Planned Parenthood Responds to Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood worker who said she experienced a conversion and became an anti-choice icon because of it, is working the circuit in an attempt to get more publicity for her new book.  Now that she has begun working with Live Action, the misleading “gotcha” video group formed by James O’Keefe protege Lila Rose, she’s become even more focused on “exposing the lies” of Planned Parenthood.

But now Planned Parenthood is responding, and throughly explaining Johnson’s lies about the group.

Via the Hill:

Abortion represents three percent of our services nationally, a statistic based on Planned Parenthood’s use of professional protocols for its data reporting, following government requirements for tracking and calculating services performed. Some opponents of legal abortion make unfounded statistical claims about Planned Parenthood, erroneously asserting that Planned Parenthood exaggerates its estimates of the preventive care it delivers. For example, claims that Planned Parenthood counts a 12-month supply of birth control pills as 12 visits are simply untrue.

Opponents of legal abortion use a plethora of false allegations and dubious tactics to question Planned Parenthood’s policies and practices. The fact is that our high standards rival those of any top-tier national health care organization, and patient health and safety is always our top concern. That is why one in five women trusts Planned Parenthood to provide her with care at some point in her life. It is this special relationship with so many women that has allowed Planned Parenthood to do more than any other organization in the United States to help lower the rate of unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion. That is the Planned Parenthood I know.

Planned Parenthood is the sole source of health care for many women and men, but that fact doesn’t sell nearly as many books, I’m sure.

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  • equalist

    I’ve used services at planned parenthood three times in my life.  Once for a negative pregnancy test, and twice for positive tests.  At no time during those three visits was I pressured to get an abortion, to put the baby up for adoption, or to do anything at all.  The only time abortion, or any choice was ever mentioned was when I (or the fathers of my children) brought up the specific questions regarding what the possibilities were.  When we asked questions regarding various options, we were told straightforward facts, answering only the questions that we asked.  The idea that planned parenthood is pushing abortions is absolutely ridiculous, as I’m sure just about any woman who has ever gone there for any kind of pregnancy related service will attest to.  Why aren’t they listening to the voices of the women who have actually been there?  Why aren’t they listening to the teenage girls who go there every year for pregnancy tests, the college students who go there for their birth control and the lower income women of all ages who go there for their prenatal care?  Why aren’t they even asking the women who have actually experienced the kind of services that Planned Parenthood has to offer, and depend on them?