Planned Parenthood president describes herself as “proud abortion provider”
Planned Parenthood's president embraced her organisation’s reputation as the nation's largest abortion provider, suggesting that describing abortion as a small part of what the business does is “stigmatising.”
Speaking to The Washington Post in an interview, Alexis McGill Johnson, who was appointed president of the abortion provider last year, was asked how she felt about the fact that abortion was the first thing that came to many people’s minds when they think of Planned Parenthood.
“I think abortion is health care. And so, if the first thing they think about is health care when they think about Planned Parenthood, I think that’s fine,” she replied. “Planned Parenthood proudly serves all forms of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, and I think when we try to exclude it, we’re excluding a critical part of and a critical option for health care.”
The Susan B. Anthony List and Charlotte Lozier Institute found that “in 2018-’19, abortions made up 95% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy resolution services, while prenatal services, miscarriage care, and adoption referrals accounted for only 2.7% (9,798), 0.6% (2,236) and 1.2% (4,279), respectively.”
“We are a proud abortion provider. We believe that abortion is health care, and we believe, fundamentally, that self-determination begins with being able to control your own body and freedom begins with being able to control your own body. So I don’t like to marginalise it in that way,” McGill Johnson emphasised.