New Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen recently took to social media to proclaim that the group’s services, including the arrangement of contraceptives and abortions, are “standard medical care,” and healthcare is a “basic human right.”
“From here on out, we want to be clear: Planned Parenthood services, from birth control to cancer screenings and abortion, are standard medical care,” she declared on Dec. 16. “Reproductive healthcare is healthcare. Women’s healthcare is healthcare. And healthcare is a basic human right. #ThisIsHealthcare”
The next day, Wen tweeted, “Denying people healthcare perpetuates inequality. Keeping people unhealthy is a tool of oppression. The American people want more healthcare, not less. We want healthcare protected, expanded, and treated as a fundamental human right. #ThisIsHealthcare”
Although Wen’s comments were met with more than one thousand likes, there were others who chose to repudiate her claims.
“Abortion is not standard healthcare. It’s an elective procedure that stops a healthy, normal biological process and ends a human life. Ending life is never healthcare,” one commenter stated.
“Ending the lives of the most innocent and vulnerable among us is not healthcare; it’s murder,” another wrote.
“Abortion is the intentional killing of the living individual in utero. It is an attack on health and life. It is literally the opposite of healthcare. This is reality. You continue with this ridiculous lie. For the baby it’s not healthcare—its deathcare!” a third asserted.
“Cancer care is not in the same category of abortion,” another bemoaned. “My treatment was to help me live, abortion kills a child & often leaves the mother with mental & physical issues. Let me be clear, abortion is not healthcare; cancer care is healthcare. With that mindset, you’re not fit to be a doctor.”
Wen, 35, previously worked as the health commissioner for the City of Baltimore, Maryland. As a physician, she served in the emergency departments of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, in addition to George Washington University Hospital.
In September, Wen was chosen to take the position of Planned Parenthood Foundation of America President Cecile Richards, who revealed her resignation in January.
As noted previously, while current Planned Parenthood leaders fervently contend that abortion is a mother’s “right,” the group’s founder, Margaret Sanger, wrote against abortion, noting that “the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.”
“The great majority of women, however, belong to the working class. Nearly all of these women will fall into one of two general groups—the ones who are having children against their wills, and those who, to escape this evil, find refuge in abortion. Being given their choice by society—to continue to be overburdened mothers or to submit to a humiliating, repulsive, painful and too often gravely dangerous operation, those women in whom the feminine urge to freedom is strongest choose the abortionist,” she stated.
However, Sanger’s answer to countering abortion was birth control, originally giving her organization the title American Birth Control League. She criticized big families, claiming in a chapter of her book “Woman and the New Race”, “The most serious evil of our times is that of encouraging the bringing into the world of large families. The most immoral practice of the day is breeding too many children.” She alleged that kids are prone to becoming lost in big families and winding up in jail or as prostitutes.
Additionally, Sanger promoted eugenics against those with disabilities, as she made a connection between birth control and the purification of the races. She also suggested that the women in the “moron class” be sterilized.
“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives,” Sanger claimed. “If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.”
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