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Planned Parenthood President: Saying Abortion is a 'Small Part of What We Do' is 'Stigmatizing'

By Michael W. Chapman | January 8, 2021 | 12:47pm EST
Alexis McGill Johnson, the president of Planned Parenthood. (Getty Images)
Alexis McGill Johnson, the president of Planned Parenthood. (Getty Images)

In an interview with the Washington Post, Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson said that "abortion is health care," and that to claim that abortion is a small part of what Planned Parenthood does "is actually stigmatizing it." 

"I think abortion is health care," said Johnson in the Dec. 29 interview. "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."

She was then asked, "But it is a very small part of all the things Planned Parenthood does, right?"

"Overall, certainly," said Johnson.  "But it is still a critically important part of what we do. So I think when we say, 'It’s a small part of what we do,' what we’re doing is actually stigmatizing it. Like: It’s really not a big deal that Planned Parenthood does this."

A baby killed by saline-injection abortion. (Priests for Life)
A baby killed by saline-injection abortion. (Priests for Life)

"We are a proud abortion provider," she said. "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 marginalize it [abortion] in that way," Johnson added.

Planned Parenthood's Annual Report for 2018-2019, the latest available, shows that the organization performed 345,672 abortions (for the reporting period Oct. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018). 

Also, the report shows that for the year that ended June 30, 2019, Planned Parenthood received $616.8 million in government health services, reimbursements & grants. It's total revenue for that year was $1,413.2 million. 

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