By Dave Andrusko
I wondered how long it would be before a sympathetic news outlet would secure an interview with “interim” (or “acting”) Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson and how she would treat her predecessor, Dr. Leana Wen, who was canned after just eight months.
Well, today we found out both in an “exclusive” interview Johnson gave to CBS News’ Kate Smith. What did we learn?
To be honest, not much. Johnson is not Cecile Richards, Ms. Smoothie herself. The “exclusive” is as much about Smith editorializing as Johnson pontificating.
*First, Smith paints the usual gloom-and-doom picture [“State lawmakers have introduced more than 300 pieces of legislation restricting abortion access — more than in any other year, according to data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights research group”] to which Johnson responds, “All of these things are chipping away at women’s reproductive freedom.”
*Second, Smith gives PPFA a reassuring pat on the back: “Planned Parenthood has been on the front lines, challenging many of those laws in court.” In an interesting choice of language, Johnson tells Smith, “And I stand proudly in saying that reproductive health care and sexual freedom should include abortion,” adding [reflexively], “I think we need to take away the stigma from thinking about abortion as anything other than basic health care.”
*So, what about Wen, whom Smith describes as “abruptly ousted” on July 16? Smith paraphrases what Dr. Wen said in a New York Times op-ed and Johnson responds, “It’s a false choice” – whether Planned Parenthood is a political organization or a health care clinic.
“We are primarily a health care provider,”Johnson insists,
“and the idea that we can provide that access depends on our ability to keep our health centers open. We’re not political by nature, but we’ve been politicized. And that fight has actually been our focus to ensure that our health centers stay open.”
To be fair, Johnson is a mouthpiece for the largest abortion “provider” in the world, so we can’t expect candor. But let’s be a little bit real.
PPFA hasn’t been forced/compelled into the political arena. Its political arm pours money into the coffers of their pro-abortion Democrat office seekers like it’s going out of style because they want the hundreds of millions of dollars it receives from federal coffers to keep on coming.
As for “keep[ing] their health centers open,” Planned Parenthood has been consolidating like mad and, at the same time, radically diminishing the non-abortion services—aka, genuine health care—it provides. PPFA still regurgitates the meme that abortion constitutes only “3%” of its services when even the Washington Post acknowledges this is (to put it politely) not accurate. Abortion is the money maker and PPFA is first and foremost about money and power.
So, conclusions from Johnson’s first interview? Not challenged by the reporter (not surprising) and with nothing original to say (also not surprising). I‘m guessing her stay won’t be long.