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Abortion Clinic Closes That Was Cited by State for 44 Pages of Health Code Violations

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By Maria Gallagher
June 7, 2017

The sign on the door says it all—the troubled Hillcrest abortion facility in Harrisburg is closed until further nothttp://www.lifenews.com/2017/06/07/abortion-clinic-closes-that-was-cited-by-state-for-44-pages-of-heath-code-violations/ice.

Several Pennsylvania state Senators recently sent a letter to the Secretary of the PA Department of Health, asking why the abortion center’s license had not been revoked.

The letter followed the release of a 44-page document noting the health and safety failures of the long-time abortion operation.

Violations included everything from failing to maintain proper medical credentials to maintaining supplies that were 13 years old. Hillcrest also performed a number of abortions without having a nurse present. In addition, staff members failed to undergo the criminal background checks mandated for seeing patients under 18 years old.

Hillcrest’s troubles date back at least six years, when the abortion outfit was first cited for safety failures. The abortion center has been cited three times since, with the latest report suggesting that the violations have become more egregious.

Pennsylvania passed a law in 2011 requiring abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards. The law was a response to the massive tragedy in West Philadelphia, where abortionist Kermit Gosnell was ultimately convicted of killing three full-term babies and causing the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.

Abortion Clinic Closes That Was Cited by State for 44 Pages of Health Code Violations

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By Maria Gallagher
June 7, 2017

The sign on the door says it all—the troubled Hillcrest abortion facility in Harrisburg is closed until further notice.

Several Pennsylvania state Senators recently sent a letter to the Secretary of the PA Department of Health, asking why the abortion center’s license had not been revoked.

The letter followed the release of a 44-page document noting the health and safety failures of the long-time abortion operation.

Violations included everything from failing to maintain proper medical credentials to maintaining supplies that were 13 years old. Hillcrest also performed a number of abortions without having a nurse present. In addition, staff members failed to undergo the criminal background checks mandated for seeing patients under 18 years old.

Hillcrest’s troubles date back at least six years, when the abortion outfit was first cited for safety failures. The abortion center has been cited three times since, with the latest report suggesting that the violations have become more egregious.

Pennsylvania passed a law in 2011 requiring abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards. The law was a response to the massive tragedy in West Philadelphia, where abortionist Kermit Gosnell was ultimately convicted of killing three full-term babies and causing the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.

Cecile Richards: We’re a Target of “Fake News.” But She Can’t Name a Single Example

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By Micaiah Bilger
June 5, 2017

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards has become pretty good at dodging questions that she would prefer not to answer.

Maybe that’s why they pay her close to $1 million a year.

Last week, Richards sat down for an interview with Kara Swisher at Recode, a media and technology conference in California. When asked about the impact social media has had on her abortion chain, Richards quickly brought up “fake news.”

Planned Parenthood’s claims about the Center for Medical Progress investigation quickly come to mind, but Richards refused to give any examples. Instead, she changed the subject and argued that Planned Parenthood has strong public support.

The Blaze reports:

“I think we were one of the original fake news targets,” Richards replied.

Richards said that “there’s a lot of bad information out there” and efforts should be made to promote “sources and information that are actually good.”

Swisher asked Richards, “What’s the fakest information about Planned Parenthood out there? Give me an example.”

Richards hesitated, declining to offer an example of fake news about her organization, saying she would stay “positive.”

One of the things abortion activists have been crying “fake news” about the most is the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood for potentially illegally selling aborted baby parts. Abortion activists have labeled the videos “misleading,” “heavily edited” and even “discredited,” but they have not been able to prove it.

Richards’ “fake news” statement likely was a subtle reference to the investigation, but she could not give any evidence of them being fake.

Quite the contrary, two separate forensic analyses found the videos were not manipulated or tampered with. One extensive analysis found the only edits in the videos consisted of bathroom breaks and time eating meals. Even the forensic analysis paid for by Planned Parenthood reported “there was no ‘widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.’”

Abortion activists also claim that more than a dozen state investigations of the videos and Planned Parenthood did not find any evidence of wrong-doing. This is extremely misleading. In January, a U.S. House panel made 15 criminal and regulatory referrals to states involving the handling of aborted babies’ body parts by Planned Parenthood and other groups. A U.S. Senate investigation also made seven criminal referrals to the Department of Justice based on what it found. However, few mainstream media outlets reported on these findings.

The undercover videos were not fake, and Planned Parenthood would rather the public to forget about them. After CMP released its first video two years ago, Richards actually apologized publicly for the callous tone with which one of her employees ate salad and drank wine while talking about crushing unborn babies’ heads to kill them. Richards did not apologize for their deadly business, only how it was described in brutal honesty on camera.

As more videos came out, however, the abortion giant quickly switched to attacks against David Daleiden and others involved in the undercover investigation. It has worked hard to discredit and suppress the videos through campaigns and rhetoric.

CMP has released about a dozen videos in the past two years, and only a few have received mainstream media attention. Planned Parenthood does not want the public to see the gruesome truths that the undercover investigation exposed. It does not want the public to know that “choice” involves crushing unborn babies’ heads, pulling off their arms and legs, harvesting their organs and haggling with human tissue companies about money. Or that it receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars every year to continue destroying babies’ lives.

Pediatrician Holds Party to Celebrate Planned Parenthood: Abortion is “Essential for Our Children”

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By Micaiah Bilger
June 5, 2017

A Pittsburgh pediatrician known for her research and work with children who have been abused also happens to be an abortion advocate.

Dr. Rachel Berger, a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, hosted a party for the Planned Parenthood abortion chain at her home Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Berger also is the chief of the hospital’s Child Advocacy Center, which provides services for children who may be victims of abuse or neglect, and director of child abuse research.

“We’ve supported Planned Parenthood for a long time and as a pediatrician, their services are essential for our children and families,” Berger told the newspaper.

Here’s more from the report:

The Bergers’ home was transformed into party central as hundreds of guests including Lynn Cullen, Betsy Teti and daughter Julia, Ed Scheid, Richard Parsakian and Kim Patterson lent their support to Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. The organization celebrated 100 years in style with music by the Matto Quartet, Pesaro Quartet and a special performance by Anqwenique Wingfield & Band. And no birthday party would be complete without a beautiful cake! …

“Why wouldn’t you support this organization?” said Jatolloa Davis, a midwife from The Midwives Center. “Women need to have control over their bodies and health and PP is that answer, regardless of income.”

It’s deeply concerning to see midwives and pediatricians support a group whose focus is not on helping children but on aborting them before they are born.

Planned Parenthood’s real health care services for children are basically non-existent. The abortion chain does not even allow women to bring their born children into its facilities.

The main “service” involving children that Planned Parenthood provides is abortion. In 2015, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year. That same year, its prenatal services dropped almost 50 percent to 9,419, and adoption referrals, while up slightly, remained extremely low at 2,889.

Planned Parenthood does not help children. It destroys their lives in brutal, gruesome ways.

With so many wonderful non-profits that are dedicated to helping children both before and after they are born, it’s difficult to understand why pediatricians and midwives would support a group that aborts them. Every child’s life begins at the moment of conception, and every child deserves a chance at life. If anyone should know this, pediatricians and midwives should.

ACTION: Contact Children’s Hospital to voice your concerns.


Cecile Richards Claims Abortions Will Go Up Under Trump But Planned Parenthood is Aborting More Babies Than Ever

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By Micaiah Bilger
June 1, 2017

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is fighting aggressively against President Donald Trump and pro-life legislators.

On Thursday, CEO Cecile Richards touted her pro-abortion agenda at the Code Conference, a liberal technology conference in California, CNBC reports. She went after legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that would defund Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of tax dollars.

Richards described the legislation as “heartless” and even asserted that abortions will increase under President Trump if Planned Parenthood loses funding.

Here’s more from her interview with Kara Swisher:

Swisher: So, in that bill, what happens to you, specifically?

Richards: Literally, the day President Trump signs that bill, folks on Medicaid can’t come to us anymore for healthcare. And it will be a huge disruption to particularly women who don’t have a lot of options for health care and who rely on us for preventive health services.

Swisher: They can’t come for family planning? They can’t come for their kids being looked at? They can’t come for anything?

Richards: None of that, and we will see the unintended pregnancy rate go up, absolutely; and I predict we will see the abortion rate go up in the U.S.

Of course, Richards did not bother to correct Swisher’s claim that Planned Parenthood provides health care to children. Most abortion clinics will not even allow women to bring their children to the center. And if the children are not born yet, Planned Parenthood’s main role in their lives is to kill them.

Nor did Richards mention that abortion rates have dropping across the United States, but Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers have been increasing. Its annual report, released earlier this week, shows Planned Parenthood served fewer patients, performed fewer breast exams and provided less contraception and prenatal care; at the same time, it received more taxpayer funding, performed more abortions and brought in record revenues.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, nearly 5,000 more than in 2014. These numbers represent one third of all abortions annually in the United States. The abortion chain makes millions of dollars a year on abortions alone, and rewards staff and facilities that exceed their abortion quotas.

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer from President Trump to receive an increase in taxpayer funding if they stopped doing abortions. The offer would have allowed Planned Parenthood to focus on the preventive health care, birth control and other services that they tout so often in public.

But Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are essential to Planned Parenthood.

Richards also hid her abortion chain’s dirty dealings. A recent congressional investigation into the abortion business involving its sales of aborted baby parts concluded with lawmakers recommended that Congress defund it. In January, U.S. House and Senate investigations into Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby body parts also ended with more than a dozen criminal referrals to state attorney generals.

Planned Parenthood also has been caught in numerous scandals involving Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.

21 Abortion Clinics Have Closed in 2017, Planned Parenthood Has Shut Down 20 Since 2010

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By Cheryl Sullenger
May 24, 2017

For the first five months of 2017, abortion clinic closures continue to outpace the opening of new abortion businesses.

This continues a national trend that shows the abortion industry is imploding. So far in 2017, there have been 21 closures of abortion and abortion referral facilities, while only five have been known to open.

Operation Rescue tracks each change in the number of abortion facilities in the U.S. and publishes annual reports on closures.

The 21 closures break down as follows:

• Seven surgical abortion facilities.
• Five medication abortion facilities.
• Nine abortion referral facilities.

“There are multiple factors that are leading to abortion clinic closures,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Of course, defunding efforts are one of the primary reasons for closures, but another important factor is failure of abortion businesses to comply with the law.”

Abortion facilities in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia, closed due to their own bad behavior.

• Premiere ObGyn in Wilmington, Delaware, and American Women’s Services in Fairfax, Virginia, closed after being evicted for non-payment of rent. Both were owned by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham.
• EMW abortion facility in Lexington, Kentucky, was closed by the state for conducting abortions without a license.
• Planned Parenthood Metro DC in Silver Spring, Maryland, was evicted due to pressure from pro-life activists.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood organizations are undergoing a rapid reorganization. Four Iowa facilities affiliated with Planned Parenthood Heartland will soon close due to state defunding efforts. This includes three facilities that offered medical abortions. With these closures, Planned Parenthood will have shut down 20 facilities since 2010.

Other Planned Parenthood closures were announced by Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains. They will close three referral clinics in New Mexico, two in Colorado, and the only Planned Parenthood facility in Wyoming. These closures are attributed to a dramatic reorganization in the face of the likely prospect that the Trump Administration will successfully bar them from profiting from all federal programs.

“Planned Parenthood has grossly overestimated the demand for abortion, which is their most profitable endeavor,” said Newman. “Abortion numbers are decreasing each year, and now with the treat of federal defunding, Planned Parenthood is rushing to reorganize in order to remain financially solvent. We expect to see more of this reorganization trend as the federal government works to redirect tax money to women’s clinics that do not conduct abortions.”

2017 Announced Abortion Facility Closures as of 05232017 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd


Closures outpace new opens

Three of the 21 Texas abortion facilities that closed after the passage of the 2013 abortion safety laws have reopened in Texas as the result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down a number of abortion safety requirements that these facilities could not meet.

Those Texas abortion facilities that have reopened this year include:

• Northpark in Dallas, owned by the notorious Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen.
• Audre Rapoport Women’s Health Center Planned Parenthood in Waco.
• Whole Women’s Health of Austin.

Whole Women’s Health shut down their low-volume Las Cruces, New Mexico, facility in January in order to have the staffing to reopen their busier Austin, Texas, location.

Similarly, east coast abortion chain owner Steven Chase Brigham opened the Capital Women’s Services in Washington, D.C. earlier this month following the closure of his Wilmington, Delaware, facility that was evicted for non-payment of rent.
Finally, the Carafem abortion chain opened a new office in Augusta, Georgia, in February. While posing as a “trendy” abortion office, it offers third-world style manual aspiration abortions along with the abortion pill.

“So far this year, abortion business closures are outpacing new openings by more than four to one,” said Newman. “It is clear that if Planned Parenthood is defunded by the Trump Administration, more abortion facilities and abortion referral centers will continue to close and more lives will be saved.”

LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue. 

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Video Catches Planned Parenthood Abortionist Joking About Eyeballs From Aborted Babies “Rolling Into Our Laps”

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By Steven Ertelt
May 25, 2017

A shocking new video from the Center for Medical Progress catches Planned Parenthood executives discussing gruesome abortion procedures and the sale of body parts from aborted babies for profit.

The video shows top Planned Parenthood staffers attending meetings of the National Abortion Federation in 2014 and 2015 and it is the latest in a series of over a dozen videos from the organization showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business and others engaging in potentially illegal sale of body parts of aborted babies.

The new undercover video shows Planned Parenthood executives and other top abortion advocates making shocking comments about abortions.

Several attendees made jokes about eyeballs from aborted babies and other aborted baby body parts “rolling down into their laps.”

Talcott Camp, a top pro-abortion attorney for the ACLU jokes: “I’m like — Oh my God! I get it! When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp! I get it! I understand why people are talking about getting that skull out, that calvarium.”

Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, a Planned Parenthood abortionist, is show describing abortions this way:  “If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not PBA [partial-birth abortion].”

Meanwhile, Lisa Harris, the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, admits the unborn baby is a person: “Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.”

And Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services for the abortion giant, talks about getting brains from aborted babies.

“You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium in till last, and then try to basically take it, or actually, you know, catch everything and keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost,” she says.

he expose’ videos catching Planned Parenthood officials selling the body parts of aborted babies have shocked the nation. Here is a list of all twelve:

  • In the first video: Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on baby-crushing: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
  • In the second video: Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter joked, “I want a Lamborghini” as she negotiated the best price for baby parts.
  • In the third video: Holly O’Donnell, a former Stem Express employee who worked inside a Planned Parenthood clinic, detailed first-hand the unspeakable atrocities and how she fainted in horror over handling baby legs.
  • In the fourth video: Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Savita Ginde stated, “We don’t want to do just a flat-fee (per baby) of like, $200. A per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.” She also laughed while looking at a plate of fetal kidneys that were “good to go.”
  • In the fifth video: Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood-Gulf Coast in Houston boasted of Planned Parenthood’s skill in obtaining “intact fetal cadavers” and how her “research” department “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States.”
  • In the sixth video: Holly O’Donnell described technicians taking fetal parts without patient consent: “There were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
  • In the seventh and perhaps most disturbing video: Holly O’Donnell described the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term fetus aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA. “‘You want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”
  • In the eighth video: StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer admits Planned Parenthood sells “a lot of” fully intact aborted babies.
  • The ninth video: catches a Planned Parenthood medical director discussing how the abortion company sells fully intact aborted babies — including one who “just fell out” of the womb.
  • The 10th video: catches the nation’s biggest abortion business selling specific body parts — including the heart, eyes and “gonads” of unborn babies. The video also shows the shocking ways in which Planned Parenthood officials admit that they are breaking federal law by selling aborted baby body parts for profit.
  • Unreleased Videos: Unreleased videos from CMP show Deb Vanderhei of Planned Parenthood caught on tape talking about how Planned Parenthood abortion business affiliates may “want to increase revenue [from selling baby parts] but we can’t stop them…” Another video has a woman talking about the “financial incentives” of selling aborted baby body parts.
  • The 11th video: catches a Texas Planned Parenthood abortionist planning to sell the intact heads of aborted babies for research. Amna Dermish is caught on tape describing an illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term unborn babies which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.
  • The 12th video in the series shows new footage of Jennefer Russo, medical director at Planned Parenthood in Orange County, California, describing to undercover investigators how her abortion business tries to harvest intact aborted babies’ bodies for a local for-profit biotech company and changes the abortion procedure to do so.
  • The 13th video: exposes a Planned Parenthood medical director admitting that babies born alive after abortion are sometimes killed.

Planned Parenthood Caught Refusing to Provide Abortion Alternatives: “Just Google It”

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By Jay Hobbs
May 22, 2017

Just hours after Hollywood filmmaker Joss Whedon launched a puff piece celebrating Planned Parenthood, another video surfaced telling a far different story about the nation’s leading abortion business.

Although buoyed by well more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars each year, Planned Parenthood offers little beyond abortion. That’s why staff at seven local clinics tell callers to “just go online” or “just Google” information on services ranging from prenatal care to adoption and parenting resources in a video released Wednesday by Live Action.

In two especially chilling moments, Planned Parenthood staffers tell women who are looking for an ultrasound that they don’t do ultrasounds unless the clinic is about to take the baby’s life through abortion.

“We don’t do any ultrasounds for prenatal care,” a staff member at a Council Bluffs, Iowa, Planned Parenthood tells a caller. “We do them when we’re doing abortions, but not for any other reason.”




The news that Planned Parenthood does very little besides abortion isn’t exactly earth-shattering. A graphic at the end of Live Action’s video shows the corporation “performs” nearly 35 percent of all abortions in the United States, compared with less than 2 percent of breast exams, less than 1 percent of pap smears, and less than 2 percent of cancer screenings.

In fact, another video Live Action released back in January caught 92 Planned Parenthood locations admitting they do not offer prenatal care, which is in direct contradiction to spurious, repeated claims by company CEO Cecile Richards. To Planned Parenthood’s credit, staff at one of those 92 locations did have the presence of mind to refer a client to a local pro-life pregnancy center. Sometimes even a blind squirrel can find a nut, after all.

For Thee, But Not for Me

But Wednesday’s video exposes more than meets the eye. Yes, Planned Parenthood aborts a highly disproportionate number of its patients, and yes, you’d have a better chance of finding a three-legged ballerina than a Planned Parenthood that provides prenatal care. Beyond that, however, the video reveals a crucial double-standard the abortion lobby has presumed upon the pro-life alternatives to abortion its targeting in states like Illinois, California, and Hawaii.

By sending women to the Internet to look for alternatives to abortion, Planned Parenthood staffers are doing the very thing its lobbyists and comrades in statehouses across the nation are on a mission to stop pro-life pregnancy centers from doing—even if it means trampling the First Amendment.

In California and Hawaii, pro-abortion supermajorities have voted through legislation that would force Christian nonprofit pregnancy centers—including those operated in and by local churches—to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions at the very outposts set up to offer an alternative to the deadly practice. The California law is likely headed to the Supreme Court, while Hawaii’s legislation sits on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

In Illinois, the situation is even grimmer, as the state is attempting to force pro-life medical professionals not only to advertise abortions, but to actually cultivate a list of known abortion providers within a local proximity and be ready to hand the list over to a client.

Where Will Pregnant Women Get the 411?

This, of course, violates every tenet of free speech and free exercise of religion the First Amendment guarantees, and pro-life attorneys have argued as much in court, gaining a preliminary victory in Illinois while the state and federal courts sort out the case.

Pro-life lawmakers and lawyers also argue the disclaimers and referrals are unnecessary because abortion business listings are so easy to find on the Internet or through the Yellow Pages—which seems to meet the on-the-ground standard of care Planned Parenthood offers. Questioned whether a pro-life doctor or nurse could simply direct a client to look in the Yellow Pages rather than cultivate and distribute a list of abortion businesses, however, back on May 13, 2015, Lori Chaiten of the American Civil Liberties Union told one Illinois house committee that idea was anathema.

“So, I would like to think that a health-care professional wouldn’t just hand the Yellow Pages,” Chaiten said. “This is about the patients really just not knowing where to turn.”

If the witch-hunt against alternatives to abortion really was about making sure women knew where to turn, wouldn’t we expect Planned Parenthood’s brass to come unglued in reaction to revelations that its own staff sends women to the dreaded Internet—or worse, the Yellow Pages—for information? Of course, that’s not what this is about at all, and we can thank Live Action for yet another arrow of truth in the quiver.

LifeNews Note: Jay Hobbs writes for PregnancyHelpNews.

Missouri Legislature Approves Budget Defunding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

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By Joe Ortwerth
May 17, 2017

The Missouri Legislature has approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that bans the allocation of Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other providers that perform abortions or refer clients for abortions.  Pro-life  language containing the restriction on Medicaid reimbursements was inserted into the social services budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1st.

The amendment was sponsored by Representative Robert Ross of Yukon.  It affects a feature of Medicaid health insurance coverage for low-income Missourians known as the Women’s Health Services Program.  Under that program, doctors and clinics receive federal and state reimbursement for “family planning” services provided to Medicaid recipients.

The budget stipulation now states that Medicaid funds may not be disbursed to persons or entities that “perform or induce abortions, or encourage or refer for abortions which are not necessary to save the life of the mother.”  The prohibition impacts approximately $10.8 million in Medicaid funding.  It is estimated that Planned Parenthood clinics receive around $400,000 a year from the Women’s Health Services Program.

Representative Ross sponsored a successful amendment last session to the current year’s budget which prohibited the release of Women’s Health Services funding to organizations that conduct abortions.  However, officials in the Nixon administration took the position that they could release Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood clinic sites that do not perform abortions themselves.  These Planned Parenthood satellite facilities function as a referral network to the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in St. Louis and Kansas City, Kansas.

Representative Sonya Anderson of Springfield says that the latest language accomplishes what the Legislature intended last year.  “Time and time again we have heard from our constituents that they do not support their tax dollars being used to fund abortions.”

“Last year we thought we had put a stop to this…yet here we are again a year later and Missouri is still sending taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, an organization that is the largest abortion provider in Missouri,” Representative Anderson explained.

Legislative supporters of Planned Parenthood argued that the pro-life budget restriction would leave 70,000 female Medicaid participants without access to vital women’s health services.  This is a completely bogus argument, regardless of where in the state a Medicaid recipient lives.

There are 24 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Missouri providing health services to women from about 200 different locations.  In contrast, there are 14 Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri.  Most county health departments provide a range of services to low-income women, including “family planning” services.  Similar programs are provided by regional community action organizations.
The 2018 state budget also makes clear that the State of Missouri remains committed to providing maternal health care services to low-income women.  The budget includes a $14 million appropriation to the Show-Me Healthy Babies initiative.  That program provides health insurance coverage for pregnant women and their  children in families which are not eligible for Medicaid and cannot obtain health insurance coverage.

Pro-life taxpayers also received unexpected good news this week from Washington, D.C.  The Trump Administration has announced that they are expanding the scope of what is known as the Mexico City Policy.  Under that policy, first established by President Reagan in 1984, federal funds designated for international “family planning” programs cannot be disbursed to agencies that perform or promote abortions.

President Obama abolished the Mexico City Policy during his Administration.   As a result, approximately $600 million a year has been funneled to foreign organizations promoting abortion to women in developing countries such as the International Planned  Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.

This week U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Plan.  This aggressive new initiative expands the restrictions of the Mexico City Policy beyond “family planning” programs to all international health care funding distributed by departments like the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The new policy impacts nearly $9 billion in federal tax dollars expended around the globe.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, commended the Trump Administration for the expansion of the Mexico City Policy.  “With the  implementation of the Protecting Life in Global Assistance Program, we have officially ceased exporting abortion to foreign nations.”

“No longer will we undermine the pro-life laws and cultural commitments of other countries by funding organizations that obsessively promote and perform abortion.  Our hard-earned tax dollars will now be used by health care entities that act consistently to save lives rather than destroy them,”  Dannenfelser said.

LifeNews.com Note:  Joe Ortwerth writes for the Missouri Family Policy Council.

Politifact Admits Planned Parenthood is the Nations Biggest Abortion Business

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By Dave Andrusko
May 18, 2017

After his research, Politifact Wisconsin’s Dave Umhoefer concludes the assertion that “Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the country” is “one of those truisms that is basically, well, True.”

I suppose I shouldn’t start out by grousing about the “basically” true conclusion, so I’ll just let it ride so as to detail what’s very useful in Umhoefer’s post.

BTW, Politifact Wisconsin describes itself as being “in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” a publication that is relentlessly pro-abortion.

The setting was a statement by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wi.) made at an April 30 town hall meeting in which he defended defunding Planned Parenthood. Among other things he said (according to Umhoefer) is, “Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the country.”

Umhoefer starts out by stating (as if it were in question) that PPFA does things other than perform abortions–“323,999 for the year ending September 30, 2015.”

But consider the takeaway from this sentence: “[I]n a one-year period from 2014 to 2015, 87 percent of patients visited Planned Parenthood clinics for services other than abortion.”

Which means, as NRLC has explained countless times, one in eight “patients” (almost all of whom are women) come to PPFA for an abortion. It’s not part of this particular question, but Umhoefer could have mentioned (since he checked with NRLC)

* For a non-profit health care organization, Planned Parenthood seems to have a lot of spare cash lying around. In its last six annual reports spanning financials from fiscal years ending in 2010 through 2015, Planned Parenthood not only averaged over $1.2 billion a year in revenues, but had a total $505.5 million in “excess of revenue over expenses.” (Non-profits can’t technically count them as “profits,” hence the awkward description.) And

* At going rates for the most basic surgical abortion, Planned Parenthood’s revenues from 323,999 abortions would exceed $150 million. Because they also advertise and perform chemical abortions and later surgical abortions, which cost considerably more, that figure is probably a significant underestimate. Even so, at approximately $150 million, that would represent more revenue in 2014 than all that Planned Parenthood brought in (if current market rates prevail there) from reversible contraceptives , breast exams, and cervical “cancer screenings” or pap tests, and pregnancy tests combined.

Umhoefer talked with the Guttmacher Institute whom he disingenuously describes as “a research and advocacy organization whose survey-based data on abortions is widely quoted by both sides in the abortion debate.” That’s true. What is also true, and missing, is that Guttmacher is the former research arm of Planned Parenthood currently existing as a pro-abortion think-tank. But Guttmacher affirms that PPFA performed “35% of the 926,200 U.S. abortions estimated for calendar year 2014.”

Two other useful points Umhoefer made along the way.

#1. “Planned Parenthood’s abortion services grew rapidly between 2000 and 2015, rising by 127,000 procedures at a time when the total number of abortions nationwide was falling significantly.” Writing for NRL News Today, Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC’s director of Research and Education, has placed that remarkable constant in context.

He noted that between 2009 and 2014, “cancer screenings” at PPFA dropped by 2/3rds. “Revenues went up during that time from just over $1 billion dollars a year to right at $1.3 billion. Other services like contraception and prenatal care saw some decline, but one offering stayed fairly steady – abortion.”

O’Bannon added

Note: even while Planned Parenthood clinics were closing and abortions were dropping everywhere else across the U.S., the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics held fairly steady, generally between 320,000 and 330,000 a year,

If cancer screenings fell because of the 179 clinics Planned Parenthood closed between 2010 and 2015, then why didn’t the number of abortions? The obvious answer would be that Planned Parenthood kept the clinics performing abortions open, but not those performing just the cancer screenings and other less profitable services.

Which brings us to

#2. “The agency operates some 660 centers across the country,” Umhoefer wrote. “About half offer abortions, according to agency spokeswoman Beth Lynk.” The number of PPFA clinics is declining as is the number of abortions; the number of non-abortion services is shrinking; yet the revenue stays the same.

Here’s Dr. O’Bannon’s question:

So what exactly are “non-profit” Planned Parenthood’s priorities? How dedicated are they to “cancer screenings” if they chose not to maintain the levels of five years ago, even with increased government funding? (FY 2010 $487.4 million vs. FY 2015 $553.7 million).

Their “priority” is, was, and always will be abortion. Which is why Rep. Grothman’s assertion is, was, and always will be true.

LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.

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