Because Planned Parenthood is in the business of ending human life for profit, they must also engage in constant deception and deflection in order to make their services seem more palatable to the public.
In a recent interview with The New Utah Podcast, Planned Parenthood of Utah’s Communications and Marketing Manager Katrina Barker tried to downplay the frequency of abortions taking place later in pregnancy. In fact, she flatly denied that they happen at all. When asked about late term abortions (1:17:10 “It doesn’t exist….it doesn’t exist. It’s a complete fabrication…it’s just playing politics with women’s bodies" (listen to the clip above).
However, anyone can call Utah Planned Parenthood locations directly to confirm that abortion services are readily available in our state up to 21 weeks and 6 days (right up until viability), as shown in this . In addition, a simple review of from the Utah Department of Health clearly shows that it is Ms. Barker’s claim that is a “complete fabrication.” In 2017, 129 abortions were performed between 15-20 weeks gestation, and 21 abortions were performed at or beyond 21 weeks. The past decade . From 2010 to 2017, a total of 920 abortions were reported between 15-20 weeks gestation, and 127 were reported at or beyond 21 weeks. Nationwide, abortions were reported at 21 weeks or beyond for the year 2017.
There is not a universally accepted definition of what constitutes a , as it is more of a political than a medical term. But this is precisely the point. Planned Parenthood thrives on playing this ambiguity to their advantage when presenting their message to the public. Ms. Barker’s primary duty is to manage Planned Parenthood’s media, marketing and communication efforts, but smooth talking cannot hide the ugly reality that abortions up to 21 weeks, 6 days and beyond do in fact happen in America and even right here in Utah.