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PLANNED PARENTHOOD HOPING TO BOLSTER FLAGGING ABORTION BUSINESS AS REVENUES DROP
February 6 2012
Washington, D.C. – It’s hard to believe that so many years after Roe v. Wade, after so many things have changed in the United States and around the world regarding women’s rights, that abortion continues to be a political hot potato for so many people, particularly those on the Republican side despite many of them having had it legal for their entire lives.
While few believe that there is a serious chance the abortion will once again be made illegal in the United States, the rhetoric over the morality of the procedure could certainly do a lot to change people’s, most notably young women’s, attitudes to getting the procedure done even if it the best thing for everyone involved.
However, abortion is much more of a political issue than it is a social one, something with which even the harshest of critics will agree and a as a result it has once again come up in the current political race, of course with Republicans. While some have stayed relatively neutral, others have gone after abortion providers, particularly the government funded Planned Parenthood which has already been suffering from decreasing budgets owing in large part to low demand for the expensive abortion procedure, something they are hoping to change through promoting the pricey procedure to more young women.
“Right now we are seeing very low numbers of abortions. By our numbers it is about 3 percent of the procedures that we conduct, which is the lowest it has been in many years. We would like to see the percentages increase to somewhere in the neighbourhood of 6 percent, which would keep things flush here. Anything over and above that would be even better,” said a spokesperson for the organization. “Having that influx of cash would make it a lot easier to conduct the other procedures which we conduct, making it a win for all women across the board.”
The majority of services conducted by the organization are testing for STDs and contraception. Cancer screening ranks third in terms of overall procedures.
It’s not clear if the decrease in abortions is related to political or social causes, or increased contraception which generally prevents pregnancy in the first place.
“There have been a lot of misconceptions, so-to-speak, about Planned Parenthood that have been running around and it’s good that they are finally taking action to
combat some of those fallacies. Doing so, particularly in this way, could also result in an increase in business which is not altogether a bad thing, preventing women from going to other places for fear or some other reason,” said Scrape TV Health analyst Rebecca Phelps. “People don’t want to be scared off from getting an abortion and for many young women this organization has become a source of panic, almost a monster of abortion and that hopefully will be ended with this campaign. We will see of course, but at the very least hopefully it will result in more young women evacuating their wombs in government accredited facilities. That is much better than coat hangers and back alleys, plus they’ll get some free condoms which is the best way to prevent that from happening again. Perhaps a bad business move, but good for the patients and customer service always wins out.”
Joe’s Easy Abortions was not happy with news of the campaign.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent