July 19, 2019
Get used to the name Alexis McGill Johnson. The new interim president of Planned Parenthood is already making her media rounds, and one thing's clear: she doesn't suffer from the same anxieties as Leana Wen. She's quite content making abortion a political issue -- and a religious one.
The Christian Post met Johnson back in 2014 during a revealing interview about the intersection of faith and life. "We all recognize that abortion and terminating a pregnancy is a very complicated decision, but that issue needs to be left to a woman, her doctor, and her God -- not a politician," she insisted then. And as far as God is concerned, women have nothing to worry about, she argued. Planned Parenthood, she promised, has plenty of support from "female ministers" and other "members of faith."
The Radiance Foundation's Ryan Bomberger is equally troubled by Johnson's criticism of the pro-life agenda. "I feel like it's an assault on black women's ability to make a decision," she argued. But Johnson, Bomberger pushed back, as a multiracial woman, ought to know that her organization has aborted hundreds of thousands of future black women in its intentional targeting of minorities. But she claims that pro-lifers, who've done everything they can to expose the eugenics movement behind Planned Parenthood, are the "racist" ones.
Meanwhile, the editors at the Wall Street Journal are just as stunned. "Progressives are hurtling to the Left so fast that even liberals in good standing are casualties of the tornado. Witness the coup this week at Planned Parenthood, which is a tacit reminder that the group is less a health-care outfit than a political lobby." Dr. Wen, they shake their head, was pushed out of the group because she wasn't radical enough on abortion. But, they remind everyone, "Dr. Wen wasn't moderate or timid about abortion."
"The coup reveals the dishonesty of Planned Parenthood's requests for public funding. The outfit demands taxpayer money in the name of health services for women but then sacks its doctor president because she wasn't political enough. The group claims abortion is only part of its portfolio even as it acts like it is Planned Parenthood's singular purpose.
Planned Parenthood ought to drop the pretense and rely on private funding like other lobbies. There is no shortage of rich liberals. Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg told the Huffington Post last month that she was donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood's advocacy arm, not her first large donation. American taxpayers who disagree with Planned Parenthood's message should not have to underwrite a political shop that lobbies for abortion up to the last minute before birth."
To that I say, Amen!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.