I recently went to a local restaurant. As I perused the menu, I found many options, almost too many to count. Someone said that the grilled salmon was especially good. The baked chicken also sounded delicious. There were several cuts of steak on the menu as well as.salads and baked potatoes to choose from. The Kid’s Menu listed hotdogs and chicken fingers. There were all kinds of sides: Mashed potatoes, green beans, and mac and cheese. The back of the menu revealed slices of cakes and pies of all kinds. The front of the menu revealed cheese sticks, nachos, salsa and chips, soups and stuffed mushrooms to name a few of the appetizers. I opted to resist the appetizers as there was a bucket of peanuts at the end of the table. So many options! What should I choose? I finally opted to go with an 8oz hamburger steak covered with sautéed mushrooms. Good choice!
As I reflect on the restaurant and all the menu choices, I’m sure that the business struggled with the name and category of the restaurant. “Southern Fare” or “Southern Bistro” could be a good name, as would “Healthy Alternatives”. “Too many items to choose from” would probably be best!
The restaurant owners chose “Steak House”. Steak House? Why, steak was only a small portion of the menu; it occupied only one half of one page of a eight-page menu (only 6.25%)! But everybody knew this is a steak house. From the name on the sign out front, to the raw meat in a refrigerated display case in the lobby, to the category on Urban Spoon, everybody knows that this is a steak house. And people rightly call it what it is. Most people know that there are many other menu choices, but when they want a good steak, they go to a steak house.
What would you call a healthcare provider that offered services like cancer screenings, more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests, birth control and abortion, educational programs and outreach to 1.5 million young people and adults in a single year for nearly five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year?
This healthcare provider’s website says that it is “one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. [It] also works with partner organizations worldwide to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals and families everywhere.” They claim, that “2.5 million women and men in the United States annually visit [its] affiliate health centers for trusted health care services and information. Eighty-four percent of [its] health care patients in the U.S. are age 20 and older. An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited [one of its] health center at least once in her life.” Eighty percent of its clinics are in minority neighborhoods.
You couldn’t call it a “women’s health clinic” because it served so many men and adolescents (what teenaged boy would willingly go to a “women’s” clinic?!). You wouldn’t call it a “cancer center” because no cancer treatments are provided there.What would be an adequate name for a healthcare provider that provides such necessary services?
This organization garners the support of millions of citizens and government officials. It calls itself a “family planning organization” and it receives perhaps more of our tax money than any other healthcare provider. The organization is Planned Parenthood.
With all the services Planned Parenthood provides, why is it known by so many people as an “abortion provider” despite their claim that only 3% of their services is abortion?
Simply put, abortion is a procedure that terminates a pregnancy. A pregnancy occurs when a man’s sperm fertilizes a woman’s egg, resulting in a human embryo with its own genetic code that develops into a fetus, which if not terminated or miscarried, results in the live birth of a baby. From the point that the woman’s egg is fertilized, nothing changes, except growth. Everything necessary for the embryo to develop into a baby is included in the genetic code (DNA) as the cells draw nourishment from the mother. Abortion causes the development to stop. Miscarriage can also be called a “spontaneous abortion” because it stops the development of the embryo into a baby. Simply put, stopping the development of an embryo into a live baby terminates a life; the baby dies.
Planned Parenthood is called an “abortion clinic” for the same reason people that the restaurant is called a “steak house”. Planned Parenthood’s “3%” claim is not just a little misleading (please click this link for more information).
When considered as half of one page of an eight-page menu, steak only occupies 6.25% of the steak house’s menu! But everybody knows it’s a steak house. And everybody knows that Planned Parenthood — despite all the other services provided – is known as an abortion provider.
Why not call it what it is? It’s the same reason why KFC and Church’s Chicken changed their names: to change the public’s opinion. Science has shown a link between eating fried foods and obesity; fried foods are seen as “unhealthy”. And what restaurant chain wants to be known for serving unhealthy food?
Why not call it what it is? Because abortion terminates life. And no one considers the terminating of an innocent life as being “moral”.
The restaurant is a steak house. And Planned Parenthood is an abortion clinic. And abortion ends innocent life.