A lot more reasons not to ever believe Planned Parenthood

By Dave Andrusko

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ThinkPPThe punch line is as clever as it is maliciously misleading: “There’s just a lot more reasons than you think.”

Ah… a lot more reasons for what? For visiting your friendly, cooperative, be there when you need them Planned Parenthood affiliate. Which, I kid you not, includes flu shots and treating asthma.

A tip of the hat to Life News for alerting readers to an ad produced for PPFA’s Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands affiliate (GNHIA) created by the Seattle agency Wexley School for Girls.

An unctuous story about the 30-second ad that appeared in Ad Week read like a PPFA press release. A cheap shot at Donald Trump and lavish praise for an ad that (in the words of reporter Patrick Coffee) “reminds viewers of those other services while playing on the assumption that anything involving the name Planned Parenthood will eventually turn into a heated all-or-nothing debate over birth control.”

But of course the reason PPFA is a flashpoint is not birth control but abortion, which even Coffee should be awake enough (or honest enough) to acknowledge. He then intones (parroting the message of the ad), “And the vast majority [of those who go to PPFA] are not seeking to end pregnancies, even as opponents continue to challenge the longstanding claim that only 3 percent of the group’s services involve terminating a pregnancy.”

We’ve written about this dozens of times. Some of the questions raised by the work of NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon has made its way into the mainstream media.

To take just one example, Washington Post Fact Checker Michelle Ye Hee Lee gave the “3%” claim “three Pinocchios.”

Pinocchios refer to how deceptive an assertion is, with four Pinocchios representing the highest degree of distortion. Three Pinocchios means (according to the Post) that a statement has “Significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions.”

Lee goes through a series of steps to reach this conclusion (which Dr. O’Bannon has documented in even greater detail):

The 3 percent figure that Planned Parenthood uses is misleading, comparing abortion services to every other service that it provides. The organization treats each service — pregnancy test, STD test, abortion, birth control — equally. Yet there are obvious difference between a surgical (or even medical) abortion, and offering a urine (or even blood) pregnancy test. These services are not all comparable in how much they cost or how extensive the service or procedure is.

If you read PPFA’s own material carefully, you see how bogus the assertion is. For example, in a February 2011, factsheet entitled “Planned Parenthood by the Numbers,” PPFA repeats the claim that 3% of its “health services” are abortions.

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But it also admits that the percentage of its clients receiving “abortion services” is actually 12%. That means that not one in every 33 women, but nearly one out of every eight women walking through the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic has an abortion.

But these are the kinds of untruths that you can attempt to inflict on the American public when the likes of Warren Buffett and George Soros and other gigantically wealthy individuals and foundations pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the coffers of the Abortion Industry.

We rely on the truth—and on you to make sure it is heard.