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Abortion isn't about Choice. It's about Money

Nathan Tabor,

January 14, 2005

As we prepare to celebrate next week’s gala Inauguration Day festivities in Washington, DC, Conservatives need to remember some grim realities. For the past four years we have had both a Republican president and GOP majorities in Congress, yet we have not significantly reduced the number of deaths by abortion in this country.

In fact, in the 32 years since 1973, when Roe v Wade became the law of the land, more than 45.5 million unborn children in America have been sacrificed to the gods of selfishness, hedonism and personal convenience. That comes out to well over 4,000 infanticides per day, for three-plus decades.

Put in historical perspective, the abortion industry in America has slaughtered seven times as many helpless children as Adolf Hitler did Jews during his infamous Final Solution. What is the difference between Hitler and abortion? The world banned together and stopped Hitler.

These sobering facts cause me to contemplate just why this is happening in a nation founded on morals and values. One simple answer comes to mind. It is done for "the love of money which happens to be the root of all evil."

With that in mind let’s examine the profits of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s most prominent provider of so-called "abortion rights," as revealed in its 2003-04 Annual Report.

- Planned Parenthood clinics performed 244,628 surgical abortions, an increase of 6.1 percent. A total 3.5 million surgical abortions have been performed at PP clinics to since 1970.

- Planned Parenthood clinics grossed $302.6 million last year, with $104 million coming from surgical abortions.

- Total PP income for the year was $810 million, with one-third of that, or $265.2 million, coming from public funds given by our elected officials.

- The PP organization has earned net profits for the past 18 years in a row, totaling $538 million.

Meanwhile, private donations to Planned Parenthood dropped for the second time in three years, and the number of PP-operated clinics declined from 866 to 849.

"Increases in abortions, more money from taxpayers’ pockets, and bigger profit margins – all while clinics are closing down and donations are dwindling. That is the state of Planned Parenthood," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League’s watchdog agency STOPP International.

"This report shows the public is increasingly rejecting Planned Parenthood’s radical agenda, but apparently our elected officials haven’t gotten the message. Now is the time for Americans to expand the growing efforts to close Planned Parenthood clinics and to put pressure on politicians to stop the obscene amount of money that is being funneled into the nation’s largest abortion chain."

WHY do elected officials give so much of our tax money to Planned Parenthood? WHY does "abortion on demand, and without excuse" remain legal, when a majority of Americans oppose the gruesome practice?

The answer is MONEY. Huge sums of money are spent by lobbyists and media groups, greasing politicians’ palms and simultaneously putting the public pressure on them to kowtow to the radical feminists’ clamor for "reproductive choice."

My own short-term, "out of the box" idea is simple. Since Liberals want free healthcare, let’s use their own argument against them. If a doctor performs abortions, he can’t charge for his services. It has to be free. I guarantee thousands of doctors would quit performing abortions immediately. They believe in "choice" because it lines their wallets.

On January 24th, hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans will converge on the Ellipse for the annual March for Life to the Supreme Court and Capitol, to publicly protest the 32nd anniversary of Roe v Wade. They will be demanding an end to the indefensible, immoral practice of legalized abortion in America.

Our newly inaugurated Christian president and ostensibly Conservative lawmakers should pay attention – and take decisive action.

Copyright © 2004 by Nathan Tabor

Nathan Tabor is a conservative political activist based in Kernersville, North Carolina. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in public policy. He is a contributing editor at:, and his 60 commentaries are heard on over 250 stations daily.

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