Much has been made of Planned Parenthood’s marketing spin about “only” 3% of their services being abortions. This is one of their lead arguments and it has been quickly swallowed and advanced by their supporters. It is part of their effective campaign to conflate abortions (which are increasingly unpopular — especially with young people) with birth control (which most people reflexively support). Yes, it is deceptive, but remember that Satan is evil, not stupid. They could separate the businesses tomorrow and have zero problems getting funding for the contraceptive side, but that will never happen.
Here are some quick responses to make when you hear the “only 3%” line.
1. So? The Holocaust was probably less than 3% of Germany’s budget. If part of an organization’s charter involves killing innocent but unwanted human beings, then I don’t really care what other good they allegedly do.
2. I didn’t notice a wedge in the pie chart for systematically hiding statutory rape and sex trafficking. How much of their resources are dedicated to those well-documented activities, and shouldn’t those who perpetuate those crimes be in jail instead of getting massive Federal funding? [Note: Human sex trafficking is one of those rare issues that unites Liberals and Conservatives, so this is a great topic to focus on.]
3. The 3% figure deliberately understates the situation. Just do some simple math: They did 329,000 abortions for 3,000,000 clients. That means 11% of the people walking through the doors got abortions (or, more specifically, 11% of the people came in carrying an innocent but unwanted human being but left alone). And it is very likely that abortions consumed even more services than average.
4. HP’s PC Division sells far more accessories than computers, but which is their primary business? You need to look at where PP gets most of their revenue, which is from abortions. PP doesn’t pay these salaries based on how many condoms they give away, they get it from performing 329,455 abortions. (P.S. They are the 1% so I hope the Occupy Crowd protests them.)
President Cecile Richards $353,819
Chief Operating Officer Maryana Iskander $288,886
Chief Financial Officer Maria Acosta $263,443
VP of Medical Affairs Vanessa Cullins $257,115
VP of General Counsel Barbara Otten $251,379
VP of Public Policy Laurie Rubiner $248,438
VP of Operations Karen Ruffatto $247,932
VP of Affiliates Lisa David $245,322
Please commit a couple of those responses to memory and don’t let people get away with the “only 3%” distortion. Feel free to copy and paste without attribution.
P.S. Yes, I’m familiar with Godwin’s Law. I’m also familiar with Simpson’s Law, which says that I’ll make all the appropriate Nazi references I like without apology.
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More on that 2009 report here:
http://www.lifenews.com/2011/02/23/new-planned-parenthood-report-record-abortions-done-in-2009/ Some details not visible in that chart:
Abortions provide roughly 40% of a center’s revenue
2009 Abortions rose by 2.5% against 2008
2009 prenatal care services provided to pregnant women (instead of abortion) declined by 25% against 2008
2009 adoption referrals provided to pregnant women (instead of abortion) declined by 59% against 2008
As I stated in a reply to an earlier post, abortions are the core of PP and everything else is secondary.
Thanks for the facts!
Great analogy with the Holocaust. After all, abortion is a holocaust of its own.
I really like Simpson’s Law. 🙂
Ha! Yeah, I have a bunch more where that came from!
The Holocaust involved direct killing of millions of innocent human beings. If the analogy is to something that doesn’t involve killing millions of innocent humans, or any innocent humans, it’s a stupid analogy. If the analogy is to something else that involves slaughtering millions of innocent humans, it’s completely appropriate. As humans, we don’t reinvent the wheel every time some new, but akin to an old, situation pops up: we understand that it is like a previous one.
I would HOPE that we would stop the next Holocaust-like slaughter without requiring that Hitler be resurrected from the dead in Germany, the world returned to the 1930s, the Jews be the primary target, et cetera et cetera. We should, as humans and not goldfish, be able to say, “Wow, that Holocaust thing was really lousy the first time around; let’s not let people get away with murdering millions of humans again, no matter what justifications are put forth for it.” But, of course, that involves not being modern and hip and for “choice” so we’re going to ignore the fact that the Western world is showing the world how the Holocaust happened the first time around, how ordinary people can actively promote murder. We always look and say, “How was it that the guards, the soldiers, the citizens of Germany condoned this” while then “marching for choice” or some garbage like that.
“We always look and say, “How was it that the guards, the soldiers, the citizens of Germany condoned this” while then “marching for choice” or some garbage like that.”
The same reasons people look the other way when faced with evils facing our society today – from slaughtering the unborn to twisting the definition of marriage beyond all recognition, to studding the military with homosexuals. Facing these cultural onslaughts and standing up to them bears consequences. Consequences to professional career, family, personal wealth….in rare cases, even one’s life.
I believe it was Edmund Burke (often hailed as “the original conservative”) who wrote, “All that is necessary for evil to prevail, is for good men to do nothing.” Have you ever stopped to wonder just WHY good men “do nothing?” It’s because that is the path of least resistance.
Roxeanne, you and our friend Neil here are doing plenty to advance good and worthwhile causes, often in the face of heavy opposition, frustrating criticism, and discouraging setbacks. You both accomplish more by 8AM than I do all day, and I’ve begun asking God if He can use me in the struggle to put the kibosh on these abhorrent ideas. I respect both of you so much for standing up for what is good and right.
I spent part of yesterday evening crossing swords with people on Facebook (friends of friends) and calguns.net (!) about gays – the former on putting them in the military, the latter on them being able to marry each other. (The thread started out with someone asking how one could use the “reasoning” of the 9th Circus Court’s latest wonderful ruling, to advance gun rights in California as well.) Naturally the thread got hijacked pretty quickly and veered way off into territory completely related to homosexual marriage and completely unrelated to firearms.
Abortion, granted, is probably a more serious topic than gay rights, but I see them as part and parcel of the same underlying problem – namely, the redefinition of time-honored norms in favor of convenience and feelings.
What continually amazes me is just how many people in society today are apparently OK with these…who respond to arguments pointing out the problems, like a brick wall would when a pebble is thrown at it. The word “impervious” comes to mind…as in impervious to common sense, moral reasoning, or even the concept that you don’t go screwing around with things that have been where and what they are for eons, not without a VERY compelling reason. Something more compelling than, “You can’t tell me why NOT….”
http://realchoice.blogspot.com/2012/02/abortion-rate-among-planned-parenthoods.html — another good post on this topic that I think brings out some additional points to consider and talk about.
Great analogy except for the whole “maybe” part. All you have to do is throw in a “maybe” and you can claim anything. Does no one notice that? Planned Parenthood doesn’t do “advertising” campaigns. That information was provided in response to the lies you were spreading concerning the number of abortions they do. You also falsely accused Planned Parenthood of using donations from Susan G. Komen for abortions, when in reality they were using the money to perform breast exams on women without insurance. As you know, Susan G. Komen cut PP’s funding, or should I say Karen Handel revised their internal rules, one of them being that SGK could no longer fund organizations under investigation.(the one you lied to create) Then do you remember what happened?? The not so slick Karen Handel was fired, SGK reinstated PP’s funding, and on top of that funding they started receiving donations from all over the US; sent from people that were outraged by your underhanded attack on an organization that the majority of the women in the US support. NOT because anyone loves abortion, which is one of the conservative’s favorite thing to say; but for the other positive things they do.
I’m sure you are familiar with One Million Moms. (AKA 60,000 moms) Their decision to boycott Ellen (The top female comedienne in the US), turned on them in a bad way. Millions of people voiced their support for Ellen, and the same people voiced their disgust for OMM. Their boycott was the best thing to ever happen to JC Penny. The worst thing for OMM. Here is the consequence that you should consider: The mainstream public now knows what conservative extremists are all about. Normally, that sort of free publicity would be priceless; it was not to be. People spoke out against your narrow mindedness and hate mongering like they had never before. Thousands of people were pledging to shop at JC Penny just to spite you. Are you seeing the trend? Your beliefs are on the “fringe” of Christianity. You are extreme as extreme gets. No matter how much conviction you feel for your causes, the VAST majority simply don’t agree with you. Not only do they not agree with you, your intolerance has made you a target of people’s frustration with the inequality in this country. (I am one of those that became interested in your particular breed of intolerance in the name of Jesus. I went through your site and the few others. I’m not even going to go into the fact that I quickly discovered I could successfully refute (with evidence) practically every claim you and your fellow extremists were making. I guess the conservatives buy it, which is all that matters to you.
You aren’t going to win this battle, nor will you win the war. Your extremism is so far our of sync with the views of the majority, that there is no way to bridge that gap. Try as you might, our country is heading towards tolerance for all, not the 1700s. Since all of you mom’s have so much time on your hands, why don’t your spend your energy on positive endeavors? Abandon your hate crusade, and make a positive difference in this world.
I don’t think my post used the word “maybe.”
They market themselves very aggressively, using our tax $$.
They are the country’s largest abortion provider. That’s a fact.
Money is fungible. Giving $$ to an organization that does abortions helps their abortion business.
Yeah, positive things like hiding statutory rape and perverting the minds of small children.
Re. your rant about supporters of evil donating $ to evil organizations when people point out their evils: So what? Does that mean we should stop pointing out that it is evil to kill unwanted human beings? I do agree that we should use discernment in our approach.
Yes, Jesus is intolerant of killing unwanted human beings, hiding sex crimes and perverting the minds of children. He’s so judgmental.
You have yet to do that here, but are welcome to try if you quit with the silly insults.
Make no mistake: God wins in the end, even though He is permitting great evil for a time.
The more specific the questions are the more pro-life people become. The “majority” just laps up the 90%+ pro-abortion mainstream media. But we are making ground. And even if we weren’t, I’m not going to switch to a “winning” side that advocates killing unwanted human beings.
That’s a straw man argument. I am very tolerant of the views of others. I just think that we shouldn’t tolerate crushing and dismembering innocent human beings — http://tinyurl.com/yzjq4lv
So does your rant qualify as a positive endeavor? Do you have access to our calendars and checkbooks to know how we use our time and money? Why are you so judgmental?
It is sad that you’ve been conditioned to think that what you have written qualifies as reasoning.
The truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth.
Brilliant, Neil – just brilliant! And he had the audacity to call US the extremists!
Thanks, Glenn. The irony is lost on them. Wouldn’t the extremists be the ones fighting for the right to crush and dismember unwanted human beings? If that isn’t extreme, I don’t know what is.
What a completely disgusting, self-righteous, arrogant piece of sniveling propaganda. Spoken like one completely steeped in what passes for “logic” at a modern American public university. Did your professors tell you to mock and hurl insults at conservatives?
Truth is “hate.” Standing up for what is right is “intolerance.” Fighting back against an abortion provider is “being opposed to providing preventative health care for women.” The list of lies goes on and on.
Hang around here for awhile, read and learn. You might eventually see the light.