No, most Americans don’t support reversing Roe v. Wade. No, tens of thousands of women didn’t die every year from back-alley abortions before Roe v. Wade. And no, most Americans don’t support funding Planned Parenthood once they hear the truth about Planned Parenthood’s track record.
In this latest clip from Kristan Hawkins’ podcast, you can hear more about how statistics about Roe v. Wade are manipulated.
But wait, there’s more. The Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler recently gave Planned Parenthood 4 Pinocchios for lying about deaths from abortion.
Kessler writes, “Wen is a doctor, and the ACOG is made up of doctors. They should know better than to peddle statistics based on data that predates the advent of antibiotics. Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions. Wen’s repeated use of this number reminds us of the shoddy data used by human trafficking opponents. Unsafe abortion is certainly a serious issue, especially in countries with inadequate medical facilities. But advocates hurt their cause when they use figures that do not withstand scrutiny. These numbers were debunked in 1969 — 50 years ago — by a statistician celebrated by Planned Parenthood. There’s no reason to use them today.”
Writing on Facebook, Kristan Hawkins noted, “Even the Washington Post is now admitting what we’ve been saying for decades. Before Roe, thousands of women DID NOT die every year from illegal abortions. In 1972, the year before Roe was decided, the CDC recorded the number of deaths in the United States from legal abortions at 24 and from illegal abortions at 39.”
It’s not just abortion deaths they lie about. Planned Parenthood also lies about the support for taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood wants people to believe there is high-support for them receiving taxpayer-funding–but their argument is based on the fallacy that they don’t receive money for abortions.
For example, their website lists a poll purporting to show 75% support for Planned Parenthood..but that poll is about providing funding to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services, even though the money they receive is fungible, and we know that they overcharge for things like birth control, which helps subsidize their abortion business. A similar poll claims to show 57% support from Trump supporters for Planned Parenthood, but that again misleads, because what it actually showed was opposition to “actions that would prohibit women from accessing birth control, well-woman care, and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood”, yet doesn’t mention abortion.
When the question is asked in a way that explains that Planned Parenthood is an abortion provider that receives taxpayer funding, support drastically drops to around 40 to 50%, more aligned with the general split on abortion support and opposition. This doesn’t even take into account the fact that many Americans may not know that federally qualified health centers can absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients–and provide a higher-quality of care.
In fact, a Students for Life poll found a drop in support when participants were told that Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion services are dropping. That’s one reason we found that By about a 3 to 1 margin (48 percent to 17 percent), Millennials said they preferred that their tax monies went to Federally Qualified Health Centers rather than the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood knows taxpayer funding goes to abortion, which is why they opposed a solution by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, where Planned Parenthood would financially separate their abortion business from their non-abortion business (which they called a bribe, as if they are entitled to taxpayer funding).
Bottom line: When it’s made clear that taxpayer funding is going to underwrite abortions, people support defunding Planned Parenthood.
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