If You Want to Defund Planned Parenthood, Think Through the Consequences First

Planned Parenthood, which is constantly under fire from conservatives who treat it like a giant abortionplex, provides an incredible number of services that are not-at-all controversial. If anti-abortion advocates ever got their wish and Planned Parenthood shut down entirely, a lot of women would struggle finding health care as comprehensive and affordable. We’ve already seen that happen in certain places and the consequences are devastating.

Anyone who suggests otherwise is delusional.

Now check out what happens when Dianna E. Anderson explains all of that to Christian journalist Jonathan Merritt:

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GOP Plans to Push Anti-Abortion Legislation Divorced from Facts

Given the tactics of the GOP in the past, it should probably come as no surprise that they’re once more seeking to restrict access to women’s healthcare based on rabble-rousing that has little connection to reality, but that doesn’t make it any less stomach turning.

As Politico reports:

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Planned Parenthood Isn’t Selling Baby Parts: Unpacking the Lies in a New Undercover Video

The pro-life world has been buzzing all day about a new video released by the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress (CMP). It shows a Planned Parenthood executive, Dr. Deborah Nucatola (below), discussing how the group preserves organs from aborted fetuses for research purposes. She also mentions the costs of shipping those organs to scientists.

So, of course, the conservative storyline is that Planned Parenthood is “sell[ing] the body parts of infants” for cash… which, despite making for a great headline, contains very little truth. (Sarah Palin would be proud.)



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The Million-Dollar Abortion Crowdfunding Campaign Was a Giant Publicity Stunt

Remember the anonymous woman who said she would go ahead with her planned abortion unless pro-lifers raised $1 million (which she said would be put in a trust fund for the child)?

Turns out it was a hoax. A great big publicity stunt.



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Take Note, Religious Right: Access to Birth Control Slashes Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates

For as long as contraception has been a thing, the Religious Right has tried to vilify it.

First, they said it was an affront to God’s Plans. When they realized that argument wasn’t working, they shifted to saying it would increase promiscuity. When that was shown to be incorrect, they pivoted to insisting on abstinence-only sex education (for the sake of the kids). Those programs have since been proven ineffective, but proponents continue to proclaim the curriculum necessary.

Well, hate to be the bearer of bad news, you crazy fundamentalists, but you are once again wrong. (Did I say hate? Just kidding. I meant love.)

It turns out that providing access to free birth control significantly lowers teen pregnancy and abortion rates:

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