Planned Parenthood Abortion Ctr in Indiana Adds Adoptions, Too Little Too Late
by Steven Ertelt
July 14, 2008
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Merrillville, Indiana has decided to add adoption to its roster of services, but the annual report of the nation’s largest abortion business shows it’s too little, too late. While doing more than 25 percent of all abortions, Planned Parenthood rarely refers for adoptions.
The Indiana center says the new adoption program it has established will, according to the Post-Tribune newspaper, "further distance itself from an image fostered by critics who claim its prime function is performing abortions."
The center is now the third in Indiana to include an adoption program Liz Carroll, vice president of patient services for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, talked with the newspaper about it.
"Our mission is to provide women with options, to give them information so they can make good decisions for themselves and their families," she said.
The newspaper said the Indianapolis Planned Parenthood abortion center recently facilitated two adoptions and applauded the group for having a handful of adoption programs nationwide.
Handful is right.
The new annual report Planned Parenthood released in April found that, as in previous years, the number of abortions it does has gone up and roughly 25 percent of all abortions in the United States are done at Planned Parenthood centers.
The report shows that Planned Parenthood did 289,750 abortions, an increase over the 264,943 abortions it did during the 2005-2006 fiscal year.
That’s a whopping nine percent increase even though the number of abortions nationally are on the decline.
The number of abortions dwarfs the number of clients receiving prenatal care — which totaled just 11,058 in the new annual report. That number is almost a 20 percent decline from the 2005-2006 total of 13,261.
The number of Planned Parenthood adoption referrals is also miniscule and continues to drop.
The previous annual report showed a scant 2,413 referrals and the abortion business made three less in the last fiscal year.
The adoption and prenatal numbers are also surprising given the increase in the total number of clients at Planned Parenthood. The pro-abortion group had 3.14 million customers in 2006-2007, which represented a 2.5 percent increase or almost 80,000 more customers than the year prior.
"It claims to be reducing pregnancy; yet one out of every four abortions in the United States is committed at a Planned Parenthood facility," watchdog Jim Sedlak told LifeNews.com.
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