University of Hawaii May Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 3, 2012   |   8:47PM   |   Honolulu, HI

The University of Hawaii is considering whether to provide funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business to start doing abortions at Kauai inside the Mahelona Memorial Hospital in Kapa’a.

Aloha Life Advocates (formerly Hawaii Right to Life) tells LifeNews that local pro-life advocates on the Garden Island of Kauai are asking for help as Planned Parenthood Hawaii has returned to the Garden Isle with an announcement that it plans to start doing abortions at a clinic located inside the Mahelona Memorial Hospital in Kapa’a. Funding for the clinic would be provided by the University of Hawaii.

The Board of Directors for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, which operates the hospital, has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the clinic, the organization notes.

“Previously, Planned Parenthood of Hawaii performed abortions in Kapa’a, (which was one of 287 surgical PPH clinics in the country) but in 2009 had to cease operations,” ALA says. “Over the past few years, Kaua’i has remained free of the plague of surgical abortion, but that could quickly change.”

“We are calling on you, Hawaii’s human life advocates, to act immediately by voicing your strong opposition to this imminent threat to unborn children, their mothers, and all of Kaua’i,” ALA added.

Pro-life residents of Hawaii can submit testimony to office{at}alohalifeadvocates{dot}org asking that abortions be banned from Mahelona Memorial Hospital and all other healthcare facilities on Kaua’i or sign a pro-life petition here.

In 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, a total of 3,342 elective abortions were performed in Hawai‘i. In Hawai‘i, among mothers who chose abortion in 2009, 19% were Caucasian, 17% were Native Hawaiian, 13% were Filipina, 6% were Japanese, 4% were Chinese (mixed/other/unknown accounted for the remaining percentage).

In 2009, most abortions in Hawai‘i, 77%, were performed for residents of Honolulu County followed by Hawai‘i County, 10%, Maui County, 8% and Kaua’i County, 4%. As of 2005, there were 39 abortion facilities or abortion practitioners  throughout the state. Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in Hawai‘i, with locations on O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawai‘i (the Big Island).

Hawai‘i has no informed consent for mothers considering abortion or parental involvement law for parents of minor girls seeking abortions. The state maintains a “Freedom of Choice Act.” The Act mandates the right to abortion even if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, specifically providing that “[t]he State shall not deny or interfere with a female’s right to choose or obtain an abortion of a nonviable fetus or an abortion that is necessary to protect the life or health of the female.”

Hawaiian taxpayers are required to pay for “medically necessary” abortions for women receiving state medical assistance (through Medicaid/QUEST). The state maintains no enforceable abortion clinic regulations, but only licensed physicians, surgeons, or licensed osteopathic physicians or surgeons may perform abortions.

ACTION:  Contact the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and urge it to not allow abortions or fund abortions at Mahelona Memorial Hospital.