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Monday, March 7, 2011

Planned Parenthood is Losing Their Base

When a liberal, pro-contraception columnist abandons Planned Parenthood's leaky ship, your know they're in big trouble! Kirsten Powers is a political consultant who always supported funding PP to reduce the need for abortion. She bought their argument that lack of access to contraception caused more abortions. After all, it makes intuitive sense on a superficial level that birth control will result in fewer unwanted pregnancies and thus fewer abortions. Then Powers did the research. She was shocked by what she found from PP's own records:
Turns out, a 2009 study by the journal Contraception found, in a 10-year study of women in Spain, that as overall contraceptive use increased from around 49 percent to 80 percent, the elective abortion rate more than doubled. This doesn’t mean that access to contraception  causes more abortion—though some believe that—but that it doesn’t necessarily reduce it.
A January 2011 fact sheet by the pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute [PP's research arm] listed all the reasons that women who have had an abortion give for their unexpected pregnancy, and not one of them is lack of access to contraception....
But what is truly astonishing about the Guttmacher statistics is that they are completely unchanged from a decade ago.

In the year 2000, Guttmacher experts reported: “Forty-six percent of women [seeking abortions] had not used a contraceptive method in the month they conceived, mainly because of perceived low risk of pregnancy and concerns about contraception. More than half of women obtaining abortions in 2000 (54 percent) had been using a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant.”

These are exactly the same as the 2011 numbers.
Over this time period, the U.S. government has funneled billions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, in large part because the organization claims to provide services to avoid unplanned pregnancies – a laudable goal. Yet despite a robust budget—Planned Parenthood reported a total annual revenue of $1.1 billion in its last financial filing—the organization has done absolutely nothing to change the fundamental dynamics of the United States’ abortion rate....

To preserve its federal subsidy, Planned Parenthood continues to claim that without its contraception services the abortion rate will go up. This deception smacks of a fleecing of taxpayers in an effort to promote an ideological agenda, rather than a sincere effort to help women plan families....

According to its most recent tax filing, the purpose of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is to provide leadership in “[a]chieving, through informed individual choice, a U.S. population of stable size in an optimum environment; in stimulating and sponsoring relevant biomedical, socio-economic, and demographic research.”

So it is, in reality, a population-control organization. Funny, this was never mentioned in the gauzy $200,000 advertising campaign launched last week. It also doesn’t make it into the “About Us” section of the group’s website, which repeatedly claims its mission is to protect women’s health, when in fact the real mission is to keep the birth rate at whatever level the leaders believe it should be....

Whatever you think of abortion rights, this is not the kind of organization that taxpayers should be funding.
Wow! Powers is now in the sites of the radicals who are debunking her column. But the facts are there and have been for years. Everywhere PP goes with their contraception message the rate of abortion skyrockets. They can spin it any way they want, but the fact is that their main purpose is abortion and that's what they get. Pray for Kirsten Powers and other honest columnists who do the research and tell the truth.

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