There are myriad topics I could write about today—the bird’s nest full of robin eggs I found within my potted geraniums this morning, the group text my daughters sent me that made me laugh so hard I choked on my coffee in a crowded restaurant, the hilarious conversation I had with my son last night on the topic of dog poop, or the pictures on my refrigerator of my niece’s little girl on her first birthday smearing pink frosting all over her Kewpie doll face.
But I can’t.
Because what has been eating away at my insides this entire week are the horrifying images of unborn babies being ripped from their mothers’ wombs and sold to the highest bidder all in the name of scientific research. That Planned Parenthood—that poor excuse for a women’s health network—was caught on video discussing, in the most detached and cavalier manner possible, the sale of human body parts is not surprising, but the fact that any human being could still support their perfectly legal and taxpayer funded genocide certainly is.
Right after the videos surfaced, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton still defended Planned Parenthood because, to her, it represents womanly empowerment—the right of every woman to own her own body and do with it what she wants.
Oh, is that the same womanly empowerment that “cleans up the mess” when women choose to have unprotected sex? The same womanly empowerment that dupes teenage girls into engaging in bizarre and dangerous sexual practices? The same womanly empowerment that prescribes contraceptives to young teens without their parents’ consent? The same womanly empowerment that sells aborted fetuses—okay, maybe not the entire fetus, because thanks to the videos released this week we now know that livers are in high demand.
Yeah, so maybe not the whole baby, just the important little baby body parts.
Are you disgusted? Think I’m making this up? I’m pretty creative, but even I can’t make this shit up. Even Dystopian fiction writers shy away from storylines that involve dead babies and their tiny body parts.
No woman has the right to decide to end a pregnancy simply because that pregnancy doesn’t fit into her lifestyle. Why? Because she lost that right when she decided to have unprotected sex. You can argue with me from now until the cows come home that there are instances of rape, incest, and imminent danger to the mother’s life that might be cause for some mothers to have an abortion. Those instances are the exception, not the rule. The exception. And while I will always argue for the sanctity of life, however it is conceived and in whatever stage it may be, or for prayer and consideration during a life-threatening pregnancy, statistically, these instances do not make up even a fraction of the roughly one million abortions performed each year.
Why not state an actual number? Because it depends on who you ask.
Planned Parenthood will say that the number of abortions performed per year is less than half that number; right-to-life groups put the number of abortions performed per year at well over one million. So even if we went with Planned Parenthood’s proudly proclaimed but rather suspect statistics, 327,166 abortions for fiscal year 2012-2013 is still 327,166 abortions too many.
And have fun trying to find that number—it’s buried deep in the back of their annual report as part of a small slice of a pie graph that is cleverly designed to celebrate Planned Parenthood’s other services, which, frankly, can be found at any general practitioner’s office. Don’t be fooled by the report’s clever marketing ploy of featuring the happy, smiling faces of women who, without the health care services of Planned Parenthood, would not be able to have any access to health care at all.
Which is puzzling because I thought the Affordable Care Act was supposed to take care of the uninsured.
Here’s what they don’t highlight in their slick marketing brochure disguised as an annual report: Planned Parenthood performs abortions. Planned Parenthood is responsible for the deaths of between 327,166 and 1.21 million human lives in the US each year. There is no ‘Parenthood’ in Planned Parenthood. They have an agenda built upon the ideology of a woman who advocated the practice of eugenics, but have since then taken that ideology and run with it—taken it one grisly step further— in order to justify their practice of genocide.
Your body, your right to choose? Wrong. That baby who is right now tucked safely inside of you has rights, too. You and your partner made that baby when you decided to have sex without thinking of the consequences.
For God’s sake, grow up, be a real woman, walk into a damn drugstore, and buy yourself a package of condoms.