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This Week on Pro-Life Perspective

by | Sep 8, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

This week’s series of five Pro-Life Perspective broadcasts began Monday with a call to work on behalf of the Movement . Yesterday and today, National Right to Life President and PLP host Carol Tobias gives us an inside look at “Abortion is Us,” otherwise known as Planned Parenthood.

Mrs. Tobias debunks a series of myths PPFA has spun over the years, beginning with three claims: that Planned Parenthood puts women’s health first; that if PPFA received more money abortions would decline; and that abortion is practically incidental to the organizations $1 billion in revenues.

In fact there is an inverse correlation: more money=more abortion. Revenue Planned Parenthood receives in “Government Grants & Contracts” has gone from $165 million in 1998 to $363.3 million in the organization’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2009. During the same time, and at roughly the same rate, abortions have more than doubled at Planned Parenthood, from 165,509 in 1998 to 332,278 in 2009.

During that same time span the total number of abortions nationally plunged 25%!

In addition, Mrs. Tobias carefully unveils the gamesmanship behind PPFA’s claim that abortion represents “only 3% of its services.” The bottom line is that 12% of all clients receive abortion services, according to a PPFA February 2011 factsheet. Put another way, of services that involve pregnant women—prenatal care, adoption, and abortion—97.6% were for abortions.

Finally, abortion is crucial to PPFA’s bottom line, Mrs. Tobias explains. Given the 332,278 abortions the group reported in 2009, the money Planned Parenthood took in from abortion that year was at least $149.9 million, if they charged the going rate ($451) for the basic first trimester surgical abortion. That would represent, not 3%, but more than a third of what Planned Parenthood took in in clinic revenues for the entire year ($404.9 million).

Mrs. Tobias also explains how PPFA’s mega-affiliate in the Midwest is promoting RU486 abortions via webcams and how the national office has required that all affiliates have at least one clinic that performs abortion by the end of 2013.

Be sure to listen to today’s broadcast found at You will hear PPFA’s carefully crafted public image shredded by the truth. You can also hear this week’s first two five-minute broadcasts.

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