Detroit Abortion Business Robbed by Men Posting as Customers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 19, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Detroit Abortion Business Robbed by Men Posting as Customers

by Paul Nowak Staff Writer
May 19, 2004

Detroit, MI ( — A Detroit abortion business was robbed Monday morning by two armed men.

According to police, the men entered the Scotsdale Women’s Clinic on the west side of Detroit and posed as customers — one said he was waiting for a friend who was there, and the other appeared to be sleeping.

When the locked door to the office was opened, one of the men ran behind the counter and demanded money, and the other served as a lookout. Bystanders in the lobby were told to remain seated and quiet, and within minutes the men fled in a white or tan minivan with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to WDIV News 4.

There may have been a third participant who drove the getaway vehicle.

Local police would not disclose further information about the incident to and denied a request for comment or to furnish a copy of the police report.

While some abortion businesses are registered non-profits or appeal for grants and donations for funding, the fees charged for services, and thus the revenues, can be high.

In January, an abortion at WomanCare of Southfield, less than 6 miles from the Scotsdale Women’s Clinic, resulted in the death of 15-year-old Tamiia Russell. Russell’s cousin told that Tamiia’s 24-year-old boyfriend paid $2,000 for the abortion to be performed.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, received over $766 million in income in fiscal year 2002-2003, $288 million of which was from its facilities.

STOPP, and organization devoted to opposing Planned Parenthood, estimates that the business grossed over $90 million from abortion procedures alone in the same period, based on Planned Parenthood’s own reports of performing 227,375 abortions with a mid-range cost for abortions of $400.

Other sources of income for Planned Parenthood, other than the revenue from services, includes government grants and contracts to the tune of $254 million, and private contributions totaling over $228 million. Despite its non-profit status, the organization’s revenue exceeded its expenditures by over $36 million, $24 million more of a “profit” than the previous year.