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Pretty places to kill babies: Planned Parenthood gets a makeover

Jim Sedlak

March 18, 2016 (ALL) -- In the 1992 movie My Cousin Vinny there is a scene where Vinny (Joe Pesci) is getting ready to go hunting. His fiancée, Mona Lisa (Marisa Tomei), is upset because he might kill a deer. Vinny keeps asking her what pants he should wear. In frustration, Lisa finally responds,

Imagine you're a deer. You're prancing along, you get thirsty, you spot a little brook, you put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water. . . . BAM! A #@%&# bullet rips off part of your head! Your brains are laying on the ground in little bloody pieces! Now I ask ya. Would you give a #@$#& what kind of pants the #[email protected]#%& who shot you was wearing?

That scene has replayed in my head several times in the last month as I read accounts of the supposedly physical transformation of some of the 356 abortion facilities run by Planned Parenthood. First, a design firm was proud of a Queens, New York, Planned Parenthood facility that has a unique open design and innovative use of colors. More recently, there have been articles explaining how Planned Parenthood has begun a five-year effort to redesign its facilities to create a “comprehensive patient experience.” It’s even appointed its former head of business operations, Molly Eagan, as the vice president, Planned Parenthood Experience. 

Planned Parenthood is working with a firm named IDEO to accomplish these changes. IDEO describes itself as an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. IDEO worked with Planned Parenthood to instill a set of guidelines, rules, and common language that every employee will learn. The overarching plan, called In This Together, is like an umbrella under which every affiliate will operate. 

As one of the individuals, Adam Baker, involved in creating this new approach—which includes shared decision making by the patients—reportedly commented, “Shared decision making—which often involves tools like the ones IDEO concepted out for Planned Parenthood—doesn’t necessarily improve health outcomes. But it does tend to make people feel better about the decisions they’re making and the care they’re receiving.”

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So, this entire new thrust by Planned Parenthood, which is intended to be implemented at every one of its 640 centers across the country, is all about making people feel better about their visits to PP. Never mind the promiscuous lifestyle promoted by Planned Parenthood or the rampant sexually transmitted diseases or the dead babies from abortion. Never mind the cancer causing drugs sold by Planned Parenthood or the parts of aborted babies shipping from its abortuaries. Never mind that Planned Parenthood runs the largest abortion chain in the nation and that abortions are committed at over 55 percent of its centers. It’s the good lighting, the brightly colored walls, and the streamlined paperwork that are important.

We have a better idea for Planned Parenthood. Close down all your facilities now. It will save all of us a lot of time and money and you'll make 300,000 babies a year, and their mothers, very happy. 

Jim Sedlak is vice president of American Life League and founder of STOPP International. Reprinted with permission.

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