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Friday, May 04, 2012

How Planned Parenthood Is Making Abortion Anything But Rare in Iowa

On 28 April, Jill June, the head of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPH) had a column printed in the Des Moines Register.  In it she attacks the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. 1st she tries to make it sound like the legislature is being cruel to those women who find themselves in the rare case of being pregnant from rape & incest because the bill will take away medicaid funding. June fails to mention the greater harm that abortion does to a woman emotionally than carrying the child to term will. June goes on to claim that she thinks denying "public funds for an abortion is reprehensible and, from my perspective, morally repugnant." Well, when your view is the bottom line, not the woman, then anything that would hurt that bottom line. As for reprehensible, well, how about all of us who find the murder of any unborn baby reprehensible. I guess our opinion doesn't count as far as she is concerned.
Instead June goes on to slander us Pro-lifers by saying we are the ones who lack compassion.  We see how sick & twisted her "cu;ture of death" mindset is when she sees murder as compassionate & giving hope to bothe mother & child isn't. But remember, she absolutely hates Pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that do provide compassion & care & especially alternatives to abortion.
She goes on to repeat many of the other lies that are standard for Planned parenthood, like how small a part of their business abortion is. She claims that "abortion care accounts for 2 percent of our health services."  As I, & many others have pointed out before, that number is arrived at by manipulating the statistics to count each "service" as a seperate person. & June carefully ignored how big a percentage of their income comes from abortion. & it is a whole lot more than the 2% she claims.
June then goes on to make another of PP's big lies, we are here to reduce the number of abortions by our family planning services. "You want to decrease the number of abortions in the state of Iowa, but don’t want family planning funds to be given to Planned Parenthood — the very service that prevents unintended pregnancies and, thus, the need for abortion."
Since she brought it up, let's see how well PPH is doing to reduce the number of abortions. According to their own FY 2011 report they did 6361 abortions (chemical as well as surgical). That is up from 2898 in 2002 & 4793 in 2009. Granted, they have added 2 abortion mills in Nebraska & 2 in Arkansa to their fold, but that still doesn't account for a 1500+ increase over the past 2 years. But leaving the 2011 stats out, how do they explain that their efforts from 2002 to 2009 resulted in more abortions, not less being done by them.
June needs to explain the huge jump in abortions over that 8 year period (FYI: In Iowa the total number of abortions done by all providers has increased every year from 2003 to 2007 except for 2005. Note the 2009 numbers show a slight decrease as well. But even so, PPH's numbers have grown to be a bigger percentage as well as a bigger actual number. If I was judging on results, I would say that if PPH was serious about reducing the number of abortions it has failed miserably. & that alone is a good reason to cut the funding.
A shorter version of the column appeared in the 30 April Cedar Rapids Gazette. Besides playing the "compassionate " card for rape & incest, she plays a shorter version of the lie of how this would deny men & women needed health care that they can only get at PPH. Then she tosses in how the loss of medicaid funds will hurt "programs for children in the foster care system, seniors in assisted living facilities, and Iowans with disabilities who are unable to work, among others." Most of those are on the ObamaCare hit list any way, so her so-called compation reads more like crocidle tears than anything else.
On 3 may a response to the original Register article appeared in the Des Moines Register. It was written by Jennifer Bowen is the executive director for Iowa Right to Life. In it she says a few of the same things I point out above. But she adds some other facts that PPH doesn't want out as well. So here is the article:

In her recent column (April 28) Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO Jill June again makes the false claim that Planned Parenthood’s family planning efforts reduce the need for abortion in Iowa.
Here is the problem: Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s abortion business is growing exponentially. In Iowa alone, Planned Parenthood aborts the equivalent of a kindergarten class every two days. According to Planned Parenthood’s own numbers, the organization did 4,792 abortions in 2009, up from 2,898 in 2002. Planned Parenthood’s most recent numbers, which also include two locations in Nebraska and two in Arkansas that do abortions, brought their abortion total to 6,361 for fiscal year 2011.
The other problem for Jill June is the nationwide movement to defund Planned Parenthood is not led by “out of touch extreme legislators” here in Iowa, as she suggests, but former Planned Parenthood employees. People like Iowa’s Sue Thayer, who was the former manager of Planned Parenthood in Storm Lake, Catherine Adair from Massachusetts and Abby Johnson from Texas all have the same message: They worked for Planned Parenthood because they wanted to reduce unintended pregnancies, but later felt betrayed when they realized Planned Parenthood’s real goal was to grow profits by increasing its abortion business.
Adair said recently, “The first thing they do at Planned Parenthood is take your money. Before you speak to a counselor, they ask about how you will pay.”
All three women have said Planned Parenthood withholds vital information from women that would lead them not to abort. Adair said Planned Parenthood employees were not allowed to use the words “baby” or “fetus” with women and were to describe the abortion as, “The doctor will gently extract the contents of the uterus.” Planned Parenthood drives abortion profits by misleading women.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is a wealthy organization. June herself makes over $265,000 a year. Planned Parenthood reaps over $6 million in taxpayer funds annually in Iowa. And while the Susan G. Komen organization continues to lose money nationwide after being bullied by Planned Parenthood to restore funding, Jill June boasted in a recent Planned Parenthood of the Heartland publication how Planned Parenthood of the Heartland netted $21,000 in donations from the controversy.
Make no mistake. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is all about profits. If their intention is to reduce abortions in Iowa, they have failed miserably, because their abortion business is increasing, at the expense of the women they mislead. Women in Iowa deserve better.

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