Exposes Abortion “Counseling”
By Randall K.
bills itself as the name women trust, but a new video appears to
show its representatives giving false information to a woman who
comes in and asks about an abortion. In those conversations, they
try to tell the woman that a two-month-old unborn child does not
have a heartbeat and is “not a baby.”
In the latest footage
shot by Live Action Films, a young woman calling herself “Sara” and
her friend visit a Planned Parenthood clinic in Appleton, Wisconsin,
in September 2009. (The video and information about the production
can be found at liveaction.org. The quotes that follow come from the
In the video Sara
tells the counselor that it has been 10 weeks since her last period
and her friend asks, “How big is that?” The counselor asks, “The
pregnancy?” and then tells her, “About as wide as my fingernail.”
Unless the counselor
has extremely large fingers, she seriously underestimates the size
of the child. At eight weeks (the age of the child if a woman is 10
weeks from her last period), the child is about 27–31 mm—more than
an inch—tall (Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human, 1988, p. 73);
has arms and legs; and moves around the amniotic sac. That child
also has brain waves and a heartbeat.
Asked about the
heartbeat, the counselor offers a bizarre distinction unheard of in
standard medical literature.
Sara: Does it have a
PP Counselor: Heart
tones are at 7 weeks. Heart beat is when the fetus is active in the
uterus—can survive—which is about 17 or 18 weeks.
[continuing]: Heart tones is a cardiac activity, but it is not a
beat on your own—that you would survive outside the uterus.
Obviously, if a fetus at 10 weeks could survive outside the uterus,
you wouldn’t be pregnant for 40 weeks.
The counselor never
tells the woman the truth, that the child has a beating heart from
about the third week of his or her life. She tries to shift the
conversation to viability, which is not a measure of cardiac
activity, but when the child can survive outside the womb (generally
currently thought to be around 23 weeks, though some babies have
survived at earlier than 23 weeks).
As the video
progresses, it becomes obvious that the counselor does not want to
talk about the baby. When the counselor employs the terms “fetal”
and “fetus” in reference to the child, “Sara” asks for more
Sara: What’s “fetus”?
PP Counselor: A fetus
is what’s in your uterus right now. That is not a baby. A baby is
what’s born at 40 weeks. A fetus is what’s in your uterus right now.
Sara: Ok ... So when
does it become a baby?
PP Counselor: At
“Sara” gets a similar
story when she asks to speak to the abortionist.
Sara: What comes out?
Is it ...
Dr. P (the
abortionist): The pregnancy is going to be aborted. The placenta and
Sara: What’s a fetus?
Dr. P: The fetus is
the develop—is the embryo that developing inside.
Sara: Ok. What’s an
Dr. P. Well, that’s
the pregnancy. That’s—you know there’s something growing inside your
uterus and it’s called a fetus.
Dr. P: It’s not a
baby at this stage or anything like that.
Sara: When does it
become a baby?
Dr. P: When you’re
seven months pregnant or so. Six, seven months pregnant. Right now,
you’re just a little more than two months.
In an interview
included in the video, Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood
clinic director from Bryan, Texas, who had a change of heart after
witnessing the ultrasound of an abortion at her clinic, indicated
such language reflected company policy. “Planned Parenthood really
tries to instill in their employees and the women coming in for
abortions that this is not a baby, that this is just a mass of
cells,” she said. “Don’t say ‘baby’ in the clinic. Don’t say ‘baby’
to the woman coming in for an abortion.”
Johnson says that
Planned Parenthood does not want to share information on fetal
development, on the baby’s heartbeat, organ development, any
information that might give the woman a connection with her baby.
“They are really
trying to increase their abortion numbers because that is the most
lucrative part of their business,” said Johnson.
In 2007, Planned
Parenthood clinics performed some 305,310 abortions. At the going
rate of $413 for a standard first-trimester suction curettage
abortion, Planned Parenthood’s abortion profits would have been more
than $126 million that year, more than a third of its entire clinic
The video piqued the
curiosity of Milwaukee’s TMJ4 TV. Under the headline, “Planned
Parenthood Breaking State Law?” Courtny Gerrish wrote that Planned
Parenthood “refused our request for an on camera interview and would
only release” a statement. Gerrish quoted from the organization’s
statement, which said, “... Planned Parenthood’s standard is to
provide honest, medically accurate information. That is what the
physician in this case did”
(www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/79108642.html, December 12, 2009).
It might be laughable
if it weren’t so tragic.