STAFFORD, Va. – Sixty-four percent of all women who undergo abortion are non-white, and 69 percent of women who have abortions are economically disadvantaged.
Flying in the face of those statistics, a high level Planned Parenthood executive says in a recent Huffington Post column that only economically advantaged, married white women have had the choice to abort their babies. In making that absurd claim, Dawn Laguens conveniently overlooks the statistics that the abortion giant consistently relies upon to increase contraceptive funding. Laguens is executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
She makes the claim of lack of access in a bizarre attempt to explain why the abortion industry is ditching the term “pro-choice.” Speaking on behalf of Planned Parenthood in an article titled “We Are Fighting for Access, Not Choice,” Laguens says:
Pregnancy and childbearing have been experienced quite differently by women of various races and economic classes. White married women with economic privilege, who have been able to prevent or terminate unintended pregnancies, indeed have been able to “choose” abortion since it became legal in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. However, historically women of color have not had choices because the ability to control their bodies and reproduction was stolen from them. Racist policies and attitudes have obstructed the ability of women of color to choose whether and when to bear children.
But with 79 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities located within walking distance of a minority neighborhood, the statistics tell a different story. They show that women of color are directly targeted for extinction with contraceptives and abortions that are available at their doorsteps. Breaking down the numbers, Planned Parenthood’s sidekick the Guttmacher Institute says: “Forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level ($10,830 for a single woman with no children). . . . Twenty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes between 100–199 percent of the federal poverty level.”
Further, Guttmacher says that three-fourths of women having abortions do so because they say they cannot afford a child, and that “women who have never married and are not cohabiting account for 45 percent of all abortions.”
How does all this mesh with a top PPFA official’s claim that unmarried disadvantaged women of color lack access to abortion? It doesn’t. It is a concrete example of how Planned Parenthood uses statistics to advance its agenda when it finds them helpful, and buries them when it doesn’t.
Planned Parenthood and its cohorts are changing their terminology because “pro-choice” was just not working for them. With approximately half of the population identifying as pro-life, Planned Parenthood is losing the culture wars. The entire abortion industry is on a downward spiral.
As states begin to enact laws to offer some level of protection to women exploited by the abortion industry—laws that bring abortion facilities into compliance with basic standards of cleanliness and safety—Planned Parenthood now tries to pull the lack-of-access card to attempt to avoid being held to a minimal level of medical accountability. Rather than upgrade its existing facilities to meet medical standards, Planned Parenthood is choosing to shutter many of its outlying facilities and concentrating its business model on the mega-abortion centers it is now building in major metropolitan areas that provide Planned Parenthood a higher profit margin. If anyone is reducing access to abortion, it is Planned Parenthood.
The same Guttmacher fact sheet that shows there is no lack of access to abortion for unmarried, underprivileged women of color also shows that the abortion industry doesn’t appreciate having its dangerous facilities reined in, nor does it support informed consent for women. Forgetting its “fact sheet” title, the authors editorialize:
As of January 1, 2014, at least half of the states have imposed excessive and unnecessary regulations on abortion clinics, mandated counseling designed to dissuade a woman from obtaining an abortion, required a waiting period before an abortion, required parental involvement before a minor obtains an abortion, or prohibited the use of state Medicaid funds to pay for medically necessary abortions.
In 2000, 13 states had at least four types of major abortion restrictions and so were considered hostile to abortion rights; 27 states fell into this category by 2013. The proportion of women living in restrictive states went from 31 percent to 56 percent during this time period.
In contrast, the number of states supportive of abortion rights fell from 17 to 13. The proportion of women of reproductive age living in supportive states fell from 40 percent to 31 percent between 2000 and 2013.
As Planned Parenthood sheds crocodile tears for the disadvantaged women of color it pretends to champion, let us never forget that it is Planned Parenthood that is targeting these women, and it is Planned Parenthood that profits by millions of dollars annually from the abortions and government-funded birth control it foists upon poor women. Those women deserve a hand up, not a hand full of carcinogens, unregulated abortions that often result when contraceptives fail, and a lifetime of regret.