The “only-3%-of-our-business-is-abortion” lie is recycled by Michelle Trupiano, a “public affairs” spinmeister for Planned Parenthood of Kansas Mid-Missouri (PPKMM) with abortion operations in Overland Park Kansas, and Columbia & St. Louis Missouri.
“Trupiano repeats the well-worn claim that “Over 97% of our services are about prevention,” while abortion “makes up about 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services.” The issue, of course, is not how many items are on the menu, but what it is that individual customers order and which item brings in the most money. The 97% and 3% mantra is repeated everywhere. But in some of the harder to find fact sheets, PPFA, the national organization, admits that 12% of its clients receive abortions, not 3%. At PPKMM, the percentage is apparently much higher. According to this website (at tab for Programs), 6,006 of its 26,553 patients received abortions in 2008, a whopping 22.6%.“
Although an audit of Indiana Planned Parenthood businesses found substantive evidence that abortion and non-abortion funds were impermissibly commingled, Trupiano claims:
“Let me reassert that no federal or state tax money goes to fund abortions. It’s like a brick wall — there are very strict guidelines we follow. For example, on the days abortion services are provided, we only serve women seeking abortion care. Those clients looking for other services, including family planning services, are scheduled on other days.”
That doesn’t square with the PPKMM’s online abortion description that says, “During your [abortion]visit, you may be given a birth control method!
“Trupiano claims that “Planned Parenthood works very hard to provide the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion…” However it does not appear from the affiliate’s website that it records providing any service options for pregnant women other than abortion, such as adoption referrals or prenatal care.”
PPKMM’s website has a plea for donations, while it sues to get Kansas’ share of tax funded family planning money,“we are asking private donors to step up and help us continue providing low-cost services while the lawsuit moves forward.”
Kansas has already begun sending Title X contracts to full service health clinics and hospitals. Those facilities can certainly perform pap smears and the manual (non-mammogram) breast exams that PPKMM does.