Remembering 9/11/2001
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-09-11

Today, the nation commemorates the 18thanniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. In New York City, Washington, DC, and in a field in Pennsylvania, almost 3,000 innocent human beings lost their lives to the terrorists.

It is sobering to note that most students entering college this year were not yet born when the tragedy happened. All they know is what little they have picked up from books and annual memorials.

As we pray for all those who died that day, and the thousands who have died since from injuries suffered during the attacks, the search and rescue operations, and the clean-up, we want to pause and bring you a piece of information that is in danger of disappearing from history.

Today, it is a little remembered fact that, following the terrorist attacks, Planned Parenthood of New York City announced it would provide free abortions to all who had been affected by the attacks. So that history will not forget, we bring you excerpts from an article that first appeared in the Wednesday STOPP Report on November 1, 2011:

As Americans mourned the loss of life in the senseless and horrific events of September 11, 2001, Planned Parenthood was at work exploiting the tragedy to promote a deadly agenda of its own. On September 18, Planned Parenthood of New York City posted a press release which said, in part:

"To provide for the many New York women who have been displaced or may otherwise be in need due to the World Trade Center tragedy, PPNYC will be offering complete reproductive health care from September 18th through September 22nd free of cost. Any woman who has been unable to obtain care can visit any of our three centers for free comprehensive reproductive health services during this week, including GYN care, birth control, emergency contraception, and STD and HIV testing and counseling, among others."

STOPP called the PPNYC phone number listed on the press release and confirmed that the free services would also include abortion! On September 21, PPNYC posted another press release on its website which announced that PPNYC would extend the offer for free services until September 29. This release also said, "The response has been overwhelming. PPNYC health centers have been booked to capacity and have had 100% show rate for appointments."

How tragic! PPNYC's free abortions will only increase the death toll in New York. Planned Parenthood should be ashamed of itself, and no American should ever support this organization or its activities. PPNYC obviously made this offer in an effort to garner some cheap publicity during this time of national crisis.

This is not the first time Planned Parenthood has tried to exploit a tragedy. During the refugee crisis in Kosovo, Planned Parenthood thought the proper response was to provide people with emergency contraception (the morning-after pill). This drew blunt criticism from the Vatican, which noted that such pills were often abortive.

The loss of human life on September 11 was enormous. Certainly STOPP would not want to minimize this tragedy in any way, and we urge our supporters to keep the victims of terrorism in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania in their prayers. But let us remember those in the womb who are also victims of terrorism. Where is the national outpouring of grief for them? Does anyone suppose a baby going through a partial birth abortion or a saline abortion or a suction abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic suffers any less terror than did the victims of September 11?

We now know that Planned Parenthood reported that it killed 213,026 innocent human beings in its own abortion facilities in 2001—including the ones offering free abortions after 9/11. That is a death toll 71 times higher than that caused by the infamous 9/11 terrorists. According to Planned Parenthood’s last annual report, it killed 332,757 innocent human beings in 2017. That is 911 babies a day dying at Planned Parenthood. 

Remember 9/11 . . . but don’t forget the 911 who will die today at Planned Parenthood.