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Planned Parenthood Orlando, Florida doc caught on undercover tape discussing “compliance” with PBA law

Posted in Abortionist, Abortionist and Live Birth, Center for Medical Progress, Florida Abortion Clinics, Partial Birth Abortion, Planned Parenthood abortionist, Planned Parenthood After Birth Abortion, Planned Parenthood Partial Birth Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2017 by saynsumthn

From the Center for Medical Progress:

PLANNED PARENTHOOD MED DIRECTOR: “DISMEMBERMENT” ABORTION “CHECKBOX” SKIRTS FEDERAL PARTIAL-BIRTH LAW
Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, Medical Affairs VP for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Confirms PPFA Uses Paperwork to Fake Compliance with Late-Term Abortion Rules

ORLANDO, July 27–Never-before-released undercover video shows Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, graphically discussing Planned Parenthood’s late-term “dismemberment” and partial-birth abortion protocols in the context of fetal body part harvesting.

The new video comes as the U.S. Senate is debating provisions to terminate taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.

At a Planned Parenthood conference evening reception, CMP investigators posing as buyers from a biotech company discuss partnering with Dr. Prabhakaran’s Planned Parenthood affiliate in order to harvest fetal organs and tissues from the 2nd-trimester abortions performed there. Prabhakaran advises that her affiliate is merging with the Orlando Planned Parenthood, which does abortions up to 23 weeks and has a high procedure volume, with eighteen abortions at 18-weeks and above scheduled for the next week.

Prabhakaran discusses how Planned Parenthood allows their abortion doctors to certify compliance with the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, which prohibits abortions in which a fetus is extracted alive up to certain anatomical landmarks (18 U.S.C. 1531). According to Prabhakaran, Planned Parenthood abortion doctors can certify compliance with the law by using a feticide like digoxin to kill the fetus before the abortion, or they can simply “document” their “intent” to do a “dismemberment” abortion where the fetus is pulled apart with forceps rather than extracted intact.

“So some people train to just document that like, you know to comply with the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, you basically have to say, ‘I intend to utilize dismemberment techniques for this procedure,’” explains Prabhakaran. “So every time you do a procedure, that’s how you document. So, like, there’s like a checkbox,” Prabhakaran states, “so it would be before the procedure, you do your evaluation, you write, ‘I intend to utilize dismemberment techniques for this procedure.’”

Prabhakaran indicates she never uses digoxin to kill the fetus before the abortion, and relies entirely on the “checkbox” to “document” her intent in the abortion to certify compliance with the federal law: “I’m not doing digoxin, and we’re just going to document and there’s never been a problem.”

Prabhakaran’s description of Planned Parenthood’s loose protocols for 2nd-trimester abortion procedures corroborates statements by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in CMP’s first undercover video, that show a lax attitude toward the partial-birth abortion law:

“The Federal [Partial-Birth] Abortion Ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation. So there are some people who interpret it as it’s intent. So if I say on Day 1 I do not intend to do this, what ultimately happens doesn’t matter.”

Nucatola states in the first video that Planned Parenthood abortion doctors can make changes to the abortion technique in order to bring the fetus out intact for body parts harvesting, regardless of any initial “intent” statement: “So if you do it starting from a breech [feet-first] presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium [head] at the end.”

CMP project lead David Daleiden notes, “Planned Parenthood medical directors and abortion doctors feign compliance with the federal partial-birth abortion law on paper, knowing full well that ‘what ultimately happens doesn’t matter’ so long as no one is scrutinizing what they actually do to women and children in the operating room. And the fact that Planned Parenthood has a ‘dismemberment’ ‘checkbox’ on their abortion forms should tell the public and policymakers everything they need to know about this barbaric abortion business. The Department of Justice should open an immediate investigation into Planned Parenthood’s late-term abortion practices, and the U.S. Congress must stop forcing taxpayers to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s brutal abortion empire.”

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How Planned Parenthood uses taxpayer dollars and Title X for abortion

Posted in Planned Parenthood fails to report rape, Title X with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2017 by saynsumthn

From Live Action News originally published here.

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Tax dollars are being sent to locations that house Planned Parenthood abortion facilities under the federal family planning program known as Title X. Under the guise of simply providing health care, Planned Parenthood uses Title X funds — citizens’ tax dollars — to fund staff and facilities where abortions are also committed. Doing clinical breast exams, Pap smears, and STD testing in the same building where abortions take place enable Planned Parenthood to maximize its use of government funding to also cover its abortion expenses, thus forcing taxpayers to fund the abortion chain’s violent and ill-supported activities.

A 2011 report published in the pro-abortion journal “Contraception” noted that:

  • Title X helps to support staff salaries, not just for clinicians but for front-desk staff, educators and finance and administrative staff.
  • Title X provides for individual patient education as well as community-level outreach and public education about family planning and women’s health issues.
  • Title X also helps to support the infrastructure necessary to keep the doors open — subsidizing rent, utilities and infrastructure needs like health information technology.

A document published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reveals that recipients of Title X dollars can, in fact be abortion facilities, despite the claim that the abortions are “separate”:

In 2015, the Guttmacher Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of publicly funded family planning clinics. Respondents included 535 clinics that received Title X funds. Based on that survey, an estimated 10% of clinics that received any Title X funding reported offering abortions separately from their Title X project.

In 2004, following appropriations conference report directions, HHS surveyed its Title X grantees on whether their clinic sites also provided abortions with nonfederal funds. Grantees were informed that responses were voluntary and “without consequence, or threat of consequence, to non-responsiveness.” The survey did not request any identifying information. HHS mailed surveys to 86 grantees and received 46 responses. Of these, 9 indicated that at least one of their clinic sites (17 clinic sites in all) also provided abortions with nonfederal funds…

In fact, Title X requirements clearly show that abortion facilities can be recipients of Title X funds, under the requirements:

Certain kinds of shared facilities are permissible, so long as it is possible to distinguish between the Title X supported activities and non-Title X abortion-related activities:

(a) A common waiting room is permissible, as long as the costs properly pro-rated;

An analysis of the June 2017 Title X Family Planning Directory of Grantees reveals that government dollars are being sent to Planned Parenthood administration offices and affiliate headquarters, some of which are located ironically at the same addresses as abortion facilities.

The list of grantees under Title X shows that eleven Planned Parenthood affiliates receive direct funding:

1). Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc., identified in the directory as located at 345 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06511. A closer look at that location shows both an abortion facility and the Connecticut Administrative Office, which also advertises abortions online.

Planned Parenthood New Haven, CT

Planned Parenthood New Haven, CT

2). Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is listed at 1055 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215. That address contains both an abortion facility as well as administrative headquarters which advertise abortions.

Planned Parenthood Boston, MA

Planned Parenthood Boston, MA

3). Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Vermont administration offices, which advertise abortions at select sites is listed in the directory at 784 Hercules Dr., Suite 110, Colchester, VT 05446.

4). Planned Parenthood Assoc. of Utah is listed in the directory at 654 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. This location houses a facility which advertises abortion referrals as well as an administration office that advertises abortions.

Planned Parenthood Utah

Planned Parenthood Utah

5). Planned Parenthood of Illinois is listed in the directly at 18 S. Michigan Ave, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 and houses the administrative headquarters, which advertises abortion online. Also shown at this address is a facility that performs abortions.

6). Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota’s administrative headquarters, which advertises abortions online is shown in the directory at the same location — 671 Vandalia St., St. Paul, MN 55114 — as a facility which commits abortions.

7). Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s administrative headquarters is listed in the directory at 206 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215. The same address advertises online that it also stands ready to commit abortions.

8). Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc., listed in the directory at 302 Jackson St. N, Milwaukee, WI 53202, contains an abortion facility which advertises abortion as the only “service” they provide. And, the Administrative Offices and Headquarters also located at that address advertises abortions on its website.

9). Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Headquarters — 100 South Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603 — contains a facility that advertises both abortion referrals and the affiliate’s headquarters, which also advertises that it offers abortions.

10). Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette is listed in the directory at 3727 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. NE, Portland, OR 97221. This address is also the location of an abortion facility as well as the affiliate’s headquarters, which advertises abortions.

Abortions at PPCW

Abortions at PPCW

11). Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is listed in the directory at 2001 E. Madison St., Seattle, WA 98122. This address is the location of an abortion facility in addition to address for the Washington administration offices.

A response given to a woman who called PP St Paul MN.

A response given to a woman who called PP St Paul MN. Watch the video here.

Title X dollars originally sent to the states or to other grantees — instead of directly to Planned Parenthood affiliates — are funding additional Planned Parenthood locations that commit abortions. Live Action’s Abortion Corporation investigative series documents this reality further. Live Action investigators called several Planned Parenthood facilities that perform abortions and also receive Title X funds through state programs.

A sample of those calls is summarized below:

  • The Corning, NY, Planned Parenthood (listed as a Title X-funded facility in the state’s 2016 directory) told Live Action’s investigator that the only option they offer pregnant women is abortion: “We tell you you’re pregnant, and then we offer at Planned Parenthood to do the abortions.”
  • The Brooklyn Park, MN, center made it clear to Live Action’s investigator that it offers only “pregnancy tests and then abortion care,” despite being listed in the state’s directory of Title X-funded centers.
  • The Title X-funded Planned Parenthood facility in St. Paul, MN, states on their website that it has “trained staff to discuss your options with you if you are pregnant.” But when a Live Action investigator asked what kind of services are offered there for pregnant women “who want to continue with the pregnancy,” the Planned Parenthood staffer responded that, for those women, “we don’t offer services.”
  • Planned Parenthood’s Eugene-Springfield, OR, center told a Live Action investigator, “We do abortions here…” This Planned Parenthood facility is also a Title X-funded center, according to a 2017 state directory published online.

Sending tax dollars to abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood — and thus funding abortion through the back door — has many Americans demanding that Congress step in to defund Planned Parenthood. But, there are additional concerns with Planned Parenthood receiving these funds. As Live Action News has reported, Planned Parenthood’s ongoing history in failing to report suspected child abuse should be reason enough to pull Title X funds immediately. A detailed explanation can be found here.

Every year, Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion dollars in government funding. Each day that tax dollars continue to flow to the abortion corporation, Planned Parenthood receives $1.5 million of our hard-earned money and violently ends the lives of 900 precious preborn children. As state and federal lawmakers consider funding Planned Parenthood, they should keep in mind that programs like Title X allow tax dollars to directly assist in keeping Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities open and staffed.

It’s time to stop helping Planned Parenthood commit abortions with our own money.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Planned Parenthood on “gender identity” some boys have vulvas, girls have penises (talking points for preschoolers )

Posted in Planned Parenthood Gender Identity, Planned Parenthood Transgender, Sex Ed with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

Thanks to at The Blaze for exposing Planned Parenthood’s “talking points” for preschoolers in “Gender Identity.”

Planned Parenthood on Gender Identity

 

 

From the article:

Under a subhead called “How do I talk to my preschooler about identity?” the organization recommends the following:

“When it comes to gender, ideas about what it means to be a girl or a boy are everywhere, and these ideas have a big influence on your preschooler. Learn how to teach your kid that their gender doesn’t limit them, how to talk about different kinds of families, how to know if your kid is transgender, and more.”

According to the new “rules,” Planned Parenthood said that parents should tell preschoolers that “everybody has nipples,” regardless of gender. Additionally, they want parents to explain to their children that “boy, girl, man, and woman are words that describe gender identity, and some people with the gender identities ‘boy’ or ‘man’ have vulvas, and some with the gender identity ‘girl’ or ‘woman’ have penises/testicles.”

“Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl,” Planned Parenthood’s website reads.

Planned Parenthood’s previous guidelines claimed that “women have breasts. Men don’t.” The elaborated further, and said, “boys have penises and girls have vulvas.”

The organization also said that the old “birds and bees” adage should be phased out, and that children as young as preschoolers should be taught how women become pregnant — via penetration.

 

Planned Parenthood continues to receive half a BILLION dollars from the tax payer every year. Congress, now in the hands of the Republicans have yet to defund this abortion behemoth. What is taking them so long?

Guttmacher report shows women don’t need Planned Parenthood for contraception

Posted in FQHC, Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood Decreasing Services with tags , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

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An analysis of data published by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites outnumber Planned Parenthood centers in the majority of counties which provide publicly funded contraception services nationwide. This information was published by Guttmacher in response to a request from pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray, and it comes as the Senate prepares to debate defunding Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest provider of abortions.

The data, which looked at Planned Parenthood centers (PP), Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites, and Title X facilities for 2015, found:

  • FQHCs operated 9,636 services sites in the US.
  • 5,829 FQHC’s (60 percent) offered contraceptive care to at least 10 female clients.
  • 361 counties out of 3,142 counties had both a Planned Parenthood and a FQHC site.
  • 580 counties had neither.
  • Out of the 2,201 remaining counties, 54 had no FQHC site and 2,147 had no Planned Parenthood (table 3/page 7).
  • In all, Planned Parenthood centers were located in just 415 U.S. counties while 1,719 counties had FQHC sites.

FQHC sites outnumber Planned Parenthood in counties that provide contraception care in every state except Connecticut, Minnesota and the District of Columbia (table 1/page 1). Although there were additional publicly funded sites, the table below compares PP and FQHCs providing contraception care:

Comparing PP with FQHCs

Comparing PP with FQHCs, continued

Live Action News continues to document how Planned Parenthood’s services are decreasing while its abortion numbers increase. Today, the abortion corporation ends the lives of 900 preborn children every day while receiving $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars.

In contrast, FQHC sites, which outnumber Planned Parenthood centers by the thousands, provide more vital health services for women.

Given these facts, the Senate should no longer delay in defunding Planned Parenthood.

Ohio suspends abortionist’s license for failing to record opioid drugs in patient records

Posted in Abortionist Drug Charges, Abortionist Investigated, Abortionist Opioid, Opioid with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

(From Live Action News  written by

Not long after a Live Action News report on the closings of two Ohio abortion facilities, the Akron Women’s Medical Group and the Cleveland Women’s Medical Group, comes the news that the Ohio Medical Board has suspended the license of abortionist David Burkons, who operates the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls, for failing to record prescriptions involving opioids and benzodiazepine drugs.

At the time this article was written, the website for the state’s medical board showed the abortion doctor’s license as “active”; however, the Columbus Dispatch reported news of the suspension:

David Burkons 2015 complaint about blank prescriptions

…[T]he state Medical Board of Ohio on Wednesday suspended for six months the medical license of Dr. David Burkons, who owns an abortion clinic in a suburb of Akron, for signing blank prescriptions and leaving them with employees to fill out and for failing to record prescriptions in patient files.

The offenses were unrelated to Burkons’ work at the Northeast Ohio Women’s Clinic in Cuyahoga Falls, and it was unclear how his suspension would affect the facility, which the doctor opened in 2014.

The actions that led to Burkons’ suspension date to 2011. Medical-board records do not reveal where the doctor was working at the time, and he did not return a message seeking comment.

According to the 2015 complaint, Burkons was accused, in part, of failing to record certain prescribed controlled substances into patient records, some being opioid medications such as Vicodin, Hydrocodone, and Percocet, which are highly addictive.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription, and in 2015, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.

 

In addition, the FDA has conducted and reviewed several studies showing that “serious risks are associated with the combined use of opioids and benzodiazepines” — drugs the Ohio abortionist also failed to record in patients’ charts, such as:

  • Ativan (Lorazepam)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Valium
  • Xanax

Burkons tried to downplay the suspension, telling Cleveland.com that his license suspension was “due to a few minor paperwork violations, none of which resulted in his prescriptions being used for ‘pill mills’.” And the media appears to be willing to make light of the accusations as well.

David Burkons 2015 NPR report screenshot

The same year the state was looking into the prescription drug case involving Burkons, he was signing his name to a letter requesting that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch investigate the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

The letter claimed that CMP “intended to vilify Planned Parenthood, and, by proxy, all abortion providers,” as part of “an unprecedented and multi-pronged assault against women’s reproductive rights….”

In 2015, Burkons was also painted as a hero by the media in an attempt to disparage abortion laws in the state of Ohio.

A report published by NPR that same year promoted the Ohio abortionist by making it sound as if the state’s licensing requirements on his abortion facility were too restrictive. The report read in part:

Burkons wanted the clinic to be personable, with minimal wait times.

Initially in his new clinic, he could only administer the pills that induce medical abortion. But this summer, after 18 months of state inspections, rejections and — finally — acceptance, he began performing surgical abortions as well…. Ohio’s laws are examples of how seemingly narrow rules can significantly curtail abortion.

According to Ohio Right to Life executive director Devin Scribner, Burkons performed abortions in other facilities besides his own.

Live Action News has previously reported on Burkons’ employment at the Capital Care Network, replacing (according to Operation Rescue) abortionist Thomas Michaelis, who was convicted of attempted gross sexual imposition, voyeurism, and public indecency in 1991.

Live Action News contributor Danny David previously detailed Burkons’ time at Planned Parenthood, writing:

From 2011-2012, during [Burkons’] time working as an abortionist for Planned Parenthood, seventeen of Burkons’ patients experienced moderate to severe complications from their abortions. His performance was so dismal, state records show that 41% of all medication abortion complications came from his office during those years.

RU-486 event under David Burkons at Planned Parenthood

In 2013, Townhall reviewed reports obtained by Ohio Right to Life, which detailed Burkons’ treatment of patients using the abortion pill RU-486 at Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio. OH RTL summarized a few of the cases this way:

Report #3: Dr. David Burkons of the Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio reports his patient was hospitalized, suffered “severe bleeding” and had to receive a transfusion.

Report #32 – Dr. Burkons reports an “infection.”

LifeSite News also documented Burkons’ Planned Parenthood history, writing:

Burkons has also been affiliated with the Planned Parenthood Bedford facility, which was recently fined $25,000 by the Ohio Department of Health for multiple violations….

LifeSite added how Burkons was “infamous for being the ‘medical’ director at Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, where 22 year-old Lakisha Wilson died on March 21, 2014, during an illegal late term abortion.”

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared at Live Action News.

Taxpayers in Maryland spend millions on abortions for “mental health”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

Via Live Action News — Article text starts here

Data from the State of Maryland reveals that since 2006, taxpayer-funded Medicaid abortions in the state, committed mostly for the vague reason of the woman’s “mental health,” have increased year after year, costing taxpayers almost $48 million.

While the federal Hyde Amendment prohibits federal dollars from paying for most abortions, Medicaid dollars passed to states by the federal government can be used to pay for abortions at the state level.

Live Action News has previously shown how 17 states allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortions in excess of the Hyde Amendment’s restrictions. In addition, since money is fungible, even with Hyde in place, dollars sent to groups like Planned Parenthood can fund abortion centers and abortion staff.

According to a document published by Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the State will pay for abortions as long as the provider fills out a form that certifies:

  • continuation of the pregnancy is likely to result in the death of the woman.
  • there is substantial risk that the continuation of the pregnancy could have a serious or adverse effect on the woman’s present or physical health.
  • there exists medical evidence that continuation of the pregnancy is creating a serious effect on the woman’s present mental health, and if carried to term there is a substantial risk of a serious or long lasting effect on the woman’s future mental health.
  • this abortion is necessary because the fetus is affected by a genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.
  • this abortion is necessary for a victim of rape, sexual offense or incest and the incident has been reported to a law enforcement agency or to a public health or social agency.

If you review all these reasons — physical health, mental health, life of the woman, and health of the baby — you essentially have abortion on demand, as defined in Roe v. Wade and the companion case, Doe v. Bolton. However, according to the state of Maryland, women eligible for Medicaid solely due to a pregnancy do not currently qualify for a state-funded abortion.

I contacted the state of Maryland to see if they had published statistics on Medicaid funding. What I found, according to several Department of Health and Mental Hygiene documents the state provided, is the following (all the documents are available online here):

LAST THREE YEARS

Between 2014 and 2016,* the average cost of a Medicaid abortion was between $600 and $700.

In the past three years, taxpayers have been forced to spend $16.6 million for 23,395 Medicaid abortions in Maryland.

The largest portion of those procedures — 68 percent (15,979) — were performed at abortion facilities, costing taxpayers approximately $400.00 per procedure.

Maryland abortions from Medicaid

* Although the data for 2016 may not be complete, it showed that claims sent to the state as of November 2016, $5.3 million in tax dollars were spent to fund 7,812 abortions.

TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTIONS INCREASED EACH YEAR 

There are no requirements to report abortions in the state, however, Guttmacher (Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate“) estimates that in 2014, approximately 28,140 abortions were committed.  This means that 27 percent of abortions were paid for by taxpayers that year.

Maryland abortion trends according to Guttmacher

In fact, statistics for previous years indicate that as abortions have decreased in the state, taxpayer-funded abortions are increasing. See data on Medicaid abortions for 2015 and 2014, compared with data from previous years :

  • 2015: $5.7 million in tax dollars paid for 7,932 abortions.
  • 2014: $5.6 million in tax dollars paid for 7,651 abortions.
  • 2013: $5.4 million in tax dollars paid for 7,528 abortions.
  • 2012: $5.2 million in tax dollars paid for 7,442 abortions.
  • 2011: $5.4 million in tax dollars paid for  7,177 abortions.
  • 2010: $4.7 million in tax dollars paid for 6,652  abortions.
  • 2009: $3.4 million in tax dollars paid for 4,857 abortions.
  • 2008: $2.2 million in tax dollars paid for 3,281 abortions.
  • 2007: $2.2 million in tax dollars paid for 3,580 abortions.
  • 2006: $2.7 million in tax dollars paid for 3,831 abortions.

Note: Data for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 includes all Medicaid-funded abortions performed during the fiscal year, while data for fiscal year 2016 includes all abortions performed during fiscal 2016, for which a Medicaid claim was filed through November 2016. Since providers have 12 months to bill Medicaid for a service, Medicaid may receive additional claims for abortions performed during fiscal 2016. For example, during fiscal 2016, an additional 1,066 claims from fiscal 2015
were paid.

REASONS FOR ABORTIONS

Maryland abortions from Medicaid reasons Mental Health

Maryland abortions from Medicaid reasons

Out of 7,812 abortions paid for with Medicaid dollars in 2016, none were performed to save the life of the woman, according to statistical data provided by the state.

In fact, almost 100 percent of taxpayer-funded abortions (7,805) were performed because the doctor believed it would affect the woman’s “mental health,” described this way:

“Medical evidence that continuation of the pregnancy is creating a serious effect on the woman’s mental health, and if carried to term, there is a substantial risk of a serious or long-lasting effect on the woman’s future mental health.”

Of the remaining seven, three abortions were recorded because the doctor certified that there was “a substantial risk that continuation of the pregnancy could have a serious and adverse effect on the woman’s present or future physical health.”

Four abortions were due to the fact that “the fetus [was] affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.”

Data for previous years showed similar facts.

Out of Medicaid claims received by the state for years 2008 through 2015, “mental health” of the woman appeared to be the default reason abortion doctors gave to justify the taxpayer-funded abortion.

The numbers break down as follows:

  • 2015 : 6,844 out of 6,866; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2014 : 6,589 out of 6,609; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2013: 6,561 out of 6,567 ; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2012: 5,856 out of 5,861; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2011: 6,375 out of 6,381; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2010: 4,349 out of 4,352; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2009: 3,404 out of 3,407 ; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2008: 2,307 out of 2,314; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.

As previously reported, “mental health” of the mother is something that can be determined by the abortion doctor who profits from the procedure — and abortionists who work for Planned Parenthood have stated that they believe every abortion is “medically necessary.”

When the abortion industry says tax dollars will not pay for abortion, this simply is not true. The State of Maryland is just one of many examples of taxpayer funding of abortion. Another example is that of New Mexico, where undercover calls revealed several instances (listed below) in which a late-term abortion facility recommended taxpayer-funded abortions:

  • A caller who said she was 16 and claimed she was impregnated by an older family member
  • A caller who said she was pregnant with a child that had Down syndrome
  • A caller who said she was 26 weeks pregnant and there was nothing medically wrong with “the pregnancy”

 

Live Action News also published an overview on how your tax dollars fund abortions, nationally. That article noted that according to the most recently available report from the state of California’s Medi-Cal program, public funds paid for more than 83,000 abortions there.

In addition, despite abortions falling to their lowest number in 35 years of reporting in Minnesota, taxpayer funded abortions in the state increased almost 11 percent in 2015, with Planned Parenthood performing the largest portion of those procedures. In Alaska, abortions declined 5.5 percent, while taxpayer-funded abortions rose over 34 percent from 32.8 percent in 2015 to 44.1 percent in 2016. Statistics from New York show that taxpayers may be spending their hard earned dollars funding abortions on women who previously obtained one or more abortions.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

From 2008 to 2016, the State of Maryland gave Planned Parenthood over $24 million dollars in taxpayer funds for various reasons, according to data published on Maryland’s Open Data Portal website. Earlier this year, the Maryland Senate approved a bill that would direct funds to Planned Parenthood in the event that Congress defunds the abortion corporation.

“The bill shields Planned Parenthood with $2 million from the State’s Medicaid budget,” reports CBS Baltimore, “and another $700,000 from the general fund should Republicans in Congress succeed in cutting off federal funds,” the news outlet writes.

The alarming numbers show clearly that taxpayers are, in fact, funding abortions. As Congress debates defunding Planned Parenthood, pro-lifers must push for an end to funding the abortion industry with American tax dollars at the state and federal levels.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Patients decreasing at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, while abortions remain steady

Posted in FQHC, HRSA, Planned Parenthood Decreasing Services with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Corporation (image Credit: Live Action News)

For the past several years, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has been losing patients and decreasing its Pap test services, while the organization’s abortion numbers and government funding have remained relatively stable. This remains consistent with a national trend showing Planned Parenthood’s services in areas such as contraception, Pap tests, cancer screenings, and breast exams have all decreased while government funding and abortions continue to rise.

Proponents of defunding Planned Parenthood argue that the half a billion dollars the abortion corporation receives each year should be directed towards Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which offer more services. While Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s website (PPINK) states that they operate 17 centers in Indiana, there are 67 rural health clinics in Indiana and 26 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Indiana which provide services at 172 sites in the state, according to the Rural Health Info Hub.

 

Patients Decreasing

In 2013, Planned Parenthood of Indiana merged with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK). That year, Planned Parenthood of Indiana saw 67,916 patients, a decrease of almost 31 percent from 2007 when it served 97,897 patients.

By 2015, the affiliate, which runs centers in two states (Kentucky and Indiana), saw only 55,949 clients and reported that government dollars made up 12 percent of its revenue, totaling  $1,824,912.

In 2016, the numbers again dropped, with PPINK reporting a total of 51,127 clients in Indiana and Kentucky combined –which amounts to fewer patients than its Indiana centers alone reported for 2013.

In contrast, federal health centers listed on the Health Resources Services Administration’s website (HRSA) serve a wider array of health services and served 444,450 Indiana patients in 2015 alone (2016 data has not been published.)

Abortions

Abortions committed by Indiana Planned Parenthood centers have remained relatively steady while other services have dropped substantially.

In 2007, Planned Parenthood of Indiana committed 5,160 abortions. Six years later (in 2013), the affiliate reported a slight dip in these numbers, committing 4,571 abortions.

By 2016, a combined total of 5,397 for both Indiana and Kentucky was reported by PPINK, while government grants to the affiliate totaled $1,675,442.

Pap Tests

In 2007, Planned Parenthood of Indiana reported a total of 50,128 Pap tests in its annual report. By 2010 — just three years later –this number was cut nearly in half to 26,559.

A substantial decrease was seen again in 2013 when the Indiana affiliate reported only 7,124 Pap tests, a drop of almost 86 percent in just three years.

Planned Parenthood Indiana Services decreasing

Planned Parenthood Indiana Services decreasing

By 2016, Pap test numbers plunged again, to a combined total of 5,258 reported for Indiana and Kentucky.

In contrast, according to HRSA’s website, Indiana federal health centers reported that 54.4 percent of their patients were cervical cancer screenings (Pap tests) — approximately 240,000 patients.

Contraception Care

Abortion advocates are always touting the importance of contraception, claiming that if Planned Parenthood is defunded, federal health centers will not be able to absorb the influx. However, an analysis by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute, reveals that this may not be the case at all.

Data for both Indiana and Kentucky shows that women do not need to go to an abortion chain to access contraception.

Indiana

Graph: Indiana FQHC versus PLanned Parenthood contraception care 2015

Indiana FQHC versus Planned Parenthood contraception care 2015

In 2015, 17 out of 44 counties in Indiana which offer publicly funded contraception had at least one Planned Parenthood center, while 34 counties had at least one FQHC site that provided contraception services. Guttmacher reports that there were no Planned Parenthood centers located in 27 counties. In addition, Planned Parenthood served fewer contraception clients than FQHC sites in 3 of the 17 counties that had Planned Parenthood facilities.

Kentucky

Planned Parenthood versus federal health centers 2015 contraception care

Planned Parenthood versus federal health centers 2015 contraception care

In 2015, two out of 120 counties in Kentucky offering publicly funded contraception had at least one Planned Parenthood center, while 46 counties had at least one FQHC site that provided contraception services. This means that there were no Planned Parenthood facilities located in 118 counties. In addition, Planned Parenthood served fewer contraception clients than FQHC sites in all the counties where there were Planned Parenthood facilities. Less than one percent (2 out of 211) of publicly funded family planning centers in Kentucky were Planned Parenthood centers, which served just 5 percent of contraception clients. FQHC sites served 31 percent.

While Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky operates just two centers in Kentucky, the Rural Health Info Hub shows that there are 190 Rural Health Clinics in Kentucky and 23 Federally Qualified Health Centers, providing services at 211 sites in the state.

Planned Parenthood’s website shows they saw 3,622 patients in Kentucky in 2016 — a decrease of 32 percent from 2015, when the organization served 5,358 patients. In contrast, federal health centers saw 378,258 Kentucky patients in 2015.

In Kentucky, Planned Parenthood currently shows a total of 2,973 cancer screenings, yet federal health centers reported cervical cancer screenings on 56.4 percent of the 378,000 patients they saw in 2015 — 213,192 patients.

Planned Parenthood’s allies continue to deceive the public into believing that the $540 million dollars the taxpayer was forced to send to the abortion corporation is for “health care” — but nothing could be further from the truth.  Congress must move to immediately defund Planned Parenthood, which commits 35 percent of abortions nationally, ending the lives of 900 preborn children each day in America.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.