Planned Parenthood affiliates in several mid-western states will merge this summer to form a huge, new abortion-centered business.
The abortion chain announced the merger this week of affiliates in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The new affiliate, Planned Parenthood North Central States, will include 29 facilities, which see about 114,000 patients per year.
Planned Parenthood’s goal for the merger is to “better deliver health care, meet community needs, and build political power” in those five states. And, though the billion-dollar non-profit does not mention it, it’s main focus will continue to be aborting unborn babies. It claims “abortion is health care.”
In an interview with the Des Moines Register, outgoing president of the Iowa affiliate Suzanna de Baca expressed hope that the merger will help Planned Parenthood expand its webcam services in rural areas. While birth control specifically was mentioned in the article, Planned Parenthood also dispenses dangerous abortion drugs to women via webcam without ever seeing a doctor in person.
De Baca said they do not plan to close any facilities in Iowa or Nebraska after the merger.
In a statement, Erin Davison-Rippey, the new executive director for the Iowa area of the abortion affiliate, mentioned their political goals for the future.
“In this current political environment, we know that we must fight even harder to defend the rights that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers secured, and it is my privilege to lead this work in Iowa,” Davison-Rippey said.
Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, said she doubts the new abortion affiliate will be able to replicate the grassroots activism of the pro-life movement.
“While Planned Parenthood has relied on the courts to do its bidding for the past 45 years, we’ve been building and engaging pro-life activists all over the state,” Schmit-Albin said. “In a conservative political State, Planned Parenthood is not going to be able to build the same grassroots structure that has out-worked them politically and legislatively for decades.”
Prompted by pro-life advocates, Nebraska and Iowa lawmakers have cut millions of dollars in taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood in the past several years. In 2017, Planned Parenthood closed four Iowa facilities as a result of the cuts.
Here’s more from the Register:
A leading abortion opponent said Tuesday that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s pending merger with a bigger chapter shows how the organization has been weakened. “For us, it’s just an indication of their decline in providing services to women,” said Maggie DeWitte, executive director of Iowans for Life.
DeWitte noted that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland closed several rural clinics in the years before announcing last year that it would close facilities in Bettendorf, Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City in response to the loss of state family-planning money. She said the closures were due to women choosing to use other clinics that aren’t associated with an agency providing abortions. “Iowa’s a pro-life state,” she said.
Nationally, in the past decade, Planned Parenthood’s patient numbers dropped by about half a million and its non-abortion services shrank drastically. As a result, it closed dozens of rural facilities, many of which did not provide abortions, and began focusing its efforts on huge city abortion facilities.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, aborting approximately 320,000 unborn babies every year. Its most recent annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion, with about half a billion dollars coming from taxpayers.
In December, the U.S. Department of Justice said it is investigating whether the abortion chain illegally sold aborted baby body parts.