Disagreeing about Planned Parenthood's role

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Val Baron, who works for Planned Parenthood, asks us to oppose the Pence Bill, which would defund her place of work, arguing that "this is not about abortion," but about "comprehensive health care to women" [Feds put women's health care in jeopardy, Viewpoints, March 2]. Not so.

As writer Charlotte Allen pointed out, "One way Planned Parenthood massages the numbers to make its abortion business look trivial is to unbundle its services for purposes of counting.

"Those 10.1 million different medical procedures in the last fiscal year, for instance, were administered to only three million clients. An abortion is invariably preceded by a pregnancy test — a separate service in Planned Parenthood's reckoning — and is almost always followed at the organization's clinics by a 'going home' packet of contraceptives, which counts as another separate service.

"Throw in a pelvic exam and a lab test for STDS — you get the picture. In terms of absolute numbers of clients, one in three visited Planed Parenthood for a pregnancy test, and of those, a little under one in three had a Planned Parenthood abortion."

The idea that Planned Parenthood provides "comprehensive health care to women" is laughable.

As a physician who serves poor black patients in an underserved inner-city black neighborhood, I am concerned that, although African Americans comprise only 24 percent of the women of child-bearing age, they have 47 percent of the abortions. There is a word for this: genocide.

Our tax money should not be going to decrease the black population.

Dr. George Dietz
Oak Park

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