The following comes from an October 16 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro:
As Planned Parenthood celebrates the centennial of the opening of its first birth control clinic, pro-life leaders are condemning the abuses of the nation’s largest abortion provider.
October 16 marks the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Planned Parenthood. It began as a birth control clinic in Brooklyn opened by Margaret Sanger. It is now the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing over 300,000 abortions annually in the United States.
Although Planned Parenthood casts itself as a health care provider, a coalition of pro-life groups has started a #100YearsOfAbuse campaign to bring to light how the group profits from abortion while claiming that it is only a small part of their health care package.
Members of the coalition include the groups Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, the March for Life, the Family Research Council, the Pro-Life Action League, Radiance Foundation, Students for Life of America, and Susan B. Anthony List.
The website includes videos of how Planned Parenthood “double-dips” by receiving compensation for abortions from mothers and for fetal tissue from tissue procurement companies, and how their income from tax dollars, while not going directly to abortions, is fungible – it frees up other resources for abortion services.
The 100-year anniversary is no occasion for celebration, pro-life leaders insisted.
“It’s a pretty somber milestone in American history,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told CNA.
In 2015, undercover videos released by the citizen journalist group Center for Medical Progress showed Planned Parenthood executives discussing the pricing of fetal tissue with actors posing as representatives of tissue procurement companies.
“I think it’s really important for pro-lifers to keep talking about Planned Parenthood,” Hawkins said, noting that the conversation has quieted down in recent months.
“The election’s kind of taken some of that wind and steam away from that movement, and I think that’s really helped them,” she said.