For many, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is a trusted name in affordable reproductive health care. PPFA would like to keep that standing for the more than 750 centers they operate. They would also like to remain the largest abortion provider in the United States. To reach both goals, PPFA must distort the truth and provide misleading information to women who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood began in 1916 with one birth control clinic opened by Margaret Sanger. Now, Planned Parenthood offers international services, encouraging the use of abortion to solve “health” and “social problems” in America and third-world countries.
Planned Parenthood’s slogan and mission is that “every child should be a wanted child.” Right to Life of Michigan also agrees every child should be wanted and loved. In fact, every child could be wanted and loved. Families in the United States are waiting to adopt.
Planned Parenthood's Commitment to Abortion
PPFA’s Vision for 2025 includes a number of goals including access to reproductive and sexual health care for all. One of the ways Planned Parenthood worked to fulfill that goal was to require every one of their affiliates to operate an abortion clinic by 2013.
Planned Parenthood talks about “choice,” but one choice that isn’t addressed is the option of adoption. According to their 2011-2012 Annual Report, PPFA does not provide any true assistance regarding adoption. In 1997, PPFA referred 9,381 women to other agencies for adoption assistance. By 2011, that number dropped to 2,300 women. While adoption referrals have declined, the number of abortions performed at PPFA “health centers” increased. During 1997, 165,174 abortions were performed; however, by 2011 their abortion business had dramatically increased with 333,964 abortions performed. Approximately one quarter of abortions in the United States are performed by PPFA, making them the largest abortion provider in the country.
A “Profitable” Non-Profit Organization
For years, prolife citizens have been frustrated by the fact that their tax dollars go to abortion-promoting organizations like PPFA. The hundreds of millions of tax dollars for family planning programs Planned Parenthood receives end up subsidizing their staff salaries and operational costs, allowing them to carry out their abortion advocacy. Planned Parenthood operates as a “non-profit” organization, but consistently takes in more revenues than it spends. Nationally, PPFA’s 2011-2012 Annual Report showed a profit (income in excess of expenditures) at $87.4 million. It is time to redirect our tax dollars to health providers who are not abortion advocates.
Planned Parenthood's Political Advocacy
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates lobby at both the state and federal level to block any prolife legislative proposals, such as laws that would inform parents before their minor daughters obtain abortions. According to PPFA’s annual report they spent $51.3 million for public policy during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. During the 2012 election, Planned Parenthood spent $15 million on advertising and get out the vote activities, according to the Washington Post on November 14, 2012.
Planned Parenthood works diligently to halt prolife laws by lobbying against legislation and bringing lawsuits against prolife laws in court. Our tax dollars pay for the court costs involved in defending those laws. Planned Parenthood has worked to defeat the following:
Bad Choices, by Douglas R. Scott -- An in-depth look at Planned Parenthood's goals, strategy and organization.
Blessed are the Barren, by Robert Marshall and Charles Donovan -- This book recounts the social policy of Planned Parenthood and the organization's history.
Grand Illusions, by George Grant -- An overview of Planned Parenthood's legacy and effect on society from a religious perspective.
Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Legacy, by Angela Franks -- This work addresses Sanger’s ideas concerning birth control, eugenics, population control, and sterilization against the backdrop of the larger eugenic context.
Stand Up Girl, by Becky Fraser with Linda Shands
Unplanned, by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert
-- The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader's eye-opening journey across the life line.
Victims and Victors, edited by David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie -- Addresses the issue of pregnancies conceived during rape and shares the stories of women who conceived after being rape.
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