What the Abortion Industry Can Teach Corporate America

This month, Planned Parenthood’s carefully crafted image of a caring, pro-women organization took a major hit when the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) revealed that America’s largest abortion company sells fetal parts for enormous profit.
The CMP videos revealed more than the horrifying and probably illegal practice of organ harvesting and fetal parts sales, however.  It also revealed a business model that some of America’s top organizations could learn from.

Consider:

1. Amazon and eBay have mastered the art of selling diverse products to diverse markets and consumers.  Planned Parenthood has mastered the art of taking one service – killing babies – and turning the result of that service – a dead baby – into multiple sale items via the baby-part market.  Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

2. Most corporations have to pay more than 20% of their income to federal and state governments.  By claiming nonprofit status, Planned Parenthood is able to save itself tens of millions of dollars.

3. With approximately 45% of its $1.2 billion in revenues coming from taxpayers, not customers, Planned Parenthood has a government bailout system banks would envy.

4. Planned Parenthood’s products and services are primarily based upon providing poisonous contraceptives and abortifacients to women, and then ending the lives of over 300,000 children per year.  Not even the Pentagon or its contractors, which kill a small number of people to protect Americans – as opposed to Planned Parenthood, which kills solely for profit – are able to do so without enormous public criticism.

5. Even Republicans are undoubtedly jealous of the abortion giant.  In 2012, the GOP found itself battered by claims of a “War on Women.”  Yet last year, Planned Parenthood killed approximately six percent of the girls who would have otherwise been born in 2014 – all under the auspices of “care” for women!

6. Recycling has been a growing industry as Americans become more environmentally conscious.  For Planned Parenthood, recycling has become a profit center.  The company used to get around fees for disposing of dead babies – known as “medical waste” in the abortion industry – by grinding the babies’ bodies and tissue and flushing the remains.  Now, they’ve become more creative.  In addition to selling aborted baby body parts, last year, it was discovered that aborted babies were being sent from Canada to Oregon to be used to save energy – by putting the dead children in an incinerator.

7. The climate change pushers need to take a page from Planned Parenthood.  It’s only with much effort they’ve been trying to convince the world to invest in fighting climate change because of the shaky science.  Planned Parenthood’s marketing and PR teams, on the other hand, have managed to convince millions of Americans – including policy, cultural, and thought leaders – to give them money to abort fetuses who science has indisputably shown are unborn humans.

Planned Parenthood’s business model is not unique in the abortion industry; it is simply the most prominent, given that it takes in hundreds of millions of dollars to dismember and kill more than 300,000 babies each year.  I hope that as Congress begins its investigation of Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling the body parts of dead babies for killer (pun intended) profit, the American people will see the abortion industry for what it is.

Namely: a grisly industry that thrives on the dismemberment of unborn children, the physical and psychological damage of women, and the devaluing of life in society.

John-Henry Westen is a co-founder of Voice of the Family, an influential international coalition of pro-life and pro-family groups that defends life and family in the media.  He is also a co-founder of LifeSiteNews, a leading daily news website on life and family issues.  He founded the Rome Life Forum last year.