Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Forced abortions - America's secret epidemic


Elliot Institute spokesperson Amy Solby tells OneNewsNow that one study found 64 percent of women who had abortions reported they felt pressured to abort by others. "Something like 80 percent of them said that they didn't get the counseling they needed to make a good decision, that often they were not given counseling at all, or that the counseling they had was inadequate," she explains.

Solby also mentions forced abortions, which are not widely discussed in the U.S.

An article released from the Institute cites two cases in 2006 in which teenage girls were violently persuaded to have abortions. In Maine, a couple abducted their 19-year-old daughter, bound and gagged her, and drove her to New York for an abortion. However, she escaped from her parents in the parking lot of a store and called police from her cell phone. That same year, a Georgia mother forced her pregnant 16-year-old daughter to drink turpentine in hopes of aborting her baby.

She was later arrested for criminal abortion after her daughter told the school counselor about the incident.

The Institute has studied other cases where women are commonly threatened, pressured, or subjected to violence for refusing to abort. "There's not any necessarily real hard numbers on violent [coercion] but, if you consider that homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women according to several studies, and then the fact that a large number of them have to do with the fact that the woman was killed or assaulted...because she refused to have an abortion or in an attempt to force her to abort," Solby concludes.

The Elliot Institute is trying to convince states to pass laws forcing abortion facilities to screen women for coercion and not to do an abortion where coercion is involved. Solby believes women then could be helped with whatever situation they are facing.

So why aren't these cases of force being reported?
For one, it doesn't fit the mainstream liberal agenda of abortion and number two abortion is big business. Despite what liberals want to think and what they want you to think, abortion providers are in it for the money, and there is plenty of it. The killing of innocent babies is big business!

According to a 2002 report by STOPP International

Based upon an estimated average cost of $400 per abortion, STOPP estimates that (Planned Parenthood)PPFA had a total income of $90,950,000 from abortion procedures in 2002. STOPP has made a yearly estimate of PPFA’s abortion income for each year 1977 – 2002 based upon an estimated average cost of an abortion in each particular year. Please view the results in the chart,
Estimated Planned Parenthood Abortion Income 1977 – 2002. Adding up each year’s estimated abortion income from 1977 to 2002 gives a total of about $985,000,000 of income from abortion during that period.

For its 2002-2003 fiscal year, PPFA reported a total income of $766.6 million, which is an increase of 10.7 % over the previous year. Clinic income of $288.2 million accounted for 36% of the total income, while government grants and contracts ($254.4 million) accounted for 33%, and private contributions ($228.1 million) accounted for 30%. PPFA listed end of the year net assets of $688.0 million. Since 1987, PPFA has reported a total of $8,350,300,000 of income with $2,947,000,000 coming from clinic income (36%), $2,709,300,000 coming from government grants and contracts (32%), and 2,244,500,000 coming from private contributions (27%).

PPFA’s IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year 2002-2003 is posted on a PPFA web page. Therein was listed the following information about how much several key national employees are paid:

Gloria Feldt, President: Compensation = $363,426, Benefits = $16,362, Expenses & Other = $80,489
Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Compensation = $18,171
Vanessa Cullins, VP Medical Affairs: Compensation = $214,200, Benefits = $11,005

George Stokes, Chief Operating Officer: Compensation = $200,000, Benefits = $4,846

Joan Coombs, Chief Campaign Officer: Compensation = $185,640, Benefits = $11,120

Russell Lefevre, Chief Strategic Officer: Compensation = $179,230, Benefits = $10,370

Dan Rutberg, VP Information & Technology: Compensation = $177,366, Benefits = $9,524

Jeff Mechanick, Chief Financial Officer: Compensation = $172,152, Benefits = $9,339

Suellen Craig, VP Executive Office: Compensation = $177,028, Benefits = $9,092


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