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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  • clw

    Planned Parenthood = Baby murders by appt, with 817 clinics conveniently located near you nationwide; anyone can get an abortion anytime, anywhere!

    363 million in federal funding, AND they charge what for an abortion nowdays, $400? Multiply that x 1.3 million abortions in the U.S. alone in 2009, and they took in $520,000,000.00. $1 billion a year to kill babies? I guess we know why they’re in business.

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  • Musson

    Will the Susan G Koman Foundation continue sending $millions to Planned Parenthood now?

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  • milty

    If one properly “planned” in the first place one would not need an abortion now would one.

    • Jasmine Clark

      that’s common sense. but liberals don’t understand common sense…

      • GeniousIQ

        Yea, “conservatives” never have unplanned pregnancies. Please shut up.

        • clw

          Hey BasementIQ, who are you to tell other posters to shut up?

          Planned Parenthood takes exception to the phrase “killing babies” when referring to abortion. If abortion is not killing babies, then what, pray tell, is it exactly?! That seems like a blinding case of a lack of common sense to me. Or maybe, like Obama, she can’t figure out that life begins at conception, oh wait, he KNOWS that, it’s just that he SAYS it’s “above his pay grade” to suggest such a thing.

          Margert Sanger, the mother of abortion and eugenics, is the poster child of a liberal with no common sense, but like Hitler, she got millions of people to buy into her psychotic, nightmarish fantasy, where a living being has its’ life ended with no ability whatsoever to protest the forced ending of their life or to defend itself.

          Yeah, yeah, yeah, “my body, my choice”. You should have thought of that before you carelessly created another life. Not a very “genius” move.

          • GeniousIQ

            Waaaa.. I aborted an egg. Sorry, I ate one for breakfast too. Quit you crying and let people control their bodies, not government.

          • clw

            Well “genius” then the government can find their own money too, and they won’t need any of mine.

          • clw

            Oh an btw “genius”, the VAST majority of those “eggs” have heads, torsos, arms, and legs!

  • derkrieger

    The 112th Congress MUST stop sending federal (taxpayer) dollars to PP.

  • leilani

    Why don’t they just get it over with and change their name to Planned Infecundity?

    Their whole raison d’etre is to completely eliminate parenthood by exterminating children, and if these mercenaries have to murderously trample all over the civil rights of the most innocent & vulnerable amongst us, they’ll do it.

    That is, as long as these bloodthirsty vultures are getting paid for it, of course.

    • thephranc

      Most of planned parenthood’s operations revolve around helping women plan and carry out live births. They spend most of their money giving care to poor women.

      • GeniousIQ

        Wow, thephranc actually saying something true and honest. Color me shocked. Seems that in matters of religion and choice, you show some intelligence.

        • clw

          I’m sure thephranc is thrilled with your endorsement and approval, because you know, you’re such a genius and all. It means so much.

        • thephranc

          I show intelligence and honesty in every post I make. Thats why even with the conservative I disagree I still get treated with respect and that respect is returned. Chumps like get squat in respect because you haven’t earned and don’t deserve any.

        • clw

          So if he agrees with YOU on religion and choice, he shows intelligence.

          That’s interesting. If I recall, thephranc and I have differing opinions on religion and choice, but I still respect his opinions because unlike your comment, I believe that he makes posts that he believes are true and honest.

          On the other hand, I also differ with YOU in respect to religion and choice, however I have ZERO respect fo you, because you’re simply a rude troll who shows no respect for others.

          Thephranc is totally correct. You’ve earned no respect and you deserve no respect. So Buh bye now!

  • taz

    While I personnally disagree with abortions, I will not tell others what to do, that is between their God and them. I just hope our tax dollars are’t paying for this, which they probably are.

    • ojfl

      Precisely taz But it still our duty to state we object to abortions, just like you did.

  • Joy

    I picture this woman in her Planned Parenthood office, pacing around the room like Cruella McEvil, “We MUST kill more BABIES!! We must KILL them!! More, more, more !!!”
    and she yells to her contorted twisted minion, the character in Lord of the Rings, “Find me a WAY to kill more BABIES !!!”

    Then I see my tax dollars paying for this. What have we come to as a nation when we citizens pay for this monstrous thing. No…not citizens. We are subjects, We, the Kings subjects, pay for this. I heard Mark Styne make that distinction yesterday and I liked it.

    • Jasmine Clark

      mark styne is pretty awesome =D