Planned Parenthood's Billboard Campaign in Iowa
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-01-09

Planned Parenthood is always struggling to make its killing of human beings by abortion into something viewed as just a normal activity. Back in the 1970s, Planned Parenthood tried to get the writers at Children’s Television Workshop (creators of Sesame Street) to include the word abortion in a number of episodes to normalize the word and make it more acceptable. Fortunately, this did not happen.

But, Planned Parenthood has never abandoned its “need” to make abortion acceptable and has engaged in many campaigns to make this happen. Its latest thrust, unveiled in Iowa on January 4, 2019, is to have billboards around that state feature mothers who have aborted their child and encourage others to also tell their abortion stories. 

Dr. Jill Meadows, medical director for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, described the “Say Abortion” campaign this way: “We are amplifying the voices of real people who have had abortions, we are talking about abortion care out loud, and we are shifting the narrative so all people can talk openly about abortion with sensitivity to the complexity of real-life individual experiences.” 

According to Dr. Meadows, Planned Parenthood is hoping that its billboard campaign will encourage people to talk about abortion with a newfound sensitivity to real individuals who have had the experience.

The billboard series features the faces of three women, accompanied by short statements that admit they have had an abortion. The messages all read “I had an abortion” and end with “and I am not apologizing” or “and I am not ashamed” or “and it was just health care.”

Our friend, Jenifer Bowen, founder and president of Right Life Action in Iowa, issued the following statement about the “Say Abortion” campaign: 

Iowa's shrinking abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, just released a "#SayAbortion" campaign across Iowa.

With abortion rates tumbling more than 51% in the past ten years and 21 Planned Parenthood centers closing between 2010-2017, they are clearly attempting to drive back up their sagging #abortion business.

According to their press release, "#SayAbortion billboards are currently posted in Des Moines at Fleur Drive and Wakonda View and SE 14th Street and Indianola Road. Additional billboards will be posted this month in Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs and Iowa City."

Certainly they are free to spend money on billboards and hashtag campaigns, but we predict this will backfire as the majority of Iowans acknowledge that every abortion is the intentional killing of an unborn child.

Jenifer Bowen
Life Right Action

As you consider this desperate campaign by Planned Parenthood in Iowa, it is interesting to note that the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa was the one that “invented” webcam abortions. It’s former CEO, Jill June, talks about coming up with the idea one night while watching a telemedicine procedure on a TV drama. You can find out more about webcam abortions, its creation, and side effects in this World Magazine article