Planned Parenthood to affiliates: abortions mandatory
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, December 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Planned Parenthood Federation of America plans to require all its affilate groups to offer abortions in at least one of their clinics, according to one of its affiliates.
Planned Parenthood of South Texas said Monday they were dropping their affiliation with the national abortion giant because of the decree, according to a Caller.com.
The leader of the affiliate, which will change its name to Family Planning of the Coastal Bend on New Year’s Day, said there was no need to offer the procedure given the presence of other abortionists in the area.
“We have never provided abortions,” said CEO Amanda Stukenberg. “Our position is that if that is a need in your community, fine. There are far greater needs in our area than abortion. We feel that women here have options. We don’t need to duplicate services.”
The South Texas office will continue to offer emergency contraception, which can cause the death of an embryo by preventing its implantation in the uterus, in addition to other birth control drugs.
It is unclear how many of Planned Parenthood’s 89 affiliate groups in the United States do not perform medical or surgical abortions. Planned Parenthood committed 324,008 medical and surgical abortions last year, according to their 2008-2009 annual report.
Although Planned Parenthood often points out that abortion accounts for a minute percentage of its services, one former Planned Parenthood insider turned pro-life activist has revealed the group’s dependence on the “lucrative business” of abortion for propping up its $1 billion budget.
“The money wasn’t in family planning, the money wasn’t in prevention, the money was in abortion,” said Abby Johnson, former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas.
According to Johnson, her superiors established a monthly quota of abortions to keep the money flowing, and would increase the quota to meet financial needs. “They really wanted to increase the number of abortions so that they could increase their income,” she said.