Planned Parenthood "Helps" Hurricane Katrina Victims With Free Morning After Pills

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 31, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood "Helps" Hurricane Katrina Victims With Free Morning After Pills

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 31, 2005

New Orleans, LA ( — Victims of Hurricane Katrina are battling rising waters, destroyed homes and are seeking basic necessities like food, water and shelter. On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood sent an announcement to its members that the nation’s largest abortion business is available to help — with free morning after pills and birth control.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America interim president Karen Pearl lauded her group’s efforts in a recent email to its supporters.

"As Hurricane Katrina ripped through the southeastern United States, Planned Parenthood [is] there to offer one free month of birth control or one free emergency contraception kit to women from Louisiana and Mississippi," Peal wrote.

"In past disasters, we know there has been an increased demand for [emergency contraception]," she added.

Pro-life groups say the giveaways are another example of how the abortion business doesn’t understand the needs of women and families.

"The world sees people in the ravaged areas desperate for food, bedding, and shelter. Planned Parenthood only sees a publicity opportunity to push its latest political football, the morning-after pill," Concerned WOmen for America’s Wendry Wright told

"Generous Americans focus on what the suffering ask for and need, many giving anonymously, not asking for anything in return," Wright added.

According to Planned Parenthood, women seeking the morning afte rpills can obtain them at no cost this week at any Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas.

"There have been a huge number of evacuees who have come to Texas, especially from Louisiana," said Peter Durkin of PPHST.

"We’re offering a free month’s supply of birth control pills and/or emergency contraception if they have either a Mississippi or Louisiana driver’s license," Durkin said of the offer. "It’s an opportunity to let people know, during these calamities, sometimes you don’t bring your pills with you, because you’re trying to get out of there in one piece."

But Wright says Planned Parenthood should be helping fleeing residents with more pressing concers like jobs, losing homes, and separation from loved ones.

"Planned Parenthood unloads its cheaply purchased drugs, doesn’t even wait for the waters to recede before sending out a publicity statement taking advantage of the disaster, and will likely send out fundraisers later to profit off the hurricane victims’ tragedy," Wright said.

This isn’t the first time Planned Parenthood has given morning after pills to disaster victims needed food and water.

Planned Parenthood of New York City offered women free abortions and morning after pills to area victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The goal of the 12 days of free services was to "reach out to women who have been displaced and ease their fears," the abortion business said at the time.

Planned Parenthood abortion businesses in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are closed due to the power outages, the national organization said.

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