Planned Parenthood Continues to Exploit Hurricane Katrina Victims

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 7, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 7, 2005

New Orleans, LA ( — Pro-life advocates say Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, continues to exploit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The organization previously said it would provide morning after pills to victims, instead of food or shelter, and is now raising money off of the hurricane for its local abortion centers.

On its national web site, Planned Parenthood solicits funds for Hurricane Katrina support efforts. In fine print, the abortion advocacy group explains that all of the money raised will be used to support its local abortion businesses.

Under a headline "Help Those Affected by the Hurricane," Planned Parenthood admits that "100% of your tax-deductible contribution will go directly to helping Planned Parenthood affiliates."

"Your support is particularly important right now because Planned Parenthood is facing a truly tremendous number of challenges in the courtrooms, in Washington, D.C., and in our clinics," the abortion business says on the hurricane donation page.

Jim Sedlak, executive director of STOPP International, a group that monitors Planned Parenthood, called on the federal and state governments to end any taxpayer funding for it.

"By exploiting the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina for its own financial gain over the last 10 days, Planned Parenthood has shown that it is a calculating, callous organization undeserving of any public support," Sedlak said.

Sedlak said Planned Parenthood has been the recipient of more than $3.6 billion in taxpayer funds since 1987 and has current assets in excess of half a billion dollars.

"America is in the grips of what could be the worst natural disaster in its history, and all Planned Parenthood can think of is how to get its hands on the money pouring in for rescue operations," Sedlak added.

Planned Parenthood came under fire shortly after the hurricane when it said it would provide morning after pills, which sometimes cause abortions, to victims of the hurricane instead of food or shelter.

"As Hurricane Katrina ripped through the southeastern United States, Planned Parenthood was there to offer one free month of birth control or one free emergency contraception kit to women from Louisiana and Mississippi," Planned Parenthood Federation of America interim president Karen Pearl wrote to donors and supporters.

As a result of Planned Parenthood’s actions related to the hurricane, STOPP is calling on all public officials in this country "to immediately turn off the spigot of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood" by cutting funding for it through Title X and Medicaid reimbursements

"In the case of Planned Parenthood, the aftermath of Katrina has revealed the true nature of an organization that at its core is much more concerned with profit than health care," Sedlak concluded.