Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cash Floods into Planned Parenthood

Besides the $300+ million of federal taxpayer dollars going to Planned Parenthood annually, the recent hoopla in D.C. has increased online donations by 500 percent. This week, this leader in America's abortion industry announced an $11.5 million effort to open 12 new clinics in Iowa and Nebraska.

For background, read about the federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

-- From "Fight stokes Planned Parenthood" by Sarah Kliff, Politico 4/12/11

Online gifts to Planned Parenthood have surged by 500 percent since Republicans passed a budget amendment stripping the group of its federal funding.

NARAL Pro-Choice America’s email activist list grew by 1,000 subscribers per day at the height of the budget debate.

With the budget battle putting women’s health issues front and center, reproductive health groups tell POLITICO they’ve seen an unprecedented surge in activism at a time when many supporters had grown complacent, less fazed by legislative threats now that a president who supports abortion rights is at the helm.

Planned Parenthood’s Facebook fans surged 992 percent after the House approved the budget amendment to defund the group in mid-February. More than 810,000 supporters signed its petition denouncing the amendment — more than half of them new users who had never been active with Planned Parenthood prior to the budget debate. The social media activity also drove Planned Parenthood’s surge in online donations.

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From "Planned Parenthood plans to expand in Neb., Iowa" by Timberly Ross, Associated Press 4/16/11

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland plans to open facilities in 12 new communities in Nebraska and Iowa over the next five years, its president and CEO announced Thursday.

Jill June announced the expansion as part of the $11.5 million capital campaign for the Heartland chapter, which already operates 25 clinics in the two states. Planned Parenthood has already gotten commitments of $7 million and should reach its goal well within its five-year timeline, she said.

Abortion foes have been anticipating Planned Parenthood's expansion in Nebraska and pushed for legislation that would limit its telemedicine program, which has been used in Iowa to offer abortions since 2008.

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From "Planned Parenthood to Expand Abortion Biz in Nebraska, Iowa" by Steven Ertelt, 4/15/11

The announcement came in association with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new abortion center in Omaha that Planned Parenthood put in place following late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart’s decision to start working in Maryland doing abortions after the state legislature approved a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children can feel extreme pain. Carhart did abortions both before and after that point in pregnancy and he still runs his Omaha-area abortion business in Bellevue, but the number of abortions has dropped and Planned Parenthood appears ready to come in and attempt to expand its business at Carhart’s expense.

Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director of Nebraska Right to Life, talked with about the expansion plans.

“Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s announcement that it plans to expand to six Nebraska mid-sized cities, should impel the Legislature to pass LB 521 this session,” she said. “Nebraska needs to stop Planned Parenthood’s web cam chemical abortions before they start in college towns around the state. The timing of their announcement about expansion in Nebraska should compel senators to act before they find local Planned Parenthoods doing abortions in their own backyards.”

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