Margaret Sanger is known as the mother of Planned Parenthood, and as progressives do with all of their heroes, her insidious background has been entirely scrubbed away.
Sanger was a eugenicist who believed minorities were inferior, and didn’t want them to breed. Despite this empirical fact, Hollywood leftists like Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling appear in PSAs, lauding Sanger.
A century later, the spirit of Sanger lives on in Planned Parenthood. A common refrain from Planned Parenthood advocates is that the organization provides critical health services to women, but that’s a distortion of the truth.
Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill, mainly located in minority communities, and it’s getting worse.
From the Heritage Foundation:
Planned Parenthood released its annual report yesterday, showing that the abortion provider served 100,000 fewer women compared to last year. Meanwhile, abortions are up and contraception, cancer treatment and prevention, and prenatal services are down. Heritage expert Melanie Israel says this is more evidence that it’s time to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, its affiliates and other abortion providers, and redirected to community health centers that provide comprehensive care for women without the entanglement of abortion services.
Digging further into the numbers, women who are economically disadvantaged–below or within 200% of the poverty line–make up 69% of abortion cases. This disproportionately affects black and Hispanic women.
The analysis of the statistics continues.
The nation’s largest abortion provider performed 328,348 abortions last year, an increase of 4,349 abortions from 323,999 abortions in their 2014-2015 report. This number translates to Planned Parenthood stopping the beating hearts of 899 unborn babies every single day last year.
In the “Message from Our Leadership” section of the report the organization boasts that “thanks to affordable access to effective contraception — we’re at the lowest abortion rate since Roe v. Wade was decided.”
An interesting claim given that the number of abortions the organization provides is up and the number of contraceptive services is down from last year’s report.
In the 2014-2015 report the number of contraception services provided was at 2,945,059 and in 2015-2016 that number went down to 2,808,815.
In January, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards said the government should triple her organization’s government funding. The annual report shows that Planned Parenthood already got a small raise this past year with government funding increasing from $553.7 million in 2014-2015 to $554.6 million.
This is in spite of attempts to defund the organization in light of the July 2015 release of undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood officials callously discussing trafficking in the body parts of unborn babies. Most recently, the Center for Medical Progress released a video showing Planned Parenthood doctors exchanging stories about “heads that get stuck that we can’t get out” and when “an eyeball just fell into my lap, and that is gross.”
Meanwhile, a group of conservatives had called scores of Planned Parenthood facilities and recorded the conversation when asking what other services Planned Parenthood provided at that particular location.
Every facility they contacted only provided abortions.
One aspect of the abortion debate that needs to be settled immediately is its federal funding. Planned Parenthood should not be receiving federal subsidies. That money can easily go to local clinics that actually provide the services Planned Parenthood purports to provide.