De-Funding Planned Parenthood Will NOT Increase Abortions (That’s Just Another Myth…)

It’s another myth. Defunding Planned Parenthood will NOT increase abortions, as some are saying. In fact, the truth is quite the opposite. In the wake of the revelations concerning Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetal body parts, and the subsequent calls to defund the organization on the federal level, many PP defenders argue that, notwithstanding everything we know, we need Planned Parenthood. And by “we,” the people making this argument include some who call themselves pro-lifers. They argue that without Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, there would be even more abortions and that the organization provides vital health services to poor women. Maybe you’ve heard these arguments from your neighbors and even some other Christians. Well, it’s time to expose the arguments for the shams that they are. And thanks to Ross Douthat of the New York Times who did just that. First, he addressed the claimed link between Planned Parenthood’s provision of contraception and the abortion rates. He acknowledged that the “claim has understandable appeal,” but also runs into what he called “empirical difficulties.” For starters, “…whether you go state by state in the U.S. or make comparisons across developed countries,” he writes, “there’s very little evidence for the kind of correlation between liberal social policies and lower abortion rates” as claimed by Planned Parenthood’s defenders. In fact, in the United States, “the correlation often runs the other way: Abortion rates are generally lower in (conservative) states that have more abortion restrictions and fewer publicly funded family planning programs, and it’s higher in (liberal) states where public policy is friendlier to Planned Parenthood, comprehensive sex education, public...