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Mainstream media should be asking Planned Parenthood these questions in wake of CEO firing

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July 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – With the firing of Planned Parenthood CEO Leanna Wen, the abortion giant confirmed what those of us with eyes and common sense already knew: Planned Parenthood is an abortion business masquerading as a healthcare organization to stiff taxpayers for millions of dollars while aborting millions of American babies in the womb. 

Just as the abortion industry’s allies in the media were spilling gallons of ink decrying former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson’s description of abortion quotas for clinics, portrayed in recent film Unplanned, and that Abby was simply maligning a wonderful organization dedicated to helping women, the ghouls of the abortion giant’s upper echelons were plotting to offload their own CEO because while she was pro-abortion, she was apparently not quite pro-abortion enough

In fact, media reports indicate that one of the problems Planned Parenthood had with Wen, who is the first actual physician to lead the organization, was that she wanted to focus relentlessly on abortion as healthcare rather than politicizing it in the manner preferred by those who fired her. Abortion is what Planned Parenthood is selling, and so a powerful political focus on maintaining and increasing abortion access is essential for the survival of their business model. Clearly, Wen had misunderstood a few key things about the organization she was tapped to lead—perhaps even she believed the “healthcare” rhetoric that Planned Parenthood uses to distract from the mass production of baby corpses that is the actual purpose of their existence.

The media is predictably giving Planned Parenthood a pass, but there are a couple of questions that genuine journalists should be asking.

First off, considering the fact that it is clearer than ever that Planned Parenthood is an abortion business (they also do not provide mammograms and many other healthcare necessities that abortion supporters insist we need them for), why are we relying on them in many cases to also supply contraception? Roughly half of American women seeking abortions say that they were using contraception at the time that they got pregnant. Faulty contraception means more "unwanted" pregnancies, and for Planned Parenthood, more unwanted pregnancies means more abortions. Faulty or ineffective contraception makes Planned Parenthood millions upon millions of dollars, and yet nobody suggests that this might be a conflict of interest. We are expected to presume that they are operating with the highest ethical standards, despite all evidence to the contrary.

It bears mentioning here that former abortion clinic owner Carol Everett, who joined me on my podcast recently, described how she and others in the abortion industry would distribute low-dose birth control and the weakest condoms to students and others in hopes that the contraception would fail and they would have created a new customer. 

Planned Parenthood claims that they want to reduce unwanted pregnancies, but their abortion business model makes this claim extremely dubious to say the very least: They make their money by selling abortions to women with unwanted pregnancies. 

Abby Johnson joined Planned Parenthood thinking that she was just helping women, and soon found out that she was sadly mistaken. It appears that Planned Parenthood’s misguided CEO has just discovered the same thing.

A second question that should be asked is why in the world Planned Parenthood is permitted to provide sex education in some schools. Again, Planned Parenthood sells abortions. Pregnancies are often the result of bad decision-making in relation to sex. So why are we permitting these people to give children advice on sex when it is in their financial interest to see children engage in sexual behavior that improves Planned Parenthood’s bottom line? Again, Carol Everett describes in her memoir Blood Money how abortion industry representatives were eager to get into high schools and pitch the idea of safe sex, knowing full well that people are more likely to engage in sexual behavior if they believe that it is “safe” and that they will not get pregnant. Many of the students, of course, would find out that safe sex is a farce—and the abortion industry would be right there waiting to accept their cash and kill their baby. Asking Planned Parenthood to provide sex education is asking the fox to guard the henhouse.

Planned Parenthood is not a healthcare organization. It is an abortion business. Any decent left-wing journalist would be inherently suspicious of any other massive corporation that was claiming to provide so-called public services that run counter to their own financial interests. Planned Parenthood wants contraception to fail, because failed contraception accounts for just over half of abortions each year. They want young kids to make stupid decisions about sex, because that means they can offer those young people abortions and cash in. The recent firing of their CEO as well as the testimonies of their former employees confirm this, and it is time for the media to start calling Planned Parenthood out for what they are. 

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews former porn star Deanna Spangler who shares how she rose to fame in the pornography industry and why she finally got out. You can subscribe here and listen to the episode below: 

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.