By Dave Andrusko
If you haven’t followed the trajectory of pro-abortion apologetics, I can assure you the headline on a story in the Washington Post Magazine would be a shocker
Written by KK Ottesen, the headline for her oh-so-cozy interview with Alexis McGill Johnson reads “Planned Parenthood president: Saying abortion is a small part of what group does is stigmatizing.”
You have to remember that whole forests have been cut down to provide the paper for all the times PPFA insisted that providing abortions, while important, was essentially small potatoes: “just 3%” was the talking point.
Now, Johnson tells Ottesen, to undersell abortion is to “stigmatize” abortion, Planned Parenthood, or both. (I’m sure Johnson means the former, not sure about the latter.)
Poor KK Ottesen. She didn’t get the memo. Her second question is to set the third. Here’s how it reads:
For many people, “abortion” is the first word that comes to mind when they hear the name Planned Parenthood. How does that sit with you?
Heck, that’s just peachy:
I think abortion is health care. And so, if the first thing they think about is health care when they think about Planned Parenthood, I think that’s fine.
But (the all-important “but”)
But it [abortion] is a very small part of all the things Planned Parenthood does, right?
Johnson is supposed to unspool the PPFA line—that “Three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.” Or, as Washington Post Factchecker Michelle Ye Hee Lee paraphrased the way abortion advocates traditionally describe it–that abortion is “just a small portion of the array of Planned Parenthood’s services…”
But Johnson would have none of the usual “small part” obfuscation. She had new obfuscations, but to be fair, she didn’t trivialize how central abortion is to PPFA which aborts over 345,000 babies each year:
Overall, certainly. But it is still a critically important part of what we do. So I think when we say, “It’s a small part of what we do,” what we’re doing is actually stigmatizing it. Like: It’s really not a big deal that Planned Parenthood does this. We are a proud abortion provider. We believe that abortion is health care, and we believe, fundamentally, that self-determination begins with being able to control your own body and freedom begins with being able to control your own body. So I don’t like to marginalize it in that way.
At this point, Ottesen probably dropped her notepad. She starts again. You would agree, wouldn’t you Ms. Johnson, that abortion “obviously” is “a divisive issue.”
First of all, I would say it is not as divisive a position as I think folks think. I mean, 77 percent of Americans support [Roe v. Wade] as being the law of the land. What I find, oftentimes, is that when I share what I do, it almost inevitably elicits a story.
To summarize. Abortion is “health care,” which is a tough sell for the over 900,000 babies whose health is terminated each year.
Abortion is percentage wise, small [it’s actually larger but that’s another story], but in Planned Parenthood’s eyes, abortion is huge, central even, to “self-determination.”
Never mind that “the freedom” which Johnson says “begins with being able to control your own body” is purchased at the price of exercising lethal control over the freedom of the little ones to be left alone until birth.
And everybody—well almost everybody (77%)–is on Planned Parenthood’s side. This number, of course, is every bit as absurd as the 3% figure Johnson stands by. But what else would you expect from the President of a $1.6 billion+ “non-profit” that traffics in the misery of unhappy women and the blood of countless millions of unborn children?