By William Mahoney, PhD
The hashtag #ThxBirthControl enjoyed its moment in the trending spotlight this week. An inundation of tweets and retweets from individuals singing the praises of birth control and all the apparently wonderful things it has done flooded Twitter. Birth control users adoringly thanked their various birth control methods in a social media sea of adulation with tweets such as:
Many of these birth control enthusiasts are particularly elated because Obamacare has made birth control “free.” Highlighting this "free" birth control has been a big part of Planned Parenthood’s current birth control campaign on social media.
Check out this tweet:
And this one:
And this one:
Of course, few things in this world are actually free. So who is paying for all this “free” birth control? Do you think Planned Parenthood is footing the bill? If you do, let me know and I will tell you how you can donate to my favorite charity...
The Mahoney Fund.
Planned Parenthood is not giving away anything for free and is still making money from providing “free” birth control. How much the abortion chain is making on birth control with Obamacare varies from state to state, but there is no doubt that the abortion giant is still getting its cut.
Remember, Planned Parenthood always tries to make it look like it's a noble and caring healthcare provider, but the organization doesn’t do ANYTHING that is not lucrative. Planned Parenthood executives could not care less who is footing the bill as long as the money keeps flowing.
Finally, the reason Planned Parenthood has launched this birth control campaign on social media is because (1) the abortion chain is in a kind of panic mode over its future in light of the coming Trump administration, and (2) Obamacare allows one to obtain “free” birth control from plenty of other birth control providers; this has caused Planned Parenthood to lose a significant amount of its birth control business.
Planned Parenthood’s birth control campaign is not about any altruistic concern to help women celebrate and/or benefit from "free" birth control. It is about trying, somewhat desperately, to hold on to existing clients, and of course, try to get some new ones.