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The Largest Abortion Provider in America, PPFA Consolidates and Grows, Extending Tentacles into Rural Areas

Jan 27, 2011 | 01-January 2011 NRL News

NRL News
Page 21
January 2011
Volume 38
Issue 1

The Largest Abortion Provider in America, PPFA Consolidates and Grows, Extending Tentacles into Rural Areas

By Dave Andrusko

If you’ve had the opportunity to read the many insightful analyses provided by NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, it’ll come as no surprise that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is not only erecting massive mega-clinics, it is also going to “standardize its operations” by reportedly requiring all affiliates to perform abortions and is actively pushing so-called “web-cam” abortions. The objectives are obvious: to massively increase both the number of PPFA abortions (already at 324,008 in 2008) and bolster PPFA’s bottom line (already at $1 billion dollars).

That the nation’s largest abortion provider is requiring all affiliates to perform abortions was revealed in a story written by a local Texas newspaper covering the decision of what is now known as the Family Planning of the Coastal Bend to drop its affiliation with PPFA.

We have never provided abortions,” CEO Amanda Stukenberg told the Corpus Christi Caller. “Our position is that if that is a need in your community, fine. There are far greater needs in our area than abortion. We feel that women here have options. We don’t need to duplicate services.”

The story in the Caller says that PPFA did not return phone calls and that it is unknown if any other affiliates are following Family Planning of the Coastal Bend in un-affiliating.

Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC director of education, explained that “in recent years, Planned Parenthood has tried to minimize the significance of abortion to their business, saying it represents just a small portion of its services, yet we’ve known that, at current prices, it accounts for at least a third of their clinic income.” However this latest revelation, O’Bannon said, “makes it clear just how central abortion is to both the group’s political agenda and how critical is it to the corporate bottom line: ‘Do abortions or take the Planned Parenthood logo off your door!’”

PPFA’s inexorable campaign of consolidation has been clear for several years. After a series of mergers, the group now has 95 affiliates. The group is said to have had more than double that number in 1979 (see NRL News, March 2008). Clearly many of the larger, more profitable affiliates have gobbled up the smaller ones as the organization becomes leaner and quite literally, as the record number of abortions shows, meaner.

Perhaps most disturbing is the claim from a PPFA September “Factsheet” that “Seventy-two percent of our clients have incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.” With its recent efforts to build new, upscale mega-clinics, Planned Parenthood has reached out to a wealthier clientele, yet Planned Parenthood’s customers are still, apparently, drawn predominantly from the less affluent classes.

The third prong of PPFA’s abortion offensive is the introduction of so-called “web-cam” abortions, intended to reach “clients” in the hinterlands. Not actually in the same room with the woman, the abortionist communicates by means of a video conferencing system, electronically opening a drawer from which the woman takes out the two drugs that make up the RU486 chemical abortion regime: misoprostol and mifepristone.

According to the World-Herald newspaper, since the summer of 2008 Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has aborted more than 2,000 women in Iowa using the web-cam chemical abortion technique. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland operates abortion clinics in Iowa and Nebraska.

But pro-life Nebraskans are not waiting until web-cam abortions are practiced in their state. They intend to introduce legislation to bar Nebraska doctors from prescribing and dispensing abortion-inducing drugs via the Internet.

The abortion industry keeps coming up with new ways to kill unborn children, and this is one of them,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska RTL. “What happens in Iowa, I kid you not, is headed for Nebraska.”

As is traditional, PPFA tried to evade the issue by equating killing with healing. Kyle Carlson, legal director for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, told the World-Herald that restrictions on the use of web-cam abortions “could hurt the growing use of Internet video hookups in medicine. ‘To make an argument that telemedicine is unsafe because the physician is not present is not an attack on abortion, it’s an attack on telemedicine,’ he said.”

Nonsense, said Dr. O’Bannon. “There is a fundamental difference between a situation in which a person is dealing with some serious illness or health risk in an emergency situation and has no immediate access to a doctor versus one — a woman seeking an abortion — in which there is no underlying health issue and the procedure is entirely elective,” he said. “If one is trying to save a life and there is no doctor available, telemedicine is a risk worth taking. For elective, and certainly for dangerous, procedures, it is an entirely different issue.”