Planned Parenthood Affiliate Targets Older, Menopausal Women

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 12, 2011   |   4:25PM   |   Richmond,VA

The Planned Parenthood abortion business has come up with just about every health-related scheme imaginable to bring in non-abortion customers to de-emphasize its main abortion clientele.

The pro-abortion organization has relied on pap smears, breast exams, annual checkups and other legitimate medical services in order to mask the fact that its abortion business is growing and providing much of the revenue making it a billion-dollar business.

Now, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia has come up with another method of creating relationships with women who can funnel them new abortion customers — and this time they are focusing on older women. The organization is targeting menopausal and post-menopausal women for services that one pro-life advocate says are ironic.

The women can now visit Planned Parenthood to discuss an evaluation for hormone replacement therapy qualification.

“Planned Parenthood often gets pigeon-holed as only a provider of birth control for younger women, but we do so much more,” Dede Raney told the Daily Press. “We want to be there for women both during and beyond their childbearing years, as it’s essential that women care for their reproductive health throughout their lives.”

Menopause is the stage of a woman’s life where a woman’s ovaries no longer produce the hormones needed for menstrual cycles and it signifies an end of the childbearing years.

Jill Stanek, a pro-life blogger and nurse, said it was ironic that Planned Parenthood would offer the services to women after first subjecting them to potential breast cancer by giving them included abortions that are proven to raise the breast cancer risk.

“Planned Parenthood expands services to older women, by diagnosing the breast cancer it caused,” she said.

Older women visiting Planned Parenthood could also be facing infertility issues related to their previous abortion. Research shows that abortion can lead to infertility by increasing the risk of miscarriages.

A 1986 report in the medical journal Epidemiology reveals women with a history of abortion have a greater risk of fetal loss than women who had no previous abortions. Women with two prior pregnancies carried to term and no abortions had the lowest risk, while women with two prior abortions had the highest risk.

Also, a 1991 British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article revealed that women with a history of abortion had a 1.5-1.7 times higher risk of ectopic pregnancy than women who had previously carried a pregnancy to term.

According to the Elliot Institute, an Illinois group that studies abortion’s effects on women, about three to five percent of women who get abortions are left inadvertently sterile as a result of an abortion. The risk of sterility is even greater for women who are infected with a venereal disease at the time of the abortion.

Even Planned Parenthood of Australia acknowledges the future risk of problem pregnancies caused by abortion.

Its web site includes consent forms that list 12 serious complications from a first trimester abortion.

It says that some complications include: “infections … a tear in the cervix that may require stitches … incompetent cervix/stenosed cervix (too tight or too loose cervix which may impair future fertility), Asherman’s syndrome (cessation of periods and adhesions in uterus that may impair future fertility), depression or mood disturbance, suicide. …”

Although the consent forms do not say so, infection and a damaged cervix are recognized risk factors for premature birth.

The risk of post-abortion problems in future pregnancy is also seen in countries with abnormally high abortion rates, such as Russia and Vietnam.

Vladimir Serov, the deputy director of the Russian Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology Center at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, told the Russian media source Regnum that 120,000 women are injured each year from legal abortions.
He said numerous Russian women suffer from sterility, endometriosis and other problems following abortions.

This has led to a significant problem of premature births and Serov said Russian women typically have 160,000 miscarriages a year and there are 60,000 premature births annually.

Vietnam is experiencing high rates of infertility among women there.

Dr. Le Thi Phuong Lan, deputy director of the Central Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s Reproductive Assistance Centre, has noticed the recent infertility problems. He said that a survey conducted by Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City found that women who had abortions were 5.2 percent more likely to suffer from infertility.

Georgette Forney, the director of the Silent No More Awareness campaign, had an abortion at 16 and has spoken with thousands of women who have had abortions and regret their decisions. She knows of many who have had future pregnancy problems because of their abortions.

She previously told, “Hearing woman after woman speak about the problems created by abortion really puts this issue in perspective.”

“Each woman’s story is different but the problems we faced; the nightmares, substance abuse, sterility, suicidal thoughts, self-hatred and relationship difficulties show the immenseness of the pain.”