Abortion is an issue about which people, who actually care about the unborn, take a strong position and they know their position. Yet, abortion is one of several issues about which Donald Trump seems to be deciding as he goes along.
The Washington Post show that Trump took five different positions in a space of three days. I appreciate that he says he will defund ‘Planned Parenthood’, but I worry about his lack of information.
He has much praise for Planned Parenthood and doesn’t seem to know that service available at a Planned Parenthood clinic, except abortion, is available at Health Clinics around the nation. *
Praising ‘Planned Parenthood’ for any good work they do is like praising a serial killer for being good when he isn’t in the act of killing another victim. We do not allow a serial killer to stay on the streets because he might be a good friend to someone or even a good son. Donald Trump, reluctantly it seems, has signed a pledge that he will defund Planned Parenthood. I cannot help but wonder if he will forget that pledge as he evolves, just as he is discussing breaking his pledges about supporting another nominee or running as a third-party candidate.
For the record, a woman cannot get a mammogram in a Planned Parenthood facility. Other statistics are available at Heritage.org along with links to how they arrived at each number. Here is a sample:
Despite a nearly 20 percent decline in the number of abortions in the country between 2000 and 2011, the number of abortions Planned Parenthood performed during that time increased from 197,070 to 333,964, thereby more than doubling its share of the abortion market from 15 percent in 2000 to 32 percent in 2011, the latest year for which national data are available.
Planned Parenthood affiliates perform about 20 abortions for every prenatal care visit and about 200 abortions for every adoption referral based on the approximately 300,000 abortions they perform each year.
*In Nevada, PP advertises abortion services, birth control, HIV testing, LGBT services, morning-after pills, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing, treatment, and vaccines, women’s health care, and men’s health care. Nevada has three Planned Parenthood Clinics — one in Reno and two in Clark County (Las Vegas). In comparison, there are 52 community health clinics spread throughout the state, and they exist even in some of the smallest rural towns. These health centers provide women’s medical care regardless of age or medical issue, and are not just for “lady parts.” In addition to women’s health, services provided at many of these free community health clinics include dental care, immunizations (from babies to adults), STD testing and treatment, pre- and post-partum pregnancy care, behavioral-health care, pediatric care, and general care — regardless of age or gender. These clinics, often owned by community-based nonprofits, operate through federal and state grants.