Planned Parenthood Admits Abortions Climbing at Its Centers Over Bad Economy
by Steven Ertelt
March 27, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In an email to supporters on Friday, the nation’s largest abortion business admitted that abortions are climbing at its centers across the country thanks to the poor economy. The email cited more evidence that Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are doing more abortions over the last few months.
As LifeNews.com highlighted, an Associated Press report cited various anecdotal evidence showing some places across the country seeing record numbers of abortions.
The Planned Parenthood email provides more data showing abortions are increasing lately.
"As the economic downturn has worsened, Planned Parenthood health centers across the country are seeing an increase in the number of patients," the pro-abortion group’s president Cecile Richards said.
She confirms the media reports saying people are "swarming into Planned Parenthood clinics."
According to Richards, Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa now adds about five or six women each day to its client roster, whereas it formerly added that many patients on only a weekly basis.
She also notes that Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in northern California saw a 21 percent jump (from the previous December) in the number of patients they saw in December 2008.
Richards cites the "economic recession" and the "downturn in the economy" as the main factors showing a rise in the number of abortions over the last several months.
Amazingly, in the same email Richards notes the abortion increase, Planned Parenthood’s main action alert for its members is a request for them to support President Barack Obama’s plan to remove protections for pro-life medical professionals.
Obama has proposed rescinding the protections the Bush administration put in place to provide more enforcement for three different federal laws that protect doctors, medical centers and staff from being pressured to participate in abortions.
"It’s crucial for all of us to use the public comment period to show our support for the Obama administration’s new HHS proposal," Richards writes.
The medical professionals most opposed to the Obama changes say they worry ditching the protections will put some physicians and staff out of work who would rather quit than feel pressured to do abortions.
Thus, as a time when the number of abortions is on the rise, Planned Parenthood and its president are urging actions to increase the abortion figures further and to punish health care workers and facilities that would rather help patients than do abortions.
Abortion doesn’t have to be the option of first resort for women and families during tough economic times. A network of thousands of pregnancy centers exists that provides couples with free or low-cost pregnancy-related items to help them weather the storm a little easier.
There are more than 2,300 pregnancy centers across the United States — significantly more than the number of abortion businesses. Unlike abortion facilities, these centers help pregnant women with baby and maternity resources, parenting classes, adoption, medical and educational needs, counseling, community referrals and support for women who had abortions they regret.
Care Net supports a network of more than 1,000 pregnancy centers in North America.
Together with the pregnancy center network Heartbeat International, it operates the 24-7 call center, OptionLine (800-395-HELP) that connects callers with help at local pregnancy centers.
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