Planned Parenthood Caught Denying Women Prenatal Care: 92 of 97 Abortion Clinics Turned Them Away

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 24, 2017   |   10:49AM   |   Washington, DC

A new Live Action investigation shows Planned Parenthood employees confirming what pro-lifers have been saying for years: Planned Parenthood is focused on abortion.

The new investigation, “Abortion Corporation,” explores the abortion group’s claims about being an essential women’s health care provider. Planned Parenthood has been putting extra emphasis on its non-abortion services recently in an attempt to justify the $500 million in taxpayer money it receives every year. Its leaders claim that being defunded would hurt millions of women who depend on Planned Parenthood for services like prenatal care, breast exams and birth control.

That’s not what Live Action found, though. The first video in its new series, “The Prenatal Care Deception,” shows that Planned Parenthood’s prenatal care services are “virtually nonexistent.”

Only five of the 97 facilities it contacted across the United States provided prenatal care; the rest turned them away, according to the investigation.

“Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care,” a receptionist at the Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Arizona told a Live Action investigator.

Another receptionist at the Albany, New York facility told them, “No Planned Parenthood does prenatal care, hon.”

A third in Merrillville, Indiana said: “No, we don’t do prenatal services. I mean, it’s called Planned Parenthood, I know it’s kind of deceiving.”

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The pro-life group’s findings contradict what Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards told the media in 2011.

“Prenatal care – these are the kinds of services that folks depend on Planned Parenthood for,” Richards said at the time.

While Live Action was hard pressed to find any Planned Parenthood that offered prenatal care, some of the investigators posing as pregnant women were offered abortions instead. The abortion business does almost one third of all abortions in the U.S. — 887 per day on average or about 320,000 a year.

“Planned Parenthood says it’s a champion of women’s health care, yet prenatal care, which is an essential service for expectant mothers, is virtually nonexistent,” said Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action. “Our investigators who wanted to keep their babies were turned away by 92 out of 97 Planned Parenthood centers. It’s clear that despite its claims, abortion is the priority and the only option for pregnant women that visit Planned Parenthood.”

This is just the first of several videos that Live Action plans to release in the coming weeks. The youth-led pro-life group said it plans to invest $500,000 in advertising into its latest investigation, with the hope of exposing Planned Parenthood’s abortion focus to women across America.

“The upcoming ‘Abortion Corporation’ investigative videos, combined with our recent video that debunked Planned Parenthood’s claim that only 3 percent of its services are abortions, are a powerful argument to defund Planned Parenthood of its half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding,” Rose said.

Rose also encouraged the mainstream media to do their own investigations of Planned Parenthood to confirm what Live Action discovered.

“The media will find results similar to ours: Planned Parenthood’s prenatal care claim is bogus,” she said. “We know from past experience that Planned Parenthood is untrustworthy and lies repeatedly to the public, as it did during Live Action’s 2011 child sex trafficking exposé.”

The findings come just as Congress is working on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Earlier this month, both the U.S. Senate and House took first steps toward defunding the abortion business. The move would redirect those tax dollars to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care, such as prenatal services and mammograms, but don’t abort unborn babies.

President Donald Trump promised to sign the bill as long as Planned Parenthood continues to do abortions.