by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
November 18, 2004
Cincinnati, OH (LifeNews.com) — The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has announced a $45,000 grant to Planned Parenthood Cincinnati Region to expand abortion and other services for local Hispanics, raising concerns among the pro-life community.
"It is shameful that the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati can ignore the assault on human lives that occur daily through Planned Parenthood’s abortion services," Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati told LifeNews.com.
Pat O’Connor, Vice President of the Foundation’s program department, explained that Planned Parenthood responded to a request for proposals for programs to increase access to primary care services for immigrant populations.
"We fund community projects that improve health and healthcare access," explained O’Connor. "Planned Parenthood Cincinnati Region is one of the largest primary care providers for uninsured and poor women in our area. They provide physical exams and screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases at all their Cincinnati area locations."
"They are one of the leading providers of prenatal care in Hamilton, Ohio," added O’Connor, noting that 65 percent of that facility’s patients are Hispanic.
This was not the first grant made by the Health Foundation to the southwest Ohio area Planned Parenthood affiliate. According to its website, the Foundation made a $159,913 grant to Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky in 2001, for the purpose of renovating and expanding its abortion business in the Hamilton, Ohio area.
O’Connor told LifeNews.com that the Health Foundation does not get involved in the abortion issue.
"The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati does not have a position on abortion, nor have we funded abortions," O’Connor told LifeNews.com.
Because one of the facilities operated by Cincinnati Region Planned Parenthood performs abortions, Westwood disagrees with the Health Foundation’s claim of neutrality.
"Planned Parenthood is proclaiming ‘reproductive health’ assistance for Hispanics," said Westwood. "We know this includes access to abortion, and anyone who doesn’t has buried their head in the sand."
"Grant providers seem to be very ready to provide funds for minority outreach, but they don’t always consider or care about the full ramifications of what they are funding–to the detriment of minority communities," said Westwood. "We already have genocide encouraged within the black community by abortion providers, with black women 12% of the population yet receiving 35% of the abortions.
"Is the goal to have the same disastrous percentages among Hispanics," Westwood asked
Other pro-life leaders have expressed concern that grant money is being given to a non-profit that already reports its income exceeds its expenses, in addition to its mission of promoting abortion.
Though the organization is a nonprofit, Planned Parenthood reported that its revenue last year exceeded its expenses by $36.6 million, a 300 percent increase in their "profit" over 2001.
"It is a crime that these charitable funds are wasted on building up Planned Parenthood’s surplus stock fund when other needs are not addressed," Don Oppihle, President of Right to Life of Summit County, told LifeNews.com after the Medina County Community Fund in Ohio gave a grant to Planned Parenthood in June.