Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses Getting Bigger, Pro-Lifer Knows Why

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 2, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses Getting Bigger, Pro-Lifer Knows Why

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 2
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Planned Parenthood’s new abortion centers in places like Houston, Portland, Denver and Aurora are unlike their current facilities nationwide. These new centers that have been built or are in the construction phase are massive in size and one leading pro-life advocate thinks he knows the reason why.

Jim Sedlak of Stopp International says he has obtained Planned Parenthood Federation of America documents that show why the nation’s largest abortion business is building its new centers larger than ever before.

Planned Parenthood broke the $1 billion income threshold for the first time in its last fiscal year and pro-life advocates have often accused the "non-profit" group of an obsession with making money.

That appears to be the case here.

According to the information, PPFA is urging its local affiliates to engage in two new business practices that would likely expand its income opportunities.

Sedlak says Planned Parenthood is pushing for its affiliates to engage in laboratory services and clinical research.

"Planned Parenthood currently is engaged in some activities, such as providing pap smears, that require it to send material to local laboratories for analysis," Sedlak explained to

"Planned Parenthood could save money if it did this laboratory analysis itself. However, it would obviously need a certain volume of business to make the investment in equipment and personnel worthwhile," he said.

‘We believe that Planned Parenthood is not only going to use its mega-centers to do the lab work for a large number of Planned Parenthood clinics in a region, but will also try to expand the business to offer laboratory services to local physicians and other medical groups," he added.

Sedlak said the clinical research could involve drug trials on teenagers and young adults that would allow Planned Parenthood to benefit from its high number of clients and receive funds from drug companies looking for patients to be involved in clinical trials.

"One need only watch a couple of days’ worth of television commercials to see the veritable explosion of contraceptive drugs hitting the market," he said.

"All of these drugs need to be tested on humans and Planned Parenthood seems to be positioning itself to do such clinical research in its mega-centers," he told "Of course, drug testing is only one possibility. It is also possible that Planned Parenthood could do clinical research on new abortion techniques or engage in other ominous ventures."

Sedlak urges local pro-life advocates to monitor any building of new Planned Parenthood facilities and to vigorously oppose them.

Local pro-life advocates can follow the lead of their colleagues in places like Austin, Texas, Denver Colorado or Aurora, Illinois by boycotting local businesses involved in the construction efforts.

They can also work with local officials to make sure Planned Parenthood follows the proper inspections, process and paperwork needed to build.

Sedlak also encourages local pro-life activists to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain floor plans and building plans and to hold cities accountable for enforcing local ordinances.