Planned Parenthood Closes Second New York Clinic in Two Weeks
by Steven Ertelt | Granville, NY | LifeNews.com | 6/12/13 6:04 PM
The Planned Parenthood abortion business is closing its second facility in New York State in two weeks, after another center closed in Herkimer, New York. This time, the closed clinic is in Granville after having been open since the 1970s.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion business and all of its clinics either do abortions or refer for them. Lack of funding is blamed for this closure.
“After careful evaluation, we have decided to close our Granville health center on July 3 at 7 p.m. This decision enables PPMH to focus on the continued upgrading of our other health centers, to ensure we can continue to offer the highest level of patient care,” officials said in a release.
Paul Drisgula, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, confirmed the closure and said the organization will close the branch in Herkimer as well.
“Our feeling right now is with the change in the healthcare landscape it was time for us to change, too,” Drisgula said. The Granville clinic is currently open only two days a week; additionally, Drisgula said 60 percent of Washington County patients go to the centers in Glens Falls and Saratoga.
“We have 611 patient visits annually—that’s a small number. It makes it difficult to keep centers that small open,” he said, blaming lack of funding as a problem. And Linda Scharf, director of communications for Planned Parenthood Mohawk/Hudson, said those 611 patients make up about 1,000 visits because they often come in more than once in a year.
“We do believe we’re underfunded by the state health department. Many small clinics get funding from larger, urban clinics. A lack of appropriate funding makes it difficult to stay open,” Drisgula said, though he doesn’t think his organization is alone. “It’s not just Planned Parenthood; it’s all health providers. The healthcare system is in a state of flux.”
Although this clinic did not do abortions it is part of the organization that does more abortions than anyone in the United States.
The most recent annual report released by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) shows the abortion giant did a record 333,964 abortions on unborn children during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Those abortions were estimated to have generated $150 million dollars for the “nonprofit” organization.
While the number of abortions reached a record high, only 2,300 Planned Parenthood customers were referred to adoption agencies during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Meanwhile, the annual report reveals PPFA generated nearly $1.2 billion in total income — just short of the $1.22 billion mark that was its record for income that it posted in 2010-2011.
PPFA’s income included a hefty and ever-increasing check from American taxpayers. In 2009-2010, government funding reached a whopping $487.4 million. In 2010-2011 the figure jumped to $538.5 million. The total for 2011-2012 reached a staggering $542.4 million, which represents 45.2 percent of the group’s total annual budget.
In its last annual report, 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.