Planned Parenthood Affiliate Breaks Ties, Cites Corporate Abortion Mandate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

All Affiliates Mandated to Provide Abortions by 2013; NY Affiliate Third to Break Ties

Washington, D.C. – The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) this afternoon condemned Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, for mandating that all of their clinics and facilities provide abortions.  Today, Planned Parenthood of South Central New York cited the national organization’s “abortion mandate” as the reason it is becoming independent. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) previously mandated that each of its affiliates must have an abortion facility by 2013.

“Planned Parenthood’s mandate requiring that all affiliates provide abortions beginning in 2013 is the ultimate evidence that Planned Parenthood’s chief concern is making money off abortion – not the health of vulnerable women and girls,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.  “Planned Parenthood of South Central New York is the latest affiliate to become independent because it won’t comply with the rule. This mandate will no doubt result in an increase in revenue for Planned Parenthood as well as an increase in the more than 329,000 lives the abortion chain ends in one year. Does that sound like women’s health?”  

In 2011, the Houston Chronicle reported that two Texas affiliates went independent after refusing to comply with Planned Parenthood’s corporate abortion mandate. One former Planned Parenthood employee said, “In state after state, you've seen that brand of Planned Parenthood used as synonymous with abortion services. And that's the great sadness in all of this.” Similarly, former manager of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Storm Lake, Iowa, Sue Thayer, was fired after she questioned her affiliate bosses for mandating that her clinic provide “webcam abortions."  Ms. Thayer is now suing Planned Parenthood for potential Medicaid waste, fraud, and abuse.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion business, performing 329,445 abortions in 2010 alone. In 2010, abortions made up 91 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals accounted for only 8.6 percent (31,098) and 0.2 percent (841), respectively.  For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 392 abortions.

The Susan B. Anthony List, and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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