Planned Parenthood’s new president has argued that abortion is a basic human right and denounced what she called “repeated attacks from the Trump administration” against her organization. Dr. Leana Wen, who is head of the nation’s largest abortion business that gets over $500 million in taxpayer funding every year and performs over 320,000 abortions annually, told People magazine that she viewed abortion as “a basic human right.” “Reproductive health care is health care,” said Wen. “Women’s health care is health care. And health care is a basic human right and we’re proud to provide the full range of reproductive health care, from birth control to abortions.
We’re proud to provide breast and cervical screenings, to provide care to our LGBTQ patients, to all patients.” Although Wen has repeatedly said that Planned Parenthood provides breast cancer screenings, in 2015 testimony was given before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that none of its clinics have ever provided mammograms, despite accepting annual contributions from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for breast cancer screenings. When the Susan G. Komen Foundation attempted in 2012 to stop providing donations to Planned Parenthood, pro-choice activists staged a nationwide protest.
The following year, the breast cancer foundation relented and gave Planned Parenthood $677,287. While Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms, it offers what’s known as a breast self-exam. A breast self-exam is not recommended by either the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as the preferred method of examination. Both organizations advise women to have an annual mammogram. In her interview, Wen also denounced efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, claiming they are politically-driven attacks on their health care services.
“We feel repeated attacks from the Trump administration against reproductive health and women’s health almost on a daily basis,” continued Wen. “We are very concerned about the Trump administration’s efforts to attack science, medicine, and the fundamental right to health care.” Christina Vazquez of Life News took issue with Wen’s comments, saying that she considered her remarks “highly misguided.” “The Trump administration has consistently clarified that taxpayer funding would be cut from Planned Parenthood unless they completely separate their abortion business from their taxpayer-funded services,” wrote Vazquez.
“A federal judge ruled in favour of the Trump administration’s decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. If Planned Parenthood were to house its abortion services in a different facility, with a different staff, it could still receive funds.” In 2017, Live Action released a report showing that only 5 Planned Parenthood clinics provide health care to pregnant women. The pro-life group reported that 92 of the clinics responded that Planned Parenthood only used their ultrasound equipment on women seeking an abortion. Christian Posts own investigation found that only one clinic said they provide pregnant women with one pack of prenatal vitamins, if they have them in stock.
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