Planned Parenthood Ads Attack Lawmakers Opposing Tax Funding

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 19, 2011   |   5:11PM   |   Washington, DC

Seeking retribution for their votes to deny the abortion business taxpayer funding, the political arm of Planned Parenthood launched radio advertisements today targeting eight members of Congress who voted on the pro-life side.

Although the House voted 240-185 to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funds, the Senate voted 53-47 against the resolution. The vote saw mostly Republicans voting for the de-funding measure while Democrats mostly voted against it.

That’s how Planned Parenthood lined up the response ads — criticizing seven pro-life Republican lawmakers and one Democrat who voted against funding. Rep. Mark Critz of Pennsylvania is the lone Democrat to be criticized in the new ads and he joins Republican Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania; Reps. Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren of Illinois; Rep. Allen West of Florida; Rep. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire; and Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle of New York.

“For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has provided vital basic health care for women and families,” the ads say.

A woman shares her story of having endometriosis and claims that, without the abortion business’s legitimate medical services she would not have been able to get the medication she needed.

The ads say the lawmakers “voted to betray” the woman and the “thousands of women and families who rely on Planned Parenthood.”

The ads close with a request to call the members of Congress and ask them why the voted to cut “pap tests, birth control” and other services. But the cuts came because Planned Parenthood is ostensibly an abortion business.

A new report the Planned Parenthood national abortion business put out in February showed it did more abortions in 2009 than it has done in any prior year. The report also shows it providing fewer pregnant women with non-abortion services.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America recently posted on its website what it calls its service numbers for 2009. This document, dated February 2011, shows Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide did 332,278 surgical abortions or abortions using the dangerous RU 486 abortion during in 2009.

That’s 2.5 percent more abortions than the September 2010 report the abortion business released covering 2008 and showing it doing 324,008 abortions, which was a 6.1 percent increase over the 305,310 abortions it did in 2007. The 2007 figure was itself a 5.3 percent increase over the 289,750 abortions Planned Parenthood did in 2006.

With approximately 1.2 million abortions done annually in the United States via surgical abortions or the mifepristone abortion drug, Planned Parenthood has increased its share of the abortion industry to 27.6 percent of all abortions done annually.

Planned Parenthood has been on the receiving end of significant negative publicity related to undercover videos showing its officials helping investigators posing as sex traffickers obtain abortions and STD testing for underage girls who are victims of the sex trade. The abortion business has defended itself in part by attempting to show that abortions constitute a small percentage of its overall services.

However, the new numbers make it more clear that women who are pregnant who come to Planned Parenthood receive only abortion services rather than help and support.

The new document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood provided prenatal services to merely 7,021 women and referred only 977 women for adoption services. These numbers were a 25 percent drop in prenatal care clients and a whopping 59 percent decline in adoption referrals from the 2,405 adoption referrals in 2008. The abortion business helped only 9,433 prenatal clients in 2008, down substantially from the 11,000 women it provided prenatal care to in 2007 — showing health care given to pregnant woman has fallen substantially over the years.

As a result, 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood are sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care. That’s up from 96.5 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood getting abortions in 2008.

Hear one of the Planned Parenthood ads here.