No, Trump supporters, Planned Parenthood doesn’t do “wonderful things”

Donald Trump, who declared himself “very pro-choice” at the young and inexperienced age of 53, has recently spent a great deal of breath praising the virtues of the nation’s top butcher of unborn babies – Planned Parenthood.

In the past month, Trump has told us that the abortion company does “wonderful things” for women, that “millions of women [with] cervical cancer, breast cancer, are helped by Planned Parenthood,” and that only “three-percent” of its services offered are abortions.

These are all lies.

First, Planned Parenthood’s chief product is abortion, but they count everything they do, or even say, equally to obscure this fact within a crowd of unequal services. As Mark Twain said, there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

For instance, if on a single day they perform two abortions, pass out three packs of condoms, and hand out five brochures about sexually transmitted diseases, they’d say that only 20-percent of that day’s business was abortion.

Rich Lowry explained it in the New York Post this way: “The sponsors of the New York City Marathon could count each small cup of water they hand out (some 2 million cups, compared with 45,000 runners) and say they are mainly in the hydration business … Major League Baseball teams could say that they sell about 20 million hotdogs and play 2,430 games in a season, so baseball is only .012 percent of what they do.”

Second, Planned Parenthood doesn’t offer the test to detect breast cancer, known as a mammogram. They only tell women about doctors who do, but this could also be done by anyone with a copy of the Yellow Pages or access to the Internet.

“The myth that Planned Parenthood actually offers mammogram X-rays to patients has been long debunked, and needs to stop being repeated,” wrote Michelle Ye Hee Lee in the Washington Post’s ‘Fact Checker’ column. “Planned Parenthood does not administer mammograms, but [the myth] keeps being perpetuated by the group’s supporters, including celebrities whose claims have a wide reach.”

So why do these celebrity supporters, including Trump, keep spreading this lie? The Washington Post suggests it’s an “intentional attempt to mislead voters about Planned Parenthood’s services.”

Planned Parenthood is happy for the favorable comments, of course, for while they don’t dispute the Washington Post’s findings, they seldom correct the record or their supporters.

As for helping women with cervical cancer, such a claim is a stretch considering all they offer are simple Pap smears, which are then sent to other health care providers for testing. If anything is found, the woman is helped elsewhere. Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with the treatment.

Planned Parenthood could vanish and there’d be no less access to Pap smears. The tests are widely available, carried on most health care plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, and are even free to low-income women at most local health departments.

Third, and most important, Planned Parenthood doesn’t do “wonderful things” for anyone. They lure distressed women into their facilities with the promise of a quick “cure” for their pregnancies, poison their unborn babies, rip their little bodies apart, then toss the pieces in the garbage. They send their mothers out the door, misused, unsupported, and often emotionally and physically scarred.

The lies about their services are only a smokescreen used to conceal the dreadful truth about what occurs inside Planned Parenthood facilities. When someone repeats them, especially someone with notoriety or influence like Trump, they’re adding credibility to this lie and, in a very real way, are complicit in the deception.

Meanwhile, the organizations truly doing wonderful things for women are the many crisis pregnancy centers across our nation.

Alabama has nearly 40 of these centers scattered across the state, serving women in cities and rural areas alike. Many offer a variety of services like health care, testing, counseling, and support that can include material assistance for diapers, formula, clothing, strollers and cribs, and referrals for housing, additional health care, adoption services, and church support for greater needs.

The fact is the care provided by crisis pregnancy centers far exceeds the whitewash scraps offered by Planned Parenthood. But you’ll never hear Trump telling you about them, and that should tell you something indeed.