Despite the advances for women’s rights in the past century, it’s no question women are still being exploited. Too many women continue to be victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. In fact, sex trafficking of females is the most common form of human trafficking in the country. And yet, we are hearing a narrative in the media that women’s rights have been advanced with the ubiquity of abortion access in our country. Something does not add up.
Because the abortion issue is framed on the left as a “reproductive right,” it is hard to imagine how the abortion industry could be connected to commercial, sexual exploitation. This is a hard truth for pro-abortion advocates to accept, but it is true: the abortion industry is not only complicit in sex trafficking, but the two actually benefit each other.
Women who are victims of sex trafficking are often forced to have unprotected sex with their abusers. Some traffickers therefore force women to use contraception such as hormonal birth control pills or an IUD. Furthermore, when unexpected pregnancies occur as a result of the abuse, the traffickers will force women to get abortions so they can continue to engage in sex for their traffickers’ financial gain.
One trafficking victim notes,
“I got pregnant six times and had six abortions during this time. Several of them were from a doctor who was a client—he did them ‘back door’—I came in the back door after hours and paid him off the books. This kept my name off any records…. I think he felt like he was helping. At least one of my abortions was from Planned Parenthood because they didn’t ask any questions.” [emphasis mine]
Planned Parenthood has a history of not reporting sexual abuse or sex trafficking. If fact, they have been caught numerous times by undercover investigative journalist covering up sex trafficking for financial gain. Abortion providers like Planned Parenthood ignore the blatant degradation of victims of abuse and sex trafficking to secure a profit. They care more about money in their pockets than the lives of the abused women who are brought into their clinics. They have become enablers in the dehumanizing work of sex trafficking.
These claims are not just some theoretical pontificating from the backstage of the pro-life movement. The evidence is clear from Live Action’s undercover stings at Planned Parenthood facilities that traffickers can easily bring victims into the clinics, and the workers will not only ignore the trafficking, but will actually aid the trafficker in keeping the victims trapped. When one worker heard a man posing as a pimp claim that the girls he “managed” didn’t speak English and were “kinda young, like fifteen, fourteen” she responded with,
“The only thing that you do have to be careful [about] is if they are a minor we are obligated to if we hear any certain information to kind of report … It doesn’t matter what they speak. If we’re gonna have to have it translated they just have to be aware that they have to be careful with you, know I’m not kind of leading in--
I don’t want to get anyone in trouble.” [emphasis mine]
The disturbing reality of abortion is often covered up with words like “healthcare” or “women’s rights.” When we are willing to look at the facts, we see an organization which does not look out for the best interests of women. Abortion providers like Planned Parenthood see a woman’s visit as a chance to fulfill an abortion quota. And, just like any other business looking to optimize profit, they are going to take whatever measures are necessary in order to keep that profit rolling in.
The abortion industry has never been about women’s health; it is about turning a profit off of the commercial exploitation of women’s bodies by framing it as a “right.”
When men and women want to stop preborn children from being murdered in the womb, the pro-choice side comes with rallying cries about civil liberty, bodily autonomy, and the claim that pro-lifers only care about born children. And yet, when faced with men who are exploiting the dignity of born children, pro-choicers “don’t want to get anyone in trouble.”
This is the disgusting hypocrisy of the abortion industry—they do not defend the preborn, and they do not even defend the born. They defend abortion to secure their paycheck at the cost of sex trafficking victims and preborn lives. Abortion is being used as a tool of the sex trafficking industry to trap women not only in abusive circumstances, but also in slavery. Making abortion safe and legal certainly does not make it rare—in fact, it increases the demand from sex traffickers and traps women in commercial exploitation.
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