Kathleen Gilbert

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Most U.S. Planned Parenthoods located in minority communities: report

Kathleen Gilbert

September 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A survey of all U.S. ZIP codes where Planned Parenthood clinics are located in the United States has found that most are located in areas with a minority population significantly higher than the state average.

Authored by Life Dynamics president Mark Crutcher with the help of researcher Carole Novielli and production assistant Renee Hobbs, the report, “Racial Targeting and Population Control,” aims to bolster the group’s claims made in its 2009 documentary Maafa 21. The film outlined how the family planning movement is rooted in 20th-century eugenicism that aimed at reducing minority populations, a goal Planned Parenthood’s business strategy reflects to the present day.

In the abstract, Crutcher writes that the film’s findings had been battled back by the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), a research institution financially affiliated with Planned Parenthood, which claimed that only one in 10 Planned Parenthood clinics was located in a minority area.

“The reality is, the research in AGI’s report had been manipulated to yield pre-determined results,” writes Crutcher, who notes that non-abortion facilities and those performing under 400 abortions per year were excluded.

Using data from Planned Parenthood’s website and the 2000 U.S. Census, Crutcher’s team broke down by zip code each Planned Parenthood clinic as well as each non-Planned Parenthood abortion clinic affiliated with the National Abortion Federation or the National Coalition of Abortion Providers.

The data shows a large proportion of both clinic types located in disproportionately minority neighborhoods, including 51% of all Planned Parenthood clinics located in areas at or above 125% of the state minority average.

“What I was stunned to see is how many of these zip codes were 250 percent, 300 percent, 700 percent, 1800 percent higher [minority concentration above state average],” Crutcher told LifeSiteNews.com in a telephone interview last week.

In addition, of the 116 ZIP codes found to have more than one population control facility, 84 were disproportionately black and/or Hispanic. Crutcher’s research paper points to a New Jersey zip code with nearly three times the average black population and four population control facilities, and a Minnesota ZIP code with nearly eight times the number of blacks and three such facilities.

Given the relatively small area of each ZIP code - there are 46,000 in the United States - Crutcher said the numbers are “just staggeringly high.”

Crutcher said that because he and his staff are not trained statisticians, he chose to simply release the raw data to let it speak for itself.

Michael New, a political scientist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, told LifeSiteNews.com that Crutcher’s report did “a thorough job” proving the high concentration of family planning clinics in minority neighborhoods, and debunking Guttmacher’s claims to the contrary.

“They [Guttmacher] get away with a lot, and I think that this does pretty clearly refute their idea,” New told LSN.

Click here to view the report.

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