Planned Parenthood Concludes TV Ad Campaign on Health Care, Ignores Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 29, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Concludes TV Ad Campaign on Health Care, Ignores Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 29
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Planned Parenthood has been the nation’s number one abortion business for years, but Americans wouldn’t be able to tell by a television ad campaign that it is about to conclude. The ad is promoting the role it plays in health care and says government funding for its programs must continue.

The Planned Parenthood spot never mentions abortion, even though it did over 300,000 abortions last fiscal year.

That Planned Parenthood does 10 times more abortions than it provides prenatal care didn’t warrant mention in the commercial.

Instead, the commercial, which has been playing throughout the month of June in Washington, as an attempt to get the attention of lawmakers and their staff, claims 90 percent of what they do focuses on preventative or primary care services.

The commercial features an image of an animated woman named Jane who goes to Planned Parenthood "for essential health care—cancer screenings, immunizations and contraception. And Jane’s not alone."

The ad says Planned Parenthood does almost one million cervical cancer tests and 850,000 breast exams yearly and concludes with the statement, "Planned Parenthood’s quality, affordable health care: Good for Jane, great for America.”

But the commercial ignores its own figures showing that it did 305,310 abortions in fiscal year 2007-2008, which is a higher percentage of abortions than any other abortion business and more than 25 percent of the estimated 1.2 million abortions done annually in the United States.

Planned Parenthood’s own stats also show that it makes one adoption referral for every 62 babies who die in abortions.

At the same time, its numbers show Planned Parenthood already receives $336.7 million in taxpayer funding from national, state, and local governments.

One pro-life advocate responded to the ad this way: "One can’t help but wonder at the timing of the release of this glowing Planned Parenthood advertisement right around the same moment as the Obama administration is getting ready to make its push for national health care reform."

"As if the $1.5 billion dollar bailout, and the abortion industry “wish-list” for President Obama weren’t enough, it seems that the symbiotic relationship between the abortion industry and the Obama administration is more obvious than ever."

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