Over $320 million of state, local, and federal funding goes to Planned Parenthood every year (almost a third of its income). However, thanks to its lucrative abortion services, this “non-profit” reported a net income of approximately $106,000,000 from July 2008-July 2009.
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who had a change of heart and is now pro-life, says, “Every meeting that we had was, ‘We don’t have enough money, we don’t have enough money — we’ve got to keep these abortions coming.’” Johnson told a reporter for Foxnews.com, “It’s a very lucrative business, and that’s why they want to increase numbers.”
My own mother is one of the millions of women who have been lied to and hurt by abortion clinic greed over the years. Below is just part of her story:
I married very young and got divorced a couple years after — started partying all the time, had a warped body image, and figured my looks were all that mattered in life. When I was at my best and most promiscuous, eventually the result of my lifestyle was a pregnancy. I lived a mile away from the local clinic. Easy way out? Abortion. So many of my friends had them all the time. And I didn’t need to tell the guy, after all. The night I met him at a club, I really just wanted to be with him out of loneliness, and I was feeling horrendously guilty over that mistake as it was.
Obtaining my first abortion was as easy as buying burgers and fries at your local McDonalds! Make the appointment, bring your cash, and it’s over. The burden would be lifted. No weight gain, no responsibility, etc. Yes, that was my reason. Easy birth control method — that’s why most women do it.
Pregnant again — for a second time! Easy — abortion clinic, get ‘em in, get ‘em out. No problem. Line up in the chairs along the wall like cattle. It was attractively decorated in there. I remember this guy with white hair who walked around in there every time who looked sorta like Thomas Dolby. They tried to keep the girls’ spirits up by complimenting us on various things. One time I got props for having high iron levels. Hooray!
And then … I got pregnant a third time. What to do? This time, I put more thought into it. What would others think if they found out I had a third abortion?
I had a job in a doctor’s office working along side other Christians who were sharing Christ with me, and I started to have a conscience, but no one talked me out of it. My selfish desires ruled. I couldn’t bear to get fat. Besides, the thing inside of me was just a blob of cells — or so they said. As I walked into the clinic for the third time, I felt a tug to walk out, I noticed the old ladies praying for me on the sidewalk, and the clinic workers yelling at them. I walked in. I asked the intake person if it was normal for a girl to come in a third time. She said, “Absolutely, don’t worry. You’re just Fertile Myrtle.” Well, phew. I felt a lot better.
My mom’s story is just one of many. She now suffers from numerous physical problems that are a result of the three procedures she went through at this clinic and every day deals with not only that but the emotional consequences of abortion. Her two pregnancies afterward were wrought with complications and bed rest.
Women put their trust in Planned Parenthood to care for and guide them. They should be regarded as more than just a commodity and an opportunity for profit.
In the “Who We Are” section of its website, Planned Parenthood states that it is “America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care.” But have Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry earned that kind of trust?
Besides violating women’s trust on a personal level, Planned Parenthood has legal trouble to deal with as a result of not reporting statutory rape or abuse cases with which they’ve been presented in their clinics.
Their website also claims that “one in four American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life.” This is an astounding statistic. If it is indeed true that 25 percent of American women have received services from this organization, shouldn’t they be held to the highest standards possible?
Take Action: As noted in the June 17 Concerned Women Blog posting, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) has introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, H.R. 614, which would stop government funding of abortion providers. While it doesn’t reduce the money available for genuine family planning services, it does prohibit government funds from going to abortion providers. Some of our good friends and heroes support this bill, like Reps. Joseph Pitts (R-Pennsylvania), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington), and Trent Franks (R-Arizona). Please call your Representatives and ask them to support H.R. 614 to defund Planned Parenthood!