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Vail Daily letter: Books are cooked

When I read the letters from Ms. Perin and Ms. Kennedy (Thursday's Vail Daily) commenting that abortions comprise only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's services, my first reaction was that there must be an acute Kool-Aid shortage in the near future. Three percent! Could anyone believe that? Here are the facts and here is how the books are cooked to come up with that preposterous 3 percent statistic. It is indisputable that Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country, last year performing 327,653 abortions. That is roughly one in every four abortions performed in the U.S. The figures from Planned Parenthood's annual report list these numbers: Prenatal services, 18,684; adoption referrals, 1,880; abortions, 327,653. Calculating those Planned Parenthood provided numbers, abortions account for 94 percent of those three possible ways to handle a pregnancy. In order to skirt the law prohibiting federal funds being used to pay for abortions, Planned Parenthood adds to those numbers over 1 million pregnancy tests, 4.5 miilion STD screenings, 3-plus million emergency contraception (Plan B) kit distributions, urinary tract infections, ad infinitum until you arrive at the grand sum of 10.5 million "services" provided by Planned Parenthood. If you measure 327,000 abortions against 10 million, you can come up with 3 percent. I want to get them to do my income taxes!

It should be noted that Planned Parenthood does not and cannot provide mammograms. One can only presume that their breast "services" consist of telling a woman she needs to get a mammogram. Mark that down! Count it as a "service"!

I have seen medical directors of Planned Parenthood on videotape discussing how they can illegally alter the abortion procedure to provide the fetal parts the buyers wanted, so forgive me if I am highly skeptical of the accuracy of that 3 percent figure. The nation's largest abortion provider but only 3 percent. Yeah, right. Figures don't lie, but liars figure.

Tom Smith

Sarasota, Fla.