The year 2013 has not been kind to Planned Parenthood. Twenty-four clinics have already been shuttered. There are a few reasons for this. The first, and most encouraging, is an overall decrease in demand for abortions. Additionally, renewed vigilance over regulations and maintaining health standards have also contributed to some clinics closing their doors.
The reduced popularity for Planned Parenthood should not be a surprise. Consider the following items, via LifeNews.com:
• Thirty-one documented medical emergencies requiring emergency transport to hospitals from Planned Parenthood clinics since 2012.
• Ohio Right to Life’s documentation of 42 serious complications to the abortion pill since 2011, 32 of which occurred at Ohio Planned Parenthood clinics.
• The death of abortion patient Tonya Reaves at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic, which allowed to hemorrhage for 5½ hours before calling for emergency help.
• Planned Parenthood agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a federal civil suit charging that it fraudulently billed Medicaid for women’s health services provided by some of its Texas clinics from 2003 to 2009.
• Planned Parenthood of Illinois settled a case of Medicaid fraud committed its medical director, abortionist Caroline Hoke, for $367,000.
• Closure of the entire Planned Parenthood Golden Gate affiliate for financial malfeasance.
• The widespread non-reporting of child sex abuse.
• The webcam abortion pill scam in Iowa that has prompted Federal legislation as well as new laws banning the dangerous practice in at least 11 states. The Iowa Board of Medicine is currently revamping regulations to disallow the process.
• The documentation by Life Dynamics, Inc. that Planned Parenthood specifically targets minority communities, especially African-Americans, for abortion.
Yet President Obama is supportive of pro-abortion policies to a degree previously unseen. Last week, the administration approved $655,000 in taxpayer grants to Planned Parenthood for the purpose of helping patients “navigate” Obamacare.
Nevertheless, despite the White House’s intransigence on this issue, the fact that Virginia now has very few places that provide abortion services and Planned Parenthood is struggling to keep clinics open nationwide is very welcome news.