By Cheryl Sullenger
Wichita, KS – Operation Rescue has confirmed that for the first time, the Planned Parenthood office in Wichita, Kansas, is now providing medication abortions on a sporadic basis. It is operated by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which has been entangled in legal issues in Missouri over deceptive practices and an illegal relationship with a publicly funded university in Columbia.
Abortions began at the run-down Wichita Planned Parenthood facility on Central Avenue on March 17, 2016, and is located in an area that allows it to target poor urban women of color.
It appears that medication abortions will only be infrequently offered on one appointment day every two weeks at the hefty cost of $659.
“We plan to use every legal option available to us to make sure Planned Parenthood halts abortions in Wichita,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “There’s no way this ill-maintained dump of a building could be doing any kind of abortion if the laws on the books were properly defended in court and enforced.”
During a call to the Wichita office, a caller asked for information about the abortion drugs that were being prescribed, but the receptionist could not pronounce the names of the either of the two drugs, Mifeprex and misoprostol.
While Mifeprex is approved by the FDA for abortion up to 49 days, or seven weeks of pregnancy, the Wichita Planned Parenthood is offering it through 69 days, or nine weeks six days of pregnancy.
In 2015, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill that redirected Federal Title X funds from Planned Parenthood. The Wichita facility had been a recipient of the tax money.
“The move to offer abortions in Wichita may be a way to recoup some of those lost funds off the backs of vulnerable pregnant women. This makes what Planned Parenthood is doing both predatory and exploitative,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood isn’t in business for purely altruistic reasons. If a facility can’t stay out of the red, it must find a way to pony up or shut down. For Planned Parenthood, selling abortions in poor Black neighborhoods is apparently seen as the easiest way to increase profits.”