Extreme Makeover: Planned Parenthood Edition

by Mary Beerworth

Mary Beerworth

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is planning to spend millions of dollars to update their facilities and revamp their image because they are facing “declining support for their services” as well as an “increasingly challenging political landscape,” according to their advertisement for a new Vice President of Development. (See here)

PPNNE’s extreme makeover may change their outward appearance, but they will continue to conduct business as usual.  And business as usual for Planned Parenthood includes: the continuation of programs to sexualize the youth culture; maintaining their political and legislative activities in an effort to protect their public funding and radical agenda; and remaining the largest single provider of abortions.

· New PPNNE CEO Steve Trombley intends to “make sex simpler” even for Planned Parenthood’s youngest patients through the use of social media and training sex educators. (See Consensual Text, Facebook, SAR)

· Under Trombley, an increased emphasis on political activity in the fall of 2010 resulted in PPNNE Action Fund spending an unprecedented $119,000 on television ads on behalf of a candidate for Governor. (See Mass Media Filings with the Vermont Secretary of State here and here.)

· Some of PPNNE’s major real estate holdings in Vermont are on the market. Planned Parenthood’s largest Vermont abortion clinic at 23 Mansfield Ave in Burlington is for sale along with PPNNE’s headquarters at 183 Talcott Road in Williston.

· The passage of parental notification legislation in the Vermont House in 2001 on a roll call vote of 78-55 presented an earlier sign of the increasing challenges to PPNNE’s agenda. Most recently Planned Parenthood organized and financed the effort to pressure New Hampshire Governor John Lynch into vetoing a similar piece of legislation. (See here.) But yesterday, not only was Governor Lynch’s veto overridden by the New Hampshire legislature, the Executive Council voted against funding a $1.8 million contract with PPNNE. (Veto override, funding cut)

· Currently, Planned Parenthood of Vermont, the State’s largest abortion provider, does not offer pre-natal care services at any of their clinics. Ironically, as part of the plan to re-make their image, Planned Parenthood of Vermont sponsored a three-week series of events to focus on “celebration, education, and conversation to help families stay safe, healthy and active as they expand.” (See Born in Vermont)

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Mary Hahn Beerworth

Executive Director

Vermont Right to Life

PO Box 1079

Montpelier, VT 05601

(802)229-4885