Much has been made of Planned Parenthood’s marketing spin about “only” 3% of their services being abortions. This is one of their lead arguments and it has been quickly swallowed and advanced by their supporters. It is part of their effective campaign to conflate abortions (which are increasingly unpopular — especially with young people) with birth control (which most people reflexively support). Yes, it is deceptive, but remember that Satan is evil, not stupid. They could separate the businesses tomorrow and have zero problems getting funding for the contraceptive side, but that will never happen.
Here are some quick responses to make when you hear the “only 3%” line.
1. So? The Holocaust was probably less than 3% of Germany’s budget. If part of an organization’s charter involves killing innocent but unwanted human beings, then I don’t really care what other good they allegedly do.
2. I didn’t notice a wedge in the pie chart for systematically hiding statutory rape and sex trafficking. How much of their resources are dedicated to those well-documented activities, and shouldn’t those who perpetuate those crimes be in jail instead of getting massive Federal funding? [Note: Human sex trafficking is one of those rare issues that unites Liberals and Conservatives, so this is a great topic to focus on.]
3. The 3% figure deliberately understates the situation. Just do some simple math: They did 329,000 abortions for 3,000,000 clients. That means 11% of the people walking through the doors got abortions (or, more specifically, 11% of the people came in carrying an innocent but unwanted human being but left alone). And it is very likely that abortions consumed even more services than average.
4. HP’s PC Division sells far more accessories than computers, but which is their primary business? You need to look at where PP gets most of their revenue, which is from abortions. PP doesn’t pay these salaries based on how many condoms they give away, they get it from performing 329,455 abortions. (P.S. They are the 1% so I hope the Occupy Crowd protests them.)
President Cecile Richards $353,819
Chief Operating Officer Maryana Iskander $288,886
Chief Financial Officer Maria Acosta $263,443
VP of Medical Affairs Vanessa Cullins $257,115
VP of General Counsel Barbara Otten $251,379
VP of Public Policy Laurie Rubiner $248,438
VP of Operations Karen Ruffatto $247,932
VP of Affiliates Lisa David $245,322
Please commit a couple of those responses to memory and don’t let people get away with the “only 3%” distortion. Feel free to copy and paste without attribution.
P.S. Yes, I’m familiar with Godwin’s Law. I’m also familiar with Simpson’s Law, which says that I’ll make all the appropriate Nazi references I like without apology.