Abortion Is Planned Parenthood’s Business Model

Cornerstone Action executive director: "Planned Parenthood preys on vulnerable women to drive profits."

By Shannon McGinley

It is impossible to ensure that taxpayer dollars directed to for so-called family-planning services don’t also pay for abortions, and it is for that reason alone that it was appropriate for the to reject the abortion business’s state contract for family-planning services last year.

Under the N.H. Constitution’s protection of the Right of Conscience, it’s unconstitutional and illegal to force taxpayers to fund an organization specializing in these immoral practices, whether pharmaceutical or surgical, which end innocent human life. The Executive Council stood up for women’s health at the same time it rejected Planned Parenthood’s contract by approving 10 family-planning contracts with other organizations that do not perform abortions.

Because Planned Parenthood does not have a contract with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to perform family-planning services, it does not qualify for a state license to dispense prescription drugs, such as the medical abortion pill RU-486, which can be taken up to nine weeks after conception to end human life. Despite the clear letter of the law spelled out in RSA 318:42 that prohibits it, Planned Parenthood recently applied for a license claiming that the state and federal departments of health and human services are interchangeable. The board decides Wednesday, August 15, and should be held accountable if it doesn’t make the only choice it has, which is to apply the law to Planned Parenthood as it would apply it to any other organization seeking to dispense drugs without a pharmacist.

As a conservative woman of childbearing age, I would be remiss to ignore the leftist assault on women that has played out in the public debate surrounding the Executive Council’s decision. The nation’s top abortion business and its liberal supporters want you to believe that the decision limits women’s access to birth control or contraceptives, or worse, stands in the way of affordable women’s health. But the council’s decision to approve contracts for 10 family planning organizations discredits half of that argument. Secondly, while Planned Parenthood says the pill costs $15-$50 a month, Wal-Mart sells the pill for as little as $9 a month, discrediting the other half. Furthermore, fertility is not a disease that needs to be managed with medical treatment, and we know the exact behavioral cause of pregnancy. With the price of birth control so low, no rational person would involve government in this situation where men and women should bear the full responsibility.

The disingenuous nature of the liberal attacks on the Executive Council and our pro-life Legislature highlights the most troubling aspect of this whole situation. Is it so important for Planned Parenthood to perform abortions in New Hampshire that the organization is willing to risk its family planning grant and ability to dispense pharmaceuticals? Sadly, based on the recent statements of several women who previously worked at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country and the work of groups such as Live Action and Expose Planned Parenthood—which videotaped Planned Parenthood employees in several facilities showing a willingness to aid and abet apparent pimps by arranging abortions for their under-aged sex slaves—it is increasingly apparent that abortion, both surgical and pharmaceutical, is what sustains Planned Parenthood’s business.

Planned Parenthood preys on vulnerable women to drive profits. The numbers in Planned Parenthood’s own annual report reveals the organization’s focus on abortion and that taxpayers are funding it. During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the organization received $487 million in taxpayer funding, 46 percent of its annual revenue. In the same period, the organization performed 329,445 abortions, 91 percent of its pregnancy services.

Abby Johnson, former clinic director of a Planned Parenthood in Texas, said she was directed to double the number of abortions performed at her clinic to drive up revenue. She also noted Planned Parenthood’s recent directive mandating that all of its affiliates provide abortions by 2013, which led one affiliate, also in Texas, to leave the organization.

Often, this extreme focus to boost profit is at the expense of women’s health. Sue Thayer said she was fired from her Iowa Planned Parenthood position because she expressed a concern about the indignity of so-called “telemed” abortions, which involve a doctor pressing a button from a remote location to open a drawer containing RU-486. The drug is then given to a pregnant woman who is immediately sent home. Thayer said her superiors celebrated the reduction of “overhead costs,” such as the specialized equipment, staff and traveling physician required for a surgical abortion.

Women sent home with these drugs aren’t told about the innocent life inside of them that will starve to death as she goes into labor, has contractions and bleeds out her dead child. Some women even suffer from hemorrhaging and even death after taking this drug. This is the true War on Women.

Shannon McGinley is the acting executive director of .

Ari Asulin August 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Is this a joke? What is this?
Tim Bottoms August 20, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Conservatives, only concerned about "life" when it is inside a woman. Once "life" is actually in the real world, a conservative will step over their starving body and say, "what can you do, it's captialism?"
Elle Bea August 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM
http://www.factcheck.org/2011/04/planned-parenthood/ Learn your facts Ms. McGinley. Your assertions are untrue. No federal money is used by Planned Parenthood to pay for abortions. (But it sounds plausible that its impossible to prove so why not put that out there as a fact, right?) It is also wildly inaccurate to call them specialists in abortion. They provide birth control to women. They counsel women on how to prevent unwanted pregnancy. The existence of these services prevents untold abortions. The fact that they also provide abortion services to approximately 10% of their clients hardly makes them abortion specialists.
Lawrence Coleman August 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM
"Evil exist when good WOMEN stand by and do nothing", quote by Edmund Burke. It's encouraging to see real women stand up for their rights. This piece was so well written. BRAVO!!!!
Mass Resident August 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I agree with the previous commenter.
Jonathan A August 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM
No it is not a joke it is the horrible truth, planned parenthood is all about the money
Robin August 20, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is an option piece and should be marked as such. Placing it under the news section is a disgrace. I find myself disappointed in patch for the first time and will now never trust patch.com to provide a balanced or reasonably un-bias "news" story again.
Mass Resident August 20, 2012 at 03:08 PM
That would be Ari and Elle I agree with.
Dan T August 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
A joke. Obviously. ...I wish that was true...
Steven Leser August 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
No matter how many times people like Shannon McGinley say garbage like this, it will not make it true and almost all women know it. Abortion is a tiny percentage of what Planned Parenthood does. Here are the stats from politifact ( http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2011/apr/21/jean-schmidt/rep-jean-schmidt-says-32-every-33-pregnant-women-w/ ): ...It ignores other statistics, such as the 1,158,924 pregnancy tests the group provided, and the fact that those 332,278 abortions were just 3 percent of the 11,383,900 total procedures that Planned Parenthood health centers provided that year to its 3 million patients. Thirty five percent of its services consisted of providing contraception and another 35 percent consisted of testing for sexually transmitted diseases and treatment...The group doesn’t "ask the pregnancy status of every woman that walks into Planned Parenthood," and plenty of pregnant women use the organization for other services, like breast exams, Sye said.
jschaff August 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Abortion is legal in this country; therefore, tax dollars can be used. If you find abortion to be immoral then don't have an unplanned pregnancy. I'll never understand why people are so anti-choice. Your ignorance is not my bliss.
Dan Kegel August 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization. They're motivated by compassion and the desire to help families, not by profit.
Premiere Final August 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornerstone_Policy_Research "Cornerstone Policy Research and its legislative action arm Cornerstone Action are a conservative think tank headquartered and primarily active in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. Fergus Cullen, a former director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, referred to Cornerstone Action as "New Hampshire's best-organized advocacy group on the right".[9] Karen Testerman spoke against civil unions in New Hampshire, calling gays and lesbians a "special interest group."[16] She indicated that due to the incidence of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases amongst the gay population civil unions "could promote the acceptance of a behavior that is jeopardizing the health of our children." Looks like you have someone on your newspaper redistributing PR puff pieces as "news" with the collusion of the editorial board. Lovely.
Pete Mock August 20, 2012 at 03:25 PM
My sympathies to the people of NH. Besides the GOP wrecking havoc on the economy, you've got people like Ms McGinley who are trying to take womens health back to the dark ages.
Sharon August 20, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This article is a disservice to women--Planned Parenthood is way more than abortion services. Planned Parenthood offered me affordable ($100) Ob-Gyn services when I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian and needed annual pap smears; with insurance, annual pap smears would have still have cost 3-4 times more due to to high deductible. Walmart offers birth control pills but not the Ob-Gyn services--they can sell you medication but don't care to do a determination if you can/should be taking it unlike Planned Parenthood. Also note that RU-486 (Morning After Pill) does not starve the baby within because there is no baby yet--it is still a morula, a ball of cells that upon removal from the woman, is not viable (note, if you scrape your knee, you most likely lose more cells than that).
Sylvia O'Brien August 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Shannon, you subscribe to a patriarchal moral belief system. And I think if that works for you, that's great! But not every woman subscribes to this point of view, because it doesn't empower women and families. Also, who are you to say that Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood preys on vulnerable women to drive profits? (Paragraph 6) Why do YOU presume to assume that you may speak for ALL women, especially those who do not share your patriarchal moral belief system? How incredibly offensive, Shannon. Women without a patriarchal moral belief system go to Planned Parenthood because we WANT to. Whether we are there for contraception, annual well visits, or an abortion, we're there because we want to be there. And nothing you or others with a patriarchal moral belief system say or do will ever change that. Again, the patriarchal moral belief system does not empower women and families and has no place whatsoever in public policy. Cornerstone Action is an embarrassment to New Hampshire and anyone who is no longer living in 1912. This is, afterall, 2012. So let's please say what you really mean, Shannon. And that is that you are here as a lobbyist to support the conservative voice, the voice of those with a patriarchal moral belief system. Again this isn't 1912. In 1912, I think your views would have appealed to a lot more women.
Billie August 20, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Shannon your 'opinion' is not based in fact and is therefore ignorant.
Robert B Butts August 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Very well said.
Bobbi Bergeron August 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Well said, Sylvia.
ForThePeople August 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Rock on, Sylvia.
Erin C. Tefft August 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I am in shock there are women that still hold such biased and ignorant opinions. High five Sylvia!
rick barasso August 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Ari Asulin August 21, 2012 at 03:07 PM
no really, Planned Parenthood, the non-profit, profit mongering abortion machine? how many of you actually believe this stuff. Seriously, truly believe this stuff?
Jillian Elizabeth Anderson August 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
When you are ready to actually speak with some of these 'vulnerable' New Hampshire women, you will contact me and I will introduce you to some of these women and also give you some pointers on writing quality, fact-based articles. -Jillian Anderson of Nashua, NH
Jillian Elizabeth Anderson August 22, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Just to clarify something, In 2007, after my fetus died (miscarriage) at 7 weeks of development but remained inside of me for several weeks, I was given RU-486 at my regular doctor's office, hoping that would detatch the dead fetus from my uterus and they also scheduled a DNC. I was very sad and vulnerable about the loss of my baby. Fortunately the RU-486 worked and I didn't have to go through the further trauma of a surgical removal procedure. I could have died from a bacterial infection if the dead fetus was not removed from my body. You are not a medical professional and clearly do not understand (or care about) the limitations the state of New Hampshire would be putting on vulnerable, at-risk women in New Hampshire by further limiting family planning services like this. These health decisions should be made by the woman whose life is directly effected by them and her doctor. A state with the motto 'Live Free or Die' and any resident/ representative for the state should be ashamed to be speaking against these most personal of female liberties.
TomRC September 02, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Refuse to educate young people to prevent pregnancy. Refuse to provide contraception to prevent pregnancy. If the Right would change their minds on these two issues, they would prevent the need for most abortions and do much more positive for everyone.
Ian Lemmer October 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I am moderately disappointed in the article that I just read. "... the abortion business..."? Abortions are a small percentage of the actual business conducted by the agency. So it's unconstitutional to force taxpayers to fund an agency that performs abortions... What about the prevantative care for women that they provide? Preventive care saves the country millions of dollars it would otherwise be spending FIXING the issue that could have been prevented. Then what about birth control provided to women who are not stable enough - financially or otherwise - to have children? Or for those women who would be endangered by having another child? It is wildly irresponsible to denegrate an agency based on a small portion of their business that is no one else's business but the woman's. Shame...


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