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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Planned Parenthood: 5 Things to Know

from Chuck Donovan, President
Charlotte Lozier Institute

By now, I am sure you’ve seen or read about the videos exposing Planned Parenthood and the brutal reality of abortion. In the videos, top Planned Parenthood doctors can be seen discussing harvesting the body parts of aborted babies, negotiating the price that these “specimens” could fetch, and admitting altering the abortion procedure to procure the most “intact” organs. The latest – and perhaps most graphic – video released last week shows a Planned Parenthood doctor sorting through a container full of detached unborn babies’ body parts with tweezers.

…And all of this, done with an air of “business as usual” and behind the mask of “research.”

In the fallout from this ongoing exposé, a good deal of misinformation has been – and continues to be – circulated. Living out our mission as a research organization, we at the Charlotte Lozier Institute have been working hard to put forth the facts.

Here are five of our CLI resources that I wanted to make sure you had:

#1: Fact Sheet: World Leaders in Abortion – Top 10 Countries and Where Planned Parenthood Falls

#2: Fact Sheet: The History of Fetal Research and Transplants
In 2001, the first report of a full clinical trial (funded by NIH) using fetal tissue for Parkinson’s patients was prominently featured in the New York Times, with doctors’ descriptions of patients writhing, twisting, and jerking with uncontrollable movements; the doctors called the results “absolutely devastating”, “tragic, catastrophic”, and labeled the results “a real nightmare.”

#3: Fact Sheet: Comparison of Planned Parenthood and Non-Abortion Providing Federally Qualified Health Centers

#4: Pregnancy Help Centers Are More Likely to be Welcomed into Neighborhoods Than Planned Parenthood
An overwhelming 92 percent of women and 88 percent of men answered that they thought PHCs are “very necessary” or “fairly necessary.” Further analysis of this question’s responses showed broad support from both those who self-identified as pro-choice (87 percent) as well as those who self-identified as pro-life (94 percent), regardless of the acknowledgement that PHCs do not offer or refer for abortion and encourage women to give birth. Planned Parenthood did not receive such broad-based support from both pro-life and pro-choice respondents in the poll, suggesting an image advantage for PHCs.
#5: Defunding Planned Parenthood Will Not Mean More Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions

But there’s an impressive body of academic research which shows that sexual activity increases with the increased availability of contraception. A 2003 Guttmacher Institute study showed that contraception use and abortion rates rose simultaneously in several countries…
In addition to these, I thought you might be interested to read my latest blog on how Planned Parenthood has become obsolete in a country in which women have a plethora of better alternatives. An excerpt from “Planned Parenthood: The Way of the Fotomat”:
“Today, a similar question should dog Planned Parenthood. What public purpose is served by a free-standing, population-control-driven, eugenically inspired, abortion-merchandising, fetal-tissue-vending family planning distributor that costs taxpayers nearly half a billion dollars a year?”
Founded in 2011, and named for Dr. Charlotte Denman Lozier (1844–1870), an early feminist and contemporary of Susan B. Anthony and a model and inspiration for medicine, science, and research devoted to the cause of life, Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) brings together physicians, sociologists, statisticians, and policy researchers to do both original and interpretative research on a wide range of life issues.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute is committed to bringing the power of science, medicine, and research to bear in life-related policy making, media, and debates to promote a culture and polity of life.

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