The Colorado Springs Gazette on Sunday, September 2, 2012 had an article written by guest columnist Vicki Cowart. Her credentials include being the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM). The article was written in response to one written by Wayne Laugesen from the editorial staff of the Gazette. His concern was the policy PPRM has in place concerning reporting rape, incest and abuse of their clients.
In answer to the article, Cowart indicates abuse and neglect are reported as “required by law.”
Instructions on how to report rape, incest, or abuse is missing from the Planned Parenthood information for women. No information is available about what evidence is necessary to report a perpetrator or even how to say “no” and prevent the situation. Where is the evidence they follow the law or even prepare others to do so?
Cowart indicates that Planned Parenthood (PP) cares for one in five (20%) of the nation’s women. That statistic indicates 31,600,000 women use PP?
“PP’s care is high quality, affordable, accurate, unbiased information and counseling.”
If it is unbiased, what choices do they offer? The number of adoption referrals continues to decline. Adoption referrals in 2007 were 4,912 but in 2010 it decreased to 841, an 82.8% decline. In 2008 the number was 2.405. PP’s reported budget sets aside 1% for primary care, “other services,” and adoptions. Make up your own mind how much that miniscule dollar buys.
International adoptions are being curtailed by foreign governments. Married couples who cannot conceive or those who desire to adopt are now turning to America to fulfill their most urgent desires. Where is PP in this process? They are lagging far behind while more children are aborted in their mills.
PP through its partner, “Advocates for Youth,” bashes any abstinence teaching program. Yet, abstinence training teaches many elements of human wholeness that is missing from PP. Abstinence training teaches dignity and self-worth, how to say “no” and continue in a meaningful relationship. Abstinence teaches human anatomy and reproduction in an understandable way. It emphasizes the responsibilities of parents and the consequences of a pregnancy outside the bonds of wedlock which is ordained by God and deemed necessary for His blessing. It promotes communication and support from parents; that means mother and father. In the event of a pregnancy, a support system is in place to nurture the baby, and her parents. Yes, statistics are available which bash abstinence but they fail to account for the non-aborted babies who enter life experiencing love, acceptance and care from parents and grandparents who are prepared to celebrate the occasion.
Ten scientific evaluations have been done indicating the high effectiveness of abstinence programs. Where is the unbiased information on the subject by PP?
Where is the counseling? No follow up is done with clients to address guilt, emotional issues, or even suicide as a result of their procedure. They leave the leftover ragged edges of emotional turmoil to Christian counselors and churches to come alongside the victims and walk with them to wholeness.
PPRM has 3 health centers in Colorado Springs at 3480 Centennial Blvd., 3029 South Academy, and 3958 North Academy. They serve 10,000 patients or 5% of Colorado Springs women, of which 32.5% are below poverty level. These patients are then double dipping, living on government assistance and utilizing a subsidized operation which can well be done at any medical clinic in their neighborhood. Clinics accept the poor because they cannot discriminate, they do women’s wellness including all procedures mentioned by PP, and are mandated to serve the indigent. PP is a duplication of services. In addition, local community centers off free medical clinics to the poor using nurses from local hospitals and over a dozen other free or income based clinics in the city. Women’s health clinics which specifically address women’s issues are found all over Colorado Springs with at least 12 available.
“PP works with parents, and other youth professionals.”
In reviewing the PP literature available, the only time a parent is mentioned is when the client is underage and is directed to have an abortion, a parent may then come to the clinic and sign a paper indicating they are “aware” of the event. Parents have no place in the PP program. Communication with and support from a parent is never mentioned.
Maturity of a teenager between ages of 15 and 18 is mentioned but to whom does PP refer them for that determination? A PP appointed lawyer in some secret back room determines maturity and then a judge is summoned to confirm the decision. This is the end around play by PP to skirt the issue of parental notification. Why is PP so afraid of parents? Why is it that a school nurse needs to seek parental consent for distributing an aspirin but any girl still under the responsibility of her parents can receive an abortion without parental consent? PP speaks radically about the back street abortions previous to Roe vs. Wade but the atmosphere of a PP clinic is no different and at times worse. So who are the other youth professionals? You decide!
PP sex education begins in pre-kindergarten in the schools. Wait a minute, what does a 4 year old understand about sex? Most of them have just determined who is a boy, and who is a girl. Such an obsession goes beyond any common sense for a thinking person.
PPRM has 23 health centers with 100,000 or 4% of women in the state. They provide cancer screenings, birth control, prevention, testing and treatment for STDs, breast health services, Pap tests, sexual health education. Preventive health care is 93% of what they do. This is funded by federal funds such as Medicaid. In the latest annual report PP received $487.4 million in tax dollars. This is up from $363.2 million in 2009. Bloomberg’s Business Week received a report from PP indicating 90% of government funding comes from the federal government or Medicaid. Yet in Obamacare, he has scaled back preventive care for women such as Pap smears only every three years but the medical community has recommended this annually for many years now. Who is the physician?
Federal and state funds cannot be used for abortions except in the case of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. But nationwide according to the last PP report 329,455 abortions were performed in PP clinics alone. This statistic continues to grow for in 2006 was 289,750, 2007 was 305,310, 2009 was 331,796. The latest report indicates PP served 3 million women in 2010 using 3% of its “medical services” budget for abortions. With 329,445 abortions performed this means 11% received abortions.
PPRM does not receive federal or state family planning funds. They rely on private donations or community grants. Maybe the message is clear; federal and state agencies understand funding is not needed by PPRM and only those with an anti-child, liberal, prolife bashing attitude want to contribute. PP assets are at an all-time high of $1,009,600,000.00, so why do we need to add to the coffers of a billion dollar “non-profit.” This is a duplication of services that can well be done through local hospitals and clinics. The facilities could easily add this 5% to their clientele which would add funds for indigent care, health care education in the community and needed research.
She goes on to berate the politicians who know better than the women what their health choices should be. By the way, how many of those politicians are women? The point is totally missed. The discussion needs to be addressed to the unborn child who is determined by PP and their cohorts to be nothing more than a piece of meat discarded behind the slaughter house. The other critical issue is what they are doing to now the fourth generation of young women as they consider them nothing but a number to add to their statistics.
These young women need dignity and respect which they will not find at PP. No young lady is mature enough to make this kind of a life changing decision, let alone making it alone in some back office in the presence of some unsympathetic lawyers and judges waiting to collect their fees. What vultures we have in places of authority.
With dignity, respect and support this decision needs to be in the company of supportive parents, the father of the unborn child and spiritual counsel if so desired. Only then will the rights of the expectant mother and the unborn child be honored. This ought to be the position of all women especially those who advocate women’s rights. Dignity, respect and support are essential to women’s rights but it will never be found in PP.