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Planned Parenthood Tries To Cash In On Mrs. Tebow's Choice To Pass On Abortion

By Paul Wilson | January 20, 2012 | 9:58am EST

Tim Tebow’s now famous abortion story exemplifies Planned Parenthood’s mission? That laughable argument was made by Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, in The New York Times Jan. 17.

In a letter to the New York Times titled “Beyond Tebowmania: Giving Women a Choice,” Richards wrote:

“That suggests that Planned Parenthood does not celebrate birth or a remarkable story like Mr. Tebow’s. In fact, the Tebow story exemplifies the health care environment that Planned Parenthood promotes – a world in which women and families are supported in the medical decisions they make for themselves and their families without government interference.”

But the facts tell a different story. Planned Parenthood clinics overwhelmingly promote abortion to their pregnant customers. Their own numbers show that 91% of pregnant women who visit Planned Parenthood have abortions: Planned Parenthood provided 329,445 abortions, 31,098 pre-natal services, and 841 referrals to adoption agencies in 2010. It’s a federally funded abortion operation. Nothing more.

Former Planned Parenthood staffers who have become pro-life advocates, such as Abby Johnson and Catherine Anthony Adair, stated that Planned Parenthood pushes its clinics to maximize revenue by actively promoting abortion and discouraging other options to its customers. And CNSNews.com reported on Jan. 16, 2012, that the International Planned Parenthood Foundation plans to increase abortion services in Africa by 82 percent during the years 2010-2015.

Tebow’s mother Pam chose to have her son, despite facing medical pressure to abort her child. When Pam Tebow was pregnant with Tim, the medicines used to treat her were thought to be harmful to the child. She was counseled by doctors to abort her unborn child. She refused, and the rest is history.

Considering Planned Parenthood’s overwhelming reliance on abortion, the notion that Planned Parenthood would have counseled Tebow’s mother to keep her child is far-fetched. But somehow, Richards and Planned Parenthood are trying to claim Tebow’s story as an example of their mission.

The “choice” Planned Parenthood offers pregnant women is overwhelmingly to kill their child. But as long as The New York Times and other traditional outlets help Planned Parenthood perpetuate the fantasy that they offer women a “choice,” that fantasy will be left unchallenged.

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