In talking with relatives Friday, I mentioned that I was participating in the national Catholic 40 Day Vigil for Life. Specifically, I have joined others for one hour a week, in front of Planned Parenthood on Poplar to hold signs and pray. The Memphis group has sought to have people there all day for the 40 days and from what I see, they have succeeded.
Immediately came the charge that I was being militant and confrontational. No. No one approaches anyone entering the building. No one taunts or says anything to anyone going in the building. We pray. Period. Interestingly, I have only seen one passerby give us the finger. Many drivers honk their approval, give a thumbs up or a nod. Pedestrians, black and white, have come up to us to thank us for our vigils.
This relative implied that Planned Parenthood does some good. No. Making money and eugenics are the driving force behind PP. I mentioned that it is a fallacy that the organization does mammograms. Yes, they do, the young woman told me.
That is a common misconception. President Obama said in the Oct. 16th debate, “When Gov. Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms.”
According to EWTN, “Planned Parenthood does not actually provide women with mammograms, but refers patients out to other facilities for the exam.
“Call it for what it is … if you’re not doing mammograms, don’t say that you do them,” Kate Bryan, communications director for Live Action, told EWTN News Oct. 19.”
Planned Parenthood likes to propagate this myth.
“In a February episode of The Joy Behar Show, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said that ‘if this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, (but) to basic family planning. You know, mammograms, cancer screenings,’ referring to a GOP-backed bill that would have cut funding to the organization.
“A statement released by Planned Parenthood on Oct. 17 said that ‘like the vast majority of primary care physicians and ob-gyns, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses refer patients to other facilities for mammograms based on breast exams, age, or family history.’
“The claim that Planned Parenthood improves access to mammograms and other health services is often used to maintain taxpayer funding for the group,” EWTNNews concludes.
This group has been getting away with murder for decades. Anyone who thinks they are a compassionate, helpful organization is naive to say the least. Is anyone surprised that the president would bend the truth for his own goals?
As with many of his groups, the government funds an organization through tax revenue, they use it for profit and eventually return the money via campaign donations. It’s pretty sweet if you’re a candidate. Not so much if you’re a taxpayer or a person of faith.