Mainstream media has been fawning over Planned Parenthood’s newest Propagandist-in-Chief, Dr. Leana Wen. In an interview on CBS This Morning, that came across as an informercial for Planned Parenthood, it was apparent that the questions were given in advance. The answers were obviously rehearsed.
Wen tried to cast her role as Planned Parenthood’s new leader as “deeply personal,” claiming that her mother and her sister used the organization’s services for “healthcare.” Yet, up until she was announced as the next President of the billion-dollar abortion chain, she never mentioned “abortion,” “Planned Parenthood,” or “reproductive rights” in any of her (now removed but archived) online blog entries.
Even as recently as September 2017, her Baltimore Sun Op-Ed describing her moving immigrant story never credits Planned Parenthood. She praised neighbors and her church. Guess they don’t count any longer when you have to push the lie of Planned Parenthood as the savior of women and of the poor.
Though she’s not as smooth at lying as her predecessors Cecile Richards and Margaret Sanger, she has been on tour with #fakenews media repeating these same tired pro-abortion lies:
1. Healthcare [Abortion] Shouldn’t Be Political
Dr. Wen said this with a straight face. (Abortion, of course, isn’t healthcare. No act that intentionally kills an unborn human being is.) Someone might want to tell her she is now at the helm of the most political taxpayer-funded organization in America. Former PP president, Cecile Richards, told the New York Times: “We aim to be a kick-butt political organization.” Wen missed that memo and the fact that the far-left group spent over $20 million on the recent midterm elections. But sure, not political.
2. One in Five Women Use Planned Parenthood.
I debunked this years ago. Cecile Richards repeated this like a broken record. Looking at the abortion chain’s latest annual report, they claim to serve 2.4 million people. According to a spokesperson, 250,000 of these individuals are men, leaving 2.15 million women as “patients.” In 2016, the Census Bureau estimated there were 106,054,899 females ages 15-64 in the U.S. That would make it 1 in 50 women, not 1 in 5. Also, in CBS This Morning’s segment open, host Norah O’Donnell claimed that 8,000 patients were served, per day, by Planned Parenthood. But that would equate to 2.92 million patients! Well, it’s only 520,000 more than are actually exploited—I mean served—at Planned Parenthood. Clearly, Big Abortion and CBS are using some common core math.
3. Women’s healthcare is [only] breast cancer screenings and birth control.
Dr. Wen claimed that Planned Parenthood “was there for her mother,” strangely intimating that her mother only needed breast cancer screenings and birth control? In fact, Wen’s tribute to her mother (who struggled with breast cancer and tragically died of pneumonia) never mentions Planned Parenthood coming to her rescue, of diagnosing the breast cancer, or providing any other kind of (limited) “healthcare.” That aside, perhaps the good doctor can tell us why breast cancer screenings have shockingly plummeted 62 percent at the abortion giant between 2006 and 2016, from 882,961 to 336,614 screenings (see our Less Care, No Matter What factsheet). And if the billion-dollar, self-described “women’s healthcare leader” really led in women’s healthcare, shouldn’t they own at least one mammogram machine? CBS This Morning wasn’t interested in finding out why real women’s healthcare is becoming less accessible at Planned Parenthood.
4. Parenting Defines Planned Parenthood.
When asked why she took on this new role, Dr. Wen robotically explained: “Being a parent has clarified my values, and what I want to do is shape the future for my son Eli.” That future is, apparently, unrestricted abortion and zero responsibility for men and women. There’s a reason you won’t find the words “mother,” “father,” or “parent” in Planned Parenthood’s annual reports (other than in their name). They don’t profit when moms and dads protect their unborn child from the violence of abortion. The organization doesn’t tout any parenting classes online or in its annual report. It’s why there are no mother/baby boutiques inside a single Planned Parenthood center (unlike the thousands inside the 2,700 pregnancy resource centers and clinics around the country). When does becoming a parent motivate you to play a role in destroying others’ children?
5. We trust women.
No. They don’t. Not even a little. It’s why the activist group fights every single Women’s Right to Know bill nationwide. The whole concept that we just simply trust people to do the right thing with their bodies (keeping in mind that pregnancy is never just one body) is ludicrous. Otherwise, why educate people? Why was Dr. Wen Baltimore City’s health commissioner if not to educate people about what not to do with their bodies?
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s most notorious (mis)educator. When they tell women that “having an abortion doesn’t increase your risk for breast cancer…doesn’t cause problems for future pregnancies like birth defects, premature birth or low birth weight…or infant death”, they are flat-out lying. Out of 39 studies (from 2000-2018) on the abortion-breast cancer link, 29 of those peer-reviewed studies showed a positive correlation between abortion and triple-negative breast cancer; 18 are statistically significant. The National Academies of Science buried this little ditty on page 625 of their 772-page study, “Preterm Births, Causes, Consequence and Prevention”: First trimester induced abortions are a “known immutable medical risk factor associated with preterm birth”. Preterm births are a leading cause of infant mortality and result in birth defects like cerebral palsy, developmental delays, as well as vision and hearing problems. These studies (see here, here, here, and here) show preterm births are significantly increased by previous induced abortions. But sure, Planned Parenthood trusts women. #Fakehealth.
Dr. Wen is a modern-day snake oil saleswoman—hawking quack medicine (aka abortion) as “healthcare.” We don’t have a news media that’s willing to call out the profiteers and their seedy propaganda. But we have you, and me, and millions of others who can counter this rhetorical poison with the remedy of truth.
Featured photo credit: By Elvert Barnes from Baltimore, Maryland, USA – 142.Rally1.WomensMarch.BaltimoreMD.20January2018, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
Ryan Bomberger is the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation. He is happily married to his best friend, Bethany, who also happens to be the Executive Director of Radiance. They are adoptive parents with four awesome munchkins. Ryan is a creative agitator and international public speaker who just loves illuminating that every human life has purpose.
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Maybe “Dr” Wen believes in China’s policy of limiting the female population through abortion.