Five Facts About Planned Parenthood in Arkansas

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortionist.

The group made headlines a few years ago after a series of undercover videos allegedly showed top Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs and tissue harvest from the bodies of aborted babies.

Below are a few things to know about Planned Parenthood’s recent activities in Arkansas.

Planned Parenthood Kills Hundreds of Unborn Babies in Arkansas Every Year

Planned Parenthood performs chemical abortions using RU-486 at its Little Rock facility.

Family Council estimates that Planned Parenthood is responsible for approximately 70% of all chemical abortions in Arkansas.

That means that Planned Parenthood performed upwards of 850 – 900 drug-induced abortions in 2019.

While surgical abortion has been on the decline in Arkansas since 2014, chemical abortions have risen, and most of these chemical abortions appear to be occurring at Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s Facility in Fayetteville Has Been Closed for Over a Year

On July 25, 2019, Planned Parenthood closed its abortion facility in Fayetteville.

The abortionist’s landlord reportedly opted not to renew Planned Parenthood’s lease in 2019. One year later, the group still has not reopened in Northwest Arkansas.

That means the only Planned Parenthood facility remaining in Arkansas is located in Little Rock.

Planned Parenthood’s Affiliate Responsible for Arkansas Recently Laid Off Three Dozen Employees

Planned Parenthood Great Plains is the affiliate that oversees abortion facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

The group recently cut thirty-six employees who worked closely with its headquarters.

The layoffs reportedly were the result of budget problems stemming from COVID-19.

However, Planned Parenthood apparently has not cut staff at its abortion facilities.

Planned Parenthood Has Endorsed Nine Candidates Running for Office in Arkansas

Two of Planned Parenthood’s political action committees — Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Arkansas and Planned Parenthood Action Fund — have endorsed candidates running for office in Arkansas in 2020.

The candidates are:

  • Joyce Elliott for 2nd Congressional District
  • Celeste Williams for 3rd Congressional District
  • Clarke Tucker for Arkansas Senate District 32
  • Suzie Bell for Arkansas House District 97
  • Daisy Bonilla for Arkansas House District 93
  • Rep. Tippi McCullough for Arkansas House District 33
  • Rep. David Whitaker for Arkansas House District 85
  • Lisa Hassell for Arkansas House District 68
  • Rep. Denise Ennett for Arkansas House District 36

Planned Parenthood Has Reported Little Campaign Activity in Arkansas During the COVID Outbreak

Earlier this month Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Arkansas filed its quarterly report with the Secretary of State’s office.

The report shows Planned Parenthood’s PAC did virtually no campaigning in Arkansas from April to June of this year.

That’s significant, because Planned Parenthood has pledged to spend $45 million campaigning nationwide in the 2020 elections, and the group was actively fundraising in Arkansas prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

The fact that Planned Parenthood’s PAC wasn’t active in Arkansas during the spring may mean COVID-19 has put a damper on the group’s political activities this year.

Planned Parenthood Tries to Distance Itself From Founder Margaret Sanger

On Tuesday Planned Parenthood in New York announced it is taking steps to distance itself from its founder, Margaret Sanger.

In a press release posted on its website, the abortion giant wote,

Today, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York announced its plans to remove Margaret Sanger’s name from the Manhattan Health Center as a public commitment to reckon with its founder’s harmful connections to the eugenics movement. PPGNY also announced it is working with the Community Board, City Council and community to rename an honorary street sign that marks the “Margaret Sanger Square” at the intersection of Bleecker and Mott Streets in Manhattan. 

Sanger founded the organization that eventually became Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York in 1921, and she promoted birth control in African-American communities.

Sanger was a member of the eugenics movement, which pushed for pregnancy prevention and sterilization among so-called “unfit” members of society.

The eugenics movement was notorious in the U.S. and abroad for targeting certain races and ethnic groups as well as the poor, the sick, and the disabled, and Sanger praised eugenics efforts to sterilize the physically and mentally disabled.

Planned Parenthood has worked for years to downplay or dismiss Sanger’s views on eugenics.

Even as recently as 2016 the organization published documents attempting to sanitize many of Sanger’s beliefs and actions.

That could be because Margaret Sanger is so thoroughly woven into the legacy of Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood named its facility in New York after Margaret Sanger.

It worked with city officials to have a street named after her.

Up until 2015, it gave out its highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award, annually to individuals who align with Planned Parenthood’s mission.

For Planned Parenthood now to try to distance itself from Margaret Sanger is very telling.

However, it’s important to understand that even if Planned Parenthood takes Margaret Sanger’s name off the signs outside its buildings, that won’t change the fact that approximately one in three abortions are performed in a Planned Parenthood facility.

Abortion still targets minorities and women living in poverty both in Arkansas and across the nation.

According to state reports, 46% of all abortions performed in Arkansas in 2019 were on African-American women despite the fact that African-Americans make up approximately 15% – 16% of the state population.

Most abortions performed in Arkansas are on single moms, who face a higher risk of living in poverty.

To put it plainly:

Taking Margaret Sanger’s name off the side of an abortion facility might show that Planned Parenthood is facing tremendous pressure to improve its public image, but it does nothing to change the death and destruction that Planned Parenthood causes every year as the nation’s leading abortion provider.