A recent video from the pro-life advocacy group Live Action shows that Planned Parenthood’s frequent insinuations that it provides widespread prenatal care for pregnant women are misleading at best.
The video highlights Planned Parenthood representatives, including its president, Cecile Richards, making the claim that women rely on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care. Yet when investigators tested those assertions by calling 97 facilities across 41 Planned Parenthood affiliates and asking for prenatal care, they found that only five of the facilities provided that service.
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This investigation mirrors the reality here in Colorado. There are 21 Planned Parenthood centers in the state I live in, and 11 of those provide “abortion services.” None of them provide prenatal care.
One story sheds even more light on the reality of Planned Parenthood’s supposed provision of prenatal care.
Christina Doell had scheduled an abortion with a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indianapolis when she realized she couldn’t go through it. So she called the clinic and called off her abortion.
And then she asked about prenatal care.
The representative “rudely” responded that the clinic didn’t offer prenatal services.
Christina then asked where she and her baby could receive that care. The woman on the other end of the phone told her she “could not” direct Christina anywhere.
So not only did that Planned Parenthood not offer prenatal care, it offered this young woman no help in securing the care she and her preborn baby needed.
Scared and with no idea where to go, Christina ended up not receiving any medical care for a few months.
Thankfully, however, Christina was eventually connected with Students for Life. Members of that group directed her to LifeCare, where she was able to get free counseling, maternity clothes, and educational classes on pregnancy and labor. They also helped her with her decision to make an adoption plan for her daughter.
Christina’s story shows, once again, that Planned Parenthood’s biggest commitment is to abortion. The numbers hint as to why Planned Parenthood doesn’t give life a chance: the organization performed a sobering 323,999 abortions during 2014-2015 at a cost of up to $1,500 each for first trimester abortions (the cost increases as the pregnancy progresses).
Clearly, Planned Parenthood values profits over lives.
Let’s show the world a better way by loving both the preborn child and the woman carrying the baby. Let’s do everything we can to support them and provide for their needs – just like the pro-lifers who encountered Christina did.
Just like the hundreds of pregnancy resource centers Focus on the Family works with through our Option Ultrasound Program.
Just like so many unsung heroes – “ordinary” men and women who are doing extraordinary things to help women in need – do every day.