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WSR: 2024-02-28

  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio released its annual report declaring “victories.” But its victories result only in destruction of babies, families, and youth.
  • We have long known that Planned Parenthood is made up of bullies who want to push its agenda. This latest news gives us further proof.
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood begins with each one of us. We explain how your actions can make a difference.

By Katherine Van Dyke

Last week, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio released its 2022-2023 annual report entitled Providing Care in a Dangerous State. In the report, Planned Parenthood claims it faced many “challenges” due to the Dobbs decision in 2022. These “challenges” for Planned Parenthood and other abortionists in the state really mean that they were restricted to killing children up until six weeks’ gestation. However, Ohio’s enactment of the deadly “Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety” (“Issue 1”) amendment in November 2023 allowed Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio to also report its “victories” to close out the year.

Despite the time restrictions on abortion in the state for most of the year, Planned Parenthood proudly divided its report into four sections of “victory.” The first of these claimed “victories” indicates that despite fewer abortions to perform, it still operated and made plenty of money. Following STI and pregnancy tests reported, the third highest service Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio provided was contraception to 11,803 contraceptive patients. PPGO states that because abortions were restricted in the state, it saw a “40% increase in requests for long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), like intrauterine devices (IUDs).” PPGO also boasted of its expansion of “gender-affirming care” within its facilities and through telehealth throughout the state:

As part of our commitment to helping our transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming patients become their most authentic and complete selves, we continued expanding our gender-affirming care by launching these services at our Toledo Health Center in May. We also began offering follow-up gender-affirming hormone therapy visits through telehealth to give our patients back more of their time and remove barriers like taking time off work, navigating transportation, and coordinating childcare. To continue increasing access to this lifesaving care, we laid the groundwork to launch gender-affirming care at all 15 of our health centers by the end of 2023.

PPGO listed its next “victory” as getting Issue 1 passed—a law that allows preborn children to be murdered for any reason in Ohio. As STOPP reported in November 2023, Planned Parenthood and other abortion organizations had plenty of financial resources to campaign and market this law as something more than abortion. Not surprisingly, this fact was not included in PPGO’s report. To give one an idea, PPGO spent $26,305,373 on programs and outreach alone.

The next “victory” PPGO claims is also perhaps the most disturbing. It established a navigation program for its “abortion patient navigators” to assist women in leaving Ohio to get an abortion elsewhere. PPGO even began a “Patient Support Fund” that contributed $477,919 in the last year to provide women with “childcare, transportation, lodging, food, and more” while they got an abortion. Pages six and seven of the report show an illustrated depiction with a disturbing scenario of a mom deciding she wasn’t ready for another child, and how PPGO’s navigation program “helped” her get an abortion. 

At the end of the report, PPGO proclaims its last success of the year as continuing to implement its perverted sex education in Ohio’s education system, which included reaching “2,967 elementary – high school student participants” in their education programs.       

STOPP can summarize Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s annual report in the following sentence: For every one of PPGO’s “victories,” it is contributing to the destruction of human lives, whether that’s through abortion, sterilization, gender hormone therapy, or perverting our children with its “education.” 

While STOPP waits for Planned Parenthood to release its annual report, we will continue our efforts to inform you about what is going on with this organization as we work together in our fight to stop Planned Parenthood once and for all.

For years, Planned Parenthood has pushed a claim that it is all about healthcare and health services. The organization has tried to deny that its primary business is killing babies. STOPP doesn’t let it get away with this even when it advertises its preference for “health services” and “counseling.” We know it’s a lie, and we show it!

Over the past few years, Planned Parenthood has been forced to admit that it is spending more and more on abortion by mailing chemicals and that it is making gender mutilation treatments a priority. Planned Parenthood is publicly leading the fight on the left against American families. 

And recent news reports show how Planned Parenthood is destroying people by accusation and pressure, not truth and law.

Planned Parenthood of Alaska recently decided that it should pressure the Iditarod dog race. The historic race that pits man and his dogs against distance and weather is the Super Bowl of the sport. Planned Parenthood weighed in on who should be allowed to race, and it led to the disqualification of a member of that famous Iditarod dog race. His name is Brent Sass—a 44-year-old who has succeeded at the difficult task of long-distance dog racing. He has not been charged with a crime or even sued by a claimant. Nor was he publicly notified in any way. That is, until he was kicked out of the Iditarod. You see, a woman made a claim against him but not to the police or the courts. Planned Parenthood weighed in on the woman’s side and pressured the Iditarod to drop Sass. Without due process or explanation, the race organizers did just that. In other words, at Planned Parenthood’s direction, they canceled a man.

This comes as no surprise to STOPP since we have long known that Planned Parenthood uses the hundreds of millions of federal dollars it receives to do all kinds of political actions especially on behalf of candidates and their positions. But, like many other leftists today, Planned Parenthood is getting bolder. It is not even hiding its hate and overreach.

Part of our responsibility is to stand up and call Planned Parenthood what it is: bullies and ideologues who are bent on destroying our families, our communities, and our babies. I hope you will support STOPP in this effort.

Over the next three days, the US Congress must come up with a funding plan. Instead of kicking the can down the road and ignoring the realities, we must demand that Congress cut both wasteful and hateful spending. We can leave identifying the wasteful spending to others, but STOPP can see the hateful spending that our federal government does, and paying Planned Parenthood even a single penny is hateful spending against our lives and interests.

Remember that nearly $800,000,000 per year in domestic spending goes to Planned Parenthood (while millions more goes through in foreign aid spending). This can and must be stopped. 

We must defund Planned Parenthood.

Please take five minutes and dial the US Capitol switchboard at this number: (202) 224-3121. Ask the operator for Speaker Mike Johnson’s office and leave a message plainly and respectfully: “Please defund Planned Parenthood. We don’t need to spend that money.” Leave your name and email address and say “thank you.”

If you and I make this call, I promise it will make a big difference. I have been in a congressman’s office when his staff has said “We received 10 calls on this; what’s going on?” A little push can start a big ball rolling!