Bringing Abortion out of the Closet?

Judie Brown
February 10, 2015
Reproduced with Permission
American Life League

Planned Parenthood executives never cease to amaze me with their rhetoric, their lies, and their unashamed enthusiasm for aborting babies. Just recently I was once again astounded after reading Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson 's guest commentary in a local newspaper.

Johnson is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest . Her message to newspaper readers is one of celebratory recognition of the 42nd anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decisions on abortion and her new goal of " bringing abortion out of the closet ."

What set me on my ear, though, were the bold-faced deceptions that she used to make the case that women need to man up and start talking about their abortions with pride and without apology because, she claims, "one in three women in America will have an abortion before she is 40 years old."

Apparently sharing stories about their abortions is something more and more mothers of aborted children have been doing over the past year. Johnson mentions, among others, the 1 in 3 campaign , which defines itself as a project of Advocates for Youth with the mission of ending "the stigma and shame women are made to feel about abortion. As we share our stories we begin to build a culture of compassion, empathy, and support for access to basic health care."

And that, my friend, is where I finally blew a gasket and knew something had to be said that definitively exposes the tragedy of such utter insanity.

Let's start with this. Abortion is not "basic health care," no matter how many times its advocates may repeat that claim. As a matter of fact, the act of abortion takes the life of someone who will never know what it's like to even attempt to acquire health care online from a muddled Obamacare website or otherwise. This is so because that someone will be dead.

Yes, that's right. Abortion kills a human being - an individual whose singular identity as a member of the human family is discernable in his very own DNA when he is but a single cell in size.

The act of abortion is marketed in America by organizations like Planned Parenthood because motherhood is summarily degraded and denied in deference to the so-called right to choose abortion.

Let's tell a story about that one.

Johnson tells readers that when these women who have had abortions tell their stories, they are giving others a gift by "allowing them to see that conflicting emotion - and lack thereof - are both common experiences."

Of course such stories are not from those who have ached in their very souls upon realizing that the abortion they obtained took the life of their own child. God forbid!

The Planned Parenthood version of compassion and empathy gives no quarter to such pain and anguish. Admitting the truth is, after all, bad for business.

Johnson says that, for Planned Parenthood, "abortion is a small but important part of our practice." But again the truth is that Planned Parenthood makes huge amounts of money on abortions, as well as smaller amounts on various forms of contraception that also can and do abort children.

According to a July 2014 report by the Guttmacher Institute, the median price paid for a 10-week surgical abortion was $495 and the cost of a medical abortion (abortion pill) was $500. Yet, Planned Parenthood states on its website that it charges as much as $800 for the abortion pill and a whopping $1,500 for a first trimester abortion .

Since Planned Parenthood admits to doing 327,653 abortions in 2013, this means it took in excess of $200 million from its abortion business - hardly the "small part" of its practice that it would like the public to believe.

Perhaps the real reason Planned Parenthood wants to take the stigma away from abortion is because its abortion business has declined by 1.8 percent since 2011. That small change resulted in a $4 million loss of income.

Johnson closes her piece with a comment about how the telling of abortion stories is helping to put abortion in "clear focus." But she refuses to acknowledge the fact that there are three people involved in a pregnancy: a mother, a father who is helpless to exercise his rights, and their child.

Her rhetoric makes it easier to avoid the fact that what she is really telling readers is that expectant mothers who choose to abort their babies need affirmation that it's okay to be the mother of a dead child instead of a living child who would be born nine months after his life began.

Ms. Johnson, could it be that some of us have gone so far into the depths of brutal acts toward the most vulnerable in our midst that we refuse to see the truth?

It is now time to bring love out of the closet.