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In this next in our series of blog posts on why you should visit a pregnancy help center such as ours instead of Planned Parenthood, we’re going to break down some more dangerous terminology PP is using to scare women facing unexpected pregnancies.

“Abortion is safe, and serious complications are rare – but the risk to your health increases the longer a pregnancy continues.”

What exactly is PP trying to do with this statement? We believe they are encouraging women to make hasty decisions, before truly looking at all of the options available to them. Making it appear that the longer you wait to make your decision, the more dangerous it will be for you.

“So, you may not want to wait too long.”

It is true that abortion procedures become riskier the later they are done in pregnancy. But you should never feel as if you are being forced to rush into a decision that you may regret later.

If you aren’t sure if abortion is the right decision for you, hearing statements like the one above may make you think you need to decide right away. But if you aren’t sure what you want to do, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable in a loving environment that, rather than profiting off of your decision to abort, offers you the truth about each option facing you, and then offers you resources to help you after you make your decision?

“No health care provider should pressure you into a decision about your pregnancy. All real family planning clinics will give you information about all your options.”

That’s very true – no one who truly cares about your health should ever pressure you into making a decision about your pregnancy. But wouldn’t their previous statements lead you to believe that they are putting pressure on you to hurry up and decide.

From their 2012-2013 annual report, PP acknowledges that they performed 327,166 abortion procedures. That’s in comparison to offering only 19,506 women prenatal services and only 2,197 adoption referrals.

This incredible discrepancy would lead us to believe that maybe Planned Parenthood isn’t practicing what they preach. It seems next to impossible that 94 percent of women facing unplanned pregnancies would choose to abort, if truly given all of the facts about the options facing them.
 

And that’s in very stark contrast to what we see in our offices. Last year, of the abortion minded women who came to Options for Women, nearly 75 percent of them chose life for their unborn children.

Why would that be? Why would nearly all of Planned Parenthood’s patients choose to abort, while a huge majority of ours would choose the opposite?

Quite simply, it’s because we offer the facts. But we do more than that. We offer a loving, safe environment for the woman and her partner to make the decision that is best for her. There is no bullying, there are no scare tactics used. We simply offer the truth – on pregnancy, abortion, and adoption.

We also offer the facts about the resources available after the decision is made, and make sure the women we serve know that they are not alone. They’ll never have to go through this process alone. Our staff and advocates truly care about the women we serve.

And that’s the main difference between us and Planned Parenthood. We have nothing to profit from, so we can instead simply offer our love and support.

“…beware of so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion. They often don’t give women all their options. They have a history of scaring women into not having abortions. Absolutely no one should pressure you or trick you into making a decision you’re not comfortable with.”

These are words from the Planned Parenthood website. There is one thing about this statement we agree with…no one should ever pressure you or trick you into making a decision you don’t want to make.

And that is one of the reasons why the work we do is so important. Only at a pregnancy center such as ours will you find the truth about all of the options available to you. And in a loving environment, surrounded by people who have nothing but your best interest at heart.

That’s it. Planned Parenthood would have you believe that our office is loaded with people who want to force you into keeping your pregnancy and will use whatever methods necessary to carry out our goal. Including scaring you into keeping your baby.

But a chat with any patient, past or present, will tell you otherwise. In fact, here are some comments from patients.

“I felt very comfortable; the nurse and advocate genuinely cared about my feelings.”

“Very helpful, friendly environment, that makes me as a person feel comfortable.”

“Because now I have hope.”
 

Hope…isn’t that what we should be offering women who are in need? Shouldn’t we be telling these women that there is help? That there is love? That there is a light at the end of what may seem like a long, dark tunnel for them?

That’s what Options for Women does. We offer women a place to learn about all of the options facing them, in a non-judgmental, loving and safe environment.

But what we do goes beyond just the present – we connect women with the help they need for the future, too.

If you are in need, and looking for the truth about the options facing you, and also resources that can help you, Options for Women is where you should be.

All of our services are offered free of charge. We provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and even STD testing to all of our patients. Unlike Planned Parenthood, we do not profit off of any decision you make.

So which sounds better to you…an organization who seeks to lift women up and help them find the resources they need to better their situation? Or the organization that profits from exploiting women’s fear?

Call us today to schedule an appointment and let us transform your fear into confidence.

A new bill has been introduced in the Florida Senate by Senator Kelli Stargel that seeks to protect women who have been injured during an abortion procedure.
 
Senate bill 1140, which has a companion bill in the Florida House, states:
“A woman who suffers injury or death as a result of an abortion, or who suffers emotional distress as a result of a physician’s failure to obtain the informed consent as required by s. 390.0111, has a cause of action for damages against the physician who performed the abortion or failed to provide the statutorily required informed consent.”
 
In Florida, the current statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice suit against a physician is two years. Senator Stargel believes this should be extended for physicians performing abortions, giving a woman up to 10 years to seek damages.
 
"If you have an abortion when you're a younger girl, you don't know that there's been any damage or that there have been any problems until later down the road,” says Stargel.
 
We believe this is a great step in protecting the health and well-being of women in our state. Senator Stargel is correct that there can be very real and very dangerous risks associated with an abortion. And should an error be made during the procedure, that is not known to the woman until years later, she should have the ability to seek damages.
 
At Options for Women, one of our primary goals is to provide women with all of the information they need to make a completely informed decision. And part of that is discussing the abortion procedure, and the very real risks and side-effects associated.
 
The pro-abortion side seeks to silence the pro-life community when we discuss that reality that there can, in fact, be negative consequences to an abortion. And when news of this bill broke, a small group of Planned Parenthood supporters even staged a protest at Senator Stargel’s office.
 
The group believes that Senator Stargel’s bill is an attack on safe, legal abortions by intimidating physicians.
 
“At Options for Women, we want the very best for the women in our community,” says Marilyn Paul, Executive Director. “And that means we believe women need to know all of the possible risks and side-effects that can come after an abortion, and that they know, should something happen during the procedure, they have a course of action to seek help down the road. We support Senator Stargel and her efforts to help women who may be negatively affected by an abortion.”
 
To read the full text of the bill, click here. To contact Senator Stargel to offer your support for her efforts to ensure women in our state are protected, click here.
 
 

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, a woman may be scared and confused enough without also wondering where to go for help. She wants to know that wherever she chooses to go for counseling and help will have her best interest in mind.

And that’s exactly why she should make her first visit to a pregnancy help center.

At Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic, we are a pregnancy resource center that understands that a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy may face some of the most difficult decisions she will ever make. We specialize in helping women get the information they need so they can make those decisions with confidence.

Women have the legal right to choose the outcome of their pregnancies. And she needs to know and understand what her options are.

The first thing a patient notices about our office is that everyone  is warm, friendly and caring. Each member of our staff is dedicated to helping our patients make the decision that is right for them, with complete support and anonymity.

Planned Parenthood tells patients this:
“Family planning clinics, like your local Planned Parenthood health center, have specially trained staff who can talk with you about all of your options. But beware of so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers.’ These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion. They often don’t give women all their options. They have a history of scaring women into not having abortions. Absolutely no one should pressure you or trick you into making a decision you’re not comfortable with.” (source)

Yes, at Options for Women we have a goal of helping to end the number of abortions in our community. Centers like ours, however, strive to help women make an informed decision. And that means knowing and understanding all of the resources available to should a woman choose to continue her pregnancy, understanding the reality of abortion, and understanding what adoption options are available.

It’s that simple. There are no scare tactics used. There is no coercion. We simply offer the facts in a non-judgmental and caring manner. We put WOMEN first. We are here to listen, to help, and to offer a caring place to explore all the options available.

All of our services are offered free of charge. We are a medical clinic with trained staff waiting to help you discover more about the options available to you, and to help you understand everything you need to know before making your final decision.

But perhaps the most important thing about visiting a clinic such as ours is that we offer non-judgmental services, in a safe and caring environment.

Our staff will work hard to make sure every patient feel comfortable and leave armed with everything she needs to know in order to make the decision that’s right for her. But that’s not all – we’re with her every step of the way.

We know that many women may feel completely alone when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Options for Women offers loving support, and can link them to the services they need should they make the decision to choose life for their baby. No tricks, no gimmicks, no guilt involved.

Planned Parenthood is politically motivated and may not have the true best interest of their patients at heart. If you aren’t sure yet if you want to have an abortion, do you really want to visit a place where 94% of the women seeking counseling end up having an abortion? That statistic may lead one to believe that PP is the one who doesn’t offer full and complete information on every option to the women they claim to serve.

From their 2012-2013 annual report, PP acknowledges that they performed 327,166 abortion procedures. That’s in comparison to offering only 19,506 women prenatal services and only 2,197 adoption referrals. That means of the services they offered pregnant women, abortion was the result nearly 94% of the time.

In addition to that, they supported a state law in California that allows non-physicians to provide abortion. For an organization that claims to be the leader in protecting women’s health, it seems very contrary to their mission to support the ability of non-physicians to perform medical procedures.

But if you need more proof, consider this statement found in the same annual report referenced above. “Planned Parenthood has also worked with major television programs and media outlets such as Girls and Cosmopolitan to promote our brand…”

Options for Women has no ulterior motives, no brand to build and maintain, and nothing at stake other than protecting the women we serve. We are a non-profit organization, meaning all of the services we offer are free of charge to our clients. We don’t profit from you, instead giving you the power and knowledge you need to make the best decision for you.

We will continue to fight every day for the women we care for to receive the best, most comprehensive, non-judgmental and unbiased information on ALL of the options available to them.

Because we truly care about you and your health.

If you’ve ever spent time browsing the Planned Parenthood website, or talking with pro-choice proponents, chances are you’ve heard that pregnancy help clinics can’t be trusted because centers like ours aren’t medical clinics. Abortion proponents often use the claim that crisis pregnancy centers are not medical clinics, but rather just counseling centers that will use deception and religion to try to coerce a woman to keep her baby.

 

While there are centers that are counseling focused and do not offer medical services, Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic combines the two. We are a fully licensed medical clinic, with highly trained nurses on staff, and all actions of our clinic are overseen by a licensed physician who acts as our medical director.

 

We believe that in order for a woman to make an informed choice about her pregnancy, she must be armed with all of the facts. And that includes being seen by a skilled nurse who can confirm her pregnancy through an ultrasound, provide STI testing, and other important medical information the woman will need.

 

We combine this with counseling services, because we know that women facing an unplanned pregnancy need to be able to talk to someone they can trust, who they know will provide them with accurate, complete information, while also providing the love and support the woman needs.

 

Planned Parenthood says this about clinics like ours:

 

“Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy can be very complicated. It may be made even more so by so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers.’ These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion. They have a history of giving women wrong, biased information to scare them into not having abortions.”

 

What a deception this is! Options for Women PHC, and clinics like ours around the country, are anything but fake clinics. Each of our patients is seen by a trained and skilled nurse, and provided with accurate information on pregnancy, STIs, adoption, and abortion. We would never attempt to use scare tactics or deception to “trick” a woman into keeping her baby.

 

We are proudly pro-life clinic. Our mission is to erase the need for abortion through effectively serving pregnant, at-risk women. We long for the day when every child is wanted, however, we take the care and well-being of every patient we see very seriously.

 

Every woman who comes to our office will receive real care provided by one of our trained nurses. We do not perform or refer for abortions, but we do offer complete, accurate facts on the options available to women.

 

Planned Parenthood tells women to avoid clinics like ours, where they will receive information on abortion procedures, including possible side-effects. Instead, they tell women this:

“If you are considering abortion, you can find a list of abortion providers on the National Abortion Federation website.”

 

We think that women considering abortion deserve to know the truth about every option facing them, before they jump into a decision. Do you really think an abortion provider, who only profits if the woman decides to abort her baby, will offer unbiased information?

 

If a woman has questions about her options, or about the abortion procedures available, including how it can affect her health and future, a pregnancy help clinic is exactly where she should be. We offer FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and HONEST services for free to every patient who comes in our door. That means she never has to wonder if we are attempting to pressure her into a decision based on monetary reasons.

 

 Planned Parenthood says this:

            “No health care provider should pressure you into a decision about your pregnancy.”

And that’s one statement we agree with.

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Winter Haven has closed! Thank you to all of the pro-life supporters in Polk County who have prayed, and protested, and used their voices to help make that happen.

 

The Winter Haven location was the only Planned Parenthood location in Polk County that performed surgical abortions, offering them through 16 weeks of pregnancy, as well as dispensing the abortion pill. The clinic’s staff will be merged with the staff at the Lakeland location, which does not report doing abortions. However, we’d like to point out that dispensing the abortion pill, known as RU-486 is not included in abortion statistics in Florida because it is not considered a medical procedure.

 

The Florida legislature is currently working on a budget that guarantees no state dollars go to Planned Parenthood. In light of this, Planned Parenthood said that closing their Winter Haven facility made the right fiscal sense.

 

That most likely means that the number of abortions they were performing greatly decreased, lowering their profit margin. And without government assistance, they could no longer justify keeping the clinic open.

 

We think this is largely in part to the work and prayers of pro-lifers here in Polk County. You made your voices heard and you showed Planned Parenthood that women deserve much better than what they offer. You know that when a woman is faced with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy, she may feel that abortion is her only option. But, when shown that there are resources and people to help, that same woman will often opt for something other than abortion.

 

How do we know? Because 89% of the women we served last year chose life for their babies. We saved 243 babies last year. And it is precisely because we do the opposite of what Planned Parenthood does.

 

We love the women we serve – no matter their circumstance, no matter their thought process, no matter what. We show them that parenting is a real option for them, and show them why and how they can do it.

 

But we also show them the reality of abortion. While many may only consider the monetary cost of an abortion, there are very real physical, emotional and spiritual side effects and consequences that can accompany the decision to abort. We see it in the women we serve who have had a previous abortion.

 

But when Planned Parenthood looks at the women they serve, they see dollars. Planned Parenthood profits off of a woman’s decision to end the life of her child. But when women realize that abortion is not their only option, those dollars go away. And with it, Planned Parenthood’s doors close.

 

It’s a trend we’re seeing nationwide. We rejoice in the news that clinics around the country are closing, because we know that women deserve much better than abortion. And no matter what Planned Parenthood may say, they are in the abortion business. But the tide is turning, and soon, that is going to be a very bad business to be in.

 

So to all of you, we say thank you. Thank you for your prayers, your voices and your work to help ensure that women in Polk County get the compassionate and honest care they deserve.

 

 

 

 

Why You Can't Turn Away from the Planned Parenthood Videos

Have you seen the videos? You know the ones we’re talking about – the dozen or so undercover videos showing the horrors behind Planned Parenthood’s business model.
 
If you haven’t yet seen any of them, why not? We know they are hard to watch. They made us sad, angry and sick. But we’ve watched them. Why? Because they show the reality of abortion. They talk about and show pieces that make each of us uniquely human – our hearts, our brains, our livers, tiny fingers and toes.
 
To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” And THIS matters. These lives matter.
 
What does it say about our society that we can so callously end one life out of convenience, fear, misguided thoughts about what is right, and then sell off their tiny body parts to the highest bidder?
 
Were the videos harshly edited to place Planned Parenthood in a negative light? Has Planned Parenthood stopped selling body parts? Quite frankly, the answers to these questions don’t actually mean anything to us. Why? Because it doesn’t change the fact that the end result of an abortion is the same.
 
Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortion, and that means they are in the business of taking innocent lives. Whether they further profit off of those lives shouldn’t be the main story here. Abortion has always been the story. It just took something as radical as selling body parts to get attention.
 
The other side would have you believe that the baby in the womb is nothing more than a clump of cells, not an actual individual life. But if it’s only a clump of cells, why then would Planned Parenthood find value in a heart, a brain, a liver? If it’s only a clump of cells, how could you even distinguish those parts from each other?
 
You can, because it’s not a clump of cells. It’s a LIFE. A life filled with potential. A life snuffed out too soon.
 
At the moment of conception, a life with its own unique DNA is formed. Eighteen days after conception, the little heart begins to beat. Seven weeks in to pregnancy, the brain and face develop rapidly. Nostrils form, arm buds sprout, and the lenses of the eye begin to form.
 
Eight weeks in, fingers begin to form. You can spot the eyes on an ultrasound, and the nose takes shape. At nine weeks, tiny toes form, and at 10 weeks, the eyelids begin to close to protect the eyes.
 
At 11 weeks, the genitals begin to develop, red blood cells begin to form in the liver. At 12 weeks, the fingernails develop and the 2 ½ inch long fetus looks decisively like a tiny human being.
 
All of this occurs during the first trimester, when the majority of abortions happen. And this is why we work so hard to serve women at risk for abortion. We believe every life has value. And we will continue to work as hard as we can to help women facing unplanned or crisis pregnancies see the beauty in the miracle of life.
 
And that’s why you can’t turn away from these videos. They are hard to stomach, yes. But they are the reality of what happens every day in abortion clinics around the country. More than 57 million beautiful lives have been ended since Roe v. Wade was legalized in 1973. How many more lives will end before we realize this barbaric practice only takes away life – it doesn’t improve life, it doesn’t make someone’s situation in life go away, it doesn’t make women equal to men.
 
So, we are asking you today to stand with us. Stand for life. Stand for those who can’t stand for themselves. Stand for the women who mistakenly believe abortion is their only answer.
 
Watch the videos. Discover the reality of abortion, and then shout from the mountain tops you support for life. 

Why is there Value in Death and Not Life?

We’ve seen the videos. We wish we could say we are shocked by them, but we aren’t. When an organization takes more than 300,000 innocent lives every year by calling it women’s reproductive health, fights any attempt to regulate clinics to ensure safety, and has been regularly caught in lies and controversy over the years, we’re not really surprised by anything they do.
 
What we are, however, is saddened. Saddened and, quite frankly, sickened at the nonchalance with which these Planned Parenthood executives discuss the body parts of innocent babies. It’s not enough that PP doctors takes these babies piece by piece from their mothers' wombs, and profit off of this destruction of life. They must profit again by selling off these parts to the highest bidder.
 
But here is something else we’ve taken away from these videos – a sense of hope. Why might that be? Because now the world has seen the reality of abortion. They’ve seen a tiny hand with five perfect little fingers. They’ve seen a brain that was suctioned out of its skull. They’ve seen that this life is valuable.
 
So now it is up to us. We cannot be silent anymore. We must boldly talk about what we’ve always known abortion to be – the destruction of a life. And we must loudly ask the question – if this life is so valuable in death, why do you believe it has no value while still safely in his mother’s womb?
 
We can stand up to Planned Parenthood by continuing to talk about abortion. By not shying away from these videos, even though they are brutal to watch. By continuing to ask the question, why is there value in death, but not in life?
 
But we can also stand up to Planned Parenthood by calling them out on the lies they continue to feed to the American public.
 
Remember the Susan G. Komen controversy from a few years ago? PP claimed they were doing mammograms to justify their partnership with Komen. They don’t, and never have. They do manual exams and give referrals. Komen backed down. We can’t.
 
It’s up to us to expose the lies PP tells America. Because right now, they have many Americans sold on the idea that if they go under, they’ll take women’s health care with them. We know better.
 
Let’s consider this – there are currently roughly only about 700 PP clinics in America right now. But there are more than 9,000 community health centers that provide the same services (minus abortion). PP serves around 2.7 million women. Community health centers serve more than 21 million.
 
Stand up to Planned Parenthood by being a voice of truth. Women don’t need Planned Parenthood and its pack of lies. 

Planned Parenthood and the Government

A quick look at the 2013-2014 Planned Parenthood Annual Report and one thing is clear – abortion is big business. Revenues for the year exceeded $1.3 billion, and they performed 327,166 abortions.

 

But even more, of the abortion giant’s more than one billion in revenue, more than 40% of it comes from government health services grants and reimbursements. That’s right, our government shelled hundreds of millions of dollars to support Planned Parenthood.

 

Planned Parenthood likes to talk about how the government should stay out of women’s choices, but they certainly do not shy away from taking the governments dollars. These government funds mark the largest single source of PP’s income for last year. It’s 11 percent more than they receive from donors and bequests.

 

In their opening letter, Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood’s chair, and Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, claim the following:

 

“Your generosity helps make all of this work possible. And today, we are stronger than ever, with a record number of supporters — eight million people.”

 

However, it’s not in fact their generous donors who are keeping Planned Parenthood afloat and helping them accomplish their mission – it’s actually the government. In 2013, Planned Parenthood received almost $392,000,000 million from private donations and bequests.

 

They received $528,400,000 from our government.

 

State funding for Planned Parenthood has decreased in recent years as states have been hit with budget shortfalls. But the federal government has stepped in, providing Title X grants to clinics who would otherwise probably have to close their doors due to lack of state funding.

 

How have they done this? By claiming that they are the best at providing “family planning” resources to women in low-income areas. And according to law, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to provide grant funds in a way that expands access in the most affordable way possible.

 

So Margaret Sanger was on to something when she opened her clinics in impoverished areas, because it has afforded her progeny to continue receiving government grants, even though we would argue that the majority of their business HURTS the very people they claim to be concerned with.

 

What would happen if our federal government stopped providing grants and reimbursements to Planned Parenthood?

 

Certainly, they would not go out of business overnight, as years of reporting revenue in the billions would most likely mean they have a generous “rainy day” fund they could dip into. But just think about what would happen if 40 percent of their revenue just dried up.

 

They certainly wouldn’t be able to pay their president more than $500,000 in annual salary.

 

We certainly wouldn’t have a baby dying in a Planned Parenthood clinic every 96 seconds.

 

We can make that happen. We can lobby our government to STOP funding abortions. And we can save lives. What the pro-choice side doesn’t completely understand is that abortion doesn’t just hurt the unborn child. It hurts the woman. It hurts her partner/spouse. It hurts her family. It hurts our society.

 

It’s time we raise our voices and demand that our government stop funding organizations that do more harm than good. We must band together and demand our government defund Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood and Women’s Health and Safety

“…we never stop fighting to protect access to safe and legal abortion and to advance women’s health…”
 
This is a line taken directly from the Planned Parenthood annual report. It’s a beautiful sentiment, but is it true? Are they really, truly fighting for the health and safety of women?
 
Sadly, we think the opposite is true. Rather than fighting for the safety of the very women they claim to care about, their lobbying seems instead to be for access to abortion, without any limitations or oversights. And it has had dangerous consequences for women.
 
Consider this – in 2011, the FDA published the following statistics concerning mifepristone, one of the drugs used in chemical abortions:
  • 2,207 women reported adverse events or complications
  • 612 women were hospitalized
  • 339 required blood transfusions
  • 256 women reported infections
  • At least 14 deaths were associated with these drugs
And those are statistics from 4 years ago, so consider the numbers that have been added to that.
 
And yet Planned Parenthood, the so-called champions for women’s health and safety, has fought against legislation seeking to limit what have become known as “web cam abortions.” In these cases, a doctor is at a completely different location than the woman seeking the abortion – perhaps not even in the same city. The doctor reviews the woman’s files, then asks her questions. Then, if she has answered the questions to his or her satisfaction, the doctor simply clicks a mouse, and a drawer holding the abortion drugs is unlocked in the woman’s location.
 
The woman takes the first dose at the office, then takes the remaining pills home to administer herself. There is no follow-up appointment, no one to ensure any side effects the woman may face are normal and pose no threat to her health.
 
Telemedicine is used throughout the country, however, it’s mainly for physicians to be able to share charts, X-rays, etc. with one another, or to monitor medical devices being used by patients. Telemedicine in the case of abortion is dangerous, because there is no doctor present to give the woman a physical examination and no follow-up after to ensure the health and safety of the woman.
 
If Planned Parenthood is as concerned as they claim with women’s health and safety, why would they fight against bills introduced in states around the country to end the use of telemedicine in the case of abortions?
 
But this isn’t the only thing Planned Parenthood has fought. Four states enacted laws requiring physicians who perform abortions also have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Admitting privileges are important, because it allows a physician to admit a patient should an unexpected side effect or emergency arise, and then the doctor can provide care while the patient is in the hospital.
 
But more than that, admitting privileges also can work as a safety check on the physician. The hospital will check the doctor’s medical credentials, license and malpractice history. This works to ensure that the physician is credible and professional.
 
Pro-life groups believe admitting privileges are important because, once a physician begins a medical procedure, he or she should then be responsible for following through with the patient until the outcome is reached.
 
This isn’t the case with abortion of any kind. Once the patient has left the abortionist’s office, she is on her own. If a medical emergency then occurs, she has no one to protect or help her until she seeks out medical help on her own.
 
Yet, Planned Parenthood has fought admitting privileges laws in the states where they have been introduced.
 
Thirty-nine states limit abortion services to only licensed physicians. But Planned Parenthood also lauded expansion in California’s access to abortion by lobbying to allow a host of providers, not just licensed doctors, to perform abortions. We strongly believe that this opens women up to face dangerous situations, and without the care of a licensed and well-vetted physician, potentially harmful situations that can put their health and lives in danger.
 
Rather than trying to protect women’s health, it seems that Planned Parenthood’s main goal is to ensure that abortion is available anytime, anywhere, and with no restriction or oversight. And unfortunately, this is damaging to women and dangerous for their health.
 
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