US President Barack Obama’s address to Planned Parenthood on the subject of “women’s health” was a masterpiece… of deceptive rhetoric. Not once in during the entire speech did he mention abortion.
This question is especially important since Planned Parenthood performed a record number of abortions (333,964) and profits ($87.4 million in excess revenue and $1.265 billion in net assets [!]) in the 2011-2012 fiscal year (2011-2012 Annual Report here).
It’s simple to understand. This is merely a rhetorical game to blind the public to the reality of what on-demand abortion actually is. Even pro-abortion advocates from the ’70s admit this:
“The process of eroding the old ethic and substituting the new has already begun. It may be seen most clearly in changing attitudes toward human abortion. In defiance of the long held Western ethic of intrinsic and equal value for every human life regardless of its stage, condition, or status, abortion is becoming acceptable by society as moral, right, and even necessary… since the old ethic has not been fully displaced it has been necessary to separate the idea of abortion from the idea of killing, which continues to be socially abhorrent. The result has been a curious avoidance of the scientific fact, which everyone really knows, that human life begins at conception and is continuous whether intra- or extra-uterine until death. The very considerable semantic gymnastics which are required to rationalize abortion as anything but taking a human life would be ludicrous if they were not often put forth under socially impeccable auspices. It is suggested that this schizophrenic sort of subterfuge is necessary because while a new ethic is being accepted the old one has not yet been rejected.”
– California Medicine 113, no.3 (1970), reprinted in The Human Life Review 1, no.1 (1975): 103-4.
How odd that an organization would perform hundreds of thousands of abortions a year when its founder would have called it “a disgrace to civilization”…