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Planned Parenthood disregards ALL women’s health

This morning Live Action released their second video in the series, “Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America.”  This time, the video reveals an employee at Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Center (New York City)—one of the organization’s largest clinics—scheduling a sex-selection abortion for a patient.

As we stated earlier this week, it is reprehensible that Planned Parenthood would unflinchingly discuss and schedule a sex-selection abortion.  A prohibition on this deadly, discriminatory practice is supported by 77 percent of Americans.  Later today, the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on PRENDA, which would criminalize Planned Parenthood’s actions of killing baby girls just because they are baby girls.

Additionally, it is apparent from these videos that Planned Parenthood has no regard for the health of the mother, either.  Consider this discussion from the video: the patient asks whether there are fewer complications with an earlier abortion.  The Planned Parenthood employee states that an abortion up to 24 weeks is considered a “safe procedure”:

“[T]he biggest difference is that after 16 weeks, the procedure becomes a 2-day procedure, rather than a procedure that’s done just on one day.  So it’s not that it’s unsafe or that there’s a lot more risk involved, it’s just there’s more steps involved and it’s just a little more complicated….”

This information—from one of Planned Parenthood’s star clinics—is patently false.

Again, it is undisputed that the risks of abortion are exponentially greater at later gestations.  Consider the risk of maternal death at later gestations:

  • 1 death per 1,000,000 abortions before 8 weeks gestation
  • 1 death per 29,000 abortions at 16 weeks gestation
  • 1 death per 11,000 abortions at 21 or more weeks. 

Abortion at a later gestation is not “just a little more complicated.”  There is a significant increase in the risk of death.

When Planned Parenthood did an advance public relations campaign in expectation of the release of these videos, it stated the following: “We expect that the materials eventually released will focus on Planned Parenthood’s nonjudgmental discussions with the various women who posed as possible patients [seeking sex-selection abortions].”  Yet these “nonjudgmental” discussions are far from the only problem in these videos.  Lying to women about the risks of abortion is a major problem, too.

Planned Parenthood is confirming what we have known all along—it doesn’t care about the health of women, inside or outside of the womb.