Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Abby Johnson's Open Letter

Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life activist, is laying out the bald truth on The Hill's Congress Blog in an open letter.  She lays bare the real Planned Parenthood business model and asks Congress to do the math.

Planned Parenthood’s bottom line is numbers. And, with abortion as its primary money-maker, that means implementing a quota. I know this is true because I worked at one of their Texas clinics for 8 years, two as the clinic director.

Though 98 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women are abortion, Planned Parenthood and its political allies have sworn up and down that taxpayer dollars do not to pay for abortion. But of course they do. Planned Parenthood gets one-third of its entire budget from taxpayer funding and performed more than 650,000 abortions between 2008 and 2009.  An abortion is expensive. Its cost includes pay for the doctor, supporting medical staff, their health benefits packages and malpractice insurance.  As clinic director, I saw how money affiliate clinics receive from several sources is combined into one pot, not set aside for specific services.

Planned Parenthood’s claim that abortions make up just 3 percent of its services is also a gimmick. That number is actually closer to 12 percent, but strategically skewed by unbundling family planning services so that each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 “visits” per appointment (i.e., 12 packs of birth control equals 12 visits) and doing the opposite with abortion visits, bundling them together so that each appointment equals one visit. The resulting difference between family planning and abortion “visits” is striking.

But that’s not the only deception Planned Parenthood is spreading.

It also claims to help reduce the number of abortions. Not only is this not what Planned Parenthood actually accomplishes, but its goal couldn’t be more opposite.  As a Planned Parenthood clinic manager, I was directed to double the number of abortions our clinic performed in order to drive up revenue.  In keeping, Planned Parenthood headquarters recently issued a directive mandating that all of its affiliates provide abortions by 2013.

We've been hearing dueling radio spots between Planned Parenthood and Abby Johnson for a week or two now. It's funny to hear them back to back because it couldn't be more obvious PP is in damage control mode.

As far as doing the math is concerned, politicians like Harry Reid already know the truth, they just don't care because they are for abortion. (Harry Reid already said he'd shut down the government over PP.) The only people who care is pro-lifers and a few citizens who care about what taxes are actually used for.

But you just keep telling the truth, Abby. Good things will happen.

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