Unfortunately, my cursory Google search did not pull up any links to this story. So instead, I'll just have to go with my own, less-litigious personal experience with Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is often portrayed as this big baby-killing corporation, which makes my blood boil. First of all, most PP locations don't even perform abortion services themselves: when I had my abortion, none of the centers in Austin -- yes, Liberal Capital of
Where does the money go? PREVENTION.
Cancer prevention. Did you know Planned Parenthood performs more cervical cancer screenings than any other organization in the state? They also perform a slew of breast cancer screenings. Mostly for women who couldn't afford them otherwise.
And, of course, pregnancy prevention. (Because that's how we reduce the number of abortions, we reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies.) Education about and access to birth control.
You know what else they do?
True to the choice movement, they offer you all the choices available to you.
When I walked into that Planned Parenthood office in South Austin almost a decade ago (golly, I'm old...) I had already firmly made up my mind. I knew what my options were, I knew what my situation was, and I knew what was best for me and for that potential child, who did not deserve to be brought into the situation I would have brought it into. I was nervous, I was embarrassed, but I was firmly decided.
I told the receptionist I needed to get information about getting an abortion. (The word refused to come out of my mouth; yes, the same word I'd thrown around so carelessly when discussing politics and hypothetical situations suddenly because a sound I could not, for the life of me, utter. But the receptionist knew what word I was trying to say.)
They took me to a room, more like a private waiting room than a clinic examination room, with pamphlets in pockets on the walls and on the little side table. She asked me if I'd considered giving the baby up for adoption, and also told me there were government services that would help me raise my child if I chose to keep it.
I was confused. Why was she telling me all this? Why didn't she take me in to see a doctor? I told her what I wanted, why was she telling me about the stuff I already knew I didn't want?
Because that's what they do. They educate. They offer choices.
Even to those who, like I did, go in there saying, "I don't want to hear about my options, I already decided what I'm doing!"
In 2008, 14,000 women went in to Planned Parenthood locations here in North Texas specifically to get a pregnancy test (the centers did more tests than that, but those are the women who went in just for that). I don't know how many of those tests came out positive (they have not finished getting all the numbers from 2008 yet), but PP referred 7,410 women to adoption and pre-natal care services.
In 2007, they referred 6,225 women to abortion services. They referred 7,955 to adoption and pre-natal care services.
Planned Parenthood of North Texas works closely with the Gladney Center for Adoption to find out which services are available to women who wish to put their baby up for adoption, and other related services and information.
Again, the pro-choice movement is not about "getting abortions." It's about educating women about their options and giving them access to the information, medication, and health services they need. Planned Parenthood is about women's health -- it just so happens that reproductive health is a big part of women's health, and reproductive health happens to, sometimes, include abortion.
Thank you to Holly Morgan, Director of Communications at Planned Parenthood of North Texas, for the info on the number of referrals for 2008 and 2007 and the services PP offers.