UPDATE, Feb. 3, 2012, 11:00 AM CT: ABC News is reporting that the Koman Foundation has issued an apology for defunding Planned Parenthood and has said it will restore funding. Operation Rescue continues to denounce Planned Parenthood’s corrupt practices and is disappointed at Komen’s caving in to pro-abortion bullying.
Wichita, KS – The following statement is attributable to Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation:
We commend the Susan G. Komen Foundation for its decision to halt grants to Planned Parenthood in the wake of funding scandals that have resulted in a Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood.
For years, the pro-life movement, including Operation Rescue, has protested Komen’s distribution of an estimated $700,000 a year to Planned Parenthood. This money only went to enabling Planned Parenthood to continue prey on women in order to sell them abortions.
Planned Parenthood does not always follow the law. Let’s not forget that in Kansas, Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic in Overland Park faces 58 criminal charges related to illegal late-term abortions. Operation Rescue and other pro-life groups have conducted investigations that show Planned Parenthood fails to report child sex abuse and trafficking. Planned Parenthood of Golden Gate in California was disbanded due to financial improprieties.
While Planned Parenthood claims that abortions account for only three percent of their business, documents show that abortion fees account for 40% of its income. Furthermore 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood are sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women receive non-abortion services. Planned Parenthood remains America’s largest abortion supplier, responsible for 27.6 percent of all abortions done nationally.
But those abortions present serious dangers to women. Botched abortions that are being documented at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics across the country are landing women in the hospital, while they lobby against safety regulations and promote the dangerous telemed or webcam abortion pill distribution scheme, first uncovered by Operation Rescue.
Planned Parenthood abortionists are facing serious charges. For example, one of Planned Parenthood’s California abortionist Jesse James Joplin, recently had his medical license revoked after years of documented substance abuse. He worked for Planned Parenthood doing abortions for over 20 years. In Arizona, Planned Parenthood’s abortionist David L. Child, was banned from the practice of medicine last September after he had been disciplined for botched abortions and other surgeries four other times. In Maryland, abortionist Nicola I. Riley, who was trained in abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics in Colorado, was charged with murder in the death of a viable baby during an illegal late-term abortion. And the list goes on.
With this kind of sordid history, Komen was right to sever ties with Planned Parenthood. It is our hope that this will give Congress the incentive to completely defund Planned Parenthood and stop our tax dollars from propping up this failing and dangerously corrupt abortion enterprise.