Each month we will
offer a list of action ideas so you can defend, honor, and celebrate Life in your churches and communities. This month, we are looking at Planned Parenthood.
“Im opposed to abortion
too, but doesn’t Planned Parenthood also provide valuable health care and services to women who can’t afford it?” I am sure many of us have heard this when the topic of Planned Parenthood (PP) is brought up, especially when discussing funding. People who are active in pro-life work recoil at the idea of PP being viewed as anything but a public menace, but this view point is not shared by many. A recent Gallop poll
found that 62% of those polled had a favorable view of PP—and 52% of those same people attend religious services at least once a month and 62% consider themselves pro-life. This poll demonstrates that some within the Church are unaware of what PP is really about! What people likely don’t know is that Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion services have been dropping
steadily for years—prenatal care by 60% and cancer screening by 41% in 2017, while their abortion rates have remained the same. Additionally, 39 Planned Parenthood clinics have been cited for health and safety deficiency standards
in the last 10 years, including failing to provide a sanitary environment, effectively train staff, and monitor patient vital signs. Also, there are local community health centers that provide these needed services to women and families and they, in fact, outnumber Planned Parenthood 20 to 1 nationally
. Advocates for Life sometimes forget that people around us aren’t as aware about the abortion issue and Planned Parenthood’s commitment to it. We must be active in educating ourselves so we can share the truth with others.