Donald Trump's praise of Planned Parenthood for all of its services except abortion is a shallow view of an agency that reaps its profits from terminating pregnancies, Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, tells Newsmax TV.
"My message to Donald Trump … [is] nothing Planned Parenthood does is for the greater good of women. Every single service they provide leads back to abortion," Johnson said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
"So why do they provide contraceptive services to women? Because they know that eventually that contraceptive will fail; 54 percent of women who have abortions were using contraception at the time they got pregnant.
"They know that method is going to fail and because they've already developed a relationship with that woman then that woman will come back to Planned Parenthood whenever that method did fail and they will be able to sell her on an abortion."
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It's the same reason Planned Parenthood offers services to treat sexually transmitted diseases, said Johnson, who once directed abortion services at a large Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas.
"Why do they provide STD services? Because they care about eradicating STDs? No, because they want to have that first point of contact with a person who is participating in high-risk sexual behavior," she said.
"Because they know that that person has a greater chance of having an unplanned pregnancy and that's a person they can sell an abortion to. Every single service leads back to abortion."
Johnson is author the new book, "The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories,"
written with Kristin Detrow and published by Ignatius Press.
She says she quit the agency in 2009 after being called in to assist in the abortion of a 13-week-old fetus and seeing it squirming to avoid being vacuumed out.
Johnson said she believes lawmakers should yank all federal funding from Planned Parenthood.
"Absolutely. They don't deserve one penny of our money," she said.
Last month, Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, said: "Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for many, many — for millions of women. And I'll say it, and I know a lot of the so-called conservatives, they say that's really... 'cause I'm a conservative, but I'm a common-sense conservative."
He said would not fund Planned Parenthood as long as they provided abortion services, but added: "I've had thousands of letters from women -- that have been helped."
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