Walking through the Leavey Center on this rainy day, the hallway is lined with club tables once again.
For the second day of life week, we’ve brought out a bright pink exhibit on Planned Parenthood. Each panel reveals how Planned Parenthood is biased towards abortions. While they do offer other health care services for women, abortions pull in the most revenue for the organization – over $150.6 million annually. The average cost of an abortion is $450.
This might be a surprise for many – Planned Parenthood promotes itself as a health care provider. In comparison to all of the services it provides abortion only accounts for 3%, but for services only for pregnant women that number jumps to 94%.
So what does Planned Parenthood say about abortion? It is a surgical procedure, bound to come with some risks. On their website they provide eight possible complications:
- an allergic reaction
- blood clots in the uterus
- incomplete abortion
- failure to end the pregnancy
- injury to the cervix or other organs
- undetected ectopic pregnancy
- very heavy bleeding
Planned Parenthood does comment on how some of the symptoms can be serious, but many of the life-threatening health risks are not on their website. The Elliot Institute has found several risks that can last a lifetime after a one-day procedure:
- cervical cancer
- ovarian cancer
- liver cancer
- placenta previa (irregular placenta growth life threatening in later pregnancies)
If a woman contracts any of these complications she will have to undergo more surgery and pay more medical bills. Approximately 10% of abortions result in immediate complications and 2% of that statistic are serious ailments. Those numbers may seem low, but with 3300 abortions being performed daily in the US alone, that translates to approximately 330 cases of immediate complications and about 7 serious issues.
On their website Planned Parenthood says, “Most of us feel better if we know what to expect”. While pro-life advocates wouldn’t agree that people will “feel better” or comforted, there is a big benefit in being educated. Women deserve to know what might happen to their bodies. It shouldn’t be about the money – it should be about the mothers.