Planned Parenthood is not giving the public the whole story.
National leaders of the abortion chain claim they are an essential women’s health care provider, and they need taxpayer dollars to keep serving patients. They claim community health centers will not be able to serve all Planned Parenthood’s patients if it gets defunded.
This is becoming even more obviously false as Planned Parenthood announces plans to close clinics all across the country, citing financial reasons and patient numbers. The abortion chain’s non-abortion services also have been dropping rapidly in the past few years. And it hasn’t even been defunded yet.
The latest news of closures comes from New Mexico where KOAT News reports three Planned Parenthood facilities will close in September.
Planned Parenthood centers in Farmington, Rio Rancho and Nob Hill in Albuquerque will close this fall, according to the report. None of the facilities perform abortions on site, but they all referred patients for abortions.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains CEO Adrienne Mansanares told the news station that politics are not the reason for the closures.
“Funding is one thing that we look at, but we also look at whether our patients will receive excellent care at another provider, or most importantly, come see us in any of our health centers throughout the state,” Mansanares said.
She said their remaining three facilities in New Mexico will expand their hours to accommodate patients.
So far this year, at least eight Planned Parenthoods have closed or plan to close, according to LifeNews’s tally. These include the three in New Mexico, two in Pennsylvania, one in Wyoming and one in Maryland. The Rocky Mountains affiliate told the AP of plans to close at least one more facility, but it did not specify which one.
American Life League reports Planned Parenthood closed 27 facilities in 2016, and its total number of facilities are down by one third. This is despite receiving strong support from President Barack Obama during his eight years in office, including nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding annually.
Many of the facilities that closed did not provide abortions, a big money-maker for Planned Parenthood. Reading between the lines, the abortion chain appears to be closing facilities because it is losing patients and concentrating more exclusively on abortions.
Several years ago, Planned Parenthood boasted 3 million patients a year; but CEO Cecile Richards recently said they now serve about 2.5 million.
The abortion group’s annual reports have shown patient numbers and non-abortion health care services dropping in the past few years and its abortion numbers remaining steady. Out of character, Planned Parenthood has not released its annual report yet for 2016. It typically releases the report in January.
Planned Parenthood aborts more than 300,000 unborn babies every single year. It is the largest abortion provider in the United States, and it receives nearly half a billion taxpayer dollars annually from the federal government.
And its leaders have made it very clear that aborting unborn babies is a fundamental part of their work.
Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer to receive an increase in taxpayer funding if the group stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortion – not women’s health care – is essential to Planned Parenthood.
These closures, the drops in patient numbers and non-abortion services are just further indications that Planned Parenthood’s top priority is not serving women. Its priority is aborting unborn babies.