Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses in Connecticut, Rhode Island to Merge
by Steven Ertelt
June 12, 2009
Hartford, CT (LifeNews.com) — Two local Planned Parenthood affiliate groups, in Connecticut and Rhode Island, are planning to merge as a way of cutting costs. The affiliates will combine to form Planned Parenthood of Southern New England that will run its 19 centers, including abortion businesses.
The new group will oversee 18 centers in Connecticut and one in Providence, the capital of the tiny state of Rhode Island.
Judy Tabar, chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, told the Hartford Business Journal that the merger could be completed as soon as next month.
Tabar said the problematic economic climate is causing many of the national Planned Parenthood affiliates to merge in order to reduce costs and consolidate operating expenses.
That comes as the most recent annual report shows Planned Parenthood income rising to over $1 billion and the hundreds of millions from state, national and local governments on the rise.
Prior to the merger, according to numbers from the Journal, Planned Parenthood of Connecticut had a $22 million budget and 230 employees while the Rhode Island affiliate’s $2.8 million budget covers 22 workers.
Despite the general decline in the abortion totals nationwide that have seen abortions reach their lowest point since the days after the Roe v. Wade decision, the number of abortions in Connecticut is on the rise with a jump of about 2,000 in 2006 and another jump of over 400 in 2007.
According to July 2008 figures from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the former Planned Parenthood research arm, Connecticut abortions rose from 12,110 in 2005 to 14,112 in 2006.
In 2007, the number rose again to 14,534, an increase of 422 more abortions.
Officials at AGI said the rise in Connecticut abortions is only because more women are coming there from surrounding states to have abortions.
Michael C. Culhane, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, told the Connecticut Post that he’s very concerned about the rise and his group is working on a paper examining the reasons so they can be addressed.
He told the Post that abortions would drop again if the Connecticut legislature would enact the kinds of laws seen in other states that have lowered abortion totals.
"There’s no parental notification requirement for abortion in Connecticut," Culhane said. "If your daughter needs an aspirin in school, she has to have parental permission. But she can go out and have an abortion," Culhane said. "Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?"
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood in Connecticut came under fire in August 2007.
Police investigating a kidnapping and sexual abuse case in Connecticut confirmed Planned Parenthood abortion business did an abortion on a 15 year-old girl who is the victim. The news is the latest in a string of cases across the country where abortions have been used to cover up cases of sexual abuse.
Authorities say the unnamed girl ran away from home last June to live with 41 year-old Adam Gault, who has plead guilty to a variety of charges in connection with the kidnapping and alleged sexual abuse.
After getting her pregnant, Gault reportedly took the girl to a Planned Parenthood in West Hartford where she had an abortion.
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