By Kristan Hawkins
This op-ed originally appeared on Townhall.com
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has set their sights on college-aged women – preying on them in their moments of crisis and panic. We must expose Planned Parenthood as the big abortion business that they are — and show young people just how Planned Parenthood is profiting off of them.
According to research Students for Life of America published last June, a majority of young people do not even know Planned Parenthood does abortions, and often have a “favorable” view of the abortion Goliath.
This generation is opposed to abortion. Every poll confirms this fact. But when Planned Parenthood presents itself in the media and on campus, they never mention the dirty word “abortion” or their corrupt business model. That’s how they get their positive ratings from young people and lure them in.
After talking with former Planned Parenthood staffers like Abby Johnson and watching Planned Parenthood’s new strategy to distance themselves from the word ‘pro-choice’ because it’s too associated with the word abortion, we knew what we must do.
Starting this month, Students for Life of America is launching a year-long initiative called the Planned Parenthood Project to expose our nation’s abortion Goliath, hitting them at their weakest point – abortion.
It’s time this generation found out the truth. Students for Life is going to 8 campuses, in 8 states, in 8 days to show our generation what Planned Parenthood is really about: Abortion and Money. Our team is hitting the road, in a decorated minivan filled with 30,000 postcards, 5 large banners, and 915 “Planned Parenthood pink” crosses.
At every campus, we will place the 915 “Planned Parenthood Pink” crosses in the ground to show just how many lives the abortion Goliath takes every day – cutting their argument that abortions are only a small part of their business to the quick. Planned Parenthood is America’s biggest abortion business, killing almost 335,000 preborn babies a year.
Students will be forced to confront the magnitude of this number because the main area of their campuses will be filled with 915 pink crosses to show Planned Parenthood’s real plan for them.
We will drive over 3,500 miles for Life to begin the conversation our nation should have had decades ago on abortion and to expose Planned Parenthood’s real agenda very simply to their target audience, young people.
At each stop we will be passing out Students for Life postcards that detail Planned Parenthood’s 3 Step Plan for young people as well as the hard statistics of their dirty abortion business.
In short, here is Planned Parenthood’s plan for young people:
1) Planned Parenthood meets children in middle and high school, offering to teach sex education classes for teachers as a public service. During these classes, Planned Parenthood workers are careful not to bring up abortion, for they know the negative connotations that come with the word. However, they teach our young women and men that waiting until marriage is an impossible task and that when they are ready to become sexually active to trust them for their birth control and STD testing, and not tell their parents.
2) When children come to them, Planned Parenthood then provides poor-quality, faulty birth control that ensures their profits. Planned Parenthood’s condoms, for example, have the lowest possible ranking by Consumer Reports. Furthermore, statistics have proven that contraception does NOT lower abortion or STD rates. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 54% of women who have abortions used contraception during the month they became pregnant. STD rates are also skyrocketing, with 1 in 4 college students carrying at least one STD, and 1 in 2 sexually active people contracting an STD by age 25.
3) When their faulty birth control fails, Planned Parenthood coerces young women into thinking that abortion is their only way out — and Planned Parenthood kindly offers to sell them chemical or surgical abortions. They mislead through claims that abortion is a quick, easy solution to unexpected pregnancies and withhold pertinent information such as the mental and physical risks of abortion, including the scientifically proven abortion-breast cancer link.
Their plan is so successful that Planned Parenthood has a $1.2 billion budget, gets more than half a billion dollars of your tax money, and gains profits of over $300 million each year – $150 million of that from abortions alone.
As you can see, Planned Parenthood has a deadly, taxpayer-funded plan to profit off of this generation, and it’s time we fight back – one campus at a time, until Planned Parenthood is exposed.