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Why Sanction Groups Tied to Planned Parenthood? (Pro-life boycott defense) ^ | 6/29/04 | Paul Nowak

Posted on 06/29/2004 1:19:01 PM PDT by WildReeling

Many times when a pro-life or pro-family organization announces a boycott or other sanction of an organization dealing with Planned Parenthood, the public relations "spin doctors" at the nation's largest abortion provider start going into high gear. They attempt to distract teh focus on Planned Parenthood as an abortion provider, and paint a picture of a non-profit that is trying to help people.

When faced with such opposition, consider the following, excerpted from Guerrilla Apologetics: A Pocket Guide of Pro-Life Arguments by Paul Nowak.

Question 7: Do pro-abortion organizations resemble non-profits, motivated by what is best for humanity, or other industries, motivated by money?

At first this might seem like an absurd question. Pro-abortion groups are almost all registered non-profits. However, Planned Parenthood, the most vocal and also the largest abortion provider in the United States, defies the common image of a non-profit, though it claims such status.

STOPP International, part of the American Life League, has monitored the financial reports of Planned Parenthood since 1987. These reports are posted every year on Planned Parenthood's website and are public information.

Between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003, Planned Parenthood had an income of $766.6 million, a 10.7% increase over the previous year. It reported $688 million in net assets at the end of the year, and its revenues exceeded its expenses by $36.6 million – a larger “profit” than some corporations are able to report.

Hundreds of millions in revenue and assets, 10% growth and a “profit” every year since 1987 (maybe more, but STOPP began watching the reports closely since then) – Planned Parenthood would not be a bad investment, if it were not for the fact it is a registered non-profit.

Where does all that money come from? In the fiscal year ending in 2003 the largest share of that revenue came from clinic income, accounting for 36% ($288.2 million), government grants and contracts provided 33% ($254.4 million), and private contributions accounted for 30% ($228.1 million).

Abortion, STOPP estimates, accounted for approximately $90.9 million in revenue, based on Planned Parenthood reporting 227,375 abortions preformed between July 2002 and June 2003, and an average cost of $400 per abortion. Totaling the statistics from 1977-2003, STOPP has estimated that abortion has provided Planned Parenthood with $985 million in revenue. By the time you are reading this, the revenue has most likely exceeded $1 billion.

Even though Planned Parenthood lobbies for tax dollars and pleads for donations, it has more money than it can spend. And employees don't do badly either. Gloria Feldt, the organization's President, was paid $363,426 in the last reported fiscal year.

However, while Planned Parenthood is the nations largest abortion provider, its 190+ facilities only represent 17% of all abortion businesses. Abortion is a billion-dollar industry.

So why bring up this information? It will put some of the actions positions Planned Parenthood has taken into perspective.

While it says it promotes “choice,” Planned Parenthood routinely opposes any measure that infringes on its interests – even if the measure is in the interest of the women it claims to serve.

Planned Parenthood makes money from abortions, that was shown earlier. They are not in any way an adoption agency and thus must refer outside their organization for that. According to Planned Parenthood's own reports, from 1997 to 2002 their adoptions referrals dropped by 79% (from 9,381 to 1,963), but abortions increased by 37.7%. In fact, in 2002 Planned Parenthood preformed 115 abortions for each adoption referral it made.

Planned Parenthood opposes clinic regulations, despite the fact that in many states there are more restrictions on veterinary clinics than self-regulated abortion facilities. Such regulations, including requirements to cover malpractice insurance, would cut into the profit margin of the business – in fact, such laws have led to abortion businesses closing due to the increased financial costs.

They have also vehemently opposed legislation requiring women to wait 24 hours before an abortion and to receive information about the risks and alternatives.

Planned Parenthood opposes parental notification and consent laws, and even provides information on its site for teens to circumvent such laws where they exist by seeking a judicial waver. A woman's right to “choose” apparently ends when the “choice” becomes old enough to be sexually active herself.

Pro-abortion advocates admit that pregnant women are more likely targets for violent acts – in fact homicide is the leading cause of death in pregnant women. But pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, oppose laws that would count such violence as crimes against two people. They would rather ignore the emotional pain a woman suffers when her child is taken from her, and impose what they call “enhanced penalties” for harm done to a pregnant women. Why? The think that recognizing the unborn child as a person could shut down their lucrative business.

There have been far too many cases where such opposition was shown to list them in this little booklet. Keep an eye on bills or laws that come up dealing with these issues, and you will notice that Planned Parenthood usually sends speakers to testify at hearings, lobby the legislature, and ultimately file lawsuits to block the laws if passed. Pro-life organizations like continually monitor such actions around the country.

There is an eerie resemblance between such action from the abortion industry and the tobacco industry. Both have tried to offer self-regulation (and protect it) to prevent state or federal limitations, and both have set up research organizations (Alan Guttmacher Institute for Planned Parenthood, and the Council for Tobacco Research and the Tobacco institute for tobacco companies). Both industries have developed campaigns for young people, supposedly for the purpose of deterring unhealthy activity, and both have been found to have lied and misrepresented health risks to protect their interests. In fact, millions of dollars in research was spent by Big Tobacco to try to downplay or prove that tobacco did not cause cancer, just as pro-abortionists are downplaying the abortion-breast cancer link.

Tobacco companies have also been accused of promoting chewing tobacco as a safe alternative to smoking, while Planned Parenthood is well known for promoting supposedly “safe sex” with birth control devices and pills.

Would anyone trust a tobacco company representative who said smoking was completely safe and everyone else was wrong? Why then do people believe the billion-dollar abortion industry when they say abortion is safe, and everyone else has got the wrong information?

TOPICS: Books/Literature; Reference; Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; boycott; plannedparenthood; prochoice; prolife

1 posted on 06/29/2004 1:19:04 PM PDT by WildReeling
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