The crisis facing Planned Parenthood continues to grow. Since July, an undercover video investigation has shown top officials at Planned Parenthood — and close business partners — admitting their collusion in the trafficking of fetal organs, tissues, and bodies.
Wednesday, the first public Congressional hearings on the issue got underway. Across America, conservative governors and grassroots leaders have launched efforts to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood.
A growing mountain of evidence shows the cold, calloused way with which Planned Parenthood conducts business.
As an OB-GYN who manages a private medical practice focused on women's health, this particularly concerns me.
Our medical office regularly sees women who have received less-than-stellar medical treatment from Nashville's two abortion facilities — one of which is a Planned Parenthood clinic. One patient who went first to Planned Parenthood gave me permission to share her story.
She opted for a medical abortion. The first pill, RU-486, was successful in poisoning the baby; her seven-week baby had no heartbeat by the time she saw me as a patient. The second pill, the misoprostol provided to cause cramps that would force the baby to pass, did not have its intended effect.
Given a second dose when she went back, it also didn't work. When she returned a third time, they insisted she try again with a third course of medication instead of performing the D&C that she requested. Yet after doing her own research, she was not comfortable with more abortion medication. Planned Parenthood refused the patient's request.
She tried a doctor's office, who wouldn't even see her. Then she scheduled an appointment with me and I saw her. Her baby was already dead, and she was heartbroken about her choice. I spent a long time with her and her mother.
I hugged her when the appointment was over — so she would know someone who wears a white coat actually cares about her.
This situation is by no means uncommon. In the past month alone, my practice has seen three women who had complications following procedures from local abortion centers.
Because I've seen firsthand what sort of "health care" that Planned Parenthood delivers, I have sought out the facts on this group and discovered a tangled web of misdeeds.
While Planned Parenthood consistently states that taxpayer funds do not go toward abortions, nothing could be further from the truth.
One must understand the economics of a medical facility in order to know their statements are false and misleading. The two largest costs for any medical facility are those associated with the building and property (rent/lease, remodeling and maintenance costs) and the employee costs (salary and benefits). I know this from experience, having run a medical practice for over a decade.
In a recent analysis of Planned Parenthood revenues, government subsidies made up approximately 40 percent of Planned Parenthood's revenue. Only about 15 percent of their revenue comes from providing medical services that are not abortion-related.
Planned Parenthood would have total operating costs that would be far lower if their facilities did not have to maintain rooms for surgical procedures and additional employees required to maintain a busy surgical practice in so many of its facilities. That is where the highest costs come in. It is far less expensive to maintain a medical office capable of doing nothing more than examinations, cancer screenings and contraceptive prescriptions than it is to maintain surgical facilities.
Planned Parenthood could not possibly maintain surgical facilities in the manner in which they currently exist without subsidies from the government. Their largest costs of operation are abortion-related. Their insistence that no government funds support abortion simply is not credible.
The importance of government funding to their abortion business is precisely why Planned Parenthood is steeped in political advocacy. Looking at the complexities of their structure, both non-profit and political arms within Planned Parenthood, reveals how the group plays an enormously profitable shell game with their finances.
With non-profit status as a 501(c)3, Planned Parenthood Federation of America oversees 59 local affiliates and almost 700 individual facilities. Then the Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a 501(c)4 political entity. As a PAC, it donates millions annually to political candidates that support abortion rights. While promoting itself as nonpartisan, the Action Fund gives nearly all its donations to ensure Democratic Party electoral wins.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates are the beneficiary of over $500,000,000 annually from the government. While Planned Parenthood would have you believe that these funds are only used to provide health care services for women, and that none of the funds are used to support abortion — the facts do not align with their ad campaigns.
Planned Parenthood routinely transfers funds to its PAC. Their most recently filed IRS form 990 shows that Planned Parenthood Federation of America transferred $4.5 million to the Action Fund. These funds are then used to support the political races of pro-abortion candidates, and to oppose pro-life candidates.
Pro-life mother and state legislator Bette Grande recently revealed how Planned Parenthood attack ads played a role in losing her seat serving North Dakota. During the 2012 election, Planned Parenthood spent $15 million to ensure President Obama and his allies were re-elected.
Planned Parenthood uses funds at least partially derived from U.S. taxpayers for political purposes. They use our money to promote, protect and advance their radical abortion agenda.