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Planned Parenthood Closings around the World

By Jim Sedlak

Amid the reality of worldwide closings of thousands of its facilities, IPPF is pushing for the global legalization of at-home abortions.

Planned Parenthood is an international organization. The overall group is the International Planned Parenthood Federation, headquartered in London, England. IPPF divides itself into six regions. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is in the Western Hemisphere Region. That encompasses all of North, Central, and South America. PPFA is the oldest and most profitable of the worldwide members of IPPF. Although ALL’s STOPP International focuses primarily on PPFA, we monitor what IPPF is doing and have, over the years, been involved in fighting it in other countries.

On April 9, 2020, IPPF published the results of its worldwide survey on the effects of COVID-19 on IPPF’s worldwide operations. The survey revealed that the pandemic has had a “major impact” on IPPF’s operation. It reports: “5,633 static (permanent physical location) and mobile clinics and community-based care outlets have already closed because of the outbreak, across 64 countries. They make up 14 % of the total service delivery points IPPF members ran in 2018.”

Looking at each of its six regions, IPPF says:

  • IPPF’s South Asia region has seen the largest number of closures overall, with more than 1,872 clinics and other service outlets closed.
  • The Africa region has seen the largest number of mobile clinics closed, with 447 shut.
  • 971 mobile clinics and community-based care outlets in the Federation’s Western Hemisphere region have been shut down by the pandemic.
  • IPPF’s Europe region has seen 208 static clinics close.
  • The East and South East Asia and Oceania region has seen 334 mobile clinics close.
  • IPPF’s Arab World region has seen 56 static clinics close.

Commenting on the survey results, IPPF director-general, Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, said, in part: “Static clinics have been the biggest providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare across our Federation. The closure of hundreds of them is a devastating blow to the people we serve.”

Dr. Bermejo highlighted what he views as the most critical areas, “Without access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and a secure supply of vital commodities like contraceptives, members will not be able to reopen lost service points, and more will close.” Then, he announced: “IPPF has established an emergency fund to provide PPE to members in need and is coordinating a Federation-wide response through a COVID-19 Taskforce.” Once again, as here in the United States, Planned Parenthood is putting itself in direct competition with first-line responders and medical workers in getting the essential personal protection equipment.

As with activities of PPFA, Dr. Bermejo uses this pandemic as a means of trying to change laws (e.g., bans against telemedicine abortions). He further advocates for legalized at-home killing of preborn babies as he states, “We need governments to make pragmatic and sensible changes to policies and legal frameworks making it easier for women to access care and obtain medication virtually. Access to telemedicine and the ability to take medicines in their own homes, such as medical abortion medication, already have a strong evidence base and should become standard.” (emphasis added)

It is clear that IPPF and PPFA are on the same page, and both are desperately pushing for the ability to kill preborn children by shifting total responsibility to the mother of the preborn child. No counseling, no physical examinations, no post-abortion medical care. Just contact us via the Internet, and we’ll send you the pills to kill your God-given baby.

Planned Parenthood must be STOPPed.

Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.