Planned Parenthood Opens Abortion Biz in Omaha, Nebraska

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 9, 2010   |   12:37PM   |   Omaha, NE

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has opened a new abortion business in Omaha, Nebraska on the northwest side of town that is the second in the large Midwestern city.

The opening follows the national news associated with LeRoy Carhart, who does late abortions, heading to Maryland to do abortions outside the nation’s capital after a new law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy forced him to relocate.

Jill June, president and CEO of the organization, announced the opening of the new abortion business at 3105 N. 93rd St. and she played down the abortions in an interview with the Omaha World Herald newspaper.

She tried to focus local residents on non-abortion services the abortion business offers, even though 95 percent of the services Planned Parenthood offers to pregnant women consists of abortions and it does more than 25 percent of all abortions nationwide.

Julie Schmit-Albin, the executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, talked with about the new abortion center.

“Planned Parenthood of the Heartland appears to be following the new business model sent down from its parent organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America,” she said. “That involves closing old facilities and opening larger, newer ones attempting to engage women with their expanded ‘services.'”

Schmit-Albin said the Midwestern Planned Parenthood affiliate “says it will do surgical abortions along with the chemical abortions they have been doing in Omaha.”

“As long as Planned Parenthood does any type of abortion, they will not be able sell itself as just another benevolent provider of womens’ health, no matter how spa-like their new facilities become,” she added.

News of the opening of the abortion facility comes on the heels of a survey of changes in the abortion industry over the last year showing 31 abortion centers closed down in the past 12 months.

Operation Rescue provided figures showing 31 abortion businesses closed in the last 12 months while 9 new abortion facilities opened — for a net drop of 22 abortion facilities.

Currently, a total of 689 surgical abortion clinics remain open in the United States, from a high of almost 2,200 in 1991. That number does not include centers that solely dispense the dangerous abortion drug RU 486.