American Cancer Society Admits Claim of Planned Parenthood Delivering Babies “is indeed inaccurate”
By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D.
National Right to Life Education and Research Director
Several days ago, we reported on the claim American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis W. Brawley made in a letter responding to an inquiry in which he wrote that “Planned Parenthood delivers more children than any other medical practice in the U.S.”
We described that claim as “bizarre” as it was “erroneous,” given that Planned Parenthood is in the business not of delivering, but of killing babies—more than 330,000 a year. We have yet to read of any birthing centers opening at your friendly neighborhood Planned Parenthood clinic.
Well, apparently word of this egregious error and the pro-life public’s incredulity at the claim got back to the American Cancer Society. It precipitated a note from Wendi Klevan, the Managing Director of the American Cancer Society’s Media Relations & Issues Management department.
In that note, Klevan readily admits that the claim that Planned Parenthood delivers more children than any other medical practice in the U.S “is indeed inaccurate.” Klevan calls the misstatement “inadvertent” and says that the mistake was “unintentional” and indicates that Brawley had since contacted the original recipient of the letter and expressed his “deep regret.”
At the same time, however, Klevan says that the rest of the information contained in Brawley’s letter regarding the American Cancer Society’s grants to Planned Parenthood was “accurate.”
Brawley had asserted in his original letter that money had been sent to Planned Parenthood for a smoking cessation program that “was specifically designed to improve the health of the unborn fetus and the child once born.” Brawley made the usual claims that none of the grant money went toward abortion, that the organization respected everyone’s personal beliefs, and indicated that the program had expired some time ago.
The whole fiasco serves as an apt illustration of the gross ignorance there is in our country about who Planned Parenthood is and precisely what it does.
To too many people, including many in medical and charitable foundations, Planned Parenthood is just some benign, benevolent helper of women, particularly poor women. And it rarely goes much deeper than that. Planned Parenthood has carefully crafted and cultivated that image, and it has helped them become a powerful, billion dollar a year corporation that gets hundreds of millions from private contributions.
Those contributors, those grantors see Planned Parenthood as a way to reach special at-risk demographics – poor women, minorities, teens – with needed health care such as breast exams, pap smears, and cancer screenings.
What they do not realize, or choose to ignore, is that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain. In the process PPFA makes millions by selling abortions (and more by selling services such as pregnancy tests, STD tests, contraceptives that may be bundled with their abortions) by taking advantage of those poor, young vulnerable women.
The millions that come from all levels of government and from well regarded charities legitimize this exploitation and slaughter, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
This is why it is critical to get the word out: Planned Parenthood kills hundreds of thousands of unborn children each and ever a year. It makes millions doing it, money it gets from the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society, or, in many states, from taxpayer’s pockets.
And as we have documented over and over and over again in this space, everything points to continued expansion of Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. It is building megaclinics, promoting dangerous chemical abortifacients, and introducing web-cam abortions at affiliates across the country.
Mistaking Planned Parenthood, which has killed millions of innocent children, for one of the good guys delivering babies? Yeah, that’s a pretty serious error.
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