Just when you think the anti-choicers can’t get any more bizarre, they go and prove themselves crazier than you ever thought they could be. Today’s story comes from my home state of Minnesota, where the abortion rate has risen slightly:
A report issued Monday by the Minnesota Department of Health shows an increase in the number of abortions performed. 14,065 abortions were performed in 2006, compared to 13,362 in 2005, a five percent increase. The rate of increase was even steeper among minors, with 793 abortions performed in 2006, as compared to 682 in 2005, a sixteen percent increase.
Now, you can think of all sorts of reasons that this could be. The rise of abstinence-based education. The rising cost of birth control. Wanton hedonism. Or maybe just a statistical blip. But the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life know better:
“Planned Parenthood has learned how to take advantage of teenagers and young women by marketing its brand and building relationships to create future abortion customers,” said MCCL executive director Scott Fischbach in a statement. The statement, issued by MCCL in response to the report, cited the opening of two Planned Parenthood mall locations that do not provide abortions as a reason for the increase.
“The spike occurred the same year Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota opened two suburban ‘express’ mall stores targeting young women with scented oils, candles and referrals to its St. Paul abortion center,” the statement said.
Yes, that’s right. It’s all the free swag women get at Planned Parenthood that makes them have abortions. I’m sure many women think, “Boy, I’d really like some more candles. I know! I’ll go have unprotected sex and then have an abortion at Planned Parenthood! I mean, yeah, it’s thousands of dollars and invasive surgery, but hey, free candles!”
Of course, the grown-ups reacted to this like the grown-ups they are:
[Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, and SD President Sarah] Stoesz said those were “wild allegations” not fitting the importance of the issue.
“It’s a shame that anyone would engage in overheated rhetoric and allegations,” she said. “This is why what we do and say is based on sound science and data.”
Stoesz added that she thought the legislature’s increase in funding for contraception could help lower the rate of abortion in coming years.
“Women who lack economic strength lack the money to purchase birth control,” she said. Noting that hormonal birth control can now run up to $60 a month, Stoesz said that women were often forced to choose between paying for food and paying for contraception. “When you’re making $20,000 a year, that’s a big chunk of change,” she said.
Well, yeah. And if the anti-choicers were really pro-lifers, they’d be doing what they could to ensure access to contraception for all. But they’re too busy fighting the mind-control powers of Planned Parenthood’s free key-chains at contraception-only mall locations to join that battle anytime soon.