The Susan B. Anthony List is leading a coalition of anti-abortion groups in a TV ad campaign alleging that Planned Parenthood’s business model requires clinics to meet an abortion quota. The testimony in the $90,000 Washington, D.C., campaign comes from a credible source: Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who reveals the quota concept, among other things.
In the video for the ad, which launched today, Johnson chronicles how she started working for Planned Parenthood because she wanted to help poor women obtain healthcare, as the organization touts its purpose to be. She still wants to help, but she found that Planned Parenthood “is not about women’s health at all,” she says in the video. “Their primary profit center and their entire corporate culture is about abortions.”
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The ad is playing in the capital area to encourage Congress to eliminate taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.
“There is no better testament to why Planned Parenthood must be defunded than the account of a former insider whose life work is to serve women and saw first-hand how it exploits them,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund.
“She found out the hard way that Planned Parenthood hides its true mission and deceives the public about its health services,” Dannenfelser says. “If this Congress cannot find the moral courage to relieve taxpayers of the burden this scandal-plagued organization places upon them, it is not serious about budget reform.”
Joining the Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund in co-sponsoring the ad are Expose Planned Parenthood coalition group members American Values, Catholic Advocate, and CatholicVote.org Education Fund.
Brian Burch, president of the CatholicVote.org Education Fund, says, “The abortion industry is often falsely portrayed as a big-hearted caring industry that simply wants to serve low-income women. This is the lie that Abby Johnson has courageously exposed. Planned Parenthood is America's leading abortion provider, and a billion-dollar organization profiting off the American taxpayer. Americans deserve the choice to help women without being forced to fund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood."
And Gary Bauer, president of American Values, says: “For far too long, Planned Parenthood has tried to tell the American people that it works to reduce the number of abortions. Yet, every year, the number of abortions they perform increases. Now we know why. Planned Parenthood is centered around abortion and actively tells employees to sell its lies to more women to fatten their bottom line.”
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