The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson was a thorn in the side of pro-abortions for decades after he changed his mind on abortion. From a man who presided over tens of thousands of abortions, he became a pro-life stalwart, creating among other videos the agenda-altering video, “The Silent Scream.”
His successor may well be Abby Johnson, author of “unPlanned Parenthood: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line.” (See “Watching an Abortion Left Abby Johnson ‘stunned, shaken’ and ‘frozen in disbelief’” at www.nrlc.org/NewsToday/Stunned.html).
She is a PPFA insider, having worked at Planned Parenthood’s Bryan, Texas, clinic for eight years, including two years as clinic director.
As Congress battles over funding for the largest abortion provider in the United States, her insights into “Exposing the Planned Parenthood business model” are invaluable. An op-ed under that title ran yesterday in the Hill newspaper (http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/153699-exposing-the-planned-parenthood-business-model).
Especially valuable are the first two sentences of her second paragraph– “Planned Parenthood’s bottom line is numbers. And, with abortion as its primary money-maker, that means implementing a quota”—and the way Johnson demystifies (and debunks) PPFA’s attempts to minimize the pivotal role abortion plays in fattening its bottom line.
“Planned Parenthood’s claim that abortions make up just 3 percent of its services is also a gimmick.” Johnson writes. “That number is actually closer to 12 percent, but strategically skewed by unbundling family planning services so that each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 ‘visits’ per appointment (i.e., 12 packs of birth control equals 12 visits) and doing the opposite with abortion visits, bundling them together so that each appointment equals one visit. The resulting difference between family planning and abortion ‘visits’ is striking.”
This is critically important information. If you were to give any credence to what PPFA President Cecile Roberts says, you’d think they barely took in enough from abortions to cover utilities.
But, come to think of it, the most important truth coming from someone who led a PPFA clinic is when she takes on the very pious and wholly inaccurate PPFA assertion that it “help[s] reduce the number of abortions.” As I read her book, clearly a key turning point for Johnson was when (as she describes in yesterday’s op-ed) “As a Planned Parenthood clinic manager, I was directed to double the number of abortions our clinic performed in order to drive up revenue.”
To which she updates what happened to her: “In keeping, Planned Parenthood headquarters recently issued a directive mandating that all of its affiliates provide abortions by 2013.”
(In case you’re wondering what she is referring to, Lisa David, senior vice president of Health Services Support for Planned Parenthood, admitted as much in an interview with the Daily Caller. David “went on to say that abortion services will be offered in at least one clinic per affiliate,” according to Amanda Carey: http://dailycaller.com/2010/12/23/planned-parenthood-plans-to-expand-abortion-services-nationwide).
Take time to read the entire op-ed. If you don’t have the opportunity, please remember Johnson’s conclusion:
“I joined Planned Parenthood because I wanted to help poor women with real health care needs. I still do — that’s why I left. Planned Parenthood doesn’t care about women’s health care needs, it cares about abortion.
“It’s time to defund Planned Parenthood of our tax dollars.”
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