Monday, November 5, 2007

Criminal Charges Brought Against Planned Parenthood

Below is a news item of interest. Remember this article when Planned Parenthood speaks so self-righteously about caring for women and their rights. After reading this article, one has to wonder about their ethics.

Johnson County, Kansas, District Attorney Phill Kline charged the Overland Park Planned Parenthood clinic last week with providing unlawful late-term abortions, failure to determine viability and failure to maintain records. According to Kansas state law, abortion is legal only when a doctor affirms that the baby is not viable outside the womb. And, if the baby could live, then two doctors must agree that the abortion is necessary to protect the mother’s physical or mental health.

Peter Brownlie, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, told the Associated Press that the clinic doesn’t perform any abortions past the 22nd week of pregnancy. “We always provide high-quality care in full accord with state and federal law,” said Brownlie.

The 107-count criminal complaint filed by Kline includes 23 felony counts which allege that Planned Parenthood submitted false “pregnancy termination reports” to a court on Aug. 21 in response to a subpoena. District Court Judge James S. Vano agreed that there was probable cause to think crimes had been committed and set a hearing for Nov. 16.

Planned Parenthood, which is the nation’s largest abortion provider and operates 859 clinics, performed a record 264,943 abortions in fiscal year 2005-2006, while making a profit of $55.8 million. Planned Parenthood received $305.3 million in federal funding that year, which amounts to about one-third of the organization’s budget.

Quoted from Pastor’s Weekly Briefing, October 26, 2007. © 2007, Focus on the Family
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