The signs are all around us: Planned Parenthood is preparing to shut down more facilities
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Planned Parenthood is pumped to the max with government clout and funding. But its business actions betray the PP swagger. Whether it be community organizers or online sales, Planned Parenthood sees the writing on the wall and is preparing for the continued loss of clinics.

Planned Parenthood is now advertising online birth control consultation with teleconferencing capabilities to reach the bulk of its clientele—tech-savvy millennials—via its affiliates in Minnesota and Washington. And it is not free by any means. The cost of the remote office visit is $45 and online payment is required. Insurance is not accepted. Planned Parenthood anticipates offering online birth control consultation in other states and promises to notify those who are interested when the “service” is available in their locale. It will dispense the pill, patch, or ring via the online consultation. That’s one more reason why Planned Parenthood is fighting the “messed up as a soup-sandwich” idea of over-the-counter birth control that has recently been proposed by some Republican politicians.

In January, STOPP exposed the community organizer model that Planned Parenthood cited as a flagship program in Yuma, Arizona, after it shut down its brick and mortar facility due to low clientele. Instead of leaving the area, it left behind a community organizer who is working hard to reeducate Yuma area parents and children in order to grab a clientele it never could and ship them to other Arizona Planned Parenthood facilities. Thanks to STOPP Associate group AMEN in Yuma—the group that has been sounding the alarm about Planned Parenthood for years—that organizer is getting a run for her money and coming up on the losing end time and time again. We have seen the implementation of Planned Parenthood community organizers in other areas of the country in recent months.

Facility closure is not a new trend for the abortion giant. STOPP’s 2013 Survey of Planned Parenthood facilities shows the abortion giant suffered the eighth straight year of decline in both total facilities and affiliates. Planned Parenthood reported running a total of 695 clinic facilities as of December 30, 2013—the lowest number reported since 1973. Planned Parenthood’s number of affiliates decreased from 74 in 2012 to 71 in 2013, continuing the trend of massive consolidation in management since the high point of 191 Planned Parenthood affiliates in 1978. We have continued to see a hefty stream of closures in 2014.

Planned Parenthood most frequently cited pressure from legislation, be it defunding efforts or laws tightening clinic standards, as the main reason for facility closures during 2013. In states where legislative pressure was not felt, it most frequently reported facility closures due to a dwindling customer base and efforts to consolidate facilities nearer to its core demographic. In 2013, 79 percent of the facilities closed were contraceptive-only facilities.

It is clear that Planned Parenthood is preparing for even more facility closures as it implements its community organizer model and online birth control counseling. As it does so, it is focusing more and more on its lucrative abortion business, often utilizing mega-abortion centers to accomplish its dirty work.

STOPP research shows Planned Parenthood currently operates 20 abortion facilities that exceed 10,000 square feet. The largest of these is in Houston, Texas, and boasts a mammoth 78,000 square feet of space.