Skip to comments.Sen. Cassidy Was Right: Most Planned Parenthood Businesses Are in Urban Areas
Posted on 11/11/2017 10:54:29 AM PST by Kaslin
Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Om Narayanan.
During a CNN health-care debate on September 25, 2017 Sen. Bill Cassidy stated, You know, first, most Planned Parenthood settings are in urban areas, urban areas that have lots of OB/GYNs Now, as it turns out, the folks who dont have access to those cancer screenings live in rural areas. They live in areas where there are not enough physicians. So the idea is that we want someone to have to drive a lower-income person drive three hours to a Planned Parenthood facility there to get her screening, or would we rather take that money and put it back in the rural area to allow her to get her health care there?
The Washington Post attempted to frame Cassidys statement that most Planned Parenthood settings are in urban areas as wildly exaggerated, giving his statement Three Pinocchios based on the research it conducted. However, it is the Washington Post and Planned Parenthood that should receive the Three Pinocchios.
The fact is, Senator Cassidy was right. The overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood businesses, almost nine out of ten (88%), are in urban areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau: The Census Bureau identifies two types of urban areas: Urbanized Areas (UAs) of 50,000 or more people [and] Urban Clusters (UCs) of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people.
The Family Research Council conducted its own internal research using the exact addresses of each Planned Parenthood location nationally and compared it to information available online using the Am I Rural? Tool, which is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). FRC researchers found that a mere 12% of Planned Parenthood businesses in the U.S. (73 of the total 615 Planned Parenthood businesses) are in rural locations as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau: Rural encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area. Only those 12% of Planned Parenthood businesses are eligible for federal programs such as the Rural Health Clinics Program and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant program.
Using Planned Parenthoods report is misleading because it bases its percentage for each state on a combination of three criteria: whether a center is in a Rural Area, and/or in a Medically Underserved Area (MUA), and/or in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) to get to its total of 56%.
The Washington Post claimed it spot-checked about half of the 600-plus Planned Parenthood locations to verify the organizations list, and found no reason to doubt its veracity. According to our research, however, there are plenty of reasons to doubt the veracity of Planned Parenthoods claims, not the least of which is its overreporting of the areas it serves.
Even using Planned Parenthoods own criteria, our research using the Am I Rural? Tool revealed that Planned Parenthood overreported the percent of its businesses that are in a Rural Area, and/or MUAs, and/or HPSAs as 56%. According to our research, the actual percentage of total Planned Parenthood businesses in the combination of these areas is 53%. In fact, Planned Parenthoods combined percentages by state were only accurate in 28 states and DC. Planned Parenthood overreported its combined percentage in 16 states and underreported it in six states. For example, Planned Parenthood claimed that in Alaska, 75% of its four centers were in Rural Areas, and/or MUAs, and/or HPSAs, when in fact only two (50%) were.
To get a more accurate view of where Planned Parenthood businesses are according to each criteria, they should be broken out separately by that criteria. When broken out by these criteria, our research shows that only 12% of Planned Parenthoods total centers nationally are in Rural Areas, 31% are in Medically Underserved Areas, and 34% are in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
The actual facts about Planned Parenthood show that Senator Cassidy was absolutely correct in saying that most Planned Parenthood settings are in urban areas. The over $550 million in taxpayer money that currently goes to Planned Parenthood should be redirected to the more than 13,500 federally qualified health care centers and rural health centers which offer a fuller range of health care options for women and outnumber Planned Parenthood businesses by more than 20 to one nationwide. It is better for women in rural areas to be able to access real health care locally. The taxpayer money that currently goes to Planned Parenthood should be used to improve federally qualified health centers or rural centers, or to create new health centers if they do not exist in a particular rural area. For Planned Parenthood and the Washington Post to twist numbers to give the impression that Planned Parenthood businesses have a greater presence in communities than they actually do is to perpetuate a falsehood for the sake of optics. Planned Parenthood only cares about its bottom line, not about women or the truth. Planned Parenthood and the Washington Post deserve the Three Pinocchios, not Senator Cassidy. The Washington Post should issue a correction on its article.
Arina O. Grossu, M.A., M.S. Bioethics, is the director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, where she focuses on sanctity of human life issues ranging from conception to natural death. Om Narayanan is an intern at the Family Research Council.
If you’ve seen the recent “racist” “Truth” ads (about stopping smoking) where they talk about how tobacco companies target black people for smoking and ads - then this is just as true as that.
Planned Parenthood is racist.
I doubt that thing holding the sign would ever have to worry about getting pregnant.
There was a high school in New Orleans, forgot which one, that had an
abortion clinic next door. This was before Katrina.
That fits the original goal of Planned Parenthood - the genocidal extermination of minorities.
Will they now be complaining about ‘feticide deserts?’
"Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we dont want to have too many of."
- United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, quoted in Emily Bazelon, "The Place of Women on the Court", The New York Times Magazine, July 7, 2009
"In particular, we are able to demonstrate that family planning services in the United States were provided more frequently whenever there were black Americans in the population. In other words, there is a strong inferential case to be made that reactions to the racial composition of the population have influenced decisions to provide family planning services. This fact [, that contraception dispensaries tend to be located in predominantly minority areas, not in poor white ones,] gives apparent substance to charges that such programs are designed not simply to assist the poor, but to control the growth of the black population. "
- Kammeyer, Yetman et al, "Family Planning Services and Distribution of Black Americans," in Population Studies: Selected Essays and Research (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1975.) p. 475.
"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
- Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, December 10, 1939 (Smith College, Sanger Collection)
"Population control is too important to entrust to some right-wing, pro-life types. Take the recent influx of Hispanic immigrants: Their lack of respect for democracy and social order is frightening. I hope I can do something to stem that tide. I'd set up a[n abortion] clinic in Mexico for free if I could. Maybe one in Calexico would help. The survival of our society could be at stake.…The Aid to Families With Dependent Children program is the worst boondoggle ever created. When a sullen black woman can decide to have a baby and get welfare and food stamps and become a burden to all of us it's time to stop. In parts of South Los Angeles having babies for welfare is the only industry the people have."
- Dr. Edward Allred (multi-millionaire, former owner of Family Planning Associates, once upon a time the largest independent abortion clinic chain), quoted in "Doctor's Abortion Practice Lucrative," The San Diego Union, 10/12/80, pp. A-3, 17.
"In view of the large families of the Slav native population, it could only suit us if girls and women there [Poland and Russia] had as many abortions as possible. Active trade in contraceptives ought to actually be encouraged in the Eastern territories, as we could not possibly have the slightest interest in increasing the non-German population. … We must use every means to instill in the population the idea that it is harmful to have several children, the expenses that they cause and the dangerous effect on woman's health. … It will be necessary to open special institutions for abortions ['clinics'] and doctors must be able to help out there in case there is any question of this being a breach of their professional ethics."
- Adolf Hitler, Tischgesprache im Fuhrerhauptquartier, 1941-42.
The crown jewel of leftist politics? They should be honored to have this fine institution taking up residence mainly in their communities.
The same ones who bitch and moan about tobacco companies targeting “inner city “ folks, 50 years ago would be threatening lawsuits against the same companies for practically ignoring Black consumers. We traveled around W VA 10 years ago and it seemed every other park, street, building was named after Sheets Byrd, and this was before he assumed room temperature. In beautiful downtown Lewisburg is an abort o mat, the Sen. Robt Byrd Womens Health Care Center. Given Margaret Sanger’s attitudes towards “Coloreds and other undesirables” it’s quite appropriate such a place be named for such a guy.
Excuse me but what is feticide deserts? Don’t you mean fetid as in putrid?
The SJWs have been complaining about “food deserts”- “A food desert is an area, especially one with low-income residents, that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food.”. I’m sure posterchild is mocking that idea.
ALL business are like this!
kinda like food deserts in the inner cities.
I shudda read ahead... again.
Remember when Ben Carson said that and got villified for it?
They wouldn’t get much business in rural America, would they?
Correct, I am mocking ‘food deserts.’ Thank you.
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