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PPFA tries to put the best face on giving an award for more abortions performed than the year before

by | Jul 21, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

exceeding+abortion+visitsreIn early July we republished a post from the Right to Life of Michigan blog which included an image of a certificate given out by Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains to its Aurora clinic “for exceeding abortion visits” compared to the year before. As you might imagine, this made the Aurora clinic nervous and it finally responded earlier this month.

In a kind of rebuttal, Miriam Berg posted a piece on the Aurora clinic’s website under the headline, “Setting the Record Straight: Planned Parenthood Expanding Access to Care.” Let me make two quick points.

Berg focused on the characterization that the PPFA abortion clinic had “quotas” which it denied that it had “for any of our services.” For the sake of discussion, for the moment, let’s not dwell on that.

So what was the certificate “For Exceeding Abortion Visits First Half of FY [Fiscal Year] 13 compared to First Half of FY 12” awarded for if not for exceeding a quota? Not surprising Berg’s response loops around that question.

Berg wrote, “[Y]es, we absolutely do celebrate our progress in ensuring that more people have access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion” (emphasis added).

So, Aurora may (or may not) have had an unofficial quota system, but, either way, there were more dead babies in the first half of FY 13 than the first half of FY 12. And for that, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains gave the Aurora “health center” a certificate.

Second, none of this addresses the systemic problem we’ve written about time after time in NRL News Today. Take Planned Parenthood of Delaware.

As we wrote in many posts in 2013, one nurse who had worked there, Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, testified that “one abortion would be completed every 8-10 minutes” at the Wilmington PPFA site—evidence of what she called its “meat-market style assembly line abortions.”

In a story that appeared in the Sunday edition of the [Delaware] News Journal, we learned about Timothy Liveright, its then-primary abortionist. That “for the past few years [Liveright] had flown his single-engine plane [from Pennsylvania] to Delaware about once a week to work at clinics in Wilmington and Dover. He’d perform as many as 30 abortions a day, he said, making about $60 per procedure and from $5,000 to $10,000 a month, depending on demand.”

So what’s worse? Quotas or “meat-market style assembly line abortions”?

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