Renowned actress Maggie Gyllenhaal recently expressed to Glamour magazine that she desires to see Planned Parenthood continue to receive federal funds.
She also spewed some of the most trite pro-Planned Parenthood arguments in the book.
“[Politicians are] working to restrict women’s access to reproductive health services—things like cancer screenings, birth control and abortion care,” the actress laments. Here we go again with the “you just want women to die” garbage.
No one in their right mind is going to try and prevent women from receiving true health care services—cancer screenings, pap smears, STD tests—but abortion is not about health care. It is about convenience; 93% of abortions are performed for purely social reasons, ie, because the baby would prove inconvenient.
Over 8,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers in the country provide the same services that Planned Parenthood provides, but abortion is not a vital aspect of their agenda as it is for Planned Parenthood.
“Many of these attacks are designed to shut down one provider: Planned Parenthood…more than 90 percent of [Planned Parenthood] centers’ services are in preventive care; 3 percent are in abortion care.” Here we go again—the perpetual, misleading “3%” claim. According to their most recent annual report, “Planned Parenthood health centers cared for three million people,” while they committed 329,445 abortions. This means nearly 11% of Planned Parenthood patients obtained abortions. Why not boast about that number? And, naturally, they’ll never brag how just “3%” of their services earn them over a third of their clinic income and nearly 15% of their overall billion-dollar income. Why aren’t those fun facts in the annual report?
“[Planned Parenthood] is the place you call if you are 16 and don’t know whom to ask about birth control…It’s the health care resource that offers compassion and respect to women at times when they are incredibly vulnerable and afraid.” Oh, that’s hilarious. Saying a 16 year old can trust Planned Parenthood is like saying you can trust a pedophile to babysit your kid. Planned Parenthood is notorious for covering up the sexual abuse of teenage girls, but hey, you can trust them anyway, right? They respect you, right? Will they explain to you that birth control has the potential to kill your newly conceived baby, or that IUDs intend to cause abortions? Will they inform women that abortion stops their baby’s beating heart, or will they lie to them and mislead them about their developing baby? Is lying to vulnerable women really more than giving them truthful and factual information?
As she concludes, Gyllenhaal explains she is pregnant with her second child. (Not “just a fetus?”) I wonder if she could look at a sonogram of her unborn child and truly think “it would be perfectly acceptable to have your life ended if I so pleased.” That is exactly the mentality she is advocating when she voices her support for an organization that has thus far violently ended the lives of over five million unborn children like the one growing safely in her womb right now.