Washington, D.C. (24 June 2009) – In order to get its hands on an even larger chunk of President Barack Obama’s socialized health care package, Planned Parenthood is rolling out a new ad campaign in the Washington D.C. area.
The nation’s largest abortion chain wants D.C. viewers to believe that 90 percent of the services it provides consist of “preventive and primary care.”
However, the reality, according to Planned Parenthood’s own data, is that primary care accounts for 0.7 percent of its lucrative business.
“As Obama pushes toward national health care, Planned Parenthood is desperately trying to position itself as a mainstream health service organization,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League. “Planned Parenthood has always been a master of word games and numbers manipulation. This is just its latest thinly-veiled attempt to get more taxpayer funding for abortion and contraception.”
Planned Parenthood’s 2007-2008 Annual Report accounts for 3,020,651 unduplicated clients in 2007. Only 21,247 of them received “primary care,” according to the business’ own definition.
This means that only 0.7 percent of Planned Parenthood’s customers receive primary care services.
U.S. News and World Report quoted Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards June 17 in its coverage of the new ad campaign:
As Congress begins debate over healthcare reform, Richards would like legislators to know that Planned Parenthood clinics are in favor of those common ground approaches. "We want our clinics and other community health providers to be part of the network that's included in health reform."
“Planned Parenthood is not part of mainstream health care,” Sedlak contended. “It is and always has been a radical organization that sexualizes children, protects child predators, and refuses to tell clients about the abortifacient nature of birth control.”
“Taxpayer funding of this business should stop immediately,” Sedlak said. “We encourage our legislators to look at the facts, not Planned Parenthood’s propaganda, and refuse to include the nation's largest abortion chain in any national health-care plan.”
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- American Life League : STOP Planned Parenthood
- US News and World Report : Planned Parenthood Ad Emphasizes Primary Care (17 June 2009)
- National Journal: Planned Parenthood Airing Women's Health TV Ad (17 June 2009) http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2009/06/planned_parenth_4.php
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