When President Donald Trump came into office, he did so with an intriguing offer to Planned Parenthood. If they wanted to continue to receive federal funding for their clinics, all they had to do is give up their abortion services. Presto-chango, the keys to the kingdom would be unlocked.
And why shouldn’t they have accepted the offer? You may recall that this was in the immediate aftermath of undercover videos showing that Planned Parenthood clinics were involved in selling fetal tissue to biolabs in a clear violation of the law. This put the organization’s entire business model under brand new scrutiny and endangered their federal funding like never before. As such, everyone at the organization from President Cecile Richards on down began a PR campaign putting distance between themselves and abortion. It’s only three percent of our revenue, they told us. It’s nothing. It’s no big deal.
But they wouldn’t take Trump’s deal, which by itself was evidence that they were lying.
Now, with the storm of the abortion investigation having passed and the organization’s federal funding as secure as ever, Planned Parenthood’s new president is flip-flopping on that earlier premise. In response to a BuzzFeed article that suggested that new President Leana Wen “wants to focus on nonabortion health care,” Wen herself responded with a powerful – and telling – rebuke.
“First, our core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care,” Wen tweeted. “We will never back down from that fight – it’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake. I am always happy to do interviews, but these headlines completely misconstrue my vision for Planned Parenthood.”
Wen continued to explain how Planned Parenthood would not back down in the fight for mass abortions.
“There have been more than 400 abortion restrictions included in the states since 2011,” Wen wrote. “Serving our patients MUST include fighting those restrictions in legislatures and at the ballot box.”
To anyone that knows a thing about Planned Parenthood, Wen’s admission is not news. The only thing newsworthy about it is that she is coming right out and saying it.
Wen’s admission goes hand in hand with the organization’s new billboard campaign in Iowa, where they are encouraging women who have had abortions to stand up proud and take credit for doing the courageous thing. One billboard in Des Moines reads: “I had an abortion & it was just health care.”
We’ll see if Planned Parenthood’s continued mission to turn abortion into “just health care” works out for them, or if this country can finally reach down deep and find the moral fiber that went missing at some point in the last fifty years.