Planned Parenthood’s Deception of the American Public
The secret to Planned Parenthood’s success is just that: a secret. And for good reason. If people knew that this billion-dollar international corporation profited from promoting risky sexual behavior to young people, enforcing abortion quotas to increase profits, putting women’s health at risk, and wasting and abusing taxpayer dollars, Planned Parenthood would be bankrupt. Sadly, it is anything but.
Nearly a million babies were aborted at its facilities over the last three years, which brought the corporation hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. It also receives half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding a year. And it is the largest and loudest advocate for abortion in our nation.
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Planned Parenthood routinely downplays the role of abortion among its services, claiming that the procedure accounts for only three percent of services offered to women. However, critics have said that the group minimizes that number by separating various services performed during an abortion visit as different “services,” so that even for a patient who came solely for an abortion, the abortion would account for only a small percentage of the “services” listed.
In fact, abortion is the most lucrative service Planned Parenthood offers by a drastic margin, accounting for as much as 51 percent of its annual clinic income, or $150 million, according tocalculations by the American Life League.
Former Planned Parenthood clinic worker Abby Johnson said she was turned off from the organization when she learned that, rather than aiming to reduce abortions through birth control, Planned Parenthood considered the procedure its “cash cow” and imposed abortion quotas for its clinics. The national organization recently made it mandatory for each of its affiliates to offer abortions in at least one of its facilities.
Myths about Planned Parenthood are spreading like grassfire. Thanks to a perfect storm of events, the abortion provider is scrambling to cauterize the biggest PR hit it has ever sustained. November’s election of an overwhelmingly pro-life Congress, revelation of numerous violations by its staff and repeated calls for its defunding by social and fiscal conservatives alike have put Planned Parenthood’s lifeblood on the line.
Planned Parenthood’s bottom line is numbers. And, with abortion as its primary money-maker, that means implementing a quota. I know this is true because I worked at one of their Texas clinics for 8 years, two as the clinic director.
Though 98 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women are abortion, Planned Parenthood and its political allies have sworn up and down that taxpayer dollars do not to pay for abortion. But of course they do. Planned Parenthood gets one-third of its entire budget from taxpayer funding and performed more than 650,000 abortions between 2008 and 2009. An abortion is expensive. Its cost includes pay for the doctor, supporting medical staff, their health benefits packages and malpractice insurance. As clinic director, I saw how money affiliate clinics receive from several sources is combined into one pot, not set aside for specific services.
Planned Parenthood’s claim that abortions make up just 3 percent of its services is also a gimmick. That number is actually closer to 12 percent, but strategically skewed by unbundling family planning services so that each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 “visits” per appointment (i.e., 12 packs of birth control equals 12 visits) and doing the opposite with abortion visits, bundling them together so that each appointment equals one visit. The resulting difference between family planning and abortion “visits” is striking.
But that’s not the only deception Planned Parenthood is spreading.
It also claims to help reduce the number of abortions. Not only is this not what Planned Parenthood actually accomplishes, but its goal couldn’t be more opposite. As a Planned Parenthood clinic manager, I was directed to double the number of abortions our clinic performed in order to drive up revenue. In keeping, Planned Parenthood headquarters recently issued a directive mandating that all of its affiliates provide abortions by 2013.
Planned Parenthood is also spending a lot of money convincing its primary income providers – taxpayers – that its highest priority is women’s health and safety. Live Action and the Expose Planned Parenthood coalition released numerous undercover videos showing clinic staff aiding and abetting alleged sex traffickers in exploiting underage girls – some as young as 14.