Planned Parenthood puts bull's-eye on blacks, Hispanics, and college students
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Life Issues Institute released a gift to Planned Parenthood on its 96th birthday that is sure to make the most-detested list among PP executives. Its meticulously researched report on Planned Parenthood surgical abortion centers shows, using the most current statistics available, that Planned Parenthood has targeted blacks, Hispanics, and college students—with the placement of the great majority of its abortion facilities within walking distance of minority neighborhoods and college campuses.

Using 2010 Census Bureau data, the analysis shows that:

- 62 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are within walking distance (two miles) of relatively high African American populations.

- 64 percent are located within walking distance of relatively high Hispanic populations.

- 75 percent are located within walking distance of a college campus. College-age women receive 32 percent of all abortions.

- 79 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located near either an African American or a Hispanic neighborhood.

- 45 percent of PP abortion centers are placed so that they are within walking distance of both types of minority neighborhoods.

- 33 percent of PP abortion facilities have a location that is clearly situated to be within walking distance of all three demographics.

- 88 percent of its abortion facilities are located near at least one of these demographics.

According to the report, “When the four census tracts with the highest black percentages in all of the 102 targeted neighborhoods were taken together, their average black population was 44.8 percent, nearly three times higher than the 15.6 percent average black population of the 102 counties where they were located, and 3.5 times higher than the national black population of 12.6 percent.” Black women are over three times more likely to receive an abortion than white women.

An identical examination of the Census 2010 data for Hispanic or Latino populations shows 105 out of 165--or 64 percent--of the Planned Parenthood abortion facilities were located within walking distance of relatively high Hispanic populations. Using the same method as above, the 105 Hispanic targeted neighborhoods show a top four census tract average that is 45 percent Hispanic, which is more than double the 20.8 percent Hispanic average of the 105 counties and 2.7 times higher than the national Hispanic population of 16.3 percent. Hispanic women are nearly twice as likely to get an abortion as white women.

The report points out that rather than locating squarely in the midst of these three demographic groups, the abortion giant locates in close proximity, thus gaining access to the minorities and college students. Being located just outside the targeted neighborhood enables Planned Parenthood to say that the great majority of its abortion facilities are not located within minority neighborhoods. The Life Issues Institute report debunks a 2011 Guttmacher Institute report claiming that Planned Parenthood does not target minorities.

This invaluable Life Issues Institute report can be accessed in its entirety at http://www.protectingblacklife.org/pdf/PP-Targets-10-2012.pdf. An interactive map showing the Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities in close proximity to minority neighborhoods can be accessed here.