By Dave Andrusko
The formal separation of the Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood took place in 2007, according to GI’s webpage. Prior to that, beginning in 1968 GI was “housed within the corporate structure of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)” and from 1977 until 2007 it carried the designation “special affiliate.”
I mention this for several reasons. For starters, as a short historical primer and to make the obvious point that the GI has been carrying water for PPFA for almost 50 years.
I mention it today because I just finished reading “Beyond the Rhetoric: The Real-World Impact of Attacks on Planned Parenthood and Title X,” by Kinsey Hasstedt of the Guttmacher Institute.
Needless to say, although I will say it, Hasstedt tells us that PPFA is absolutely indispensable and the motives of anyone who does not want public money going into the corporate maw of this abortion behemoth is seriously misguided. That PPFA aborts over 320,000 babies a year is an inconvenient fact that Hasstedt conveniently overlooks.
She starts by telling us
Proponents of such restrictions are ultimately seeking to make abortion inaccessible for U.S. women, and so are seeking to shutter Planned Parenthood health centers and any safety-net health center providing publicly funded family planning services that additionally offers abortions (using other funds), or is affiliated with an abortion provider.
How important, how central is abortion to PPFA? President Trump reportedly told PPFA if it got out of the abortion business its funding would go untouched. The offer was dismissed out of hand.
You can read her analysis in its entirety here. It’s full of colorful charts and “what-if” scenarios. To say it is one-sided is but like saying water is wet.
Which is why I found the following (self-description) so amusing: “The Guttmacher Institute provides reliable, balanced, nonpartisan information on sexual activity, contraception, abortion and childbearing.”
GI’s work completely lacks balance; its prescriptions invariably track what pro-abortion Democrats are touting; and its reliable only in the sense it will always find “scientific research” that promotes unlimited abortion, here and abroad, inevitably paid for with your tax dollars and mine.