Recently, the Associated Press reported that the number of abortions in Ohio continues to decline. In response, Tara Broderick, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio, stated, “The trend is encouraging news,” and “We would like to think that we contribute to this.”
It is hard to believe that Planned Parenthood—the largest abortion provider in the nation—is encouraged by a decrease in abortion. After all, fewer abortions mean fewer dollars pouring into the billion dollar industry.
Furthermore, it is ridiculous that Planned Parenthood would claim any part in an abortion decrease in any state. In fact, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has indicated the organization’s goal is actually to provide more abortions to more women through a “telemed” abortion scheme; in other words, providing medical (RU-486) abortions to women without ever physically examining them.
Rather, it is abortion-regulating legislation (which is always vehemently opposed by Planned Parenthood) that truly reduces the abortion rate. For example, in an upcoming article in State Politics and Policy Quarterly (the top state political journal in the country), Dr. Michael New reports that parental involvement laws cause the in-state minor abortion rate to decrease by 13 percent. Ohio—like 35 other states—currently has a parental involvement (specifically, consent) law.
This latest statement by Planned Parenthood reveals its necessary strategy to appear credible in our society. With support for abortion decreasing, and with Democrat-held seats predicted to dwindle nationally in November, Planned Parenthood is simply trying to appeal to an increasing majority of the American public that may finally be catching on to its true motivation: money.