Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D, NRL-ETF Director of Education & Research

Opinion

What would four more years of Obama mean for Planned Parenthood?

Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D, NRL-ETF Director of Education & Research

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2012, (NRLN)—It’s chilling to consider, but what would four more years of Barack Obama in the White House mean for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and biggest abortion promoter?  Obviously, no one can say for sure, but we can get a pretty good idea from looking back at the last four years and projecting those same policies and trends for the next four. And it certainly doesn’t look good if you’re an unborn child or someone who stands with those who defend their right to life. Once not having to face re-election, President Obama would not need to even pretend to mask his pro-abortion sympathies.

Another four years of President Obama would mean….

At least 1.3 million more abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics.

Planned Parenthood performed 329,445 abortions in 2010, according to their most recent annual report.  If that number remained stable, that would translate to 1,317,780 abortions over four years.  That’s pretty close to the entire population of Hawaii (1,360,301, according to the 2010 Census), the state where Obama grew up.

However, there are plenty of reasons to believe that that number would be considerably higher.

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In 2007, the number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood clinics was 305,310, the first time the organization had broken the 300,000 barrier. That meant an increase of 7.9% in the four years from 2007 to 2010 (from 305,310 to 329,445).

If extrapolated, using the same rate of increase, the 329,445 abortions of 2010 would be 355,488 abortions by 2013. Four years at that rate would be a cumulative loss, not of of not 1.3 million, but of more than 1.4 million lives lost.

And this is without even assuming increased government grants and promotion and a whole new source of funding and customers for Planned Parenthood from ObamaCare.

It is difficult to say just how high the figure could go.  But this one thing is sure.  If Obama gets reelected, a lot more babies will lose their lives at Planned Parenthood.

Nearly $2 Billion more from U.S. taxpayers’ pockets.

According to the 2009-2010 Planned Parenthood Federation of American (PPFA) Annual Report, the organization took in $487.4 million in “Government Health Services Grants and Reimbursements” for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. This represents government grants and payments from all levels of government, federal, state, and local. This was equal to 46% of the $1.0482 billion the organization took in in “Total Revenue” for that same fiscal year.

Four more years of funding at those levels would translate into another $1.949 billion going from the pockets of U.S. taxpayers to the abortion chain’s coffers.

Thanks to the Hyde Amendment and similar laws, federal funds given to Planned Parenthood currently cannot be used directly to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother. More than a dozen states, including heavily populated California and New York, do directly fund abortion, along with several local governments.

But the considerable funding Planned Parenthood does receive, even when it does not go directly for abortion, does help keep the clinic doors open and the abortionist and the staff paid.  Money from the government enables Planned Parenthood to expand and build giant new abortion megaclinics.  It also helps promote the organization and fund its outreach to the community.  Perhaps most significantly, it confers the blessing of the federal government on Planned Parenthood as an endorsed health care provider.

That endorsement will mean even more with the advent of ObamaCare over the next four years.  More patients and more money than ever will be steered toward Planned Parenthood in the coming days.  Early on in the run up to passage of ObamaCare, PPFA president Cecile Richards, speaking at a White House health care summit, promoted the idea of Planned Parenthood as a healthcare gatekeeper for women in poor communities, in essence, controlling their access to healthcare and keeping them from being exposed to other views and pregnancy options.

If that happens, the funding going to Planned Parenthood will go through the roof. In the end, women on Obamacare will go where their plan tells them to go and will receive the services their plans says they can receive.

And Planned Parenthood will pile up cash and baby bodies in a way never seen before.

Continued special access to the nation’s highest political office.

With Obama in the Oval Office, a frequent visitor to the White House was Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president.  What they talked about, we don’t know.  But we do know that, in this past four years,  perhaps no other group has received more deference, and more defense, than Planned Parenthood.

What is this access worth?  People should recall that during the hard fought budget negotiations between Obama and the Republican Congress in 2011, funding for Planned Parenthood was one of Obama’s non-negotiables. Obama indicated that he would block enactment of the government-wide funding bill—forcing a government shutdown—rather than agree to the House position that funding to Planned Parenthood should be curtailed.

The Obama administration has gone to court to challenge state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and has perpetuated myths about the services Planned Parenthood does and does not provide (see “Mr. President, Planned Parenthood Does Not Do Mammograms!”).

Obama’s reelection campaign has ginned up a phony “War on Women” and gone so far as produce campaign advertisements defending funding for Planned Parenthood.

If Obama has gone this far with controversial group like Planned Parenthood before the election, what might he do in the next four years without the accountability of a reelection campaign hanging over his head?

A frightening future.

Chances of defunding Planned Parenthood with Obama in office are close to nil. If Obama takes his policies to the logical next level, expect him to chip away at the limits that are there, to push for federally funded abortion on demand.

Rather than looking for common sense limits on the webcam chemical abortions being performed and promoted by Planned Parenthood’s Heartland affiliate (Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, and parts of Oklahoma), expect the Obama administration to welcome and support the expansion of this dangerous technology, putting the lives of many women at risk.

Look for the building of many more giant Planned Parenthood megaclinics, with government grants, bringing abortion into wealthier neighborhoods and suburbs.

Expect the further trampling of religious rights, the increasing marginalization of religious communities who object to their funds or their facilities being used for abortion. Don’t be surprised if Obama marshals the full force of government and the tax code to force compliance with the deadly mandates of his healthcare program.

Don’t be shocked if he rations care to cover the costs of all these other giveaways to groups like Planned Parenthood for non-existent mammograms and all-too-real abortions.

And don’t think there won’t be increased funding for Planned Parenthood taught sex education in the public schools, where students will be taught falsehoods, if taught anything, about fetal development, and told that abortion at your local Planned Parenthood, without your parents’ knowledge, is an acceptable way to deal with unplanned pregnancy.

What Obama has planned for the next four years, only he knows. And who knows what novel and innovative ideas he and Planned Parenthood might come up with the further the power and reach of the organization?

But one thing you can be sure of, protecting the rights and welfare of unborn children will not be a part of those plans.

A more powerful and deadly foe.

Planned Parenthood is already rich and powerful.  If you had any doubt, look back at the vote to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress.

It will be a challenge to stop abortion juggernaut Planned Parenthood, no matter who is in office.  But it will certainly be a lot more difficult when Planned Parenthood has the ear and support of the man in the most powerful political office in the land.

If you think things are bad now, just wait and see what happens if Obama is voted back in office for another four years.

So, when you enter that voting booth, remember.  Vote like lives depend on the choice you make.  Because they do.

Reprinted from National Right to Life News.

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