Lies and Misinformation: Why America Doesn’t Need Planned Parenthood

planned parenthood giantDefenders of Planned Parenthood often argue that the organization is more than just abortions. They provide low-cost medical care for women! They do cancer screenings! And if a woman does have an unplanned pregnancy, then counselors give her all the options!

If only any of that were true. The reality is that Planned Parenthood peddles in lies, manipulation, and misinformation.

Live Action’s Rosa Acuna Project exposed the rampant medical misinformation given to women at clinics around the country. Far from allowing a woman to make an informed choice, our undercover investigations found that counselors lied and used exploitative tactics to convince women to have abortions.

These tactics are blatant violations of the American Medical Association’s principle of informed consent, which says that physicians must give patients accurate medical information. And again, this happens in real life as well – not only in investigations.

Albany Rose
Albany Rose

A heartbreaking video by pro-life speaker Albany Rose, for example, details how she found out that she was lied to and her records falsified once she was able to get a copy of her abortion records. In Rose’s records, Planned Parenthood lied about her age, saying she was older than she actually was, and lied to her about how far along in the pregnancy she was. They also never gave her the option to see an ultrasound.

And who can forget how Barack Obama thanked Planned Parenthood for all their work protecting women’s health? It’s laughable, really, considering that Planned Parenthood lies at every turn about how very little they actually do to “protect women’s health.” No matter the truth, “protecting women’s health” is the constant claim of the Planned Parenthood pro-abortion lobby.

Yet, Planned Parenthood lied about providing mammograms. They don’t inform women of the myriad health risks that come with abortion, and they tell them it’s safer than childbirth. Of course, they won’t tell women that if anything does go wrong during the abortion, they’ll let you suffer slowly for hours on end before getting appropriate medical attention – which is what happened to Tonya Reaves.

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, lied about providing mammograms.
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, lied about providing mammograms.

Planned Parenthood fights viciously against laws like the Texas law mandating certain safety standards for abortion providers. They wail about how this will force their clinics to close, leaving low-income women without access to health care – not abortion, but “health care.”

According to Planned Parenthood, they’re an invaluable resource for women needing things like pap smears and cancer screenings. Abortion isn’t their number one priority, remember? That’s the image they want to present to the public. The only problem is that, like everything else Planned Parenthood tells the public, it’s a lie.

Planned Parenthood has actually been losing clinic affiliates because of their national mandate that every clinic must provide abortions. If a Planned Parenthood clinic wanted to just focus on health care for women, they wouldn’t be allowed to. But that’s not the message that gets sent to the general public. We’re consistently told that Planned Parenthood is more than abortion, that they’re women’s health providers. Don’t be fooled. It’s just another lie.

Over and over again, we find that Planned Parenthood lies, manipulates, and misinforms the women they claim to want to protect. American women don’t need that.

Editor’s Note: To catch up on our “Why America Doesn’t Need Planned Parenthood” series, take a look at the following articles, and come back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks.

  • MamaBear

    PP was accused of misusing funds Koman gave them for breast cancer detection. Whether Koman was right or wrong, Koman’s money was Koman’s to use, given in trust by donations that were specifically to Koman, not PP. PP followers launched a hate campaign against Koman. PP now gets more money than ever from Koman.
    I am not a big fan of Koman. There emphasis is awareness, their message over-simplistic (they neglect there are breast cancers without lumps and that do not show on mammograms), and stress early stage disease with no mention of metastatic BC, even though lifetime risk

    • Faithkuz


  • Jonathan

    Who the hell will be there to work for the haves’ children in the decades to come when they’re aborting the have-nots’ children? Can their women maintain the replacement rates of 2.1 by having two children in order to keep the population stable? As they can’t, the have-nots have to have extra children to balance the odds, but what have they rewarded to them for this contribution to the country’s society? Have they ever thought about that?

    • MamaBear

      Haves and have-nots? Jonathan, seriously, abortion is about lives, not economic status.

      • Jonathan

        Come on, we all know that the No.1 reason to have an abortion is money problem, in US or other countries. Abortion is provided on the have-nots’ demand and the haves pay for their bill.

        • MamaBear

          Jonathan, while it is true the poor and minorities are more heavily represented in abortions, not all women getting abortions are poor. Many of the middle class and upper class women getting abortions are just as quick to claim it is economic for reasons that clearly have more connection with convenience than survival.
          Also, many poor women still choose to have their babies, despite clear economic hardships.
          Although we need to try to help women with genuine financial hardships find ways to chose life, there are clearly noneconomic factors at work when so many women in similar conditions and hardships make opposite choices.

          • Jonathan

            Hmmm, noneconomic factors? What are they? Miscarriage? Rape? Incest? Detected disabilities, abnormalities or genetic defects on the baby? Endangerment of the mother’s life? All of these are rare cases. Abortion is a complex social issue, not just a “women’s issue” and can’t be simple categorized. As many of the middle class and upper class women are properly educated, they know how to not get knocked up in the first place when they are ready for sex but not ready for motherhood. Even if their birth control accidentally fails causing a pregnancy, I believe that they would choose to give it up for adoption if they think a life is more valuable than an hourglass figure. Besides, they are independent individuals who know the risks that come with an abortion and what’s the best decision to make for themselves. Financial status, the father’s attitude, parents’ reaction, social norm, religious belief and PP’s lies wouldn’t weigh on their minds as much as they do on the poor women’s.

          • MamaBear

            I have seen figures of 60% to 70% of abortions being low income, meaning at least 30% to 40% must be middle class or above. Here is a breakdown of reasons, women were allowed to pick as many as three. These are self-reported, so take with a grain of salt. These numbers do not match with percent of women who claim coercion or with known rates of fetal abnormalities and non-life threatening maternal health issues.

            Women’s responses that specified reasons that led to their abortion decision (percentage total will not add up to 100% as multiple answers were permissible):

            74% felt “having a baby would dramatically change my life” (which includes interrupting education, interfering with job and career, and/or concern over other children or dependents)

            73% felt they “can’t afford a baby now” (due to various reasons such as being unmarried, being a student, inability to afford childcare or basic needs of life, etc.)

            48% “don’t want to be a single mother or [were] having relationship problem[s]”

            38% “have completed [their] childbearing”

            32% were “not ready for a(nother) child”

            25% “don’t want people to know I had sex or got pregnant”

            22% “don’t feel mature enough to raise a(nother) child”

            14% felt their “husband or partner wants me to have an abortion”

            13% said there were “possible problems affecting the health of the fetus”

            12% said there were “physical problems with my health”

            6% felt their “parents want me to have an abortion”

            1% said they were “a victim of rape”

            <0.5% "became pregnant as a result of incest"

          • Jonathan

            First of all, how many of them that are covered in those figures are minors? They may be a large part of the 30%-40% who have NO income while the 60%-70% have low income. Also, the top two reasons in the result of this questionnaire are dubious. If those 74% are in the middle of a thriving career or a college semester, they and their partners should’ve been more cautious when having sex. The second reason is not convincing either. In many rural areas, the poorer and the more conservative a woman’s family is, the earlier she gets married and has children as there’re not many opportunities out there for women to live in other ways. Many of them also refuse to abort their children due to their religious view and fatalistic attitude to life.

          • Basset_Hound

            Jonathan, have you read some of the message feminist trolls post? They say flat out that they don’t want children, and if they become pregnant, they will abort.

          • Jonathan

            According to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, 70% mothers are in the labor force and have proven that they CAN have it all, but apparently that doesn’t include those trolls. With that attitude, they ain’t gonna get equal pay in the workplace or good boyfriends in their personal lives. I doubt if they can find surrogate mothers who are paid to conceive for gay and infertile couples.

          • MamaBear

            Jonathan, first of all that 30% to 40% were not those with no income, they were middle and upper income. Abortion is heavier low income, but not exclusive to it. Only 18% of abortions are teens and I found nothing that would say where they counted – low income as they had no income or as whatever their family income was, low, middle, or high.

            We do indeed have a society where children are often not welcome. A big thing is it is the “wrong time” whether due to school, work, relationship, or just not “being ready.”

            Be very cautious as a man, I suspect a rather young man, about an attitude about working mothers that could come off as cavalier. Been there, done that, many of my coworkers were working moms, too. It is not easy! Especially when children are infants or preschoolers. Some mothers would have worked anyway if given the chance to be home. A big number would have stayed home with infants if given the chance.

            A number of the women I worked with were in the category of personally pro-life, but politically pro-choice. In other words, they would not get an abortion themselves, might even be supportive of CPCs and other ways to help encourage women to keep their babies, but they voted pro-choice, thought abortion should stay legal.

            Interesting your comment about “good boyfriends.” A young lady was commenting just the other day that there are no nice guys out there. They all want casual sex or to live with the girl first. And she was including the supposedly “Christian” guys she knows in that!

          • Jonathan

            Working 9-to-5 and having less children is not necessarily a good thing to women. It shortens their lives. According to a post on CNS news, 81% who’re 100 or older are women, that’s because they, born in 1910s’, were “barefoot and pregnant” housewives while their men fought the war and made stuffs in factories under high pressure. They had no problem to maintain the “career-family balance” because they upheld the family end while men upheld the career end, but those days were long gone. No matter how advanced the medical treatment’s gonna be, I bet you’re not likely to live longer than your mom.

          • MamaBear

            Jonathan, I have stage 4 cancer. No, I will not live as long as my mother, but it has nothing to do with having had a career.
            This conversation is ended.

          • Jonathan

            Oh boy … I’m sorry to hear that, ma’am. That’s terrible. What I said about was a general trend, nothing personal. Hope you get better and may God lighten your path. Amen.

          • MamaBear

            Thank you and apology accepted.
            Doing good for now, but at stage 4 you live from scan to scan, there is no predicting.
            Tucked away in the minor Prophets are some verses that have really helped me. I share them because they may help you someday in a time of trouble or hardship. Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19.
            God is with me each step of the way.

  • MamaBear

    I noticed in your links that the abortionists blame the women for the gestational age mistakes. Some women may deliberately falsify, but many women with wanted children make mistakes in information like last period, too. That is why doctors use modern technology like ultrasounds.

  • DianaG2

    That is SUCH a great idea, Ingrid.