Former Planned Parenthood director asks Congress to do the math

posted at 3:35 pm on April 5, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Abby Johnson quit Planned Parenthood in disgust over their emphasis on abortion as industrial production.  The former director of a Texas clinic, Johnson has now become a fierce critic of her former employer and of government funding of its operations.  Today, Johnson explains the deceptions behind Planned Parenthood claims that their mission is focused on women’s health, and that government money doesn’t fund abortions:

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.

The deceptions don’t end there, either.  While claiming to be defending the health of women, Johnson accuses Planned Parenthood of engaging in risky medical practices.  For instance, instead of allowing potential abortion clients to consult with a doctor on site, they now offer “telemedicine,” in which a doctor apparently consults via remote video hookup.

PP has also begun lobbying for repeals of laws  (and suing to overturn them) requiring abortion clinics to report cases of sexual abuse of minors, especially for girls under the age of 14.  Anyone who has watched the Live Action Films exposés understand why Planned Parenthood would like to see those laws disappear, and it has nothing to do with improving the health of girls and young women.

All of this would be bad enough even without taxpayers subsidizing Planned Parenthood operations.  The federal government needs to get out of the industrial-abortion business, except to enforce existing regulations with which PP seems unwilling to comply.  Be sure to read all of Johnson’s essay.


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The federal government needs to get out of the industrial-abortion business,

And to reinstate the Mexico City Policy forbidding foreign aid to fund abortions overseas.

fourdeucer on April 5, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Though 98 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women are abortion,

Nothing about parenting in this claim.

Electrongod on April 5, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Math is not hard for Dems.

(Dems + Planned Parenthood) / Campaign Donations = Re-elections.

WoosterOh on April 5, 2011 at 3:42 PM

While congress is playing games with the budget, the GOP needs to be reminded why PP needs to be defunded. Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to organizations that Murder Children.

Kini on April 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Has anyone looked into all the Susan G. Komen money headed to Planned Parenthood?

The Mega Independent on April 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

…they now offer “telemedicine,” in which a doctor apparently consults via remote video hookup.

Sounds like the future of standard medical practice under Obamacare.

jwolf on April 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I think anyone who supports PP, and that inclued Obutthead, his wife, Pelosi, and I mean ANYONE who supports this monstrous entity, should be mandated to witness an abortion.

Stop forcing us to pay for them, or sit and watch them. I’m betting none of them would do it. Well Pelosi could.

capejasmine on April 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Has anyone looked into all the Susan G. Komen money headed to Planned Parenthood?

The Mega Independent on April 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Say what? Explain? Link?

Knucklehead on April 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Sounds like Abby Johnson is a disgruntled employee, looking for her precious 15 minutes of fame. This women was not a good or honest employee, and quite frankly if she hadn’t quit she probably would have been fired.
She knew this so she quit, and now is hypocritically riding the “defund” wave. She is nothing more than a paid mouthpiece for the Tea Party, and right wing extremists who have taken over the Republican party. She had no problem with PP policies until it was discovered that she was incompetent.
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Press release from Planned Parenthood…predicted.

right2bright on April 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Reminds me of the local “grocery store” that wanted a variance in a redevelopment zone. Seems 95% of their sales was LIQUOR – but they considered themselves GROCERS.

GarandFan on April 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Is this a letter she sent or did she testify at a committee hearing? Sorry, I’m having a reading for comprehension problem.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Apostate Heretic! Burn the Witch!

/Libtard

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 5, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Knucklehead on April 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Just google it..seems like both sides are presented on the first page of the search results.

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 5, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Obligatory:

“It was my understanding that there would be no math involved.”

teke184 on April 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

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.

If one-third of their funding is spent on the 2% of services that are not abortion, PP is more adept at wasting money than the government.

Thank you Abby Johnson for speaking out against PP’s operating model of manufacturing death.

rukiddingme on April 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Knucklehead on April 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Komen provides funds to Planned Parenthood. Find the lie in Komen’s statement: “And while Komen Affiliates provide funds to pay for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities, in some areas, the only place that poor, uninsured or under-insured women can receive these services are through programs run by Planned Parenthood.”

publiuspen on April 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Say what? Explain? Link?

Knucklehead on April 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM
Link

The Mega Independent on April 5, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Komen provides funds to Planned Parenthood. Find the lie in Komen’s statement: “And while Komen Affiliates provide funds to pay for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities, in some areas, the only place that poor, uninsured or under-insured women can receive these services are through programs run by Planned Parenthood.”

publiuspen on April 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

I had no idea. And just did a walk for the Komen Foundation on my last cruise I just got back from.

I promise that will never happen again.

Knucklehead on April 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Remove all federal government funds for PP. Suits me. If any STD tracking is done by them, move that function (and funding) to county level health clinics. At least STD monitoring is a legitimate public health issue.

The way to lessen premarital teen sex is to stop subsidizing it. Note that my position does not include the standard pro/anti arguments; it is a stance that the government has its nose once again where it does not belong, and is using my and your tax dollars to do it.

GnuBreed on April 5, 2011 at 4:03 PM

She is nothing more than a paid mouthpiece for the Tea Party, and right wing extremists who have taken over the Republican party.

Press release from Planned Parenthood…predicted.

right2bright on April 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Wait, did “the caucus” call them, too?

Mr. Schumer told them to portray John A. Boehner of Ohio, the speaker of the House, as painted into a box by the Tea Party, and to decry the spending cuts that he wants as extreme. “I always use the word extreme,” Mr. Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”

Fallon on April 5, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I sincerely hope and pray that every employee of PP, every Libtard, tHe pRez and his wife, Puglosi and Reid, and all the other people who believe that the murder of innocent, unborn children is “a woman’s right” are tortured in their sleep with the screams of all the murdered babies.

Yes, I said it.

No, I’m not sorry.

GrannyDee on April 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Defund PP now… No need to perpetuate this masquerade any longer…

Khun Joe on April 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Given the proven link between abortion and breast cancer, PP is probably responsible for a large portion of the breast cancer Koman is supposedly dedicated to eliminating.

tommyboy on April 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Let us know their reaction when you decline future participation, please.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM

As liberal as I am, and while I do feel that the poor should have access to sexual health clinics, I don’t see why abortion clinics need to receive federal money. If a municipality feels it needs a publicly aided abortion clinic, it should use local tax dollars to fund one. Federalism and socialism can get along just fine ;)

ernesto on April 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

GnuBreed on April 5, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Thank you for at least realizing that STD and other sexual public health concerns ought to be addressed. It seems that many here would prefer to ignore public health entirely.

ernesto on April 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Has anyone looked into all the Susan G. Komen money headed to Planned Parenthood?

The Mega Independent on April 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Precisely why I stopped doing Race for the Cure.

steebo77 on April 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM

As liberal as I am, and while I do feel that the poor should have access to sexual health clinics, I don’t see why abortion clinics need to receive federal money. If a municipality feels it needs a publicly aided abortion clinic, it should use local tax dollars to fund one. Federalism and socialism can get along just fine ;)

ernesto on April 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I’m guessing it’s because many municipalities wouldn’t support abortion clinics.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I’m guessing it’s because many municipalities wouldn’t support abortion clinics.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Good for them. I’d certainly never choose to live in one of those communities, which is precisely why I’ve come around to a rather strict interpretation of federalism: the less my money goes to people in the aforementioned communities, the better.

ernesto on April 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Say what? Explain? Link?

Knucklehead on April 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

They give PP something like $7.5m a year, ostensibly to pay for breast cancer awareness education. Sha right.

That’s why my wife, who’s a breast cancer survivor, and I, won’t have anything to do with the Komen Foundation. Komen also supports embryonic stem cell research.

Ward Cleaver on April 5, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Planned Parenthood = Black Genocide

teacherman on April 5, 2011 at 5:14 PM

As liberal as I am, and while I do feel that the poor should have access to sexual health clinics, I don’t see why abortion clinics need to receive federal money. If a municipality feels it needs a publicly aided abortion clinic, it should use local tax dollars to fund one. Federalism and socialism can get along just fine ;)

ernesto on April 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Instead of helping mothers kill their babies, local governments should be supporting mothers by helping them to either keep or adopt them out.

Fifty-one million Americans (most of whom would be productive citizens paying taxes and Social Security), are nonexistent. Instead, we have millions of illegal aliens not paying taxes, but consuming them.

Ward Cleaver on April 5, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Planned Parenthood = Black Genocide

teacherman on April 5, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Ssshhh! The progs want to bury that part of their history.

slickwillie2001 on April 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Komen has its pink little fingers in a lot of progressive pies. They have done good work but like most large organizations, they have been infiltrated by the left. And not to take anything away from the seriousness of breast cancer, but they have terrified women to the point that they ignore the fact that they are far more likely to die from heart disease or lung cancer than they are breast cancer. Awareness is good, but it would be nice if we could spread it around.

NoLeftTurn on April 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

I think anyone who supports PP, and that inclued Obutthead, his wife, Pelosi, and I mean ANYONE who supports this monstrous entity, should be mandated to witness an abortion.

Stop forcing us to pay for them, or sit and watch them. I’m betting none of them would do it. Well Pelosi could.

capejasmine on April 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

That’s presuming they have the humanity to care and as proponents of eugenics, I’m not sure they do. It’s just one less “problem” to be burdened with, you see.

NoLeftTurn on April 5, 2011 at 6:58 PM

PP is a criminal enterprise.

proconstitution on April 5, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Ssshhh! The progs want to bury that part of their history.

slickwillie2001 on April 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM

History? It’s current too. Check the abortion stats compared with the race of the woman aborting.

p40tiger on April 5, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Has anyone looked into all the Susan G. Komen money headed to Planned Parenthood?

The Mega Independent on April 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

About $1,000,000 total over several years, last I heard.
I figure it’s because abortions tend to lead to breast cancer, & more breast cancer means more donations to Susan B Komen.

itsnotaboutme on April 5, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Is it coincidence that HA has an ad on the side of this story for “Essure”, a permanent birth control technique?

pghpat26 on April 8, 2011 at 9:39 PM