Propaganda: Former director of a Texas Planned Parenthood location claims she had a spiritual conversion after viewing an ultrasound. She also claims PP higher-ups sent instructions to her clinic to produce more abortions.
Truth: There are several holes in Johnson’s story.
It’s unlikely that Johnson became the director of a PP without ever viewing an ultrasound or seeing an abortion performed.
Johnson had secretly been in contact with Coalition For Life for at least several weeks before resigning from PP.
She had given an interview just weeks before her resignation in which she mad clear that Planned Parenthood’s surgical corporation (separate from its family planning corp) had recently received a $30 million grant from an anonymous donor, running counter to her claim that PP higher-ups needed more abortions for financial reasons.
She also claimed in the same interview that the Coalition For Life harassed her staff and patients and even sent death threats to her and her family. She claimed to have been targeted by 40 Days For Life just weeks prior to her resignation. Yet just a month later she’s standing side-by-side with them?
Propaganda: Claims she survived a saline abortion at approximately 30 weeks gestation and was later adopted at the age of four. Her story was the basis for the 2011 film October Baby.
Truth: Jessen’s story is riddled with holes and implausibilities.
It was not legal for saline abortions to be performed in California at 30 weeks gestation in 1977.
The age of gestation at which she was born is inconsistent between stories.
The story of how she learned of her mother’s attempted abortion is inconsistent between stories.
Her birth certificate was sealed and confidential for many years before she finally decided to release a suspiciously low-quality scan. On it, the “mother” field reads “Diana” (no surname) despite Jessen claiming that her birth mother’s name was Tina and Jessen’s adoptive mother’s name being Diana.
The abortion doctor is listed as Dr. Edward C. Allred, an extremely well-known boogeyman for the pro-life movement against whom protests began around the time of Jessen’s birth, 1977. It is likely that Jessen picked Dr. Allred’s name because it would be hard to disprove if a well-known and prolific doctor had signed Jessen’s particular “birth certificate.”
Whether and how Jessen ever met her birth mother is inconsistent between stories.
Jessen claimed the saline solution “burned her alive.” The 20% saline solution used in a saline abortion creates an electrolytic imbalance which causes the fetus’s heart to fail, but does not burn the fetus.
Jessen’s medical inaccuracies come directly out of pro-life propaganda that Jessen would have been inundated with since she was young.
I guess “Hannah” was right about one thing in October Baby:
Read the complete debunkings of Jessen’s ridiculous story here and here.
Propaganda: Claims she survived an abortion after a doctor didn’t notice there were twins in the womb.
Truth: This is patently ridiculous for multiple reasons:
The very earliest that an infant could possibly survive outside the womb is 22 weeks. She said her birth weight was about 3 pounds 2 ounces, which means she would have been born at at least 28 weeks. That means that this abortion must have happened at at least 26 weeks. We are expected to believe that a doctor just missed a 26+ week fetus.
She implies that she and her twin were sharing an amniotic sac and that the sac was torn during the abortion. She also claims she was born 2 weeks after the abortion. A fetus cannot stay inside the womb for 2 weeks after its water is broken. The pregnant person would have gone into labor.
Propaganda: The Silent Scream is a 1984 propaganda film in which Bernard Nathanson, NARAL founder turned anti-abortion activist, narrates an abortion procedure and makes claims such that a 12-week fetus feels pain during an abortion, tries to “escape,” and screams in pain.
Truth: All of the anti-abortion claims in The Silent Scream have been debunked many times. [x][x][x][x][x] In short, fetuses are not neurologically capable of feeling pain or making purposeful movements at 12 weeks.
Propaganda: A 14-week fetus is seen clapping in rhythm as its parents sing “If You’re Happy And You Know It.” YouTube commenters hate abortion.
Truth: This video was actually not designed to be propaganda–the mother uploaded it as a pregnancy announcement. The physician in the video is rewinding the tape several times to make it appear as if the fetus is keeping tempo. As noted in the last item, fetuses cannot make purposeful movements at such an early gestational age. Further, six-month-old infants cannot clap in time to a beat; believing that a 14-week fetus can do so is just absurd.
Propaganda: This and many other videos purport to show fetuses dancing in the womb. YouTube commenters believe anything.
Truth: Again, an 11-week fetus can’t make purposeful movements, and even a six-month-old infant can’t dance to a beat. Pro-lifers who take these videos seriously are giving fetuses developmental capabilities that even born babies don’t have. Come on y’all.
7. Those photos of “aborted fetuses” you see everywhere
Propaganda: A number of pro-life groups plaster graphic photos of what they claim are the mutilated remains of “aborted fetuses” all over the place because they have so much respect for those fetuses’ lives.
Propaganda: In 2011, twelve actors in six states went to Planned Parenthood undercover as pimps trying to get abortions for their underage sex trafficking victims. The actors, hired by Live Action, secretly recorded video of the interactions, and the videos were then edited and published online. Live Action claimed the videos show Planned Parenthood covers up child sex trafficking.
Propaganda: In 2013, Live Action sent actors pretending to seek abortions for late-term pregnancies to several different clinics. The actors were instructed to ask what would happen if the babies were born alive. The actors secretly recorded the interactions, and the videos were then edited and published online. Live Action claimed the videos show abortion clinics commit infanticide.
Propaganda: In 2015, David Daleiden, acquaintance of Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, sent undercover actors posing as fetal tissue collectors into several Planned Parenthood clinics to ask about the clinic workers’ tissue donation practices. The actors secretly recorded the interactions, and the videos were then edited and published online. The Center For Medical Progress claimed the videos show Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.
Exaggerates the risk of becoming infertile after an abortion
Recommends getting pre- and post-abortion counseling at a crisis pregnancy center and includes a directory of CPC’s
“While there are studies that have found an increased risk of developing breast cancer after an induced abortion, some studies have found no overall risk. There is agreement that this issue needs further study.” No, there isn’t.
Includes this quote regarding D&X procedures: “Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and the Physician’s Ad Hoc Coalition for Truth stated in 1996 that this type of procedure ‘… is never medically necessary to protect a mother’s health or her future fertility. On the contrary, this procedure can pose a significant threat to both.’”
The problem with these websites is that most abortion-related searches produce 7-8 top results from these websites. For example, if I google “abortion facts,” 7 of the top 10 results are from pro-life websites. Pro-lifers try to flood Google with their fake “facts” in order to make them seem more legitimate. It’s propaganda by SEO. If you’re not careful, you might even get caught using a propaganda website’s chart in a Congressional hearing.
One of the most important things i learned while being a kpop fangirl is a secret skill called “the silent scream”. You basically stomp your feet, widden your eyes, open your mouth but you don’t let out a sound. It’s pretty useful actually.