(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) In light of the U.S. House of Representatives’ healthcare bill that would revoke Planned Parenthood’s funding for one year, Hollywood director and screenwriter Joss Whedon recently released a short film that depicts a world without Planned Parenthood.
The three-minute film shows the services women receive from Planned Parenthood, including access to birth control, cancer and STD screenings, mammograms, and sex education. Whedon’s video is an example of the left’s attempt to portray Planned Parenthood as a vital part of society.
“For so many, there’s an obvious tipping point between hope and despair,” the director of “The Avengers” said. “Planned Parenthood is a beacon of hope, and anyone trying to shut it down is committing an act of evil.”
Other conservative groups, however, have debunked the myth that Planned Parenthood is not just an abortion mill. A report by investigative nonprofit Live Action that clears up common public misperceptions about the organization said Planned Parenthood is, in actuality, an abortion corporation.
For example, health care services like cancer screenings have decreased at Planned Parenthood facilities over the past decade, while the tax dollars the organization received steadily increased. Many of its locations do not even offer prenatal care, another myth that Whedon’s video promotes.
And though Planned Parenthood supporters like Whedon claim abortions only make up 3 percent of its total services, the organization performed nearly 323,999 in the most recently reported year. This means Planned Parenthood performed nearly 35 percent of abortions in the country.
Live Action says Planned Parenthood divides the 323,999 abortions by all the 9.4 million services they claim to provide, equating a pregnancy test or a single packet of birth control pills with an abortion, in order to get the mythical 3 percent.
Meanwhile Whedon and other defenders of Planned Parenthood ignore the fact that there are thousands of other clinics that provide comprehensive health care for women.
“Planned Parenthood is really a small part of the national health care picture in America,” said Casey Mattox, a senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom who focuses on pro-life issues, to The Daily Signal.
Despite these facts, Planned Parenthood’s supporters continue to insist that it deserves federal funding.
Referring to a proposal in Congress to pull its federal subsidies, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said: “What’s going to happen as a result of this is, if this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access — not to abortion services, but basic family planning. You know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer.”
Access to services like mammograms has been emphasized as the core of Planned Parenthood’s women-centered services. According to The Washington Post, however, less than 3 percent of administered breast exams actually result in mammography referrals. Out of 487,029 breast exams in 2013, about 14,000 resulted in a client referral for mammography and other specialized providers, according to Planned Parenthood.
And the organization provides no mammography services at its clinics, contrary to claims made by many – if not most – of its supporters.
“Planned Parenthood hangs its entire reputation on the claim that they care about women, and that their sole purpose for existing is to provide women with quality healthcare,” said Brittany Hughes of crisis pregnancy support organization Save the Storks. “But they don’t.”