Alliance Defending Freedom have an excellent eBook called “Investigate their plan” exploring the business of Planned Parenthood. The eBook explains why brands are so important for companies, because they contain the reputation and future of the business. Brand means everything.
The first and most important job of a business is to create a customer. Planned Parenthood sells sex education, sexual health services and abortions under its non-profit banner. With $1.5 Billion in assets, it lures 3 million customers into 750 facilities.
Planned Parenthood campaigns for risky, unrestrained sexual activity, and more people are lured into buying and using contraception. When contraception fails, the need for STD increases. A rise in sexual activity leads to an increase in pregnancies and abortions.
The business model is very simple: create a customer by promoting risky behaviour to children. Provide contraception, STD testing and abortions, enforcing abortion quotas to drive revenue. Minimize costs by failing to uphold safe health standards, putting women’s health at risk. Then ensure a stronger bottom line by allegedly engaging in the waste and abuse of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.
Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs are totally inappropriate. Some of their material encourages masturbation for 7 year olds, while the books for 10 year olds titled “It’s perfectly normal” deals with topics such as abortion. For a college age audience, a campaign Where did you wear it? Was launched as students were given condoms with tracking codes so they could post and describe online when, where, how and with whom they had a sexual experience. Their material for young people contains an obsession with sex. Planned Parenthood profits when young people are sexually active. In 2011, the organisation performed nearly 4.5 million STD tests and treatments. Abortion is an easy and accessible option as soon as a teenage girl discovers she is pregnant.
Planned Parenthood’s tagline is “Care. Not Matter What.” Occurrences of sexual abuse of minors have been overlooked by staff, despite laws requiring them to do otherwise. One 14 year old girl was impregnated by her soccer coach, who took her to an abortion facility. The girl’s parents in Ohio sued Planned Parenthood who allowed her to go through with the abortion. The law required a 24 hour waiting period prior to the abortion. On the whole, Planned Parenthood turns a blind eye to child abuse, despite the fact that 4.5 out of 10 pregnant teenagers are likely to have a history of abuse.
Live Action, in a series of videos in the Mona Lisa project, showed how Planned Parenthood employees were willing to circumvent state laws and conceal the sexual abuse of minors in a range of states. In another video, Lisa Woodruff, manager of a Planned Parenthood in New Jersey, advised actors posing as pimps on how to get abortions for the girls they exploit. As a global corporation, Planned Parenthood even campaigned for the lowering of the age of sexual consent to 14 in Peru.
Planned Parenthood also enforces abortion quotas to drive revenue. In 2012 their annual report shows it performed 333,964 abortions in a year, with the average patient paying $470 for a first-trimester pregnancy. Assuming such a figure for all their patients in one year would have seen $157 million in revenue in just one year. Abortion is the largest cash generating service that is provided. It accounts for around half of the revenue from patients.
According to Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood facility director, each affiliate has mandated abortion goals and quotas for its centres. The mandate ensures continued revenue. Sue Thayer said “Adoptions are actually the only thing Planned Parenthood doesn’t have a goal for.” Sue Thayer was fired from her position as her centre was about to start providing telemed abortions, which she disagreed with. Planned Parenthood is not even opposed to sex selection abortions. 11 percent of women who go to the organisation have an abortion.
Planned Parenthood also puts women at risk by failing to uphold safe health standards. When the Virginia board of health inspected abortion centres for the first time in two decades, the results revealed why there was opposition to the inspections.
Foetal remains and blood were found in freezers. Sponges were sued to clean surgical implements. Equipment was not in good repair, drugs were not labelled properly and women had to be hand carried to an ambulance in cases of medical emergency. In Roanoke Health Centre, browning red splatter (dried blood) was found on an operating table.
A number of mothers have not survived abortions, and the emergencies led to the patient’s deaths. Tonya Reaves, Diana Lopez, Holly Paterson all died through bleeding or mistakes with their care.
Abortion is a complicated procedure – physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Women who have had an abortion can face an increase in the risk of depression, mental stress, harm and suicide. Why doesn’t Planned Parenthood inform women of the risks they could face? The organisation continues to resist any laws requiring full informed consent.
A British study in 2012 found an 81 percent increased risk of mental trauma following an abortion. A California study in 2002 found that suicide was 154 percent higher among women who had an abortion compared with those who went through childbirth. A British study in 1995 found that in women with no history of psychiatric illness, the rate of deliberate self-harm was 70 higher after abortion than after childbirth. Yet Planned Parenthood gets away with telling women that abortion is very safe and even safer than childbirth.
More than one in four Planned Parenthood affiliates have already been implicated in fraud or over-billing of the government and disregard for laws requiring federal funds not to be used for abortion. The organisation received half a billion dollars from taxpayers and made upwards of $87 million in profits in 2012. Its business model and marketing plans drive more than 3 million women and young people through their doors each year.
Their business model is founded upon creating a customer by promoting dangerous and unhealthy behaviour, enforcing abortion quotas to strengthen their bottom line, putting women at risk by keeping health standards low and by committing fraud, waste and abuse.
Since December 2012, more than 50 Planned Parenthood abortion centres have closed, and more closures are anticipated.
This article was based on the eBook, “Investigate their plan.” For more information, visit, www.investigatetheirplan.org