By Jim Sedlak
Planned Parenthood runs the largest abortion chain in the United States.
It has 356 facilities that commit surgical or medical abortions. Of those, 190 facilities do only medication (abortion pill) abortions, with 24 of those being webcam abortion sites. Webcam abortions were first established in Iowa by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. For a webcam abortion, Planned Parenthood has a building, but no abortionist on site. A mother goes into these locations, talks with an abortionist over the Internet, and is then given the two pills needed to murder her child. She takes one pill in the Planned Parenthood office and then takes the second pill at home. If she has any problems at home, she is instructed to go to an emergency room and tell the staff that she is having a miscarriage.
The whole idea of these webcam abortions is financially attractive to Planned Parenthood. The organization gets to offer a high-dollar, child-killing procedure with minimal expense and no worry about taking care of complications.
I mean, after all, after Planned Parenthood gets paid, why would it be concerned about the mother?
According to the Guttmacher website, the webcam procedure is so controversial that 19 states have passed laws essentially outlawing them. The actual laws in those states stipulate that the clinician providing a medication abortion must be physically present during the procedure. This prohibits the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication for abortion remotely.
The 19 states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, Iowa also passed such a law, but it is currently being prevented by the courts from going into effect.
With all of this as background, it appears that the lure of extra profits from webcam abortions is something Planned Parenthood just can’t resist. Just this week, Cosmopolitan revealed that Planned Parenthood intends to add 10 more webcam abortion sites to its growing list of abortion facilities.
Although Planned Parenthood has always been at the forefront of killing children in this country, the focus of the organization has varied depending on who was at the helm. Here are the annual abortion numbers at the beginning and end of each of its recent presidents:
Faye Wattleton (14 years): 70,000 to 130,844 . . . an increase of 60,844 annual abortions
Pamela Maraldo (2 years): 134,277 to 139,899 . . . an increase of 5,622 annual abortions
Gloria Feldt (10 years): 153,367 to 264,943 . . . an increase of 111,576 annual abortions
Cecile Richards (12 years): 305,310 to 321,384 . . . an increase of 16,074 annual abortions
These numbers indicate that Cecile Richards was not about increasing Planned Parenthood’s primary operations, including abortion. Instead, Richards was most concerned about building a political empire. As Planned Parenthood’s history is viewed in future years, that will be her legacy.
But what about this week’s announcement? What about Planned Parenthood’s plans to introduce webcam abortions to 10 more of its facilities?
This could be a signal that Planned Parenthood’s board of directors is not happy about the focus of the organization over the last 12 years. PP is tired of losing customers. It is tired of closing facilities. It is tired of having the service numbers of the organization decline in just about every category. Maybe it is just tired of the relentless political battle.
This could be an early signal that the next president of Planned Parenthood will not be a political animal like Richards.
Since I began focusing on Planned Parenthood 33 years ago, this will be the fourth presidential change at Planned Parenthood. Each one had its own significance. Going from Wattleton to Maraldo brought with it a plan to reinvent Planned Parenthood—to make Planned Parenthood into a mainstream healthcare provider. The affiliates rebelled and the experiment was short-lived.
Maraldo was replaced by Gloria Feldt, who was a product of the Planned Parenthood system and believed in the Planned Parenthood mantra—uninhibited sex, birth control (including abortion), and eugenics. As the numbers above indicate, Feldt was the most pro-abortion president of Planned Parenthood, adding over 100,000 abortions a year to Planned Parenthood’s death toll. At the end of her time in office, Feldt led Planned Parenthood into the political realm with PP endorsing a presidential candidate for the first time. Al Gore was the choice—a choice that did not turn out well.
So Feldt was out and Richards was in. PP helped get Obama elected in 2008 and 2012. Then PP dove in even further by choosing to endorse Hillary Clinton in the primaries, as well as in the general elections. We all know how that turned out. Now Richards is on her way out.
The question is, will Planned Parenthood’s board return to its roots as it did with Feldt or will it double down on the political side?
I’m predicting it lets Cecile handle the politics separately and it will focus on trying to recoup its major losses in customers and locations.
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and a talk show host on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.