DON’T NEED PP! They need us to have abortions though…so they will fight tooth and nail to get them…if other clinics go out of business, that’s more money for them.

    We forget, the abortion industry isn’t really about abortion and rights…it’s about MONEY! the average abortion costs $350 all the way up to $1000 or more IN CASH…and the more often their low dose birth control fails, the more abortions women are going to get.

    We have every right to stand up to them…because most of what they say is not true even though the average MALE politician is gullible enough to believe EVERY word they utter.

    Speak the truth…Planned Parenthood is ALL about abortion…and the money they make doing them.

  • Liz

    Great article.
    The culture of Life must prevail. Keep up the good fight Pro-lifers.

  • Kerrirene1234

    People are so selfish, to the point where they are willing to get rid of their own child in order for them to live their life the way THEY want to. This is just so disgusting.