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Another View: Planned Parenthood is all about abortion

Bud Reeves, right, and John Edgar carry a sign as they joined anti abortion-rights protesters at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sacramento on July 28.
Bud Reeves, right, and John Edgar carry a sign as they joined anti abortion-rights protesters at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sacramento on July 28. rbyer@sacbee.com

Shawn Hubler opined that despite the recent videos showing Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling fetal body parts, the group is not about abortion (“Battle over videos ignores true mission of Planned Parenthood,” Insight, Aug. 6).

But Planned Parenthood receives more than 11 percent of its massive $1.3 billion in annual revenue from abortion services. And more than 90 percent of the pregnant women who enter Planned Parenthood facilities receive an abortion.

When Planned Parenthood isn’t permitted to do abortions, it chooses to close clinics, rather than stay open to help women. If abortion really is such a small part of what it does, why don’t the clinics stay open?

I believe Planned Parenthood’s business model is not to help women but to maximize profit. It claims to be a “nonprofit” to avoid paying taxes, but its annual reports document $1 billion coming in each year, and magically the same amount goes out in inflated salaries, asset accumulation and “revenues in excess of expenses” retained in bank accounts.

Most importantly, Hubler missed the point of the recent controversy over Planned Parenthood: Americans are shocked by the violence of abortion, casually described by its doctors and executives.

What outrages me and other Americans is that we have been lied to. We’ve been told that abortion involves “products of conception,” but now we realize that this product of conception is so developed as to have hearts, lungs and livers that are sold for research.

I’m a feminist who is against abortion for the same reason that I’m against an unarmed man getting shot in the back eight times, or a young boy being shot because he carried a toy gun. Like those instances, abortion is violence by the powerful against the powerless. As in those cases, it takes video evidence for people to wake up to the injustice.

Hubler compares the violence of abortion to seeing “a helpless child go unloved.” But violence is not the solution – each of us must to do more to help women and children. It is time to take the millions in taxpayer money allocated to Planned Parenthood and give it to real women’s health care clinics.

Women and their children deserve assistance and support, not the cold-hearted harvesting of body parts.

Katelyn Sills, a software engineer in Pleasant Grove, is creative director for Californians for Life.

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