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What is Planned Parenthood and Why Should We Care?

One of the most hotly debated topics in our political sphere this year is the potential defunding of Planned Parenthood.  With the election of Donald Trump as President and a Republican majority in the House and Senate, this issue has risen to the top of political issues, much like music on Billboard’s Top 10 list. A recent House Committee bill barely passed, linking the defunding action to the repeal of ObamaCare.

Planned Parenthood started in October 1916 in Brooklyn, New York, as a birth control clinic under the auspices of three women: Margaret Sanger, Ethel Byrne, and Fania Mindell. The women were arrested under provisions of the Comstock Act, accused of selling “obscene materials.” They appealed twice, and though their convictions were not overturned, the judge who issued the final ruling also modified the law to permit physician-prescribed birth control. The clinic was re-organized. In 1921 as the American Birth Control League, and in 1942, the name was changed to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Today, Planned Parenthood has about 650 clinics in the United States.

Findings by ProLife Legal Experts

As politicians took their seats in Washington, DC in January, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) distributed its monthly Legal Tips. That edition was titled

 Time to Expose Planned Parenthood for What It Is. Here are a few excerpts from that publication:

  1. Planned Parenthood is profit driven.
  • Massive “non-profit” that earned a net profit of $58.5 million during fiscal year 2014-2015. The year before they netted $127.1 million.
  • Net assets of $1.5 billion dollars.
  • President Cecile Richards, earns $958,000 annually. The average top employee’s salary is $338,000.
  1. Planned Parenthood is abortion-centric
  • Commits one-third of the nation’s reported abortions -- 324,000 in 2015.
  • Not focused on cancer screenings and prevention – these services have dropped 57% since 2010 and PP has done zero mammograms.
  • Decreased its focus on contraceptive services - down 20% since 2010.
  • Performed nearly one million abortions (978,818) from 2012-2014.
  • 94% of women seeking pregnancy services at PP were provided with abortions. Only 5% (17,419) received “prenatal care.” Less than 1% (2,024) received an adoption referral.
  • Makes at least $162 million dollars on abortion each year. On average an abortion cost $500 ($500 x 324,000 abortions performed in 2015 equals $162,000,000 in abortion revenue each year).

The publication also cited the Congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of fetal tissue, violation of women’s HIPAA privacy rights, and possibility of some clinics aiding sex traffickers of minors.

NIFLA’s sources for this information included Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports and press releases from Congressional members. The January NIFLA publication was written by Thomas Glessner, NIFLA President, and Anne O’Connor, the organization’s Vice President of Legal Affairs.

Seeking God’s Guidance

Jay Hobbs, marketing and communications director for Heartbeat International and editor of Pregnancy Help News, wrote a commentary last week on the online publication site, an open letter to Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer for Planned Parenthood. Ms. Laguens was interviewed by Tucker Carlson of FOX News. Jay used his editorialship of Pregnancy Help News to pose some questions and make a few points. He tells Ms. Laguens, and reminds all of us, “God has so loved you and me that he paid in full the debt we owe by offering his Son for us.” Read Jay’s “plea” to Ms. Laguens here: https://pregnancyhelpnews.com/my-plea-to-planned-parenthood-vp-dawn-laguens

As discussions and debates continue, let us remember to turn to the God of love, the God who knows all and sees all, and ask His guidance in this battle for life.

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