May 6, 2013
Nearly half of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from taxpayers.
Did you know your money is going toward the largest abortion provider in the nation? Planned Parenthood, which makes more than a billion dollars each year, received almost half of its financial support from taxpayers in 2012 – $542 million to be exact, an 11 percent increase from 2011. That number includes Medicaid money1.
Several states, including Indiana, have tried to stop the flow of Medicaid dollars to the abortion giant. In Washington, D.C., the House voted to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but the bill did not progress. Lawmakers do not mind sending our dollars to Planned Parenthood, even though we did not ask for it.
Planned Parenthood has shown again and again that its focus is not women’s health; it is abortion. Many people may not realize their hard-earned money is going toward the slaughter of innocent babies in the womb. Unborn children are more than just dollar signs; they are gifts meant to be loved and cherished. Help us spread the word about where the money is really flowing and bring it to an end.
1 FoxNews.com “Planned Parenthood Receives Record Amount of Taxpayer Support”
April 29, 2013
Planned Parenthood paints itself as a happy, pro-woman organization that wants people to know all their options when it comes to their sexual lives. But when women face an unplanned pregnancy, Planned Parenthood only wants them to choose its option – abortion.
Abortion kills more than 1 billion babies each year; more than 300,000 of those babies died in Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. That number includes surgical abortions, not abortions caused by emergency contraception or other abortifacient drugs. Meanwhile the number of adoption referrals has steadily declined. In 2010, Planned Parenthood made just 841 adoption referrals compared to 329,445 abortions.1
The killing is going on in our own backyard. While not all Planned Parenthood clinics perform abortions, they do make abortion referrals. Out of the 28 Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana, four perform abortions: Indianapolis, Bloomington, Merrillville and Lafayette. Although abortions are not provided at the Evansville clinic, it does refer women to other clinics. More than 5,000 children in Indiana have died at the hands of Planned Parenthood.
Why is Planned Parenthood so obsessed with abortion? The answer is simple: it brings in money. Abortions performed during the first trimester cost between $300 and $950. Second-trimester abortions are even more expensive, and Planned Parenthood will refer women to late-term clinics if need be. The organization tells women that abortion is a safe and legal procedure, and women are falling for it hook, line and sinker. Susan B. Anthony List, which helps pro-life lawmakers, said Planned Parenthood performed 145 abortions for every adoption referral. It also reported that 92 percent of pregnant women who went to Planned Parenthood obtained abortions.
The numbers show that Planned Parenthood is not an organization that values women; it is an organization that values murdering unborn children for profit.
April 15, 2013
Margaret Sanger had a clear mission when she founded the American Birth Control League in 1921: eliminate and separate anyone deemed unfit to live. In Sanger’s eyes, that included people with mental disabilities or black people who were poor and supposedly unintelligent. She was a profound eugenist and racist, and Planned Parenthood is continuing that regime.
Besides founding Planned Parenthood, Sanger also created “The Negro Project,” aimed toward segregating and sterilizing poor or supposedly unintelligent black people by encouraging them to use birth control. In her article “Birth Control and Racial Betterment” in Birth Control Review, Sanger wrote, “We who advocate Birth Control, on the other hand, lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction when there is not economic means of providing proper care…”
This is scary news for a black population that is already struggling to survive. African-American women are six times more likely to abort their children than Caucasian women. Abortion kills more African-American babies than all other causes combined. Planned Parenthood continues the genocide in the name of “choice.” To this day, Planned Parenthood performs more abortions on African-American women than any other race. Abortion clinics are being built within minority communities to continue Sanger’s mission.
Some hail Sanger as the champion for reproduction rights; many do not know her true agenda. Because of Sanger, more than 16 million African-American babies have been killed by abortion.
March 11, 2013
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is hailed as a champion for women’s health. Its supporters say women would suffer without it and not receive low-cost healthcare anywhere else. Many national companies and organizations have also expressed their support for Planned Parenthood; one of Planned Parenthood’s supporters was Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, of which 18 of its affiliates (not including the Evansville Tri-State Komen Affiliate) gave the abortion giant money to perform breast cancer screenings.
But on Jan. 31, 2012, that changed – Komen decided to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. This fueled a media frenzy, with many people lashing out at Komen for its decision. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood played the innocent victim.
The situation began in December 2011, when Komen announced it would no longer fund organizations that were under criminal or congressional investigation. Komen also wanted its funding to be more results-oriented. One critical part of a breast cancer screening is a mammogram, which Planned Parenthood, contrary to popular belief, does not provide. (It only does manual self-exams, which a woman can do by herself at home.) Shortly after the announcement, Komen bowed to pressure and resumed funding Planned Parenthood. The situation sent a clear message to the American public: if you mess with Planned Parenthood, you will pay the price.
Planned Parenthood does not need Komen’s or any other group’s money. Komen only gave about $700,000 annually to Planned Parenthood, but the abortion provider received more than $480 million in government funding in 2010. Another $230 million came from donations. While government funding tripled between 1994 and 2010, the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics nearly tripled as well. A bill to cut funding to the abortion giant in 2010 failed to pass the U.S. Senate. The Obama Administration has threatened to cut funding to states that have defunded Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has shown again and again that it can and will bully people into giving it money. The Komen controversy is a prime example.
Right to Life of Southwest Indiana does not support those who directly or indirectly fund the nation’s largest abortion provider or abortion itself. We hope the cure for breast cancer and other cancers will be found and support ethical means of doing so. Following are some breast cancer research organizations we do support:
National Breast Cancer Foundation
2600 Network Blvd., Ste. 300
Frisco, TX 75034
Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer
PO Box 80201
Fort Wayne, IN 46898-0201
Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
30 Rehill Ave., Ste. 3400
Somerville, NJ 08876
The Polycarp Research Institute
2232 Second Ave., Altoona, PA 16602
2. The New York Times article “Komen Foundation Works to Regain Support” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/giving/komen-foundation-works-to-regain-support-after-planned-parenthood-controversy.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
January 3, 2013
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S. Many pro-life volunteers and most Americans are not aware of what the main business of Planned Parenthood is – abortion. For many, Planned Parenthood enjoys a reputation of being a leader in women’s health services, a reputation that is built on a false marketing campaign.
Parenthood began as a single birth control clinic in Brooklyn founded by Margaret Sanger. They were originally known as the American Birth Control League and promoting birth control was their primary focus. They had several different leaders initially, but Sanger had the greatest influence on their direction. Over the years there was division in the organization over what level of support they would give abortion, but they eventually totally embraced abortion. Planned Parenthood opened its first abortion clinic in 1970 after New York legalized abortion. On January 22, 1973, the Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in all 50 states through all nine months of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood has continued their unwavering support for abortion on demand since that time and is now the number one provider and promoter of abortion in the U.S.
To understand the foundation of Planned Parenthood, it’s important to know Margaret Sanger. She was the most important figure of the early birth control movement in America. She was born in 1879 in New York, one of eleven children. She married two times and had three children of her own. Her father, known as the village atheist, and her first husband were members of radical political movements. A nurse by training, Sanger’s major cause was promoting birth control and sexual liberation. For Sanger, eugenics was a major factor for promoting birth control. She talked about the need to limit the breeding of the “unfit” for the betterment of the human race. She wrote that charity only reinforces poverty because it allows the unfit to continue breeding. She wrote in her book Pivot of Civilization that, “Every single case of inherited defect, every malformed child, every congenitally tainted human being brought into this world is of infinite importance to that poor individual; but is of scarcely less importance to the rest of us and to all of our children who must pay in one way or another for these biological and racial mistakes.”
It’s commonly believed that Sanger was racist; however author Angela Franks has said that is based on quotes incorrectly attributed to Sanger. Franks notes that many racists associated with Sanger and racist articles were published in her journal Birth Control Review. It’s important to examine the effect of Sanger’s ideas on minorities, who were more likely to be considered “unfit” because of their higher levels of poverty. While Sanger publicly said she was not racist, it’s clear her legacy has led to tragic consequences for minorities.
Despite Sanger’s views and books, Planned Parenthood fails to own up to the history of their founder and has in the past denied claims that Sanger, who was a dues-paying member of the American Eugenics Society, believed in eugenics. However, they continue to hand out an award in her name every year. Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, and Justice Harry Blackmun have received this award in the past.
Firmly committed to abortion, Planned Parenthood, murdered nearly 330,000 unborn lives in 2010. While Planned Parenthood claims that abortion makes up only 3% of their “services,” we can see when it comes to the unborn that they abort a staggering 390 children for every adoption referral they make. While abortions have been decreasing overall in America since 1990, Planned Parenthood has doubled their abortion business in the last decade.
Planned Parenthood is definitely a business, making more than a BILLION dollars in a single year. Of that revenue, almost a third came from taxpayers. Despite receiving government aid, Planned Parenthood routinely makes a profit, and in 2009-2010 that profit totaled $18.5 million. Planned Parenthood spent $56 million on lobbying government and candidates. In 2012, it spent more than $15 million on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Though Planned Parenthood keeps finances separate for accounting purposes, our tax dollars are directly supporting an organization that is the largest provider and promoter of abortion in our country. Your tax dollars allow Planned Parenthood to free up other money to be spent on providing abortions and promoting pro-abortion policies.
Aside from abortion, Planned Parenthood lobbies heavily against common sense pro-life laws at the state and federal level that have saved the lives of countless unborn children. Here’s a sample of the pro-life laws they oppose, including bans on partial birth abortion and parental consent laws for minor children seeking abortions. Contrary to the idea that abortion is all about “choice,” they oppose giving health care workers the right to object on moral and religious grounds to performing or referring for abortions, and they vigorously support abortions being publicly funded by taxpayers.
Planned Parenthood is active in many different communities and has had a profoundly negative impact on them. Many early supporters of Planned Parenthood were committed to birth control for eugenic reasons. While Planned Parenthood refuses to discuss their foundation and has moved more to a “woman’s rights” basis for public support, they have had a profoundly negative impact on minorities. While Planned Parenthood’s argument may have changed, the reality is their commitment to abortion in minority communities is strong. Minorities make up only a third of the population, yet minority women have 2/3 of abortions. That shocking statistic is from the Guttmacher Institute. The Guttmacher Institute is named after Alan Guttmacher, former Planned Parenthood president and vice president of the American Eugenics Society.
Teens are strongly targeted by Planned Parenthood. The information on their teen website is vulgar, irresponsible, and encourages teens to be promiscuous. Thanks to Obamacare, Planned Parenthood will be one of the primary teachers of “PREP” sex-education classes in our schools. Section 2953 of Obamacare, found in Title II, Subtitle L: “Personal Responsibility Education,” included a pre-funded appropriation of $75 million a year for 5 years.
Planned Parenthood also actively seeks support in religious communities. Their own Clergy Advisory Board consists of ordained ministers and religious leaders. The Board has written a pastoral letter on abortion to distribute to abortion clinic waiting rooms. Its fall 2008 newsletter highlights the story of a blessing of a new abortion clinic in New York as “sacred ground.” The Board has issued several pro-abortion statements, including opposition to parental notification for minors seeking abortions and an attack on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.
There are 28 Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana, including four that provide abortions: Indianapolis, Bloomington, Merrillville, and Lafayette. The one in Evansville does not provide surgical abortions, but does refer for abortions. Indiana Planned Parenthood made more than $15 million in revenue in 2011 and performed more than 5,250 abortions.
The most important thing you can do is educate friends and family about Planned Parenthood. Most probably don’t know that Planned Parenthood is the number one provider of abortion in America, or that they receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year. You can decide to not support businesses and organizations that support Planned Parenthood. Check out the list from Life Decisions International in the Right to Life office. You can educate people about the abortion advocacy of Planned Parenthood, save lives and help end the influence Planned Parenthood has in our communities with our children.
Help spread the word as to what is behind the public facade of Planned Parenthood, and the tragic affect they have had on the lives of millions of women, men and unborn children.