Facts about abortion
and Planned Parenthood
(Complete report. An edited version ran in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
In the 40th year since Roe v. Wade, let’s look at the facts:
For almost 2,000 years — from the 1st century A.D. until 40 years ago — abortion and infanticide were considered crimes in most every nation. In the U.S., prominent feminists of the 19th century called abortion “child murder” and “the ultimate exploitation of women.” Based on polls and state laws at the time, the majority of Americans opposed the killing of unborn children in the 1960s and early 1970s.
This year, the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., drew a record number of participants. Estimates ranged from 500,000 to 650,000, even though many in the media said only “thousands,” and several ignored it altogether. Among the marching pro-lifers, 75% of them were young people, a growing percentage over the years.
What Roe really did
In Roe v. Wade, an all-male Supreme Court legalized abortion. (Their gender is forgotten by those women who say men have no right to speak out on abortion.)
The plaintiffs in Roe (Norma McCorvey of Houston) and its companion ruling, Doe v. Bolton (Sandra Cano of Atlanta), later said they didn’t want abortions and that their attorneys lied to them. They eventually turned pro-life and fought to overturn the rulings.
The rulings permit abortion until the moment of birth (not just the first 3 months, as many polls and abortion-supporters claim). They allow abortion for any “health” reason, which includes “all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient.” That’s interpreted loosely: A mother can abort her baby merely if the pregnancy upsets her.
Abortions mostly for convenience
Florida statistics show 97.9% of abortions are for “personal convenience;” other reasons given are such as “physical condition” or “abnormal fetus.” More than 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome (sometimes inaccurately) are aborted. (Some women abort merely because their babies have treatable cleft palate.) Rape is listed nationwide in less than 1% of cases. (Despite the circumstances of conception, it’s still a baby.) If these and any physical conditions were the allowable exceptions to an abortion ban, abortion still would virtually cease to exist.
It’s said the decision is “between the woman and her doctor.” However, in many cases, the mother doesn’t even see the doctor until the abortion. Planned Parenthood is promoting “telemed,” where the woman can get abortion pills remotely after meeting a doctor only via TV.
Roe said abortion violates a woman’s “right to privacy.” The Constitution states no such right.
The court said it couldn’t determine when life begins. But biological textbooks have long said the egg and sperm merge to become a new human being (separate from the mother’s body) at conception/fertilization. After that, at implantation, at birth and throughout life, the being remains the same, changing only its size, location, age and development. (http://www.caseforlife.com)
Abortion is not health care. It’s elective surgery. Pregnancy is not a disease or illness to be cured, but a natural condition of the female body.
Sarasota has 2 abortion facilities, including the 5th-largest Planned Parenthood facility in the nation, headquarters for a 15-county affiliate. Recent tax returns show revenue ranging from $8 to $10 million, including salaries and benefits totaling around $4 million. Its CEO received $169,000 salary; the governor’s salary is $130,000. The national CEO gets $400,000, same as the U.S. President.
Several passing by PP, and even some going inside, have said they didn’t know PP does abortions there. It has had multiple abortionists, including one coming more than an hour from Fort Myers. Based on state figures, about 33 abortions are committed a week in Sarasota County — equaling one and a half classrooms of children. Since Roe, 70,000 babies have been aborted in the county — the population of the cities of Sarasota and Venice.
Nationally, 55 million babies have been aborted since Roe, now averaging 1.2 million a year and 3,200 a day — nearly the 9/11 toll every day.
PP is the largest abortion provider, with a third of all abortions.
Analysis of PP’s annual report for 2011-12 shows:
— A record $542 million in taxpayer funding ($1.5 million a day) — 45% of its total revenue. PP says tax funds aren’t used for abortion. However, taxes used for any other purpose free up revenue to support the abortion business.
— $87.4 million in excess revenue ($239,000 profit a day), and more than $1.2 billion in net assets. It’s got 100 times more money than National Right to Life.
— A record-high 333,964 abortions, for an income estimated at $150 million.
— 3 million clients, meaning 11% of all clients received an abortion. Nearly 40% of clinic income comes from abortion. PP says only 3% of services are abortion; but, for example, it counts every birth control package as a separate service (so a B.C. client may be counted 12 times while an abortion client is counted once).
— 92% of all pregnant clients got abortions, while prenatal care accounted for only 7%, and adoption referrals for just 6/10ths of 1%. For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood committed 145 abortions.
— Cancer screenings have dropped by 29% since 2009. Despite its claims, PP does not do mammograms. Its contraceptive services have dropped 12% in 2 years.
Also, 54% of all women having abortions were on birth control when they got pregnant, says the abortion-supporting Guttmacher Institute. ( http://www.guttmacher.org/
As PP”s funding continues to rise to records, abortions increase also to records, and real health services for women go down.
And PP requires all affiliates to do abortions beginning this year.
PP has less than 800 centers, with 3 million clients. Yet, community health centers with many of the same services are in 9,000 communities, serving 22 million patients.
But babies are saved
Despite all this, six pregnancy services and related agencies in the Sarasota and Manatee areas — supported by donations, with virtually no tax funds — are saving babies and helping mothers who choose life, at no charge.
Abe Lincoln said: “No law can give the right to do what is wrong. The foundation of a free people rests on the nobility of their moral action.”
And abolitionist William Wilberforce: “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”
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