A prolife book review of: Grand Illusions, the Legacy Of Planned Parenthood by George Grant.
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The classic comprehensive 1988 exposé of Planned Parenthood, Grand Illusions, The Legacy of Planned Parenthood, by George Grant, still provides valuable insights into the nature of that organization.
Some highlights are:
Planned Parenthood is the world’s oldest, largest, and best organized provider of abortion and birth control services. It now plays a strategic role in the health and social services community. It carries considerable political clout through lobbying, legislation, advocacy, campaigning, and litigation. It has brokered its abortion trade into a public image that is very nearly unassailable. It has a no-nonsense, tough-as-nails, down-to-earth, where-the-rubber-meets-the-road kind of reputation that has made it a glittering star in the grand constellation of the American social service field.
All that glitters, however, is not gold.
Planned Parenthood claims to advocate the freedom of women to choose if and when they will have children, without government interference. The truth is that from its very inception, Planned Parenthood has sought mandatory population control measures measures carefully designed to deny the freedom to choose. Over the years it has proposed that our government implement such things as ‘compulsory abortion for out-of-wedlock pregnancies,’ ‘compulsory sterilization for those who already have two children,’ and ‘tax penalties’ for existing large families.
China has taken Planned Parenthood’s suggestions to heart, launching a brutal, no-holds-barred, one-child-per-couple policy. Planned Parenthood continues to maintain that the communist government’s genocidal approach to population control is a ‘model of efficiency.’ In a recent survey of women who had received abortions at Planned Parenthood, ninety-five percent of the women said that their Planned Parenthood counselors gave ‘little or no information about the potential health risks which might follow the surgery.’ And eighty-nine percent said that their counselor was ‘strongly biased in favor of the abortion.’
Planned Parenthood?s pose as a champion of the underprivileged is a cruel hoax foisted on the uninformed and unsuspecting. The truth is, Planned Parenthood appears to want to eliminate the poor, not serve them. Animosity toward the weak and lowly has been its hallmark from its earliest days. In fact, its entire program of family limitation was designed to foster an elitist program against the under classes. In 1927, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, argued that organized attempts to help the poor were the ?surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding, and is perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents, and dependents.? Planned Parenthood has always targeted minorities, the unwanted, and the disadvantaged for family limitation, contraception, abortion, and sterilization. ?More children from the fit, less from the unfit,? Sanger pined, ?that is the chief issue of birth control.? To this day, the trust of Planned Parenthood?s literature constantly devises new plans to penetrate Black, Hispanic, and ethnic communities with its crippling message of Eugenic racism.
Planned Parenthood claims that it is in the forefront of the battle against sexually transmitted diseases. The truth is, Planned Parenthood’s efforts have been tragically counterproductive. It has become a veritable Typhoid Mary, actually encouraging the spread of syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis, granuloma, chancroid, and even AIDS at an alarming rate. Besides the fact that it constantly exhorts youngsters to flaunt a ribald and irresponsible promiscuity, it continually promotes an alarmingly ‘unsafe’ exercise of that promiscuity.
Instead of affording its fornicating disciples with the slim security of barrier devices, it primarily peddles the entirely unguarded prescription birth control methods. Eighty percent of Planned Parenthood’s clients receive non-barrier contraceptives, and eighty-eight percent of those who previously practiced ‘safe sex’ are dissuaded from continuing.
Planned Parenthood claims that sex education is a necessary and effective means of preventing teen pregnancies. The truth is, Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs have backfired, actually increasing teen pregnancies. The conclusion, one that Planned Parenthood researchers have been unable to escape, is that sex education courses only exacerbate the teen pregnancy problem. [pages 24-30, footnotes omitted.]
This year, in the Outreach Committee meetings on the third Monday of each month at the Christian Center at 7:30 p.m., we continue to study Planned Parenthood and what we can do about it in our community.
Dan Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan is a long time member of the Board of Directors of CIRTL and past president. He is currently vice president in charge of the pro life Outreach Committee.
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