What Lies Beneath Understanding Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood's History Founded as single birth control clinic in 1916 by Margaret Sanger Initial focus was birth control Changed name to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) in 1942 Opened first abortion clinic in Syracuse, New York in 1970 Largest provider of abortion in America today
Who was Margaret Sanger? Born Margaret Higgins in New York Lived 1879-1966 Focused on birth control and sexual liberation Supported eugenics Was Sanger racist? Does Planned Parenthood own up to its own parentage?
PPFA by the numbers 327,166 abortions performed in 2012, up from 165,174 in 1997 2,197 adoption referrals in 2012, down from 9,381 in 1997 Performs 149 abortions for every adoption referral. More than 750 health centers in U.S.
Your financial support of PPFA 1.2 billion dollars of revenue in 2012-2013 Received more than $540 million from taxpayers in 2012-2013 Excess of revenue over expenses (profit) of $58.2 million in 2012-2013 $26 million spent on public policy and other in 2012-2013
PPFA's abortion advocacy Active lobbying at local, state and federal level Opposes laws that regulate abortion clinics, informed consent provisions, parental consent for minors seeking abortions, partial-birth abortion bans, sex-selection abortion bans and laws protecting the conscience rights of health care workers Supports taxpayer-funded abortions
Majoring in minorities Eugenic legacy Explicitly identified core clients as young women, low income women, and women of color (Plan of Action, 1997) Minorities are 37% of U.S. population but have 64% of abortions according to Guttmacher Institute
Misguiding teens www.plannedparenthood.org/info-for-teens Schools and community organizations The program reaches out through more than 150 local community partners that do not traditionally work with Planned Parenthood, including public libraries, prominent medical institutions, and faith organizations. (Annual Report 2007-2008) Undercover exposé of attitude towards rape www.liveaction.org
Active in religious communities Clergy for Choice & Pro Choice Religious Network Consists of religious leaders and ministers Counseling women and supporting abortions Supports partial-birth abortions Opposes conscience clauses, parental notification laws and 'so-called' Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Planned Parenthood in Michigan Two affiliates: Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan (merged with South Central Michigan in 2011) 20 offices across the state Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Kalamazoo clinics perform abortions, the rest refer to other abortion clinics
What can I do? Educate, Educate, Educate Think globally, act locally Right to Life of Michigan's handout with strategies for opposing local Planned Parenthood centers
Available materials Getting Planned Parenthood out of Michigan! Plan for helping groups to end Planned Parenthood's influence Providing & Promoting Abortion flyer Other prolife brochures, research and materials List of RLM Education Centers at www.rtl.org
Additional reading Books about Planned Parenthood Bad Choices, by Douglas R. Scott Blessed are the Barren, by Robert Marshall and Charles Donovan Grand Illusions, by George Grant Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Legacy, by Angela Franks Unplanned, by Abby Johnson