by Steven Ertelt
February 20, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With a new Planned Parenthood president on the way, outgoing interim president Karen Pearl hasn’t had much time to build a legacy as the head of the nation’s largest abortion business. However, she will likely be remembered for exploiting the Hurricane Katrina tragedy to raise funds.
In an email to Planned Parenthood activists on Monday, Pearl said she was "delighted" that her last communication to the group’s members discussed how local abortion centers have been reopened in the wake of the hurricane.
"All 40 clinics that were previously closed are now open, including our center in New Orleans that was closed for two months," Pearl exclaimed.
She touted how a number of Planned Parenthood facilities performed free abortions or distributed morning after pills, which can sometimes cause an abortion, at no cost.
Planned Parenthood came under fire for giving away the Plan B drugs just days after Katrina instead of providing food, shelter, or financial aid for the victims. The abortion business also sent out numerous appeals for financial support to rebuild their facilities.
Pearl’s outgoing email touted those questionable efforts.
"Affiliates are also providing transportation to the closest Planned Parenthood clinic" and "vouchers for Planned Parenthood services through other aid agencies."
"Planned Parenthood has been working … in the heavily impoverished Mississippi Gulf Coast area to increase access to [abortion]," Pearl added.
The abortion business also plans to open new abortion centers "in coastal communities previously not served by Planned Parenthood."
Last fall, on its national web site, Planned Parenthood solicited funds for Hurricane Katrina support efforts. In fine print, the abortion advocacy group explained 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 admitted that "100% of your tax-deductible contribution will go directly to helping Planned Parenthood affiliates."
"By exploiting the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina for its own financial gain over … Planned Parenthood has shown that it is a calculating, callous organization undeserving of any public support," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of STOPP International, a group that monitors Planned Parenthood.
Sedlak added that 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.