Planned Parenthood

(Or "Planning Family Size Through Abortion"?)

-  A pamphlet published by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) in 1963 contained the following statement: "An abortion kills the life of the baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it." Even in its 1990-1993 Long Range Plan, Planned Parenthood admitted that abortion is so traumatic to most people who undergo its procedure that, "... the incidence of post-procedural trauma for abortion clients may be as high as 91% of all cases." How interesting is all this in light of Planned Parenthood's present, public position!

-  To Planned Parenthood, "Pro-Choice" now means pro-abortion. Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 (by Margaret Sanger) and now operates nearly 850 abortion clinics through its 123 affiliates in the District of Columbia and all fifty states. (Although not all clinics perform abortions, all refer and counsel for them.) Planned Parenthood killed 244,628 babies in its clinics in calendar year 2003, the highest number in its 89-year history. It is the largest single provider of abortion services in the U.S. -- Planned Parenthood took in $810 million in the 2003-2004 fiscal year (ending 6/30/04), with $306.2 million coming from "Clinic Income" and $265.2 million coming from "Government Grants and Contracts" (i.e., out of the taxpayer's pocket). (With 33% of its total revenues derived from taxpayers, it is also easy to see why Planned Parenthood invests so much time, money, and effort in the political arena. On the expense side, Planned Parenthood indicates that it spent $39.4 million on "Public Policy"”) The rest ($238.6 million) came from "Private Contributions and Bequests" and other sources

Planned Parenthood releases no figures on its abortion income. But a very conservative estimate, using the $372 the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI -- Planned Parenthood's "special affiliate" for "reproductive health research") says clinics charge for a standard, first-trimester, suction curettage abortion (chemical abortions cost more, as do the second-trimester abortions many Planned Parenthood clinics advertise and perform), suggests that Planned Parenthood, at a minimum, receives approximately $91 million a year for the abortions it performs, or nearly one-third of its total clinic income in FY2004. In fact, the figure may be much, much higher -- clinics do abortions well into the second trimester, with the average cost ranging from $774 when the baby is 16 weeks old to $1,179 for a child of 20 weeks of age. If so, Planned Parenthood's income from abortion could be close to double the $91 million figure. (All abortion procedure costs stated are FY2002 amounts, but applied to FY2004 abortion numbers.) Moreover, according to statistics released by the AGI, abortions have declined in the U.S. every year but one from 1990 to 2000 (the last year for which national statistics were available). This represents an overall decrease of 18% in those 11 years. By contrast, since 1990 Planned Parenthood abortions have increased in 12 of the 14 years Planned Parenthood has reported statistics. The overall increase for PPFA is more than 80% during the period.

Planned Parenthood is also trying to bring sex education programs and abortion counseling into churches, calling its programs "faith-based initiatives" (7/27/02, World). George Grant, in his book Grand Illusions, says Planned Parenthood also receives a set percentage of total United Way campaign funds. Their ads say they are "pro-choice," but the reality is that of all pregnant women who go to Planned Parenthood, 90% get an abortion. While it was performing 244,628 abortions in calendar year 2003, Planned Parenthood saw only 16,427 prenatal clients, or just 1 for every 15 abortion patients! Only 1,774 clients were referred to adoption agencies (or 138 abortions performed for every adoption referral), and just 465 patients were counseled or treated for infertility, proving once again that Planned Parenthood's plans typically do NOT involve parenthood. (Source: Randall K. O'Bannon, National Right to Life Internet Web Site, 2/05; and Planned Parenthood FY2004 Annual Report.)

-  There apparently is no type of abortion procedure abhorrent to Planned Parenthood. They approve of partial-birth abortions (where the abortionist delivers the baby's entire body except for the head, jams scissors into the baby's skull, opening them to enlarge the hole, and then sucking the child's brains out through a suction tube, causing the skull to collapse), as well as the "medical abortion" drug RU486, which employs the powerful drug mifepristone. Just a week before the FDA declared RU486 "approvable," Planned Parenthood announced it had received clearance from the FDA to conduct a nationwide study using an alternative abortion drug, methotrexate. The trial began in September of 1996. Because methotrexate is a highly toxic anti-cancer drug that doctors are afraid to use, Planned Parenthood wanted the FDA to recommend a change in the labeling so that "physicians will be able to use methotrexate for medical abortion without undue hesitation about insurance or liability issues" (NRL News, 11/14/96). [In addition to special training, tracking, and advertising for RU486 in FY2003, Planned Parenthood says it performed abortions using mifepristone on 48,500 women (an increase of 48% from the previous fiscal year), through 172 of its clinics. Over half, or 74 out of its 125 affiliates at the time, were offering these chemical abortions. (No figures are yet available for FY2004.)]

-  The following is adapted and/or excerpted from "The Predators of Planned Parenthood," by syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, 12/3/03. -- It provides shocking insight to the real Planned Parenthood agenda:

Planned Parenthood's outspoken activists remain stone-cold silent about Holly Patterson. She's the teenager who died of tragic complications from taking the abortion drug cocktail RU-486, which she obtained from a northern California Planned Parenthood clinic in September. Holly and her unborn child suffered a painful, bloody, and prolonged death.

Patterson was seven weeks pregnant when she received the chemical abortion regimen. After seven days and two desperate trips to a hospital emergency room seeking help for intense cramping and bleeding, she succumbed to "septic shock, due to endomyometritis (inflammation) due to therapeutic, drug-induced abortion," according to an Alameda County coroner's report. The silence of the abortion lobby speaks volumes. While Patterson's family mourns and the Food and Drug Administration investigates, Planned Parenthood continues to dispense the abortion kill pills to pregnant teens -- and it continues to entice young people to its abortion clinics with a glitzy, MTV-like Web site offering "sexuality and relationship info you can trust." 

Called "Teenwire.com," the Planned Parenthood site is chock-full of colorful graphics, hip jargon, voluminous health advice, and lots of exclamation points: "Check out our interactive color diagrams of female and male anatomy!"; "SEX TALK LIVE!"; "Got Lube?"; "I want both guys!"; "MASTURBATION: Go there!" Amid explicit discussions of "dry humping," oral sex, masturbation, and encouragement for "queer and questioning" teens, the Teenwire.com site issues a stern note to parents who might be trying to monitor what kind of sex education propaganda their kids are reading. Planned Parenthood lectures mothers and fathers that "this Web site is for teens. This is their place. Take a look around the site if you like, but please do not register on the site." Translation: We're the experts. You are meddling parents. Bug off and butt out.

Teenwire.com's readers are advised by Planned Parenthood legal experts to call a free hotline number for confidential pregnancy tests and private abortion counseling. Responding to a 14-year-old girl nicknamed "devilchik," who writes a letter asking the experts if she can get an abortion without her mom's permission, the Planned Parenthood advisers supply a list of state laws regarding parental notification and consent. California, where Holly died, has no parental involvement requirement. In a section titled "Yikes!" the experts enthusiastically explain the "judicial bypass" process for circumventing parents altogether when a teen wants to take RU-486 in secret.

The Web site pounds home the blithe message that "abortion is a very safe procedure" akin to taking an aspirin or getting tonsils removed. Shamelessly courting repeat customers, the Web site also mentions several times to its teenage audience that second abortions are no big deal. Ignoring the untold number of American women who suffer from post-abortion trauma, the Planned Parenthood experts also tell young girls that abortion "poses little danger to a woman's emotional and mental health. Although a woman may feel some regret or remorse, the most common emotion after an abortion is relief."

Teenwire.com's section on abortion pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) reads like a cheerleading pharmaceutical press release. "It's finally here!" crows Planned Parenthood writer Susan Motamed. "It's time-tested and super-safe," she informs teens. "Not one woman has died from using mifepristone with misoprostol to end pregnancy," Teenwire.com falsely asserts. Unmentioned are the approximately 400 adverse events linked to RU-486 by its manufacturer, including hemorrhaging, bacterial infections, and the deaths of three women in North America, including 18-year-old Holly.

Predators win the trust of their victims by luring them away from their closest loved ones, speaking their language and telling them what they want to hear. Planned Parenthood subverts parents and dispenses death pills to vulnerable teens like candy -- cheap! easy! super-safe! But as Holly's dad, Monty, sobbed at a press conference after his daughter's RU-486-induced homicide: "There's no quick fix for pregnancy, no magic pill ... They told her it was safe, and it killed her."

Put that in capital letters, Planned Parenthood experts. File it on your Web site under "Yikes!" in memory of Holly Patterson and her child who never had a chance.

Planned Parenthood's week-long conference for children, "Nobody's Fool," held in Waco, Texas in July of 2004, attracted 350 youngsters. The conference, open to children from grades five through nine, or 10 to 14 years old, banned parents from attending. American Life League's STOPP International executive director, Jim Sedlak, called the conference a "thinly veiled attack on parental rights, public morality, and the health and well-being of our children." For the $5 admission charge, children in grades seven through nine also received a free copy of the book, It's Perfectly Normal (by Robie H. Harris), an 89-page primer of sexually-explicit, nude illustrations (71 of them) meant to teach children the tools for engaging in sexual acts, including masturbation. "This so-called 'educational text' is nothing more than pornography in comic book form," Sedlak said. Some examples from the text include, "The ancient Greeks thought that love between two men was the highest form of love" (p.17). According to instructions on page 73 of the text, "There are many reasons why a female or a couple might want or need to end a pregnancy," The ninth reason is listed as "female did not intend to become pregnant." [Source:  WorldNetDaily.com, "Planned Parenthood gives kids 'porn' book," 7/17/04.]

In 2003, John Pisciotta, a Baylor University economics professor, led a successful boycott of the Bluebonnet Council of the Girl Scouts in Waco, Texas because of its co-sponsorship of last year's [2003] "Nobody's Fool" conference.  In an article, Pisciotta writes that Planned Parenthood passed out It's Perfectly Normal to young girls that included the Girl Scouts logo and chapters on masturbation and homosexuality. The book also had images of couples having sex and a boy wearing a condom. "The provocative drawings are designed to dissolve modesty and desensitize children into thinking of sex in a casual way. Topics covered in the how-to book include heterosexual intercourse, homosexuality, masturbation, birth control and abortion." (As a result of national attention gained by the boycott, parents began removing their girls from the Scouts, leading to the closure of several troops and a decision by the council to not sponsor future conferences.) [Source:  BeLogical.com, "Nobody's Fool or Everybody's Fool," by John Pisciotta, 3/1/04.]

-  The deception used by Planned Parenthood in recruiting women for abortion is apparent in the following example: Former Attorney General Edwin Meese told World magazine, "Planned Parenthood clinics are counseling people they believe to be minors in inappropriate ways in order to thwart the purpose of the law." Life Dynamics, a pro-life group in Denton, TX, employed a woman with a little-girl's voice to telephone 875 Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation to tell the same story, that she was only 13 years old and thought she was pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend, and that she didn't want anyone to know. In each case she asked clinic personnel repeatedly if anyone would have to know about the age of her "boyfriend." A typical answer was, "Oh, absolutely not. We don't tell anybody about anything." Eight out of ten clinic employees agreed to conceal or willfully ignore the felony sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by a 22-year-old man. Laws in every state require medical personnel to report to child protective services or law-enforcement officials any suspected child abuse. In the fiscal year 2000, Planned Parenthood’s national organization received more than $54 million under Title X. Yet according to law, no provider of services under Title X shall be exempt from any state law requiring notification of the reporting of child abuse, child molestation, or sexual abuse (World, 7/27/02).

-  Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) was the founder of Planned Parenthood (in 1916). She has been given the unusual title, "Father of Modern Society." The following facts on Sanger's philosophy of life give us insight into the underlying philosophy on which Planned Parenthood was founded: (Other references on Sanger, in addition to those cited below: (a) Elasah Drogin, Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society, (b) Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, and (c) Margaret Sanger, "A Plan for Peace," Birth Control Review.) (On the official Planned Parenthood web page, PPFA claims that all these quotes attributed to Margaret Sanger are either taken out of context or were actually said or written by others and falsely attributed to Sanger ["Sanger Fact Sheet," PPFA Internet web site, 12/03 & 2/05].)

(a) Sanger was a militant radical who believed parents had the right to kill their children;

(b) In her book, Women and the New Race, Sanger said that it is "merciful" to kill infants; she said that, "The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it";

(c) Sanger was a socialist, feminist, occultist, and a believer in promiscuous sex;

(d) Sanger believed in controlled reproduction to purify the races (i.e., sterilization);

(e) Sanger founded and edited The Woman Rebel, the masthead read "No Gods, No Masters";

(f) Sanger coined the term "birth control" in 1912, founded the Voluntary Parenthood League in 1914, and founded the first birth control clinic in 1916 in Brooklyn, NY;

(g) That Planned Parenthood was anti-Christianity from the beginning is without dispute. In her first newspaper, The Woman Rebel, Margaret Sanger admitted that, "Birth control appeals to the advanced radical, because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian Churches. I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity no less than Capitalism";

(h) Sanger was the president of the American Birth Control League in 1939 from which Planned Parenthood was formed, and she remained honorary chairman of Planned Parenthood until her death in 1966;

(i) Sanger called the marriage bed "the most degenerating influence in the social order" (i.e., she was a "free love" advocate); she believed all sexual conduct was normal as long as harm was not brought to others;

(j) Sanger was violently anti-family: "only individuals count, not families";

(k) Sanger believed the poor should be sexually sterilized, and she endorsed euthanasia; she believed in selective breeding of the human race to produce "perfect" individuals (it was later that the Nazis adopted this philosophy). Her slogan was "more children from the fit, less from the unfit";

(l) Sanger hoped for a motherhood that would refuse "to bring forth weaklings ..." She wrote of "woman's upward struggle" and described the "lack of balance between the birth rate of the "unfit" and the "fit" as "the greatest present menace to civilization";

(m) Sanger hoped to use birth control to exterminate the genetically inferior races, which to her meant most of the non-white world; she wrote an article in 1921 called "Birth Control to Create a Race of Thoroughbreds";

(n) In 1922, Sanger declared that Jews, Hispanics, and blacks were "human weeds" that would by reproduction, "bring a dead weight of human waste into the world"; in April of 1932, Sanger outlined a "plan for peace" to eliminate these groups (in an article titled "Birth Control Review"). The article also advocated: (1) close doors to emigration to certain aliens; and (c) establishment of sterilization and/or segregation of issengenic groups, namely people considered to have bad genes;

(o) Sanger approved of Hitler's extermination of Jews in Europe, and had as a goal the extermination of the black race in the U.S. through sterilization and encouraging birth control via prominent black clergy (who would be "paid-off" if necessary);

(p) Sanger frequently attended séances to communicate with her dead daughter, and later drifted into eastern mysticism, Unitarianism, Rosicrucinism, astrology, and numerology; and

(q) Humanists declared Sanger "humanist of the year" in 1957.

As stated above, Planned Parenthood's website presents a greatly edited version of their founder's life. This carefully crafted version seeks to downplay any charges that she promoted racial ideas and insist that others are simply quoting her out of context. As indicated by the extensive quotes below, the truth is far different -- the quotes of Sanger and her colleagues' show a tremendous affinity for the ideals espoused by Hitler's Germany: 

"While striving to limit the propagation of mental defectives and others grossly unfit, and guarding mothers from dangerous or excessive childbearing, we physicians would be grievously remiss if we failed to follow the recommendation of the most impressive of the birth control conferences, the one held in New York in 1925, that 'persons whose progeny gives promise of being of decided value to the community should be encouraged to bear as large families as they feasibly can.'" [Robert L. Dickinson. "On the Control of Conception," Birth Control Review, Volume XV, Number 1 (January 1931), p. 5.]

In 1939 (10/19/39), Sanger wrote Clarence Gamble, instructing him to hire "three or four colored ministers with engaging personalities … we do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it occurs to any of their more rebellious members." (Source: Linda Gordon, Women's Body, Women's Right, A Social History of Birth Control in America, p. 333.) Another commentator notes, "Sanger frequently featured racists and eugenicists in her magazine, the Birth Control Review. Contributor Lothrop Stoddard, who also served on Sanger's board of directors, wrote in The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy that 'We must resolutely oppose both Asiatic permeation of white race-areas and Asiatic inundation of those non-white, but equally non-Asiatic regions inhabited by the really inferior races.' Each issue of the Birth Control Review was packed with such ideas. But Sanger was not content merely to publish racist propaganda; the magazine also made concrete policy proposals, such as the creation of 'moron communities,' the forced production of children by the 'fit,' and the compulsory sterilization and even elimination of the 'unfit.'"

"Sanger's own racist views were scarcely less opprobrious. In 1939, she and Clarence Gamble made an infamous proposal called 'Birth Control and the Negro,' which asserted that 'the poorer areas, particularly in the South … are producing alarmingly more than their share of future generations.' Her 'religion of birth control' would, she wrote, 'ease the financial load of caring for with public funds … children destined to become a burden to themselves, to their family, and ultimately to the nation.'" (Source: "The Repackaging of Margaret Sanger," Steven W. Mosher, The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 1997.)

-  The following "Eight Great Deceptions of Planned Parenthood," taken together, comprise one of the biggest lies ever perpetrated upon the American public. This lie continues to deceive the uninformed and the unsuspecting. (Excerpted in part from a 1994 CR Ministries publication.):

(1) Deception: Planned Parenthood claims to advocate the freedom of women to choose if and when they will have children, without government interference.
Fact:
From the beginning, Planned Parenthood has sought mandatory population control measures. Over the years it has proposed our government implement "compulsory abortion for out-of-wedlock pregnancies," federal entitlement "payments to encourage abortion," "compulsory sterilization for those who have already had two children," and "tax penalties" for existing large families.

(2) Deception: Planned Parenthood claims to serve the needs of poor women and low-income families.
Fact:
Planned Parenthood has always targeted minorities, the unwanted, and the disadvantaged for family limitation, contraception, abortion, and sterilization. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's "charity" was "to eliminate the stocks" that she felt were most detrimental "to the future of the race and the world."

(3) Deception: Planned Parenthood claims to be a privately funded, non-profit family planning organization.
Fact:
Planned Parenthood helps ban families, not plan families. As an association of over 300 separately incorporated organizations worldwide, a vast portion of its funding comes right from American taxpayers' pocketbooks. In 1993 alone, almost $160 million came from the Title X appropriations of the Public Health Service Act and from 18 other federal statues!

(4) Deception: Planned Parenthood claims its system of birth control is safe and effective.
Fact:
Absolutely none of Planned Parenthood's birth control systems are 100% effective -- from the pill or diaphragm to the IUD. A teen practicing "safe sex" with condoms has nearly an 87% chance of pregnancy. The Planned Parenthood system virtually guarantees women will get pregnant and in the end be "forced" to fall back on Planned Parenthood's ultimate birth control practice -- abortion.

(5) Deception: Planned Parenthood claims that it is in the forefront of the battle against sexually transmitted diseases.
Fact:
Through Planned Parenthood's distribution of non-barrier birth control contraceptives to 80% of its clients, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis, granuloma, chancroid, and even AIDS are being encouraged. Recent studies indicate the use of Planned Parenthood-favored birth control devices may actually enhance the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

(6) Deception: Planned Parenthood claims that sex education is a necessary and effective means of preventing teen pregnancies.
Fact:
Planned Parenthood's sex education programs have backfired, actually increasing teen pregnancies. A 1986 Louis Harris poll of teens who took "comprehensive" sex education have a 50% higher rate of sexual activity that their "unenlightened" peers.

(7) Deception: Planned Parenthood claims its efforts to provide abortion services have at last removed the specter of dangerous back alley abortions from our land.
Fact:
Abortions may be legal, but they are not safe. A UCLA study by two obstetrical and gynecological professors conclude "abortion can be a killer." Other complications are at least partially responsible for the steep rise in female medical care costs over the last decade.

(8) Deception: Planned Parenthood claims that its birth control, sex education, and abortion juggernaut is essential to control rapid population growth.
Fact:
Instead of worrying about Planned Parenthood's "population bomb," many researchers are concerned about a "birth dearth." Fertility in the U.S. has been steadily declining for two decades. The worldwide birthrate is now falling faster than the mortality rate for the first time in recorded history.


Note: So, what should be a Christian's response to Planned Parenthood? Certainly it is NOT to engage in the unbiblical tactics of Operation Rescue, which is based on a theology of activism. Operation Rescue's founder, Randall Terry, explains that its purpose is to create social upheaval and thereby pressure government into changing the abortion laws. A typical brochure declares: "Rescues help produce the social tension necessary for political change ... whether for good or bad, political change comes after groups of Americans bring enough tension to the nation and pressure on politicians that the laws are changed." This kind of "Christian" activism involves today the well-meaning but foolish attempt to force "Christian principles" upon a godless society through more effective lobbying, larger demonstrations, and greater "social upheaval" than the homosexuals, abortionists, or pornographers can produce. But rather than pressure the ungodly to live like saints, we must win them to Christ that they might live wholly for God. As Christians, our personal lives must also be lived in obedience to God, even if that brings us into conflict with civil laws. In addition to avoiding idolatry and immorality, Christians must preach the gospel to everyone everywhere. That would be the Biblical response to Planned Parenthood.


Biblical Discernment Ministries - Revised 2/2005

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