by Steven Ertelt
January 5, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new survey of Planned Parenthood facilities finds the abortion business now operates 825 centers that either perform abortions or distribute drugs that can cause them. Planned Parenthood watchdog Jim Sedlak of STOPP International says it "continues to push its abortion agenda through a network of more than 800 facilities nationwide."
Sedlak’s group says Planned Parenthood now operates 173 centers that perform surgical abortions and 57 centers that don’t perform surgical abortions but distribute the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.
In addition, 595 other Planned Parenthood locations distribute drugs like the morning after pill that can sometimes cause an abortion. Most all Planned Parenthood centers, even if they do not perform abortions on site, will refer women to abortion businesses in town.
Sedlak’s group relied on Planned Parenthood brochures, web sites, and other printed data to collect the information. He said one recent phenomenon in the abortion business is the rise in the number of "express" clinics.
Those are smaller centers that act like a pharmacy to dispense Plan B and birth control drugs.
"It appears this is an effort by Planned Parenthood to increase its number of clients without significantly increasing expenses," he explained. "Our research shows that Planned Parenthood sells a monthly supply of birth control pills for anywhere from $16 to $25, but pays just $1.50 for them."
The express centers appear to be concentrated in rural states such as Montana which has 10 of the 47 nationwide.
California, New York and Texas have the highest number of Planned Parenthood centers — leading Sedlak to be concerned about the abortion business targeting Hispanics.
"The high Latino population in these states gives a clear picture of Planned Parenthood’s current target market," Sedlak says. "Since its founding in 1916, Planned Parenthood has focused its efforts and programs on minorities."
Other states with high concentration of Planned Parenthood abortion businesses include Pennsylvania, Washington, Ohio and Indiana. Less populated states like Idaho, North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Rhode Island have just one or two each.
Related web sites:
STOPP report – https://www.all.org/stopp/plan2.htm