The Ever-Growing Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

By Dave Andrusko

The only way—the ONLY way–to understand the pro-abortion mind is to understand that avarice and ideology work together like two blades of a scissors. When talking to the press they will trot out the wholly insincere and tiresome mantra about “reducing the need for abortions.” But if you look at what is going on behind the curtain, you’ll see that everything they do is intended to multiply the number of dead babies.

Take the ever-aggressive Midwest abortion conglomerate, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. In a second we will look at the history of what they’ve done to increase their market share in Iowa and Nebraska.

But first there is the PR offensive PP of the Heartland has undertaken as it modernizes it’s factories in Nebraska. The Omaha World Herald began a story Friday with this ode to efficiency: “A pair of aging Planned Parenthood clinics in the heart of Lincoln will be replaced with a roomier, up-to-date location in a commercial area in the southern part of town.”

No more of this old worn-out look. Instead there will be a snazzy new “consolidated clinic” where just a little itsy bitsy portion of the services will be abortion. 

Not only will the clinic be a one-stop “women’s health care” locale, according to its CEO and President Jill June, “We have market research that shows people who come to our health centers like them to be located near other places where they work, shop or play.”

With this new “ideal location,” get a new blouse, abort your kid, maybe catch a movie. Darn thoughtful, those PPFA types.

The new facility replaces two older ones, including the clinic in the middle of Lincoln that performed abortions. Pro-lifers purchased the building next door and for years have peacefully, prayerfully tried to dissuade women from abortions.

From June’s perspective, one of the added bonuses of the new address is that if “people do feel they want to stand on the sidewalk and protest us, they are far away and cannot disrupt our peace and tranquility.” No, I am not making that up. This is what June told Leslie Reed of the Omaha World-Herald.

And PP of the Heartland is adding “peace and tranquility” on a massive scale.

Explosive growth

PP of the Heartland took over the struggling Planned Parenthood of Nebraska and Council Bluffs affiliate in September 2009. Almost exactly two months ago, June held a ribbon cutting for a new abortion clinic in Omaha, using the occasion to announce plans to open 12 new clinics in the next five years, part of a $11.5 million capital campaign (of which $7 million was reportedly already pledged).

At the ribbon cutting, June announced that it would be opening a dozen new clinics in Nebraska and Iowa over the next five years, six in each state. In Iowa new clinics are slated for Carter Lake, Clinton, Marshalltown, Mason City, Muscatine, and Ottumwa.

In Nebraska, PP of the Heartland plans to open clinics in Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Norfolk, and North Platte.

Except for Grand Island, which in the 2000 Census had a population of 42,940, none of these cities had a population of more than 30,000.

While the clinic in Omaha will be doing abortions, PPH did not say whether they were planning to offer abortion at the new clinics.  However they would appear to be prime candidates for the web-cam abortions that PPH has become notorious for.

With 25 clinics in Iowa and Nebraska, PPH is spearheading a major effort to develop and promote web-cam abortions” (using the abortifacient RU486). The idea is to fatten the financial bottom line by reaching “under-served” women in rural areas.

PP of the Heartland

PPH began offering web-cam abortions in 2008. Under the webcam system, an abortionist, maybe from a clinic in a large urban center, communicates with a woman at a remote location by means of a video conferencing system.

After a brief screening and counseling session, he clicks a mouse and triggers the opening of a drawer from which the woman takes out the two drugs that make up the “RU-486? chemical abortion regimen: mifepristone and misoprostol.

By January of 2011 sixteen of the PPH’s clinics in Iowa were tied into the webcam system. As of that same date PPH says more than 2,000 women have received webcam abortions.

Getting back to Nebraska, the “mission creep” began a few years ago when the Lincoln Planned Parenthood added RU486 abortions to the surgical abortions it had performed since 1995. Omaha PP adopted the opposite strategy. Its new mega-site is adding surgical abortions to the RU486 abortions it had been performing.

None of this comes as any surprise to Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, National Right to Life’s Education Director and an expert on Planned Parenthood.

“What we see in Nebraska is the latest Planned Parenthood marketing strategy in action,” he said.  The more aggressive abortion affiliates gobble up the smaller, weaker ones, build new glamorous abortion mega-clinics, expand to the wealthier suburbs “and use RU486 and new computer technology to bring abortion to smaller communities that cannot support a full time abortionist,” O’Bannon said.

“These are the same people who constantly tell us abortion is a ‘small portion’ of their business.”

“PP of the Heartland would like nothing better than to spread its new business model across the State,” added Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life. “We have no intention of letting them do that.”

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