The Truth About Planned Parenthood
Source: STOPP International, an organization of Christian parents devoted to exposing Planned Parenthood.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's largest operator of abortion facilities and has admitted to committing over 3,000,000 post-implantation abortion procedures since it first started doing them in New York state in 1970. The estimated total number of current U.S. Planned Parenthood clinics is 846. All clinics provide contraceptives that sometimes abort children before implantation. Of these 846, a total of 160 clinics were identified as also providing post-implantation surgical or chemical abortions. The main business of Planned Parenthood is killing babies. And that’s what they are--a business.
The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, remains a controversial figure, even decades after her death. Pro-life activists point to her widely published views as proof that her vision of "birth control" was really an attempt to limit the elements of the population she considered undesirable—racial minorities and others she labeled "feeble-minded." Planned Parenthood Federation of America likes to portray itself as a "health care" organization. Because of Planned Parenthood's great public relations apparatus, most Americans think of it as a health care provider. The various government agencies at the local, state and federal levels also see Planned Parenthood as a health care provider and give it grants and contracts under Title X of the Health and Human Services Act, Title XIX of the Social Security Act, Medicaid, and many other such programs.
According to its own data, Planned Parenthood still commits over 197,000 abortions a year. In addition, Planned Parenthood's sex education classes and their website for teens teach children a perverted philosophy which denies the very truth and meaning of human sexuality. Planned Parenthood fosters greater promiscuity. This increases Planned Parenthood's customer base for both contraception and abortion. Finally, the Planned Parenthood empire has been built and sustained in large part by money from U.S. taxpayers. Planned Parenthood's own annual reports indicate that it received $2.2 billion of taxpayer money between 1987 and 2001. Thirty percent ($202.7 million) of Planned Parenthood's income ($672.6 million) in its 2000/01 fiscal year came from government grants or contracts. Incredibly, they made $454 million of profit from 1987 to 2001!
Recently, Planned Parenthood publicly released its new 25-year plan for the organization. Called Vision 2025, this plan documents what the organization sees as its 10 most important goals for the next quarter-century. In looking at this plan, two facts become increasingly clear. First, despite it's public image, this plan exposes Planned Parenthood as an organization bent on achieving a goal of massive social engineering and NOT the health care organization it likes to portray itself as being. Secondly, it is abundantly clear that the final plan is nothing more than a restatement of the original philosophies of the organization's founder, Margaret Sanger.
Planned Parenthood dates its beginnings to October 16, 1916 when Margaret Sanger and two friends opened a clinic in Brooklyn, New York. The organization we know today as Planned Parenthood has had different names through the years. It was originally the American Birth Control League, then the Birth Control Federation of America in 1939, then the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942. From 1961 to 1973 it went by the name Planned Parenthood - World Population, and then returned to Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1974.
Two of Margaret Sanger’s philosophies when she began Planned Parenthood were birth control (including abortion), and eugenics (disguised as population control). Eugenics is defined as "a science dealing with the improvement (as by selective breeding) of hereditary qualities esp. of human beings.” To Sanger this meant the systematic elimination (through birth control, including abortion) of all those people she and her cohorts considered to be “inferior" in order to create a race of superior intellectuals.
Planned Parenthood got the birth control pill approved in 1960. In her book, Take Charge of Your Body, Dr. Carolyn DeMarco summarizes many of the problems caused by the birth control pill. Among those listed by Dr. DeMarco are:
--The pill makes the teenage user more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.
--The risk for blood clots increases. Studies have shown that women taking the high dose pill are twice as likely as non-users to have a rupture of a blood vessel in the brain.
--Women on the pill have a greater risk than non-users of having gallbladder disease requiring surgery.
--In February 1989, an updated report of a Boston study showed that pill users under age 45 had twice the incidence of breast cancer as non-users. The risk of breast cancer was doubled for women who had used the pill for less than ten years, and quadrupled for women who had used the pill for ten years and over.
In 1955, Planned Parenthood ran a National Conference on Abortion to determine a strategy for getting abortion legalized in the United States. And, after the United States Supreme Court finally legalized contraception, in the 1965 Griswold decision, Planned Parenthood swung into action. It got Colorado to liberalize its abortion laws in 1967, then 14 other states before the Supreme Court de-criminalized abortion throughout the country in 1973. It was clearly Sanger and Planned Parenthood that brought abortion to the United States.
Planned Parenthood in the Schools
One of the major targets of Planned Parenthood is our schools. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has, since 1970, pushed for sex education in public schools. In 1986, Planned Parenthood’s president stated that they had established a goal of getting kindergarten through twelfth grade sex education mandated in every school district in the nation. Planned Parenthood sees sex education as a way of indoctrinating our children with their philosophies that include the acceptance of abortion, and are in direct opposition to the teachings of most churches in this country.
Many American schools allow Planned Parenthood and other similar organizations on campus to discuss abortion, birth control, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other sensitive issues. Life Dynamics and Priests for Life are collaborating on a project called the Child Protection Project, which can block Planned Parenthood's access to schools, and therefore to a large portion of their funding. The project builds on the evidence that abortion facilities nationwide break the law by failing to fulfill their duty as mandated reporters when they know or suspect child abuse. Planned Parenthood has no business receiving tax money or speaking to children in a public school. Who do you want your children to turn to when they have a question about life? You, their parents who love them, or Planned Parenthood who wants to exploit them for profit?
The Family Research Council has reported that by using taxpayer dollars, Planned Parenthood is embarking on a new strategy aimed at increasing the number of teens using its services. In Morrow County, Ohio, Planned Parenthood has inked a deal with the school system there to pay teenagers $100 to be trained as "outreach workers”. They would then be paid an additional reward for every teenage client they recruit as a new Planned Parenthood customer. The money the abortion business will use to pay its teenage workers will come in part from federal and state grants via the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.
Abortion Injuries and Deaths
A few years ago, an Indiana woman who had a botched abortion performed on her sued Planned Parenthood of Central and Southern Indiana. The Bloomington Herald-Times reported that Dr. James Howard "negligently and incorrectly" performed an abortion on her at the Bloomington Planned Parenthood abortion facility. The woman later notified Planned Parenthood she was bleeding extensively and was suffering severe cramps and pain but was told that was "normal”. She was taken to the Bloomington Hospital emergency room where an exam disclosed she was internally bleeding and still pregnant. This is not the first time Howard had faced legal difficulties over abortions he's done. In October 1988, he was doing abortions in Bloomington and began an abortion on a three-month old unborn child. He later discovered the child was much older than he originally thought. Complications developed from the abortion and the woman was rushed to Bloomington Hospital. The aborted child was considered a viable baby and its age was estimated at 23-26 weeks. State law required a second doctor to be present during such an abortion. One was not. As a result Howard was charged with four felonies. Howard's medical license was suspended in 1989.
Also, a woman died at Reproductive Health Services in St. Louis, which is operated by Planned Parenthood. This ”doctor” is connected to two other deaths as well. In 1981, Diane Boyd, a severely retarded 19-year-old, died of a reaction to a painkiller, two days after an abortion was performed. In 1991, Latachie Veal, 17, died of severe bleeding hours after he performed an abortion on her. And the list goes on and on.
As recent as June 2003, the California Department of Health Services has cited a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinic for numerous deficiencies linked to the death of a woman following an abortion allegedly performed by a Sacramento physician. The report found that the patient, 25-year-old Diana Lopez was not a good candidate for the surgical procedure, and that the physicians and clinic staff failed to follow established protocols before and after the procedure. Diana died Feb. 28, 2002, from "a hemorrhage due to traumatic anterior cervical perforation due to dilation and evacuation for elective termination of pregnancy at 18 weeks”, according to a deputy medical examiner at the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. In other words, she bled to death after her cervix was punctured during her abortion. Diana left behind two other children. (Source: Sacramento Bee newspaper)
Planned Parenthood Pays Teens to Educate Their Peers
Source: Family Research Council; December 2, 2002
Washington, DC -- Using taxpayer dollars, Planned Parenthood is embarking on a new strategy aimed at increasing the number of teens using its services.
In Morrow County, Ohio, Planned Parenthood has inked a deal with the school system there to pay teenagers $100 to be trained as "outreach workers." They would then be paid an additional reward for every teenage client they recruit as a new Planned Parenthood customer. The money the abortion business will use to pay its teenage workers will come in part from federal and state grants via the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.
"Under no circumstances should taxpayers be forced to subsidize Planned Parenthood's efforts to promote teen sex," said Ken Connor, president of Family Research Council. "The idea of paying teens to recruit other teens into Planned Parenthood's grasp is unconscionable; doing it with taxpayer dollars is outrageous." According to the U.S. Government Accounting Office, Planned Parenthood received more than $137 million in federal money during the 2001 fiscal year.
"This week's cover story in Newsweek, which details a significant rise in abstinent teens, shows the Bush administration is on the right track by promoting abstinence-only education," Connor said. "Why then are we using tax dollars to promote Planned Parenthood's culture of abortion and so-called 'safe sex'? "This latest scheme is more evidence, as if more were needed, why the 108th Congress should act decisively to de-fund Planned Parenthood," Connor said.
Planned Parenthood Found Negligent in Reporting Molested Teen's Abortion
Source: Associated Press; December 26, 2002
Phoenix, AZ -- A judge found Arizona Planned Parenthood negligent for failing to report to Child Protective Services (CPS) an abortion performed on a
13-year-old girl in foster care - a case pro-life advocates say is a key example of the importance of parental consent laws. Since 2000 in Arizona, girls under 18 have been required to get parental or
guardian consent to have an abortion unless they seek court approval, which judges generally are obliged to grant.
The girl's case dates back to 1998, when the teen went for an abortion at a Planned
Parenthood abortion facility accompanied by her 23-year-old foster brother, with whom she was having a sexual relationship. Planned Parenthood didn't notify authorities until the girl returned six months later for a second abortion, court records show. Lawsuits filed on behalf of the teen contend the Glendale, Arizona girl was subjected to continued molestation and sexual exploitation because the abortion business and others didn't notify police or CPS of her first
abortion on Nov. 10, 1998. The girl's attorney also argues that Planned Parenthood's gross negligence led to her second abortion six months later. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Cathy Holt ruled last month that Planned Parenthood was negligent in failing to notify authorities when the girl first came in.
State law requires medical providers to report all cases of suspected sexual abuse or sexual conduct with a minor, except in cases in which two minors 14 or older have consensual sex. A girl younger than 14 is not old enough to consent under the law, and the girl was 13 when she became pregnant. The Associated Press is withholding her name because she is a minor.
"It's a real tragedy," said attorney and Arizona Right to Life President John Jakubczyk, who is representing the girl's natural mother. "Planned Parenthood knew what was going on. It's heartbreaking, and none of it had to happen."
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Beth Meyer-Lohse said she could not discuss the case because other issues - including allegations that the abortions constitute assault and battery - are still being litigated. In 2001, Meyer-Lohse said the organization notified authorities of five to 10 cases of suspected sexual abuse every month. She refused to say whether those
numbers have since changed.
Jakubczyk and other pro-lifers point to this case as an example of why parental consent laws are necessary. Those laws were not in place when the girl in the case received abortions. The lawsuit accuses her foster parents, Donald and Patricia Stevens, CPS,
and Arizona Baptist Children's Services - responsible for monitoring some foster children for CPS - of
failing to protect the girl from repeated sexual abuse. The Stevens family declined to comment about the case because of the pending litigation. A psychological analysis performed in July showed the girl was immature for her age and is emotionally scarred by the relationship. She "was probably functioning at about a third-grade level of maturity when her 23-year-old foster brother began having sex with her," the analysis says. In court papers, Planned Parenthood defended not reporting the abortion
because "it does not follow that the negligence caused damages," and "no reporting would have been required if she had been eight months older." Because the girl, now 17, is a ward of the state, she was appointed an attorney who filed a civil lawsuit in August 2001 on her behalf. Despite the language in the
lawsuit, the girl's court appointed attorney, James Hart, said rape was not suspected. "There is no indication that (the sex) was anything but
consensual," he said. In fact, he said clinic workers didn't know the girl was having a sexual
relationship with her foster brother Shawn Stevens, the Stevens' natural son who also lived in the home. The girl told clinicians she was impregnated by a 14-year-old teen, records show. When Planned Parenthood notified CPS after the second abortion in 1999,
police arrested Stevens. He was charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced in 2000 to five years in prison and lifetime
probation. Shawn Stevens declined to be interviewed for this story.
CPS spokesman Fernando Vendor said Donald and Patricia Stevens are no longer licensed foster parents. Hart said the lawsuit never alleges the Stevens parents knew about the affair, only that they should have known. Records show that in 1995, the girl, then 10, and her two younger brothers were placed in the Stevens' care because the children were neglected.
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Background by Catholic and Prolife
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The Child Predator Project (Life Dynamics)
What is Planned Parenthood Doing Today?(Life Issues Institute)
Eugenics(click on Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood)
Catholic Leaders Speak on Planned Parenthood
More about the Child Predator Project (Priests for Life)
Abortion Facts (must see)
Planned Parenthood's Official Website
Alan Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood's right arm)
What is Being Done?
STOPP (Stop Planned Parenthood)
Life Decisions International
Child Protection Project (Priests for Life)
Planned Parenthood Lies About Anesthesia
Woman Sues Planned Parenthood Over Botched Abortion
Planned Parenthood Statistics (pdf file)
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