Ever since David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress first revealed the abortion industry’s illegal trade in baby body parts, Planned Parenthood has ferociously insisted that only three percent of its “services” involve abortion. In its most recent annual report, the nation’s largest abortion provider reduced that figure to two percent. Close observation reveals what constitutes the other 98 percent—obfuscation, evasion, and outright lying. PP’s main business aside from actually doing abortions is hiding the nature of the abortions it does.
Planned Parenthood runs the Guttmacher Institute, a purported “research and policy organization.” Yet nowhere on its website does the Institute mention, for example, the devastating psychological effects of abortion.
Dr. Anne Speckhard, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown, is an expert on post-traumatic stress and other psychological disorders. She has written numerous articles about the traumatic effects of abortion, including “high arousal, dissociation, amnesia, feeling depersonalized, or even a feeling of derealization (separating from reality),” which may transition into full-blown PTSD. Speckhard started calling abortion “the politically-incorrect trauma” after “having the head of the national Planned Parenthood office write a letter to Harper & Row asking them not to publish my book on the subject—and to have the contract I was about to be offered suddenly rescinded. . . .”
Speckhard did ultimately get her book published by a Catholic publishing house, but not by Harper & Row.
We saw similar censorship tactics with the results of peer-reviewed studies showing the link between oral contraceptives and a host of health risks, including various types of cancers, heart attack, and cardiovascular disease. Life Legal reported on these studies in our amicus brief on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who challenged the mandate forcing them to provide contraceptives and abortifacients in their employee health plans.
In fact, the World Health Organization has classified combined oral contraceptives as Group 1 carcinogens, meaning they have been proven—not merely suspected—to cause cancer. In its most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood boasts that it provided “birth control services and information” to over 2.8 million people last year, many of them teenagers. I wonder if it told the women receiving birth control pills that they now have four times the average chance of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
Does Planned Parenthood tell teens that they are even more vulnerable to the side effects of hormonal birth control than adult women—that their own risk of getting the same type of breast cancer increases by a whopping 640 percent?
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