Earlier this week, Obianuju Ekeocha, the Founder and President of Culture for Life Africa, uncovered a 1952 pamphlet from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America that reveals the abortion provider hasn’t always been so deceptive about the nature of abortion and the risks involved with terminating a pregnancy.
In the pamphlet, the topic of birth control is discussed in a question and answer format. After defining birth control as a “safe and simple way to plan for your children and to have them when you want them,” the question is posed: “Is [birth control] abortion?”
Their answer is astounding for those familiar with the baby-killing mill that Planned Parenthood now represents. But in 1952 they said this about abortion: “Definitely not. An abortion requires an operation. It kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it. Birth control merely postpones the beginning of life (emphasis added).”
It is striking to compare this statement with what the organization says today about the risks of abortion procedures. Whereas in 1952 abortion was described as “dangerous to your life and health,” Planned Parenthood’s website today says, “Unless there’s a rare and serious complication that’s not treated, there’s no risk to your future pregnancies or to your overall health.”
This is despite stories in recent years where women have actually died following abortion procedures. The horrific Kermit Gosnell case in 2013 (Gosnell was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his patient Karnamaya Mongar) is a notable example.
Although Planned Parenthood argues that abortion represents only a fraction of their services (they claim abortion comprises only 3% of their business), this claim has been repeatedly debunked. Despite claiming to be a full service women’s health organization, statistics reveal an entirely different reality. Among 650 clinics supposedly dedicated to women’s health, consider these startling figures:
Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for women’s Pap tests is 0.97%.
Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for clinical breast exams is 1.8%.
Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for mammograms is 0.0%.
Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for abortion is 34.9%.
Statistically, Planned Parenthood performs a minuscule percentage of the health services that American women actually need- clinical breast exams, cancer screenings, Pap tests, etc. However, they perform 35% of the nation’s abortions! In 2015 alone, they exterminated the lives of 320,000 babies (887 abortion every day). Also revealing is that for every child Planned Parenthood refers for adoption they abort 160.
In retrospect, it is fascinating to read the 1952 pamphlet Ms. Ekeocha discovered this week. It lays bare the hollowness of the organization’s claims about the gruesome reality of abortion. It also reveals the culture of death’s progress in the last few decades. What was once viewed as “dangerous” is now declared to be “safe.” And even if Planned Parenthood is right that abortion procedures are relatively “safe” for the mother, they can’t say the same for the baby.
Abortion, the intentional murdering of a human being, stands at the very core of Planned Parenthood; it’s who they are and what they do. Planned Parenthood knows this. And they also know (and have known) the truth about abortion. This is evidenced by this pamphlet. Despite the euphemisms they now employ to refer to the unborn, they know what they’re doing.
Thus, people concerned about human dignity and human flourishing should observe in the discovery of this old pamphlet the searing of an organization’s conscience; an organization that used to have the courage and honesty to at least admit what is now plainly evident to everyone else- that abortion “kills the life of a baby” and that it is “dangerous to your life and health.”