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An attempted pro-abortion image make-over

by | Aug 29, 2012





By Dave Andrusko

Jill June, CEO, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

It’s going to take a while for me to wrap my head around this one. A story in yesterday’s World-Herald reports that “Planned Parenthood of the Heartland now will offer adoption services in Nebraska through a partnership with the Mason City, Iowa-based Avalon Center.”

PPH tells reporter Julie Anderson that it has long counseled women on all their options, including adoption, but now will actually have adoption professionals from the Avalon Center (licensed by the state of Nebraska) in its abortion clinics in Omaha and Lincoln.

Let’s think about this for a moment.

In one of the great understatements of all time, Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, said it seems “incongruous” that Planned Parenthood would be offering adoption counseling in the same locations where it provides abortions.

“Our only hope is that more mothers will choose life if they hear more about adoption,” she told Anderson.

According to the story, Avalon does about 10-15 adoptions a year.  Even if that only refers to the ones through PPH, PPH still does about 5000 abortions a year. At the very best that means at least 33 abortions for every adoption.  With that ratio, it’s hard to believe adoption is an equally presented option.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland gives every evidence of being one of the most powerful, most aggressive affiliates the vast PPFA network. And its aggression is not channeled into finding adoption options, but vastly multiplying the number of abortions, surgical and chemical. Let’s see how.

PPH is on the cutting edge of “webcam” abortions, which is a quadruple whammy. The abortionist who could be hundreds of miles away from the mother, dispensing powerful abortifacients, making a mockery of the intent of telemedicine. The purported point of this campaign is to reach “underserved populations”—especially in rural areas.

The impact will be to kill more babies using a powerful two-drug abortion technique in a setting where the “doctor” (the abortionist) can do nothing should something gone wrong. And at least 14 women have died after taking RU486.

And of course, in the process PPH’s bottom line has been fattened. As Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC’s Education Director explained last year, “With the web-cam abortion, PPH has been able to significantly increase the number of abortions it performs, going from 2,898 abortions in 2000 to 4,492 in 2008, an increase of 55% , with chemical abortions (2,582) now exceeding surgical abortions (2,210) at PPH.   At $300 to $800 a piece, that also represents a considerable increase in affiliate revenues as well (estimated total abortion income $1.34 -$3.6 million).”

Note as well that this ever-growing affiliate is headed by Jill June, as it was in 1995 when under its previous incarnation as Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, when it was involved in the U.S. trials of RU486. As Dr. O’Bannon previously explained, Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa was quoted in the local paper announcing that the trials of the abortion pill had been successfully completed in Iowa with “no complications.”

The article caught the attention of an area doctor who knew this simply wasn’t true. He responded back in his own local newspaper, indicating that he had treated one of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa’s RU486 patients at his ER, having to perform emergency surgery to save her life.

“If near death due to the loss of half on one’s blood volume, surgery, and a transfusion of four units of blood do not qualify as a complication,” said Dr. Mark Louviere in the Waterloo Courier (9/24/95), “I don’t know what does.”

Without blinking an eye, June told the Des Moines Register that “no complications” referred to the trial – that the trial was conducted successfully – and not to the condition of the participants. 

This is just the sort of spin you can expect from PPH and Jill June, who incidentally, was the national organization’s “Ruth Green Award” recipient in 1998 for her exemplary work as a chief executive

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is like the monster that devoured Cleveland. One by one it has swallowed up nearby smaller local affiliates.  PPH announced a merger with PP of Nebraska and Council Bluffs in August 2009, another with PP E Central Iowa in December 2010, a merger with PP SW Iowa in May 2011, and then last year merger with PP of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. It’s announced plans to open six new clinics in Nebraska and another six in Iowa.

Although what its future plans are have not all been stated, the one thing you can be sure of is that a bulked-up PPH will greatly increase the number of abortions—surgical and chemical.

So while two of its Nebraska clinics may be making a small gesture in the direction of life, don’t be fooled.  Abortion is still what drives this behemoth.

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