Federal government refers women to Planned Parenthood and links to site condemning pregnancy resource centers

Yep, you read that headline correctly. WomensHealth.gov is a “Project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.” This federal site has a page with a pretty long title: “Pregnancy > Before you get pregnant: Information for all women > If you are sexually active.” And, near the bottom of the page, there’s a section called “Connect with other organizations.” Most of the organizations are generally well-recognized medical groups – like the American Academy of Family Physicians. But two non-profits make the list as well: March of Dimes and Planned Parenthood.

Kathleen Sebelius, Barack Obama’s HHS secretary and extreme supporter of Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is also listed as an organization to “connect with” on the “Knowing if you are pregnant” and “Unplanned pregnancy” pages. Of course, this should come as no surprise, since Kathleen Sebelius, Planned Parenthood supporter extreme, is the secretary of Health and Human Services.

Lest anyone question why I state that the federal government “refers” women to Planned Parenthood, let’s cover the definition of “refer.” Refer is defined as “to direct to a source for help or information.” By telling women that Planned Parenthood is an organization to connect with, the federal government is clearly directing women to the abortion giant for help.

Interestingly, on the “Unplanned pregnancy” page, women are referred to a fact sheet on the “consequences” of unplanned pregnancy. The fact sheet does not give women the whole range of facts they need. But it begins by mentioning abortion:

Unplanned pregnancy, and in particular unwanted pregnancy, has a wide range of serious consequences. One of the most obvious is, of course, abortion. In 2001, there were approximately 1.3 million abortions in the United States, and although this number has been decreasing, the abortion rate in this country is still higher than in most other developed countries.

This is a good statement. However, instead of detailing for women exactly why abortion is one of the most obvious serious consequences, the fact sheet glosses over what makes abortion so serious. Instead of discussing the 130-260,000 new women who suffer serious mental health problems each year because of abortion, instead of discussing how a woman’s risk for “bipolar disorder, neurotic depression, and schizophrenia” significantly increases after an abortion, and instead of discussing the risk of suicide and substance abuse after abortion (not to mention the millions of innocent human beings killed by abortion), the “fact sheet” tries to imply that giving birth to an unplanned child will result in one more dumb criminal. Seriously.

In addition to referring women to Planned Parenthood and giving incomplete information, the federal government does even more advertising for Planned Parenthood. On the “Unplanned pregnancy” page, the feds refer women to a link called “Pregnancy Options.” Guess who authored the info on this page. Yep, Planned Parenthood. When you follow the link, directly below the question “Thinking about your pregnancy options?” is a link that says “Find a Health Center.” At the bottom of the page is yet another link for women to “Find your nearest Planned Parenthood.”

How in the world does the federal government have any business referring women to Planned Parenthood to find out about their pregnancy options? Planned Parenthood turned my friend away when she wanted medical help to keep her baby. They told her the best they could do was give a referral, since they didn’t help women who want to keep their babies. And when my friend called the referral number, the line was disconnected. Some help. In 2010, for every one adoption referral Planned Parenthood gave (they don’t even conduct the adoptions themselves), they actually committed 134 abortions.

If that’s not enough evidence of bias by the federal government (and Kathleen Sebelius in particular), here’s the real kicker. Read this paragraph about crisis pregnancy centers, which you can find directly on the page linked to by the feds. It’s apparently not enough to basically advertise for Planned Parenthood. They have to condemn crisis pregnancy centers and the pro-life counselors who work there while they’re at it:

Family planning clinics, like your local Planned Parenthood health center, have specially trained staff who can talk with you about all of your options. But beware of so-called “crisis pregnancy centers”. These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion. They often don’t give women all their options. They have a history of scaring women into not having abortions. Absolutely no one should pressure you or trick you into making a decision you’re not comfortable with.

As you can see, the additional link Planned Parenthood provides to “crisis pregnancy centers” is PP’s own article condemning the centers.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is your tax dollars hard at work, courtesy of Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius.

  • Jennifer Patton

    If you are going to claim to speak out for the truth, study the real causes of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and neurotic disorders, don’t write an article claiming the truth when all you did was use what you felt fit your needs to further your cause.

    • You do know how hormones work during a miscarriage, right? Or how it’s scientifically proven to increase the likelihood of women getting breast cancer? Well, to the body, abortion is a type of miscarriage. Therefore, it stands to reason that abortion hurts mothers.

      • Detroiter327

        Really?!? There is a link between abortion/miscarriage and schizophrenia?!

  • Jane

    Jennifer, the article merely stated that women who have abortions increase their chances of suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and neurotic disorders. Obviously there are other causes and underlying genetic causes to these complex mental illnesses. Having an abortion could contribute to the onset and aggrevation of these illnesses.

  • Tom Austin

    Wow! Planned Parenthood needs to be defunded. It’s makes me so angry that my tax dollars are going to such a deceitful organization that makes all its money killing babies and harming women.

    Crisis pregnancy centers help women tremendously. To demonize these centers and the tireless volunteers who staff them is shameless.

  • Detroiter327

    1. Dr Coleman herself admitted the study that provides the majority of this information, which you linked to, is wrong. Considering this, you should correct yourself and link to Dr Colemans corrected study.
    2. Even the updated study that attempted to prove this odd mental health link has been discredited, due to several major issues. The paper where it was originally published even went so far as to publish a specific announcement saying that her conclusion was wrong, and her research did not support the fictitious mental health link that she was trying to publicize.
    3. Even if we were living in an alternate universe where her study was still valid, one very important thing must be remembered! Coleman NEVER found out in her analysis if these women suffered from these mental disorders before or after the abortion. Pretty gigantic error.

    • Kristiburtonbrown

      Where’s your link that Coleman admitted she was wrong and your link to her new study? I’m open to seeing what you have to say, but you can’t just make claims without backing them up.

      • Detroiter327
        • Kristiburtonbrown

          Ok, I appreciate your concern and especially your links, but my original source didn’t say that Coleman was relying on her one study for the data I quoted. My source mentions that Coleman discussed multiple studies.

          And it also says this:”Dr. Coleman noted that the literature on the psychological effects of abortion conducted over the last several decades indicates that a minimum of 10-20% of women experience adverse, prolonged, post-abortion reactions. This translates into at least 130,000 to 260,000 new cases of serious mental health problems each year in the U.S.”
          “Literature on the psychological effects” doesn’t translate into her one study that you mention was challenged or changed by her.

          So please try to be more accurate in your criticisms. First off, you were incorrect to say that I linked to Coleman’s study. I linked to a major research paper that quotes many experts. I’m sure Coleman does rely in part on the study you mention, but she also clearly relies on a whole lot more.

          • Detroiter327

            Your original source is the evidence for the South Dakota Abortion Task Force. The study I mentioned was part of the evidence she presented for the South Dakota Abortion Task Force. Its a matter of public record. This particular research was actually brought up against her when the case was being appealed. While you may find this inconsequential, the lawyers on both sides disagreed and her research fails took the spotlight for a large part of the trial. Agree with Dr Coleman or not, her sloppy research and work ethic almost got a major victory for the pro life movement overturned.
            I also must correct you when you say that there are many other professionals in agreement with Dr Coleman. Besides “Dr” Reardon (I hardly consider a mail order Dr worthy of the actual title) and the handful (because I can count them on one hand) of people he employs she is the main believer in this theory. It also must be stressed that almost the entire body of scientific work that has been done on this subject is in disagreement with her when it pertains to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder etc. Even the researchers who strive to connect abortion to depression balk at that.
            And again it MUST be mentioned Dr Coleman has never been able to say if these women (even in the other studies) suffered from these problems before or after the abortion. This is a gigantic flaw that undermines each study where this problem occurs.
            Considering this is such common knowledge that its on this womans wikipedia page Im confused why people still bring this up.

          • Kristiburtonbrown

            First, my original source IS the South Dakota Abortion Task Force’s report, not a single study mentioned in the report as you keep trying to imply.

            And I already agreed with you that Dr. Coleman’s one study was PART of the evidence presented. My point is that it is not the entire body of evidence used in that report.

            I never stated that many other professionals are in agreement with Dr. Coleman. I said that the South Dakota Abortion Task Force’s report “quotes many experts.” I really have no clue how you pull quotes out of thin air and claim that I said them. If you want to discuss something I actually said without making up your own quotes and attributing them to me, we might have something to talk about =)

            Finally, you only want to bring up Reardon (simply because you don’t think he’s a real doctor) and Coleman, but you ignore the other two large studies done that are used as evidence in the report.

      • Detroiter327

        From the editor of where Colemans study was published:
        “Based on our joint review and discussion of the debate, we conclude that the Steinberg-Finer critique has considerable merit and that the Coleman et al. (2009) analysis does not support their assertions that abortions led to psychopathology in the NCS data,” Schatzberg and Kessler wrote.