Seriously, it isn’t not as insane as it sounds. Also, if you’re pro-life, you should be very happy to support Planned Parenthood. Why? Well the simple answer is that it decreases abortions and makes people safer.
March for Life began trending on my Facebook feed, and it made mention of the possibility of the White House staff attending. I couldn’t help but think of how ironic this was, that only a few days ago, a massive Women’s March just happened. How ironic that one of the largest protests in history, that took place in dozens of countries and every single continent, occurred only a few days ago, and the White House promptly reinstated a stronger Global Gag Order.
I was also reminded that access to the types of services Planned Parenthood helps in decreasing the very thing the pro-life movement wishes to outlaw. That’s because Planned Parenthood focuses on the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, and providing essential healthcare to women and men. The vast majority of services are to provide cancer screenings and pap tests, STD tests, and affordable contraception. Very little of what Planned Parenthood does, about 10%, is related to abortion.
You can argue that simply because Planned Parenthood provides abortions that it can’t reduce the numbers, but it does. One reason being, that if it weren’t done safely in clinics, it would be done illegally. Secondly, and the main reason, is that mostly clinics also provide family planning and contraception. IUDs dramatically reduce unwanted pregnancies because of the effectiveness. Higher use of contraception is also obviously linked to lower pregnancy.
Countries with the lowest access to contraception have severe problems with unwanted pregnancies as well as unsafe abortions because in these areas they are largely illegal. In Uganda alone 300,000 abortions take place each year, (this is about half the amount of abortions of the USA, while Uganda has a population of only 30 million, a 1/10 of the US population.) even though the practice is illegal except for when the mother’s life is in direct danger. Additionally, half of all women will need to be treated due to complications related to abortions at some point in their lives. This is what happens when contraception is less available and abortions are no longer safe.
So, you can argue abortions are immoral, wrong, it’s a legitimate argument, but don’t suggest defunding and restricting services that actually reduce the thing you want to see reduced. Also don’t argue to be pro life when you put lives at risk by defunding Planned Parenthood. If you care about lowering abortion, talk about how you can actually reduce unwanted pregnancies through comprehensive sexual education, making contraception more affordable and accessible, and focus on the cause of the problems, rather than the symptoms.