The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute: 50 years and counting

By Dave Andrusko

I’m amazed that I somehow missed it, but it was not until I read the Guttmacher Institute’s announcement of the selection of Herminia Palacio as its new president and CEO that I realized Guttmacher had celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

As most of you know, National Right to Life Celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 as well. An interesting and telling coincidence.

Although it ended its “special affiliate” status with Planned Parenthood in 2007, Guttmacher unfailingly hews to the PPFA line. (It takes its name from Alan F. Guttmacher, who was PPFA’s president for more than a decade until his death in 1974.)

Guttmacher status as a think tank with “an entirely independent nonprofit policy research institute with its own Board” provides the façade of objectivity. In fact, it is a relentlessly aggressive pro-abortion partisan which never found a pro-life proposal that was not based on folly.

But what a gift to the “Abortion Rights Movement.” While even rookie reporters know Guttmacher’s rigid ideological proclivities, its analyses are accepted as if they were inscribed on tablets brought down from Mt. Sinai.

Think about the bind that puts pro-life proposals and pro-life policy makers. So long as the Guttmacher Institute disapproves–which is always—it means pro-abortionists are always allowed to pontificate from the high ground as if their proposals were self-evidently true.

But like everything else, led by National Right to Life, this is an obstacle the Movement will overcome with superior staying power and intellectual firepower.