The fight against Pregnancy Resource Centers heated up a couple of notches when California Representative Henry Waxman issued his report last month. Editorials flew, accusing PRCs of misleading women by providing false information about the effects of abortion. In response to an editorial by Robyn Blumner that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, I submitted this letter to the editor, which ran on the August 6, 2006.
Planned Parenthood capitalizes on abortion
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Robyn Blumner’s July 24 Forum column "Crisis Pregnancy Centers dole out misinformation in misuse of tax money," on California Rep. Henry Waxman’s recent report, did little more than pass on bad information.
While some pregnancy centers receive funding for abstinence education, in total about $30 million, state and local governments are doling out funding for Planned Parenthood to the tune of $272.7 million, according to its 2004-2005 annual report.
The abstinence programs that the pregnancy centers offer are free to clients. Planned Parenthood earned a profit of $63 million in 2004-05.
Planned Parenthood stands to lose millions if the American public learns that abortion is linked to breast cancer, infertility and abortion-related trauma.
Abortion is big business. Why are our tax dollars going to fund a multimillion dollar business that is making money by harming the women it claims to protect?