National Review Online: Big Truth Missing on this Tour

This article originally appeared on NRO’s The Corner on March 7, 2011.

Big Truth Missing on this Tour

By Kathryn Jean Lopez  

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States.

So when it pulled together a “Truth Tour” to shadow the Susan B. Anthony List’s expose-and-defund tour this week, Planned Parenthood made sure their bus didn’t include that little factoid.

What, no 332,278 abortions in a year?

A bus with a quote from Abby Johnson’s book Unplanned would be a tad more honest: She writes about being directed to increase the number of abortions her Texas clinic was doing, for the sake of revenue:

When I looked at the numbers, I did a double take. I noticed that the client goals related to family planning hadn’t changed much, but the client goals under abortion services had increased significantly. My mind started racing. Something’s got to be wrong here. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Our goal at Planned Parenthood is to decrease the number of abortions by decreasing the number of unwanted pregnancies. That means family planning services—birth control. That is our stated goal. So why am I being asked, according to this budget, to increase my abortion revenue and thus my client count?

And so I asked the question out loud.

I came away with the clear and distinct understanding that I was to get my priorities straight, that abortion was where my priorities needed to be because that was where the revenue was. This meant that my job as a clinic director was to find a way to increase the number of abortions at my clinic.

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