By Dave Andrusko
As part of National Right to Life’s ever-growing effort to effectively use all new social media, NRL is producing YouTube videos. They are virtually instantly available to our media-savvy world and are tremendously effective.
The latest NRL You Tube video features our president, Carol Tobias. It is by no means the first she has made as president, but it may well be the most important: “The Truth about Planned Parenthood”
The truth about PPFA, as Mrs. Tobias explains in her opening sentences, is that far from its carefully crafted image as a “protector of women’s health” lies the grim truth that the largest abortion provider in the United States “is fully in the abortion business and its bottom line depends on performing more and more abortions.”
Nothing about what PPFA has been doing makes any real sense unless you appreciate these bottom-line numbers.
“According to the 2008-2009 Annual Report for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Planned Parenthood affiliates performed 332,278 abortions in 2009, which represents about 27.4 percent of all abortions performed in the United States,” Mrs. Tobias explains. Even as the total number of abortions performed in the United States dropped 25 percent between 1998 and 2009, PPFA more than doubled its own number during that time period.
Tobias squarely addresses Planned Parenthood’s wholly misleadingly claim that abortion represents “only 3 percent of its services.” After spelling out the bookkeeping wizardry PPFA uses to come up with that figure, she reminds her audience that “In fact, 12 percent of Planned Parenthood clients receive abortion services, according to a February 2011 Planned Parenthood factsheet. That means that “nearly one out of every eight women walking through the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic has an abortion.”
Put another way, “We do know that of the services Planned Parenthood reported that would have involved pregnant women (abortion, prenatal care, adoption referrals) 97.6 percent were for abortion,” according to Tobias.
This brief summary just touches on all that you will learn. The entire You Tube presentation is only 4:12 seconds long. Take a break and go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKI1RYIWYCk