Troy Newman of Operation Rescue was on the Janet Mefferd show recently and made an outlandish and totally unsupported claim that those who run family planning clinics are just feeding their drug, sex and abusive habits. Right Wing Watch has the transcript:
Mefferd: When you talk about these clinics, and we’ve seen this so many times before, that these abortion clinics are just gross, they’re dirty, they’re poorly maintained, why do you think that is? I mean, they seem to have enough money coming in from abortions to be able to get some Clorox, why are they so gross?
Newman: Well, there’s a number of reasons. First of all, there’s really no pride of ownership there. It’s an abortion facility and often times the abortionist takes every drop of money that he can get out of that to feed sometimes his drug addiction habit, his sexual abuse habit, or any other number of worldly habits that they got themselves into, often times gambling, and it just takes every dollar out of it. But again, you can’t practice vice, with virtue. We look at it through the prism of a Christian worldview and we think, why not take care of your facility? But this is truly a demonic enterprise.
He doesn’t even attempt to offer any evidence for this assertion. Of course, he doesn’t have to with the people who would take him seriously. I know that the plural of anecdote is not data, but I’ve known lots of people who worked in and volunteered at such clinics. To a person, they are dedicated, caring and committed to caring for the needs of women, often on a shoestring budget.