As Planned Parenthood has been parading around the nation with its pink bus on its “Truth Tour,” I’m reminded of childhood lessons on lying. Remember Pa Ingalls talking to Laura about how not telling all of the truth is still a lie? In the grown up world we call that the difference between a lie of commission and a lie of omission. Planned Parenthood’s “Truth Tour” is a lie of omission, which still translates to a lie.
As the bus, travels on, finishing its tour today, Planned Parenthood seems to have hijacked the “breast cancer pink” so it can use some subconscious messaging. You know, “Even though it’s just been revealed we have killed over 5 million babies, we are safe, like breast cancer pink makes you think—fighting for your life by killing your baby.”
The “Lie Tour,” as I think of it now, has been on a furious campaign to convince America that Planned Parenthood serves the greater good by doing things like breast exams, PAP smears and STD tests. But it’s a lie of omission because they conveniently neglect to note that while doing some good things, they annihilate a mass of people to keep their bank rolls up to speed with their pink bus.
Sadly, the United States Senate, who can’t seem to agree on a budget bill, managed to agree on Wednesday to reject a bill 44-56, which would have defunded Planned Parenthood. As the battle rages on, President Obama has publicly stated he intends to continue Planned Parenthood’s funding by vetoing any bills that come to him which defund them.
Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson this week wrote a fascinating piece in which she explained the crafty ways in which the organization manipulates figures and to make itself look as if they really serve all women so they can keep their big bucks rolling in. Johnson says:
And while Planned Parenthood says abortions make up just 3 percent of its services, I found they used an sleight of hand, unbundling family planning services so each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 "visits" per appointment (12 packs of birth control would show up as 12 individual visits). It does the opposite for abortion visits, bundling them together so each appointment shows as one visit. This skews the numbers. You have an overwhelming number of "visits" for family planning compared to abortion, even though you may have seen the same number of patients.
She also comments on taxpayer funding of abortion:
Planned Parenthood gets one-third of its annual budget from taxpayer funding, and it performed a total of more than 650,000 abortions in just 2008 and 2009 (the last year for which figures are available). Think for a moment how much it costs to pay for someone to perform the abortion, other medical staff for support, their health benefits packages and malpractice insurance to cover all of them, and then multiply it by more than 650,000.
So while Planned Parenthood travels around in its big pink lie bus, the truth can be found in the dollars and cents, in the bundling of services, and the public relations vomit it spews out on a continuous basis as if what its doing somehow is saving the world instead of killing it off.
From the White House to the pink bus, there seems to be a parade of propaganda which blinds the eyes of otherwise sensible people into thinking somehow this organization which has caused over 5 million deaths can somehow make a woman’s life better.
And that’s just another stop on the Lie Tour.