15 June 2011

Chastity.com: "If people saved sex for marriage, Planned Parenthood would go out of business"

Chastity.com has an excellent article answering the question, "What's so bad about Planned Parenthood?"  The text of the article follows, with my emphases:

For starters, consider these reasons:

1. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States.

While many Planned Parenthood clinics offer services that may be beneficial to a community (breast exams or pregnancy and STD testing) the problem is that they don't stop there. Next time you're in school, look around your classroom and imagine about ten empty desks that would be filled if it weren't for abortion. A third of your friends are gone thanks to groups like Planned Parenthood. While they claim to be in favor of reducing the number of abortions, for every one mother they refer to an adoption agency, they abort 138 babies!{1] One must not forget that Planned Parenthood is a business, and they earn over 100 million dollars each year by performing abortions [2]. Those who work for Planned Parenthood would find it interesting that their founder, Margaret Sanger, once wrote, "While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization."[3]

2. Planned Parenthood spreads the myth of safe sex.

Planned Parenthood pretends to give "medically accurate" information, yet they lobbied against the passing of Public Law 106-354. This "Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act" required that educational material regarding STDs like HPV shall "contain medically accurate information regarding the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of condoms in preventing the STD the materials are designed to address." Planned Parenthood tried to block the law from being passed because it undermined consumers' faith in the condom. In the words of Senator Tom Coburn, "Planned Parenthood has been part of the cover-up of one of the greatest threats ever posed to women's health. They don't want to talk about HPV because the only real protection against it is a lifestyle of abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage. Planned Parenthood seems to find that politically unacceptable and would rather promote a strategy of denial and disinformation" [4].

Cervical cancer caused by HPV has killed more women than AIDS in America, but Planned Parenthood refuses to put warning labels for HPV on their condoms. However, they do print on condom labels the phone number for the local Planned Parenthood clinic. That way, when condoms fail, women can come back for an abortion, STD testing, or more birth control. However, such women should know that Planned Parenthood distributes some of the most defective condoms on the market. In its February 2005 edition, Consumer Reports surveyed twenty-three different types of condoms to measure their effectiveness. In last place were condoms made by Planned Parenthood, with a failure rate of fifteen percent! One of their brands received the equivalent grade of an "F" in the two standards measured: reliability and strength. So much for safe sex.

3. Planned Parenthood claims to offer "comprehensive" sex education, while withholding vital health information from teens.

When discussing birth control, Planned Parenthood downplays the side effects of each method. For example, when discussing the birth control patch, they say, "Is the patch safe? Yes. Despite alarming stories from some news outlets, the patch has been shown to be very safe."[5] What they don't mention is that 23 deaths have been attributed to the patch, and thousands of women are suing the makers of the device [6]. Planned Parenthood also reassures young women that the birth control pill is safe, without mentioning that according to the Mayo Clinic, 21 of 23 studies of women who took the pill prior to having their first child showed an increased risk of breast cancer [7].

4. Planned Parenthood only pays lip-service to abstinence.

Even though teens who practice abstinence have substantially happier lives (click here for proof), Planned Parenthood won't seriously advocate such a lifestyle because it contradicts their out-dated and contorted idea of sexual "liberation."

Why should a teen be abstinent, according to Planned Parenthood? "Some people may choose to be sexually abstinent in certain circumstances. A person who just broke up with someone might abstain from dating and sex play because being close to another person might not feel right, yet." Elsewhere, they quote a teen as saying he's abstinent because "The guilt I would feel would take the fun out of it." In the end, they just recommend, "Only you can ultimately decide what is right for you and your body. Trust the messages that your mind and body give you"[8]. In other words, "Don't trust God, the Church, your parents, or anyone who loves you and may want what's best for you. Trust the most reliable source for wise decision making . . . your hormones. And we'll see you at Planned Parenthood soon!"

It's also worthwhile to note that Planned Parenthood makes money if teens have sex. If people saved sex for marriage, Planned Parenthood would go out of business. Chastity means no birth control sales, no STD testing, no abortions… . . . no business. Planned Parenthood's message of abstinence is so weak that LifeStyles condoms funded a grant for Planned Parenthood to make a curriculum for teaching teens about sex!

5. Planned Parenthood does not offer age-appropriate sex-ed information.

Planned Parenthood endorses the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, which recommends teaching five year olds about masturbation, and nine year olds about homosexuality and the benefits of watching porn. Again, Planned Parenthood has drifted a long way from the attitudes of their founder, who wrote, "In the boy or girl past puberty, we find one of the most dangerous forms of masturbation, i.e., mental masturbation, which consists of forming mental pictures, or thinking obscene or voluptuous pictures. This form is considered especially harmful to the brain, for the habit becomes so fixed that it is almost impossible to free the thoughts from lustful pictures. . . . Perhaps the greatest physical danger to the chronic masturbator is the inability to perform the sexual act naturally. . . . The individual promises himself over and over again after such exercises to overcome the habit, but his will power gradually becomes destroyed and the impulse continues. He knows and intuitively feels such practice degrades him and destroys his character; he feels he is losing control of himself, and also realizes that his health, especially his nervous system, is being undermined. In my personal experience as a trained nurse while attending persons afflicted with various and often revolting diseases, no matter what their ailments, I never found any one so repulsive as the chronic masturbator. It would not be difficult to fill page upon page of heart-rending confessions made by young girls, whose lives were blighted by this pernicious habit, always begun so innocently."[9] She went on to refer to masturbation as a "perversion" of the sexual impulse.

6. Planned Parenthood lies to women.

Planned Parenthood won't offer pregnant women ultrasounds or even attempt to adequately inform them about the development of the baby. One young couple I know went to get an abortion when their unborn baby had brain waves, a heartbeat, toes, and fingers, and the clinic simply said that they would just be removing tissue that was "like a peanut." Planned Parenthood reassured the couple that there wouldn't be any serious emotional consequences. However, the teenage father was bawling over the lost baby months later.

Especially in cases of rape and incest, Planned Parenthood acts like abortion is a blessing. On the contrary, consider this woman's testimony: "The trauma of the rape and abuse were only intensified by the abortion. The guilt of knowing my baby is dead is something I will have to live with for the rest of my life"[10]. At Planned Parenthood, they pretend like regrets don't exist.

7. Planned Parenthood protects the identity of sex offenders.

Because states have certain age restrictions on abortion, Planned Parenthood sometimes conceals the age of young girls in order to perform the operations. By doing so, they cover up cases of rape, statutory rape, and incest. For example, in 2004, a sixteen year old girl received an abortion from Planned Parenthood in Ohio. She told them the pregnancy was the result of sexual abuse she had suffered from her father, which had been happening for four years. Because of their silence, she was sexually abused for 18 more months. However, in May of 2007, she filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, saying that they violated Ohio law by refusing the report the crime in 2004 [11]. Recorded phone calls provide evidence that Planned Parenthood has violated such laws hundreds of times [12].

8. Planned Parenthood mocks the Christian faith.

On their holiday greeting cards, Planned Parenthood used the slogan, "Choice on Earth" in substitution for the angel's greeting "Peace on earth" at the arrival of Christ. Planned Parenthood also extols the "sacredness of choice,"[13] and argues that the Bible indicates "that Jesus was not against women having a choice in continuing a pregnancy"[14]. To Planned Parenthood, dismembering a baby is sacred and Jesus was pro-abortion. This continues the thought of Margart Sanger, the woman who founded Planned Parenthood. In her book, Woman and the New Race, she wrote "The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it"[15].

After considering these points, it should be more than obvious "what's so bad" about Planned Parenthood.


[1]. Planned Parenthood FY2004 Annual Report.

[2]. Randy Hall, "Planned Parenthood: More Abortions, Fewer Clinics," CNSNews.com (18 January 2005).

[3]. Margaret Sanger, “Contraceptives or Abortion?” Woman and the New Race (1920).

[4]. Daily Oklahoman, editorial (October 1999).

[5]. "In Focus: Picking the Patch," Teenwire.com.

[6]. Associated Press, "Birth Control Patch Linked to Higher Fatality Rate," MSNBC (17 July 2005); Johnson & Johnson, SEC Filing, Quarterly Report for Period Ended 9/30/07.

[7]. Chris Kahlenborn, et al., "Oral Contraceptive Use as a Risk Factor for Premenopausal Breast Cancer: A Meta-analysis," Mayo Clinic Proceedings 81:10 (October 2006): 1290-1302.

[8]. "Abstinence: Who, What, When, Why, and How!" Ashley Rondini, Teenwire.com (April 30, 2003).

[9]. Margaret Sanger, What Every Girl Should Know ( Gerard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Company, 1920), 30-31.

[10]. The Post-Abortion Review 2(1) Winter 1993.

[11]. Gudrun Schultz, "Planned Parenthood Sued over Failure to Report Teen's Incest Pregnancy," (16 May 2007) LifeSiteNews.com .

[12]. http://www.childpredators.com/

[13]. Feldt, Gloria, Pres. of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, letter to Bill O'Reilly at Fox News Channel, Nov. 26, 2002.

[14]. Bigelow, Mark, PPFA Clergy Advisory Board, letter to Bill O'Reilly at Fox News Channel, Nov. 22, 2002.

[15]. Margart Sanger, Woman and the New Race (New York: Brentano’s, 1920), 62-63.

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