Planned Parenthood Targets Alaska Natives for More Abortions, Rates Skyrocket

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 4, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steve Mosher and Colin Mason
March 4
, 2008 Note: Steve Mosher is the president of the Population Research Institute and Colin Mason is its director of media production. The organization tracks population issues and monitors abortion and demographics on an international scale.

Most pro-lifers know that Planned Parenthood is in the business of targeting minorities.

Four out of five Planned Parenthood clinics are located in minority neighborhoods, with Blacks as the primary target. About one-third of all abortions are performed on blacks, even though they make up only 13 percent of the population. The organization, which receives over $300 million in government funding each year, even accepts contributions specifically designated for the elimination of black babies, as recently reported.

America’s second minority, its Hispanic population, is also the subject of undue attention. Planned Parenthood’s deadly literature has been widely translated into Spanish, and traditional, conservative Hispanic communities have been leafleted. Spanish-speaking "outreach directors" have been hired to bring in Latinas, and in some cases are paid a bounty for each girl they bring in. They spend exorbitant sums of money spreading their message of death and lies to the Latino community.

What most people don’t know is that even tiny ethnic groups, especially if they are Catholic, are targeted by Planned Parenthood.

Take Alaska Natives, for example, the people we historically call the Eskimos. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Missionary Diocese of Northern Alaska, many of these people have become Catholic over the past century. At the same time, however, because of the relentless efforts of Planned Parenthood, they have one of the highest abortion rates in America.

Research on this subject is rare. An early set of numbers was provided by Karen Louis, the Executive Director of Alaska Right to Life. Entitled "Racial breakdown of state-funded abortions," this covered the period from 1988 to 1997. This showed that while Alaska Natives account for only 16 percent of the state’s population, they account for 32 percent, or almost one-third, of state-funded abortions. There are 2.51 abortions per thousand Alaska Natives per year, compared with only 1.25 abortions per thousand whites.

After considerable effort we located statistics for 2003-4 produced by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. These numbers, which cover all abortions reported in the state, confirmed that the problem has not gotten better in recent years. In 2004, there were 1,934 induced abortions in Alaska, which is home to only 670,053 people. Of these, 1353 were performed on whites, while 387 were performed on Alaska natives.

What is important, however, are not the simple numbers, but the ratios. Alaska Natives form only a tiny 15.4% of Alaska’s population; whites 70%. In the white population, these numbers translate to 2.9 abortions per thousand population; in the Eskimo population, 3.75.

Why are abortion numbers so high, in an ethnic group that barely numbers 100,000, and which is spread out over a vast landscape? We asked officials of the Diocese of Northern Alaska, who said that they were dismayed by these numbers and promised to look into the situation.

To us at PRI, this looks suspiciously like ethnic targeting, which is one of Planned Parenthood’s specialties.

What is to be done? We are in the process of talking to Catholic leaders among the Alaska Native population who are opposed to these genocidal programs. We hope to convince them to come to our nation’s capital where, supported by sympathetic congressmen, they will ask Planned Parenthood to stop the genocide of their people.

Moreover, through the leaders we will try to reach women who are willing to talk confidentially about how they were induced to have an abortion. True "freedom of choice" means freedom from the coercion, deception, and hype that surrounds abortion services.

We believe the media will be paying attention. After all, everyone knows of the hardships that these tiny groups face in the frozen north. Why should they additionally be denied children, which is the only guarantee that they will survive as a people into the future?