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Planned Parenthood down to 666 clinics

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Can you say, “Satan”?

Wow, headlines like that only come along once a year.

In this case there was another headline almost as good: “Planned Parenthood now has fewer abortion clinics than the year Roe was decided.”

And a third headline, not so good: “Planned Parenthood now operates over 45% of all U.S. abortion clinics.”

American Life League has just issued its “2014 report on Planned Parenthood facilities in the United States,” with some interesting finds:

In its annual report, Planned Parenthood said it committed 327,653 abortions in 2013, had a record income of $1.3 billion, and a near-record profit of $127.1 million – giving the impression of a thriving organization.

However, when one digs deeper in the service numbers in the annual report, a different picture of PP’s status emerges…

  • Planned Parenthood did fewer abortions last year than it did in three of its last four years. Planned Parenthood’s customer base fell to its lowest level since 2001.
  • The number of PP female contraceptive customers is lower than nine of its last 12 years.
  • Planned Parenthood breast and cervical cancer screenings have dropped 40-60 percent since 2009.
  • During 2014, Planned Parenthood Federation of America continued to close “health centers” at a record rate. This year, it closed 34 centers in a total of 19 different states.
  • Planned Parenthood now operates 668* centers in the United States, of which 337 commit surgical and/or medical abortions. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain, operating 45.6% of all the surgical/medical abortion facilities….
  • PP Centers closed in 2014 = 34
  • PP Centers opened in 2014 = 7
  • PP has 337 centers that commit surgical or medical abortions (5 fewer than last year)
  • Of the 337 centers, 173 centers do surgical abortions (most also do medical abortions) (1 fewer)
  •  Of the 337 centers, 164 centers do medical abortions but not surgical (4 fewer)….
  • This year is the first time in 10 years that Planned Parenthood had fewer surgical abortion centers AND fewer medical abortion centers AND fewer total number of surgical/medical abortion centers.

*Planned Parenthood had 668 centers at the end of 2014. Since then, as Jim Sedlak of ALL told me this afternoon, two more centers have closed, in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Issaquah, Washington, bringing the total to the deservedly demonic 666. As Bible readers know, Revelation 13:18 denotes 666 as the satanic mark of the beast. How rich.

Back to highlights from ALL’s report:

One of the important measurements of the influence of Planned Parenthood is the number of facilities it operates across the country. Planned Parenthood has always looked at the number of its facilities as representing the reach of the organization.

In 1993, right after Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States, PP had 922 centers and publicly announced a plan to have 2,000 centers by the year 2000…. PP never reached 2,000 centers. The highest number it had was 938 in 1995.

So Planned Parenthood centers are down by 29% since its hell heyday. Some charts of interest…

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UPDATE: ALL has created a great infographic to accompany its report.

If Planned Parenthood collapses, the abortion industry collapses, Part II

Defund Planned Parenthood abortion kingpin and its clinicsIs it really conceivable that Planned Parenthood could crash, bringing the entire abortion industry down with it? I answer that question today.

Backdrop: “If Planned Parenthood collapses, the abortion industry collapses, Part I.”

As powerful and wealthy as Planned Parenthood appears, its position is tenuous, upheld only by political friends and courts. In contraceptive terms, Planned Parenthood has no Plan B.

Planned Parenthood would hardly have noticed losing taxpayer funding 50 years ago, in 1964. This was when it reported its first government subsidy – chump change of $8,500. Planned Parenthood’s annual income at the time was $6.2 million, 70% of which came from donors, and 30% from clinics.

By 1970, Planned Parenthood’s annual income had jumped to $26.4 million, thanks in large part to taxpayers, who contributed 43% of the total. It was during this period that Planned Parenthood began multiplying clinics. According to Jim Sedlak of American Life League:

In 1962, the year before it received its first taxpayer funds, Planned Parenthood operated fewer than 200 clinics. By 1973, that number had exploded to 700. This, of course, meant that Planned Parenthood’s influence in our nation grew greatly because of government largesse.

In FY2013, 45% of Planned Parenthood’s whopping $1.21 billion income came from taxpayers, to the tune of $540.6 million. Today only 26% of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue is derived from donations, and 25% from clinics.

Planned Parenthood abortion giant clinic in Fon du Lac closesHow dependent is Planned Parenthood’s nationwide chain on government funding? As Sedlak pointed out, Planned Parenthood was only able to build its conglomerate with taxpayer help.

And only last week Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin claimed it had to close its fifth clinic since 2013 all due to a mere $1 million loss in state funding. 

One should expect a certain amount of fudging on Planned Parenthood’s part; it has been known to conveniently blame clinic closures on government defunding when they were themselves to blame.

But it must also be true that Planned Parenthood is only able to sustain its massive infrastructure with government help. And that is where its potential downfall lies.

“I have always said that if all state and federal tax-funding were cut off from Planned Parenthood, their abortion empire would collapse like dominos,” wrote Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger via email. “I doubt if more than a handful of clinics of any affiliation could survive without an artificial influx of money from outside sources.”

Sedlak agreed: “Planned Parenthood is set up for destruction if Americans ever get the guts to elect politicians who care.”

Planned Parenthood made the decision long ago to tie its future to the whims of government. Its leaders apparently never considered the organization might some day become anathema, with a segment of the population and politicians calling for it to be defunded.

Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staffer makes graphic sexual suggestionsWhatever murmuring may have been heard before only became real noise beginning in 2007, when Live Action launched its investigations against Planned Parenthood, first revealing the organization would accept donations specifically to abort  black babies, then that it would cover up underage rape, then that it would aid and abet sex traffickers, then that it would commit sex-selective abortions, and most recently that it would encourage minors to engage in violent BDSM.

Add to that charges around the country of Medicaid fraud, failure to report child sexual abuse, substandard clinics, and perverted doctors, and you begin to see momentum that has blossomed into a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and a congressional investigation of the organization.

obama valentine2 If not for President Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood might already be going the way of Enron. It is only he who kept Planned Parenthood from being defunded on the federal level in 2011 and in several more states than it already has.

Planned Parenthood knows this. It knows it is only one presidential election away from seeing its political fortunes turn to dust.

Losing the Senate in 2014 would be an advance blow, hence Planned Parenthood’s plan to spend a whopping $18 million this election cycle, in large part attacking the “Extreme Six” Republican Senate candidates who could swing the majority, setting up for a Republican trifecta in 2016.

Planned Parenthood abortion clinic behemoth fighting Republican takeover of SenatePlanned Parenthood’s situation is all the more dire when considering it could lose its tax-exempt status if convicted of Medicaid fraud, cases of which are beginning to snowball; or lose the windfall profits it is anticipating if Obamacare is overturned or if the contraceptive mandate and abortion funding are repealed; or lose its lucrative contraceptive pill trade (for which it has been known to double- and triple-bill taxpayers) if it is made available over-the-counter.

Added to the recent slew of pro-life laws, the fragility of the abortion industry becomes clear when also considering its eggs are increasingly in one basket, and that basket is wearing thin. From the STOPP Report, September 24:

STOPP’s 2013 Survey of Planned Parenthood facilities shows the abortion giant suffered the eighth straight year of decline in both total facilities and affiliates. Planned Parenthood reported running a total of 695 clinic facilities as of December 30, 2013 – the lowest number reported since 1973.Planned Parenthood’s number of affiliates decreased from 74 in 2012 to 71 in 2013, continuing the trend of massive consolidation in management since the high point of 191 Planned Parenthood affiliates in 1978. 

We have continued to see a hefty stream of closures in 2014. Planned Parenthood most frequently cited pressure from legislation, be it defunding efforts or laws tightening clinic standards, as the main reason for facility closures during 2013. In states where legislative pressure was not felt, it most frequently reported facility closures due to a dwindling customer base and efforts to consolidate facilities nearer to its core demographic. In 2013, 79% of the facilities closed were contraceptive-only facilities.

It is clear that Planned Parenthood is preparing for even more facility closures as it implements its community organizer model and online birth control counseling. As it does so, it is focusing more and more on its lucrative abortion business.

Because it has to. Planned Parenthood is driven to take over the abortion industry by greed and survival, needing a financial stream aside from the government funding model it has grown dependent on, and also banking on government funding of abortion.

And the abortion lobby is helpless to stop what insiders surely must see as a coming train wreck.

If Planned Parenthood collapses, so does the abortion industry, Part 1

Planned Parenthood abortion clinic industry coming collapse?Had Planned Parenthood gone under in 1986, the abortion industry would hardly have noticed. At the time Planned Parenthood was committing only 6.2% of all U.S. abortions.

That was then.

With a total of 342 abortion clinics at last count (174 surgical/168 medical), Planned Parenthood now owns 46% of the remaining 751 abortion clinics in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood’s biggest abortion surge has been in the field of medical (RU-486) abortions. Planned Parenthood operates 90% of all U.S. medical abortion clinics, according to AbortionDocs.org. Here’s a chart from STOPP.org:

Planned Parenthood medical vs surgical abortions as of end of 2013

By 2011, the latest figures available, Planned Parenthood was responsible for 31.6% of the U.S. abortion marketshare, surely higher today.

Were Planned Parenthood to go under now, the abortion industry would collapse.

Planned Parenthood abortion monopoly USI wrote last week about Planned Parenthood’s growing monopoly of that shrinking industry.

This has been intentional, a dual strategy by Planned Parenthood to increase the number of its abortion clinics while crushing the competition.

Planned Parenthood has been conducting its coup for years, if not decades. Quoting the Wall Street Journal from back in 2008:

“This is not the Planned Parenthood we all grew up with… they now have more of a business approach, much more aggressive,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, who runs abortion clinics in Texas and Maryland.

Ms. Hagstrom Miller competes with Planned Parenthood for abortion patients – and finds it deeply frustrating. She does not receive the government grants or tax-deductible donations that bolster Planned Parenthood, and says she can’t match the nonprofit’s budget for advertising or clinic upgrades. She has carved her own niche by touting her care as more holistic – and by charging $425 for a first-trimester surgery at her Austin clinic, compared with $475 at the local Planned Parenthood….

“They’re not unlike other big national chains,” Ms. Hagstrom Miller said. “They put local independent businesses in a tough situation.”

There is plenty of evidence Planned Parenthood is indeed trying to drive out the competition. Two recent examples:

  • In Texas, where there is now a dearth of abortion clinics thanks to pro-life legislation, Planned Parenthood is building two new clinics in Dallas and San Antonio – where two of the state’s last three independent clinics already exist (if and when the law takes full effect). The other five that are anticipated to remain standing all belong to Planned Parenthood.
  • In North Carolina, Planned Parenthood smelled blood and forced a shaky independent abortion clinic to close this year by announcing plans to build.

But there is a provocative flip side to this that plays right into pro-life hands: As Planned Parenthood grabs more of the declining abortion industry, and the industry becomes ever more dependent on Planned Parenthood for survival, the prospects of that industry’s collapse only increase.

PPWere Planned Parenthood to go under, the number of U.S. abortion clinics would be cut by almost half, and replacing them would be difficult due to today’s stricter clinic regulations and oversight, in conjunction with the decreased demand.

Also gone would be Planned Parenthood’s influence on elections and litigation.

“Remember that, in addition to becoming the primary abortionists, Planned Parenthood is who provides the lawyers and the political connections to keep abortion legal,” noted American Life League’s Jim Sedlak in an email. “If Planned Parenthood collapses, all the behind-the-scenes infrastructure goes with it.”

Interesting theory, but is it realistic to imagine that Planned Parenthood could crash?

Stay tuned for Part II.

Pro-life blog buzz 9-9-14

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  • Judie Brown of American Life League discusses an issue that sometimes separates pro-life activists. She believes pro-lifers should not waste time and resources fighting for laws that force abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. While many pro-lifers rightfully think abortionists fail to meet that standard, and this is a way to expose them and shut down abortion centers when no physician qualifies, Brown quotes ALL’s Jim Sedlak, who voices an alternative opinion:

    While pro-lifers get caught up in trying to argue for these kinds of laws, statements are made that you would never expect from a pro-life person. In fact, after the Alabama decision, one pro-life leader, who is one of the strongest fighters for life in the country, actually argued that these laws are needed to protect women who are choosing to have an abortion.

    This has brought us a long way from the days when it was clearly recognized that the energies of the pro-life movement were focused on saving the baby, praying for the woman, and finding a way to show women that abortion was not her only solution to her perceived problems.

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  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life posted an op ed in Duluth News Tribune calling out MN Senator Al Franken for his support of the misnamed Women’s Health Protection Act, which “effectively would establish abortion on demand until birth nationwide.”

    This extremist, who is up for reelection this November, must be defeated! He only won in 2008 by 312 recounted votes, and at least one pundit considers him vulnerable.

  • The Leading Edge, a New Zealand blog, gives tips on how to talk to your “MP,” i.e., member of parliament, about issues that matter to you. The advice is sound for the U.S. as well!
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  • Clinic Quotes quotes Glamour magazine in 1973, which called abortion the “kiss of death” in the medical profession:

    “[Hospital administrators say] abortion is a sleazy and offensive procedure… The doctor who does abortions – even if they are only a small part of her practice – is known as an abortionist…. This label is the kiss of death for any professional hopes a doctor might have.”

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  • Live Action gives a high five to a Today Show story about Special Kneads Bakery, which employs special needs adults:

    “What they do is critical to our success,” says Mike, underscoring the fact that these jobs are not provided as charity or just to give adults with special needs something to do. They are earning an honest wage and contributing in a very real way to the success of the business.

    Mike says their love for repetition is a boon to the business: “They do a lot of the jobs that most people don’t even really think about, and don’t want to do.”

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast actually settled for $4.3 mil, not $1.3 mil, for Medicaid fraud

ppfraud-320x240Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on July 24 that his office had obtained a $1.4 million settlement against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast for Medicaid fraud, with the settlement to be split between the state of Texas, the federal government, and the whistleblower (former PPGC employee Karen Reynolds).

It turns out the AG was apparently only announcing his state’s cut. The total settlement is actually $4.3 million – almost $3 million more than previously known. From the Houston Chronicle today:

Planned Parenthood’s Houston-based affiliate clarified Tuesday that it settled for $4.3 million, three times the $1.4 million that Abbott reported a week ago.

His spokesman tried to explain the discrepancy, indicating Abbott intended to announce the smaller amount, which represents the “state’s designation.” But it’s unclear why Abbott wouldn’t have announced the whole amount.

The attorney general also jumped the gun with his press release, announcing the settlement before it had been finalized. (It has since been signed by all parties.)

When I called the AG’s press office to help me understand the discrepancy  I was greeted by a inexplicably rude man who wouldn’t even give me his name. His response before hanging up, “It means the investigation is not over.” Ok. Still don’t understand, but there you go.

Despite the confusion this would all seem to be good news, although the original charge was that PPGC “submitted more than $30 million in fraudulent bills between 2003 and 2009,” according to the Houston Chronicle, July 30.

“If the original claim that PP defrauded the taxpayer of $30 million is near accurate, it means that PP settled for 15 cents on the dollar,” wrote American Life League’s Jim Sedlak to me in an email. “No incentive there to stop committing Medicaid fraud.”

Abby Johnson’s lawsuit against the same Planned Parenthood affiliate is still not settled. Abby alleges PPGC committed “over $5.7 million in fraud,” according to her legal representation, Alliance Defending Freedom.

[HT: Jim Sedlak; graphic via ADF]

Planned Parenthood uses mergers to handle affiliate noncompliance

Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 5.04.21 PMIn December 2010 Planned Parenthood ordered all its affiliates to begin offering abortions at a minimum of one clinic location by the beginning of 2013.

At the time the number of Planned Parenthood affiliates stood at 87, far below their all-time high of 200+. That number has now now shrunken further to 73 with the news earlier this week that Planned Parenthood of Kentucky was merging with Planned Parenthood of Indiana to create the too cute acronym, PPINK.

But Planned Parenthood’s flowery explanation for the merge masked the real reason, according to Jim Sedlak of American Life League’s STOPP in an email to me.

There is an overriding factor that is not mentioned in the article.

At the beginning of 2013, there were six Planned Parenthood affiliates that had not adhered to the Federation’s demand that every affiliate have at least one clinic that does surgical or medical abortions.

The six were:

Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma
Planned Parenthood of Kentucky
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey
Planned Parenthood of North Florida
Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey
Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan

With the merger, now there are only five.

35547429001_2469838761001_vs-51b6571ae4b0d73d22b34996-1592194027001Once you know that, rereading the IBY.com story reveals veiled hints:

The combined organization will “allow us to to better address the sadly unmet need for family-planning services throughout Kentucky,” said Kim Greene [pictured above], chairwoman of the PPKY board.

All 28 of the health centers will continue to offer preventive health care services…. The four Indiana centers that perform abortions will continue to do so…. The Kentucky centers do not perform abortions.

Certainly, many of PP’s 14 mergers of the past two years have been for the same reason. Planned Parenthood wants to keep those lucrative abortions in-house. But at least two affiliates have chosen to part company with the abortion giant rather than be forced to commit abortions – Planned Parenthood South Texas and Planned Parenthood of South Central New York.

I just checked, and to date none of the remaining five affiliates yet offer abortions. So look for more merges.

In a side note, Indiana Right to Life CEO Mike Fichter believes “the merger will likely result in Planned Parenthood expanding its abortion business south of the Ohio River and driving the abortion rate higher in Kentucky while avoiding Indiana’s abortion laws.”

Abortion supporters now both anti- “choice” and uber- “choice”

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Planned Parenthood triggered a massive identity crisis in the pro-abortion world when it announced on February 9 it was abandoning the term “pro-choice.”

I mentioned at the time Planned Parenthood must certainly not have conferred with such groups as NARAL Pro-Choice America before dropping its bombshell.

The1PercentI don’t think abortion advocacy groups appreciate the fact that Planned Parenthood is a billion dollar business. So its decisions will be primarily market-driven, which may or may not be coincide with the best interest of ideological groups – one of the hard truths about the 1%.

Thus, Planned Parenthood basically hung NARAL, et al, out to dry, forcing them to defend their commitment to the word “choice.”

In an interview with Politico today, new NARAL president Ilyse Hogue said her group is doubling down…

… to redefine “choice.” It’s the right to end a pregnancy – and the right to start one, including access to pricey fertility treatment. Once a baby is born, parents should have paid family leave to take care of them.

I asked several pro-life leaders for their insights about the other side’s growing schizophrenia over the word “choice.”  Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League wrote:

As Planned Parenthood backs away from the language of “choice,” NARAL is trying to expand it. These contradictory strategies show how effectively the pro-life movement has rammed home the message that “choice” means abortion – any time, for any reason or no reason at all. That’s what Planned Parenthood and NARAL stand for, no matter what new slogans they come up with or old ones they try to dust off.

Jim Sedlak of American Life League added:

Both Planned Parenthood and NARAL are having problems with the word “choice.” PP is running away from it and NARAL is trying to redefine it.

Their basic problem is that they are not able to relate to the younger generation. NARAL’s former president admitted that is why she left. For 40 years pro-lifers have been telling people that we will eventually win because we are having children while the other side is not. All those children of pro-life families now make-up the majority of the younger generation. They are rejecting the “pro-choice” lies. PP and NARAL don’t know what to do about it.

From a public relations standpoint, Kristina Hernandez, Senior Account Manager for CRC Public Relations, noted:

NARAL is actually following PP’s lead. Abortion is a losing issue. They need something else to reel in the masses, so they are trying to figure out what works.

How does endorsing fertility treatments and parental leave play with the younger generation? I doubt they care about such things until later in life. If NARAL is so keen on being hip and young, why choose those issues?

Speaking for the youth, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America suggested the appeal might be to appear as a more well-rounded social justice movement:

Hogue’s statements are reflective of the general census in the U.S. that abortions are wrong. Instead of focusing on abortion, the other side wants to move beyond it, as they know its a loser for them.

This is new redefining campaign targeted at this generation, who knows the tired arguments of “it’s just a blob of tissue” are scientifically wrong.

Abortion proponents are hoping their “holistic” approach will help bring in more of the mushy-middle young women out there who don’t like abortion but also want to make sure help is always available for women.

It kinda sounds like they are trying to do what the pro-life movement has done in some ways – moving beyond just focusing on the baby but now being sure to always include the women when we talk about the effect of abortion.

I see this as a challenge for the pro-life movement.

[Photo via Politico]

Planned Parenthood announces 6 closures; another sued for forced botch

closedFrom Wisconsin came welcome news this week that four Planned Parenthood clinics will soon close. From Huffington Post, February 18:

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced the closure of four family planning health centers on Monday as a result of the state legislature’s elimination of funding to the health care provider.

The clinics in Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek, Chippewa Falls and Shawano, which serve approximately 2,000 patients, will close between April and July of this year.

These closures will bring the total of Planned Parenthood clinics in the Badger State down to 23, three of which commit abortions. PPWIs 2010 annual report listed no adoption or prenatal referrals or services but that it did kill 4,827 babies, 62% of Wisconsin’s total number of abortions. There will now be three less feeders.

In Iowa, two Planned Parenthood clinics have announced they are shutting their doors. According to Omaha.com, February 21:

Spokeswoman Shelby Cloke said that the clinic in Spencer will close and that the Fort Madison clinic operations will be consolidated with Keokuk and Burlington clinics on March 15.

The Spencer mill commits abortions. Thirteen of Iowa’s remaining 18 PPs will continue to murder children.

I spoke with Jim Sedlak of American Life League this morning. ALL tracks the number of nationwide Planned Parenthoods. The following chart will soon be updated, Jim told me, to reflect the latest figures.  At the end of January 2013 there were 730 PPs remaining, from a high of 938 in 1995 – PP’s lowest number of clinics in 30 years, since 1983.

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Every PP that closes saves lives. In addition, each closure gives PP that much less clout, and, as Jim pointed out, another congressman without a PP in his or her district to wield political pressure.

Finally, Live Action News posted a tragic story on January 20 that was picked up on Drudge of a mother who is suing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver for a forced abortion that was also botched.

This will not go down as a good week for Planned Parenthood, deservedly so.