April 17, 2014

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Planned Parenthood braces for additional cuts

De-funding Planned Parenthood could have an impact on Lorain County women seeking abortions, contraception and other reproductive care.

Measures signed June 30 by Gov. John Kasich as part of the budget place Planned Parenthood and unaffiliated family planning clinics at the back of the line behind local health departments and community centers for receiving federal money allocated by the Ohio Department of Health. However, federal money to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s Lorain clinic had already been cut, according to Celeste Ribbins, a spokeswoman for the group which includes 20 clinics in 68 counties in all areas of Ohio except southwest Ohio.

Planned Parenthood money had been allocated by the nonprofit Center for Community Solutions, which Ribbins said stopped applying for federal money late last year or early this year. Ribbins said the federal Department of Health and Human Services chose the Ohio Department of Health over Planned Parenthood to distribute the money. The Ohio department in May chose to fund Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Cleveland but not the one at 200 W. Ninth St., Lorain.

Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, called Planned Parenthood a “special interest group.” He said about 500,000 poor women use Ohio community health centers annually compared to about 100,000 who use Planned Parenthood. “It’s imperative that we make sure that poor women have access to these funds and where they’re going to get their family planning care (is) community health centers,” he said.

Ribbins said the decision means poor women will no longer be able to get free care at the Lorain clinic, which includes screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. The clinic served 775 women in the last fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.

Ribbins said poor women in Lorain County have limited options for reproductive care, and the new law inserts an “artificial pyramid” of providers. She questioned whether the community centers and health departments have the capacity and experience to best serve women, particularly poor women.

“They’re not really prioritizing the funding, they’re prioritizing which women deserve the care and which women don’t,” Ribbins said. “It’s dangerous to play politics with women’s health.”
Ribbins said women who use Planned Parenthood are being punished by the Republican-led Legislature because Planned Parenthood performs abortions. However, Ribbins said only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s budget is for abortions.

The Lorain clinic doesn’t do abortions — Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics are in Bedford Heights and Columbus — but it does arrange them. However, Ribbins said women aren’t coerced into having them.

“We answer women’s questions openly and honestly without judgment,” she said. “We firmly believe that the decision to choose adoption, terminate a pregnancy or raise a child belongs to the woman, her family, her faith and her physician.”

— Evan Goodenow

  • Ray Venn

    Funny how the word “father” is absent from this entire story.

    Especially the very last sentence.

    • Beth

      The father isn’t always around.

      • Ray Venn

        It does however take two people to make a woman pregnant, so a MINIMUM of 2 people should be involved in the decision to kill an unborn child(the third person involved BTW).

      • Frank

        If you could just keep father “not around before the pregnancy begins you would be ahead of the game.

      • hottamomma

        u r right beth, i also think if the father isnt around during the pregnancy he shouldnt have anything to do with what she decides

  • LookBackTwo

    How can cuts to the tax based funding effect abortions when we’re told NO TAX MONEY will go toward abortions?

    • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

      Short version: It won’t, but the media wants to drag abortions into the story anyway because it gets people riled up.

      • Beth

        Exactly Alan, abortion gets people fired up. If it was just called ‘reproductive care’, there wouldn’t be as many hits.

        • Frank

          Beth abortion is not “reproductive care,” it is non-productive care, or unproductive care. Much like “planned parenthood” has nothing to do with planning to parent, it is planning not to parent, it should be called planned barennhood. They offer no reproductive services, they deliver no children, they don’t provide care for pregnant women, they don’t perform mamograms. What am I missing?

          • CharlesMartel732

            Exactly. ‘Pro-Choice’ is another lie, the only choice is death for an unborn child.

          • mdr12372

            meanwhile, in the news, Head Start funding has been slashed….so much for caring about those babies.

          • CharlesMartel732

            Your comparing being pulled apart piece by piece, burned to death by a chemical solution or having a pair of scissors stuck in the back of the head and the brain sucked out to missing out on day care?

            I didn’t realize that Head Start was a life and death matter.

      • mdr12372

        Exactly. It’s an emotional smokescreen. And people fall for it. How any one can be opposed to contraception is beyond me.

  • Mark B

    Will this not all be covered under Obama Care , isent that the whole idea to give health care to those who cant pay for it. When obama care is in full swing there should be no need for this or it should be covered under Obama Care. Either way the Taxpayer is flipping the bill .

    • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

      I don’t think you know what the PPACA actually does. It’s not universal healthcare. It doesn’t pay for anything. It’s a set of regulations that for-profit private insurers and providers must follow so it’s more difficult to screw patients, but no, it does not provide free healthcare, nor does it add to your tax bill.

      • Mark B

        Might want to reconsider that statement

        Effects of PPACA on Homeowners’ Property Taxes

        http://www.selffundingmagazine.com/article/effects-of-ppaca-on-homeowners-property-taxes.html

        In just the first paragraph it states

        Some of the 22 taxes imbedded in the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly referred to now as “Obamacare,” are starting to be imposed. Most people have already figured out how these taxes will increase the costs of health insurance coverage. The question is, how will these taxes affect other taxes paid by working individuals, and how will it influence the costs of consumer items?

      • jd

        your facts don’t fit with his agenda. so he’ll ignore them. and turn Faux News back on.

  • KZ14

    How about birth control if you can’t resist?

    • mdr12372

      It’s a lot cheaper to provide birth control than it is to provide for a child for 18 yrs.

      • Frank

        MDR
        How about the cost of providing benefits for a lifetime. People live in section 8, on SNAP, Medicaid their whole lives sometimes? Should we just end those programs? Should we also euthanize all the kids at Murray Ridge, they clearly cost more than an abortion or birth control pills? The problem is our society is too self centered. People wag fingers at big business because they are too greedy, but they are like everyone else only more successful at it. Schools, sports, what gives with MMA? Everyone wants to win, destroy their opponent. It is all wrong.

    • mdr12372

      Uh, that’s the point of the article. Keeping contraceptives available.

  • Roxanne

    kz14 you can get free to low cost birth control at planned parent hood. A lot of working poor go to planned parent hood for the free life saving exams. I know when I didn’t have insurance and needed my yearly pelvic exam I went to planned parent hood. I credit them with detecting the first stages of cervical cancer, I believe they saved my life! It will be a shame that they will not be able to save another.

  • Beth

    PP helped me greatly when I was in college. I used them for free exams and birth control so that I didn’t *need* to choose an abortion or child before we were ready. I was able to finish my degree and now my husband and I have insurance and two boys that we planned for. I am so sad that the government wants to fund so called ‘Pregnancy Crisis Centers” that are overwhelmingly: church ministries (there are women of different faiths that need care), give false information (abortion does not cause breast cancer) , and don’t hire medical staff. Women, no matter what their financial status, should have options and access to scientific information about reproduction.

    • Frank

      Abortion is most often caused by contraception. Over 70% of women seeking abortion were on BC at the time they became PG. People who have worked inside PP believe this is not coincidental. PP makes its money off abortion, the prevention side represents financial losses, yet PP makes many millions per year off the profits from AB services.

      • Beth

        Please site your sources on this information. Were these women and men educated on how to properly use the contraceptive? Were these long term contraceptives or short term (pill/condom)? What ‘people’ who work in PP think that bc doesn’t fail some of the time? Where are the financial records showing how much money PP is making just from abortions?
        Thanks

        • Frank

          Read the book called “Unplanned” by Abbey Johnson.
          She was the manager of the largest PP in TX, was employee of the year, worked there for eight years and changed her views on abortion and the PP money agenda after being asked to assist holding an ultrasound probe during an abortion procedure.

          As to the education issue you make my point perfectly. No contraception is fool proof, the high percentages of success presume perfect compliance and let’s face it, many fall short of compliance. PP understands this and makes money when BC fails.

          • mdr12372

            Read the book “Freakonomics.” You’ll learn that the crime rate plummeted 18 yrs after Roe VS Wade was enacted.

            The fact is, women have been having abortions since the beginning of time. This isn’t some new phenomenon.

          • Frank

            Slavery has been around as well, does that make it justifiable? Alcoholism, incest, adultery, genocide, even if something is accepted by a majority does not make it morally acceptable.
            As to Freakonomics, are you suggesting that killing unborn children is directly attributable to crime rates going down? There are far too many variables to make that leap. The poorest people in our country are the biggest consumers of abortion services, they are also the most likely group to raise the next generation of violent criminals, high school dropouts, and chronically unemployed.
            You can’t solve problems by killing what you perceive to be the cause of the problem. Nazis tried to do this, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot. Aborting the poor, kids with Down syndrome, ethnic or religious minorities is not the answer.
            How a society tackles its problems says much about the condition of its moral conviction. Unhappy, get divorced, forget about the kids this is your life, they will thank you for it later. If you are nervous, fat, sad, pregnant, don’t want to get pregnant, take a pill. If the pill didn’t work, you can have a procedure to take care of that too. Social engineers have seen to it that you don’t view a pregnancy as human life, just a right to privacy. This is an unjust means (denigrating life) to a perceived good end (I’m not ready, wanted a boy, my career, too much poverty, not enough food in the world).
            There once was a time when schools could teach that the ends do not justify the means by which we get there. Today everything is moral relativism. If it makes you happy, do it.
            I will read a summary of Freakonmics when I get a chance.
            Peace

          • Beth

            The Freakanomics piece is also (last I checked) on Netflix. They studies what happened when women are forced to be baby machines and what happens when women choose to have children. Their argument is that when a woman wants a child it is less likely to be abused and neglected. There was some controversy about this study (of course) but the authors addressed it on their website.

          • Frank

            My wife and I will watch the program. I would add, prior to seeing this film, that the greatest coercion in this country to make women baby machines comes from liberal social policy that facilitate the ever increasing occurrence of single motherhood. The war on poverty has driven the incidence of children being born into single mom homes from single digits in the early 60′s, to now 41% nationally, and as high as 73% in some African American communities. These numbers reflect the rate after taking roughly one third of pregnancies by elective abortion. We don’t need more abortion or even more contraception, we need a return to modesty, self control, self respect, recognition of the value of a mother and father leading families who model proper behavior. A mom or a dad who stay home and show kids by their example that children are the most important product of any society, good ones, not disrespectful trouble-making kids.

          • Mike Durkee

            Really?? because Gallup suggests the opposite. I have never heard of Freakonomics but I have heard Gallup stats used in everything from Presidential elections to the connection between Prayer in school and violence in school. Where does Freakonomics get their data??

          • Beth

            I’ll have to check it out. I did a little Wiki search of her and her book and of course there are a few criticisms: , “An article on Salon.com questioned Johnson’s statements regarding financial incentives for abortions, noting that abortions comprise only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services.[6] Fox News reported that Johnson was unable to provide any emails, letters, or other evidence to support her allegations about pressure to perform abortions.[5]”

            Also

            “Johnson’s description of her conversion has been questioned. Planned Parenthood stated that its records do not show any ultrasound-guided abortions performed on the date when Johnson says she witnessed the procedure, and the physician who performed abortions at the Bryan clinic stated that Johnson had never been asked to assist in an abortion. Although Johnson said the abortion was of a 13-week-old fetus, records from the Texas Department of Health show no such abortions performed at the Bryan Clinic on the date in question”

          • Frank

            Beth,

            Stop at a library and read the first ten pages about the ultrasound procedure she describes. Names, dates, gestational ages throughout the book have been altered she says right in the forward, but the honesty of her story is compelling. My 10 year old daughter got the book off my wife’s book shelf without our knowing and read it. One day she blurted out “Abby Johnson had two abortions but she’s sorry about it.”
            Bottom line, PP twists numbers as Johnson details in the book. If it were not the truth PP would have won a libel suit and the book would have been pulled before release.

          • Beth

            “If it were not the truth PP would have won a libel suit and the book would have been pulled before release.”

            This is not necessarily true, there are plenty of memoirs that don’t tell the truth.

            I will pick it up, I have many books on my self to read so it’s going to be a while :-) So many books so little time.

          • Frank

            God bless you in your reading efforts. I seldom read entire books that is why fiction seldom interests my, I can’t overview the chapters. I must have a sleeping sickness, not moving not awake. I read articles that summarize data often, my kids are blessed with the ability to read for hours.
            As an aside, being the father of three adopted kid, my heart bleeds for the loss that mothers endure, be it through abortion, adoption, or when they elect to parent, and feel that they are failing their kids by not being able to provide material things that they see other kids suposedly enjoying. Kids are the future, good kids=brighter future, lost children=lost society. My most important function is finding a way to lead a moral life (God knows I’ve failed at that many times) and helping my kids see the logic in that. Schools (colleges especially), TV, movies, music, these almost exclusively lead kids to worship at the altar of the self.

          • Frank

            Beth,

            Here is a link

            ….www.lifenews.com/2012/01/05/planned-parenthood-51-of-its-income-comes-from-abortions/
            that addresses some common claims that PP makes. The 3% you mention is in there along with an explanation of how they get that low number. 100 people come in for a condom or BCP Rx, and 1 person is seen for an abortion, this is considered 1% of visits related to abortion. They give the condoms out free, no profit, BCP they write a script or pass out free BCP income depending, but the abortion makes them say $500. Over 50% of their income comes from a small percentage of their visits. Are they taking advantage of the most vulnerable women in the most dire situation?

            As an adoptive parent I found it interesting that they perform nearly 400 abortions for each adoption referral that they made in 2010.

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    I could support Planned Parenthood if their goal was to help you plan being a parent rather than help you terminate a pregnancy.

    Planned Parenthood is about killing babies!

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    I’m calling you out for Bull Sh!t. I went to the Planned Parenthood website and found a link for clinics and services. It was very easy to see that many many of the clinics perform abortions on-site:

    Alaska – 3 yes and 2 no
    Alabama – 2 yes and 0 no
    Arkansas – 2 yes and 0 no
    Arizona – 4 yes and 9 no
    California – 19 yes and 1 no
    Colorado – 9 yes and 11 no
    Connecticut – 16 yes and 1 no
    DC – 1 yes and 1 no
    Delaware – 2 yes and 1 no
    Florida – 12 yes and 8 no

    Need I go further?