This is the last in a series on some of the arguments for legalized abortion from a pro life view point.This one isn’t specifically about abortion, but is about something that has been coming up a lot in the news recently.
Other posts in this series:
Abortion Argument 1: If abortions are illegal, we will have women dying from back alley abortions.
Abortion Argument 2: If you are so Pro Life, why don’t you care about the kids who are born into families who don’t want them?
Abortion Argument 3: It’s my body, my choice! The life of the mother is more important than the potential life of a fetus.
Abortion Argument 4: It’s not really a child. It’s not human yet, just a bunch of cells/tissue.
Abortion Argument 5: If you defund/close down Planned Parenthood, where will women get health services?
This is less an argument for abortion, and more a general argument for the good, non-abortion services these clinics provide for women who may not have access to other health care sources.
First, doesn’t the Affordable Care Act nullify this argument? Doesn’t the ACA both require and provide healthcare for every single person in America? And every single policy that every single American now has access to provides every single service that any healthcare clinic does, except abortion.
OK, before you fire back that conservatives want to repeal the ACA, which would put us right back where Planned Parenthood is the only option for so many poor women, let’s looks at this more closely.
One of the things that Planned Parenthood claims women will no longer have access to is mammograms. This is a major talking point for them.
There is not a single Planned Parenthood facility that performs mammograms. At best, they can help get women connected to clinics that do.
Of course, a mammogram isn’t the only thing Planned Parenthood does for women’s health. But then again, there’s not really that many PP clinics.
An article by Charles Camosy notes;
“The first thing to get clear is that Planned Parenthood actually doesn’t provide all that much for poor, vulnerable women — particularly if they don’t live in cities. Indeed, you may remember that, in wake of the Susan J. Komen defunding ridiculousness from a few years ago, lots of charges were thrown around about women losing out on mammograms. But it turns out that Planned Parenthood doesn’t even provide them. As Democrats for Life has pointed out numerous times in recent days, the number of local community health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics ten to one. Rather than the one-size-fits-all franchise approach of Planned Parenthood, these community health centers nicely embody the principle of subsidiarity in responding to the diverse local needs of women — whether in the Bronx, rural Kansas, or southern California.”
Some go further and claim 20 clinics for every 1 Planned Parenthood office.
It’s obvious that Planned Parenthood isn’t the only choice for women’s health. In fact, there are many more options that provide everything (and more) that a PP clinic does. Except abortions.
The argument simply doesn’t hold up. Even without the ACA women have more options than Planned Parenthood. And, if the government stops sending tax dollars to PP, they could divert those funds to these other clinics.
Those tax dollars aren’t used for abortions, anyway? Right?
OK, but why not leave Planned Parenthood alone? They can be a small part of helping women stay healthy, why take away their funding?
Let me try to explain the pro life view of this. Assume that you think abortion is murder, it’s abhorrent.
Say there is a doctor that goes into low income areas and checks young women for cancer, and helps them be healthy. She does a lot for the women she runs into. This doctor really helps these women out. She also kills most of the children she encounters. Still think she is a good doctor?
That’s how pro life people see Planned Parenthood. All the good they may be doing is overshadowed by the horrific practice of murdering children. At the very least, we don’t want any tax dollars to go to that organization. As much as possible, we want women to go to other health clinics.
There are other health options, ones that don’t perform abortions that millions of Americans think are wrong. The government can and should divert my tax dollars to these clinics instead of Planned Parenthood. They can do this without impacting the health of women.