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Planned Parenthood Official Admits “We Have an Image Problem”

by Steven Ertelt | Spokane, WA | LifeNews.com | 7/12/12 11:53 AM

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In a video that pro-life advocates have unearthed, a top Planned Parenthood official at one of the Western affiliates admits the abortion business has an “image problem” it needs to correct.

Karl Eastlund, President of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, spoke to members of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Spokane and made the frank admission.

Asked by a church member about Planned Parenthood having the reputation as a company that sells and does abortions, Eastlund responds, “We unfortunately do have a marketing and an image problem, so, we have not been able to sell to the public, and to inform them of the services we do as well as we would like to.”

Planned Parenthood’s image problem is not hard to understand — it must sell itself as something other than what it is — an abortion business.

The most recent annual report it released, in December 2011, breaks down the “services” Planned Parenthood offers in addition to abortions. Planned Parenthood has always come under fire from pro-life groups for doing hundreds of thousands of abortions but providing little in the way of help for pregnant women wanting to keep their baby or considering adoption. The new report shows that hasn’t changed.

On December 27, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its latest Annual Report for 2009-2010.

The document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010 while it provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women and referred only 841 women to adoption agencies.

The number of women receiving prenatal care dropped significantly from 2009 to 2010, as the abortion business helped 40,489 women in 2009 — meaning almost 10,000 fewer women received prenatal support from Planned Parenthood last year than the year prior, or a drop of almost 25 percent.

The number of women getting adoption referrals also declined — from a low 977 in 2009 to 841 last year, or a decline of 14 percent.

Examined another way Planned Parenthood does 391 abortions for every adoption referral it makes and almost 11 abortions for every woman it helps with prenatal care.

The trend at Planned Parenthood has been for its non-abortion services for pregnant women to decline while its number of abortions performed has increased. The 2009 annual report Planned Parenthood released earlier this year showed a 25 percent drop in prenatal care clients and a whopping 59 percent decline in adoption referrals from the 2,405 adoption referrals in 2008.

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Planned Parenthood’s own records now show 5,364,540 surgical and medical abortions done at Planned Parenthood centers from 1970 through the end of 2009.