Abortion is marketed to Americans by activists and the corporate media as empowering for women. But it’s really an industry that not only profits off of the death of babies in the womb, but the sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls.
One amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs v. Jackson case noted that even though “abortion is typically promoted as an expression of autonomous freedom, as if abortion represents an ideal of the self-possessed woman determining her future,” it is often used as “a tool for others to achieve their nefarious goals at the expense of women (and the children they carry).”
“Abortion is beloved by sexual traffickers and predators, by irresponsible males, by heartless employers, by parents placing their own reputation over their daughter’s wishes and their grandchildren’s lives, and by eugenic and racist population planners. For pregnant women and girls, in these contexts at least, abortion is a bane, not a boon,” the brief states.
The abortion industry makes money off of ending the lives of babies in utero. Lots of it. According to a recent report, abortion industry revenue “has increased at an annualized rate of 2.0% to $3.7 billion over the five years to 2022” and become a $4 billion market. Not only do abortion giants such as Planned Parenthood rake in cash based on the lies that women must have “a right to choose,” but they also help keep another profitable, illicit industry alive: sex trafficking.
With more than 40.3 million victims globally, human trafficking is a big business worth at least $150 billion that just keeps growing. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently acknowledged that the pandemic made trafficking “even harder to detect” and has left “victims struggling to obtain help and access to justice.”
That type of sexual exploitation is only helped by the covert practices used in the abortion industry to end lives in the womb undetected. When trafficked women and young girls get pregnant, they lose their marketability and become liabilities to their pimps. When abused women and young girls get pregnant, they could open their abusers up to investigations and prosecutions.
For years, pro-life organizations and activists have raised questions about the role abortion facilities such as Planned Parenthood play in exacerbating this type of sex trafficking, exploitation, and abuse. After all, investigations have yielded plenty of evidence showing Planned Parenthood is notorious for enabling predators, ignoring child abuse, and covering up child trafficking for profit.
Abortion activists and even Planned Parenthood have repeatedly written off these concerns as “dangerous claims” but the statistics show otherwise.
A 2014 study from the Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago found that more than half, 55.2 percent, of the 67 trafficking victims surveyed had at least one abortion (presumably forcibly) while they were being sold for sex. At least 29.9 percent said they had multiple abortions. Overall, the study found that there were 114 total abortions among the 67 victims.
Researchers noted that a “majority of survivors sought healthcare at some point during the time they were trafficked.” Nearly 30 percent of those victims went to Planned Parenthood, which apparently did not pick up on signs of abuse.
“Many providers were unaware of the fact that they were treating a trafficking victim, and unaware of the force, fraud, and coercion involved in trafficking,” the study concluded.
Yet, Planned Parenthood is still happily handing out abortions to girls 18 and under in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington without many questions asked.
As a matter of fact, Planned Parenthood advertises those states that don’t require parental consent for minors to get abortions and encourages girls to call them for advice on how to circumvent their state’s notification mandates. The Biden White House similarly recommends teen girls to sources that encourage them to conceal their pregnancies, which are likely the result of some form of sexual abuse according to state consent laws, from their parents.
To be fair, Planned Parenthood was founded with bad intentions in mind. Planned Parenthood recently tried to disavow its founder Margaret Sanger and her racist past but that hasn’t stopped them from profiting off of the system of on-demand abortions she created — a system that deliberately and disproportionately affects vulnerable populations.
Sound familiar? Because that’s what sex trafficking does too. While sexual exploitation is found in every state, sex, race, and age group, it disproportionately affects “runaway and homeless youth,” those with abuse-laden and traumatic pasts, and people struggling financially.
Those are the same kinds of young people Planned Parenthood targets with their abortion propaganda. As a matter of fact, Planned Parenthood proudly profits from it.
Planned Parenthood is known to perform abortions on trafficking and abuse victims, women and girls who are likely candidates for forced abortions, plain and simple. Not only that, but Planned Parenthood’s incessant attempts to solidify no-questions-asked abortions as a normalized practice in the U.S. opens the door for traffickers to keep up business.
The profit-motivated trafficking industry repeatedly uses unregulated abortions as a way to keep sexually exploiting victims and reinforce the idea that women are commodities who lose their value when they aren’t “working” and are having children.
That damaging narrative doesn’t just drive the sex trafficking industry. It’s also present in some of the biggest workplaces in America. Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, some of the nation’s largest companies offered to subsidize abortions for their female employees to stay barren. For Bank of America, BlackRock, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney, Goldman Sachs, H&M, Macy’s, Nike, Nordstrom, and Snap, it is easier to pay to end lives in the womb than offer support for mothers and children after birth.
As if the abortion industry hasn’t hurt women enough already, it possesses a big role in sustaining the sex trafficking industry in the U.S. No matter how much abortion activists and the corporate media try to dismiss it, abortion is a tool to enable sexual exploitation and end lives, not empower women.