When Project Daniel 5:25 was released last December listing every abortion clinic in the United States, records showed 713 locations. Since then five abortion facilities have closed, although two more have opened, bringing the number down to 710.
Both of the new abortion mills are Planned Parenthood "super-centers" built with the help of state and federal tax dollars and located in Houston, Texas, and Portland, Oregon.
I remember listening to a National Abortion Federation meeting tape in which the owners and administrators of for-profit abortion facilities lamented the unfair advantage PP had over them in that it could cover basic overhead with tax dollars and thus undercut the prices of for-profit abortion centers.
Another trick PP uses to undercut the competition while sucking in tax dollars is "unbundling" -- breaking an abortion down into component parts and billing the taxpayers for everything that's not the actual scraping or suctioning out of the fetus in bloody bits:
Those 10.1 million different medical procedures in the last fiscal year, for instance, were administered to only 3 million clients. An abortion is invariably preceded by a pregnancy test--a separate service in Planned Parenthood's reckoning--and is almost always followed at the organization's clinics by a "going home" packet of contraceptives, which counts as another separate service. Throw in a pelvic exam and a lab test for STDs--you get the picture. In terms of absolute numbers of clients, one in three visited Planned Parenthood for a pregnancy test, and of those, a little under one in three had a Planned Parenthood abortion.
They're not supposed to bill these "unbundled" services to the taxpayers, but they've been caught at it.
So, while generating the appearance of a benign "reproductive health" provider, with abortion accounting for only a miniscule portion of their "services", PP just uses your taxes to drive rival abortionists out of business.
Which ought to have those abortion advocates who really see abortion as a need very alarmed. Because when PP's bubble bursts, when the taxpayers get sick of funding fraud, facilitation of the sexual abuse of underage girls, and ancillary services to facilitate abortions, PP will go spinning down the tubes -- with no network of for-profit abortion mills to pick up the slack.
Of course, for those of us who can't see any real need for a dead baby, this is good news. Take out Planned Parenthood, and the shell of the abortion industry will collapse like a gutted building in a tornado.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.