Planned Parenthood’s Crazy Claim: Romney Puts Women’s Lives at Risk

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2012   |   6:27PM   |   Washington, DC

Apparently none of the previous attacks on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have succeeded, so Planned Parenthood abortion business president Cecile Richards has taken her rhetoric to the next level.

Now, Richards claims Romney is putting women’s lives at risk. How? Because he opposes forcing taxpayers to fund the nation’s biggest abortion company, which does hundreds of thousands of abortions annually and more than 25 percent of the 1.2 million seen in the United States every year.

Writing in a new opinion column at the Daily Beast (with the blaring headline “Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards: Romney Puts Women’s Lives at Risk”), Richards claims:

“A Romney presidency would decimate health care for 5 million poor and uninsured people a year, writes Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund,” she said. “Romney said in March that, if elected president, he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood. He clarified his remarks to say he would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Either way, he would seek to dismantle a nationwide network of community-based health centers that one in five American women rely on for care at some point in their lives.”

Richards claims, “This isn’t about abortion. These health-care programs provide blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring, flu shots, breast-cancer screenings, Pap tests, and birth control. Planned Parenthood is the only medical care many women receive all year.”

There she goes again, hiding behind the legitimate health care services Planned Parenthood provides while ignoring the abortion component of the business. Planned Parenthood’s own figures show that, when it comes to pregnant women, abortion is the only “health care” they receive.

Its latest annual report shows Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010 while it provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women and referred only 841 women to adoption agencies.

The number of women receiving prenatal care dropped significantly from 2009 to 2010, as the abortion business helped 40,489 women in 2009 — meaning almost 10,000 fewer women received prenatal support from Planned Parenthood last year than the year prior, or a drop of almost 25 percent.

The number of women getting adoption referrals also declined — from a low 977 in 2009 to 841 last year, or a decline of 14 percent. Examined another way Planned Parenthood does 391 abortions for every adoption referral it makes and almost 11 abortions for every woman it helps with prenatal care.



The trend at Planned Parenthood has been for its non-abortion services for pregnant women to decline while its number of abortions performed has increased. The 2009 annual report Planned Parenthood released earlier this year showed 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. Planned Parenthood’s own records now show 5,364,540 surgical and medical abortions done at Planned Parenthood centers from 1970 through the end of 2009.

Richards mentions none of that in her column — instead, couching her criticism of Romney in terms of how his support for ending Planned Parenthood funding would supposedly be a detriment to women.

While pro-life advocates would love to “get rid of Planned Parenthood,” even Romney’s insistence that the billion-dollar abortion company live or die on its own without federal money propping it up is still too much for Richards to bear.