Planned Parenthood plans to expand abortion services nationwide

Abortion may soon be more readily available than ever before, thanks to a new requirement from Planned Parenthood that more of its centers nationwide offer the service. At least one local chapter so far has decided to withdraw from the network rather than comply.

A local office of Planned Parenthood in South Texas is dropping out of the nationwide network of “America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care” starting January 1.

According to local news reports, Planned Parenthood is planning on standardizing all of its agencies, which includes requiring that every single one offer abortion services. The CEO of the Coastal Bend office, however, said in a media interview that her center has never provided abortions in the past, and doing so now is unnecessary.

“Our position is that if that is a need in your community, fine,” said CEO Amanda Stukenberg. “There are far greater needs in our area than abortion. We feel that women here have options. We don’t need to duplicate services.”

When contacted by The Daily Caller, Lisa David, senior vice president of Health Services Support for Planned Parenthood, said that the organization is implementing a broad “new patient services initiative.”

“From well-woman exams to lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, more patients will now have access to the full range of Planned Parenthood services,” said David in a statement. “To meet the needs of our patients, Planned Parenthood affiliates will now offer a unified set of core preventive services.”

In the next year, according to David, Planned Parenthood will expand immediate access to testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). During the next two years, all Planned Parenthood centers will begin to “provide the full range of birth control method options, such as the IUD, in addition to well-woman exams including critical cancer prevention screenings.”

She went on to say that abortion services will be offered in at least one clinic per affiliate. However, a waiver may be obtained in the case of “unique local circumstances.”

Some, however, argue that the expansion of abortion services is more about lining pockets than making women feel safe and secure. “Planned Parenthood claims they’re concerned with women’s health and family planning,” a spokesperson for the Family Research Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advances “faith, family and freedom,” told TheDC.

“We’ve been hearing rhetoric lately that abortion should be safe, legal and rare, but [with this requirement] we can see the writing on the wall. The bottom line is there is no place in the U.S. where a woman would have difficulty getting abortion if they want to.”

The spokesperson went on to say, “This is about expanding services and bringing in more money…they try to create a public image where everything focuses on STD’s, family planning, etc, but abortion is a profitable endeavor.”

Right now, Planned Parenthood has 817 health clinics throughout the U.S. One hundred seventy-three of those already perform surgical abortions, and 131 perform chemical abortions. The Planned Parenthood network is made up of 87 locally-government regional centers, which then oversee hundreds of other clinics.

Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood released its 2008-2009 Annual Report, revealing that it received $363 million in federal funding that fiscal year.

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  • baal

    Add this to the list of Democrat Party satellite entities to be defunded by the upcoming congress.

    And When I say defunded, I mean defunded entirely.

    NPR, PRI, Planned Parenthood, goodbye.

    (Do I have any faith that the republicans have the balls to do that…alas no)

  • Andimia

    Planned parenthood is an institution that is very important especially in inner cities. There are many people who need these services like STD testing, cervical cancer screenings, and birth control as well as annual checkups. Some people have been pulled from sex ed by their parents and then never had the important information about sex explained to them. Then they end up with unwanted pregnancies. If they go full term, many of them go into the welfare system to care for their children or the children go into the foster care system. All of these are paid by your taxes. So what is to be done with these accidental children that are born to poor families that can’t support them? Are you going to take them all into your homes or are we going to let the majority of them become criminals?

    • Rumblefish

      Yes, we can’t have those pesky blacks overrunning our society. Right mother Margaret Sanger? We need to be sure that the “Negro Project” get fully implemented. What gives you, or anyone else for that matter, the right to decide who is fit to live and who is not? What is the number one killer of blacks in America? Abortion. Planned Parenthood can cloak their operations in any manner they wish, but to anyone who takes the time to look it is obvious that PPH is nothing but a baby killing mill.

      • clw

        I believe the ratio of blacks to whites killed thru abortion is 5:1.

        Where is the outrage?!

  • MacWell

    First off, most of the liberals I’ve had contact with think they’re their own gods, therefore, they have no reason to believe in any other. Believe it or not, that, of course, is their right in America, I, and many others have fought, and many died that they may have that right. Of course they, like everyone else, WILL stand before THEE God and will be required to give account for their lives. imho, I think Osama Bin Laden will fare better than some of these godless libs.
    To you libs defending (women’s reproductive rights), .ie abortion, anytime, anywhere, free, of course. After all, aren’t (rights) free by definition? With rights comes responsibility. The responsible thing to do would be not to have sex as if it was a video game to see who can rack up the most points. Women can indeed keep their pants on, so to speak.
    I can hear you libs now, “yeah, them right wing wackos want us to go back to the 50’s”. Well, I’ve grew up in the 50’s and I’ll tell you from experience, I’m glad I was a kid in the 50’s and not today. Back then, we (children), could stay outside, after dark, and play. We never even gave any thought about predators, child molesters, kidnapers. Now, I ask you, was it that there were none of these vermin back in the 50’s?
    Of course there were, but they knew better than to mess with kids, especially in the small towns that dotted the metropolitan New York, New Jersey area. They knew full well that if they were caught, chances were they’d not make it to trial, let alone get away with it, as many do now.
    Did girls get pregnant back then?, yes, but it was rare, and, the most used means was for the girl to go to a special place, stay till the delivery, and go home. The baby was adopted, usually right away. A life saved, or is it maybe 2 or 3 lives saved. We must, for our children’s sake, turn the clock back to a better time in America.
    just sayin