One of the main arguments Planned Parenthood has made in face of dwindling popularity is that abortion is only a small proportion of the services it provides. This leads many pro-life advocates to hope for the umbrella of services under women’s health to be serviced by other, non-abortion providers.
The Roanoke Times reports that this is becoming a reality in some regions, and even Planned Parenthood is admitting to the trend.
A Planned Parenthood in Blacksburg, Virginia, that provides abortions is closing and referring its patients elsewhere.
Paige Johnson, senior vice president at Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, said, “The world of health care delivery in Blacksburg and the larger New River Valley has changed dramatically.” She admitted that other health centers are providing health services to low-income women with little or no cost.
The Planned Parenthood in Blacksburg was largely operating to serve Virginia Tech students, but the university is now providing many of these services itself, leaving Planned Parenthood little reason to exist, according to the report.
Johnson said the organization will continue to provide sex-education in the state, but the closings hit hard at the organization’s presence in Virginia. There are only two cities in the state with Planned Parenthood locations left, the report states.
The abortion group claims that abortion represents only 3 percent of its services; however, the number is a statistical manipulation. Planned Parenthood does almost 330,000 abortions every year, more than any other group in the U.S. Of the services it offers to pregnant women, 92 percent are abortions.
The Virginia House of Delegates passed HB 1090 this week, a measure that would de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The bill passed on a 64-35 vote.
Del. Ben Cline, who sponsored the bill, which shifts ratepayer funds from the abortion company to women’s health care efforts that do not involve abortions. he said Planned Parenthood could continue receiving the taxpayer monies if it got ought of the abortion business.
“It’s up to them whether they want to provide non-Medicaid funded abortions,” Cline said.
Cline, R-Rockbridge County, said the providers addressed in the bill serve a “niche” and that state-controlled money should go to providers offering many of the same services and others with “none of the controversy.”