Breaking News Archive 2010
Golden Gate Breakdown
Seven Planned Parenthood centers in the San Francisco area turned out to be not so golden for the abortion industry giant. The national organization is stripping the facilities of their Planned Parenthood affiliation.
Though details of the divorce are undisclosed, insiders are alluding to one unsurprising explanation: money. The region’s interim CEO Therese Wilson admits the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate group “now finds itself in a desperate financial circumstance.” She blames the recession for chopping fundraising revenues in half, and a delay in California state budget negotiations leaving the centers without the benefit of some government dollars.
However, it appears the real story is far more sullied. The group’s tax documents are a jumbled mess with huge discrepancies, but it seems losses ranged from about $1.9 million to $2.8 million in recent years. As the money was vanishing, 30 doctors and staff members inside the group warned the national organization about “the misappropriation and mismanagement” of funds.
“Executive staff’s personal expenditures are excessive and are not aligned with the mandatory fiscal restrictions,” they wrote. “Flagrant use of PPGG funds to pay for personal belongings, personal services and exorbitant technology products is seemingly unchallenged and not subject to the same financial scrutiny that clinic supplies and staff salaries are, for example.” The Golden Gate CEO sympathized by saying she and fellow administrators were “feeling the fiscal pain, too,” but never addressed allegations that funds were indeed being used inappropriately. Incidentally, she’s been gone on medical leave since January.
The truth is that problems began years ago, well before the recession. In 2004, for example, the group failed to meet more than half of the national organization’s own financial standards, having only one-sixth of the money they should have had on-hand. And for a full decade, they completely ignored requirements to file tax returns for their political action fund.
Now that the ugliness is surfacing and gaining media attention, the national organization is dumping the problem and running as fast as they can. They’re planning to kick the old centers to the curb, wash their hands, and start over with new abortion mills.
But the honeymoon is clearly ending for the abortion industry, and Planned Parenthood is digging their own hole. Reports of financial exploitation are coming out, along with a steady stream of testimonials about the pain and regret of abortion. In fact, not too far from these Golden Gate facilities, the Hollywood community is this week mourning the death of actress Patricia Neal, even remembering her admission that the abortion of her unborn child in 1950 was the greatest sorrow of her life. “If I had only one thing to do over in my life,” she wrote in her autobiography, “I would have that baby.”
Unlucky for Planned Parenthood, this is the message that is now ringing from shore to shore. And as this truth continues to spread, we pray that America’s communities will see more life-affirming pregnancy care centers, more playgrounds and little red wagons, and ultimately no more abortion mills.
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