Planned Parenthood has already confirmed its plans to expand its abortion business nationwide, but new information from New Jersey sheds more light on its idea.
As LifeNews.com has reported, Planned Parenthood came under fire from one of its own affiliates in Texas, which left the national abortion business because it did not want to operate an abortion facility. Corpus Christie, Texas based Planned Parenthood of South Texas affiliate announced it has resigned its status as a network of clinics aligned with Planned Parenthood because of the new abortion mandate.
Later, Lisa David, senior vice president of Health Services Support for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, confirmed the abortion expansion and the mandate in an interview. The mandate would compel every Planned Parenthood affiliate to run at least one abortion center.
Now, David has offered more information on the expansion in an interview with NJ.com.
She said the 85 regions or affiliates aligned with Planned Parenthood must operate an abortion center by 2013 — which would ensure all 820 Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide either do abortions or provide abortion referrals to a Planned Parenthood abortion center.
For the state of New Jersey, that could mean three additional abortion centers in the state.
New Jersey has five affiliates of Planned Parenthood in the state and two operate abortion centers: the Central Jersey affiliate at its Shrewsbury center in Monmouth County and the Mercer County affiliate at its Trenton and Hamilton facilities. But the other three have no abortion center.
Michele Jaker, executive director of the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey, told NJ.com she didn’t know how the abortion expansion plans would play out in her state, especially at a time when Governor Chris Christie is cutting taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood and the affiliates have closed centers. Planned Parenthood centers in Browns Mills, Cherry Hill, Dover, Mount Holly and Millville closed in 2010.
Marie Tasy of New Jersey Right to Life told the web site she is concerned about the abortion expansion and the effect it will have on her state. It, she said, should encourage Christie to veto the latest bill he will be getting with a request for taxpayer funding of the abortion business.
“The expansion will be in full swing. Planned Parenthood would be actively involved in expanding its abortion business in New Jersey,” Tasy said. “This is something the governor should be aware of.”
Like most states, New Jersey already has a large abortion industry. The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute noted 75 abortion business or places, such as hospitals or doctors offices, where abortions are done. That resulted in 54,160 abortions in 2008, making New Jersey the site of more abortions than almost any other state.