Former clinic worker: Money Is the Governing Force behind the Abortion Industry

From Carol Everett, former abortion clinic owner and worker

“I have seen doctors walk out after three hours work and split $4,500 between them on a Saturday morning. More, if you go longer into the day, of course. The doctor walks in, sees the patient for the first time, pats her on the leg, says, Hi, baby, how are you? You call them ‘baby’ so you don’t have to remember their name….And he doesn’t really ask her any questions. It’s just get the abortion done. If he discovers that she may be further along than anyone thought she was, they stop right there, collect the money, and then finish the procedure…If abortion is such a good thing, why don’t they go ahead and do the abortion then, and trust you to pay the $200 later? That’s not the way it is.”

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In another interview, Everett said:

Q.: what is the governing force behind the abortion industry?

A.: money. Is a very lucrative business. It is the largest unregulated industry and our nation. Most of the clinics are running chains because it’s so profitable.

Q.: how much money were you making the abortion industry before you quit?

A.: I was getting a commission of $25 on every abortion I “sold”. In 1983, the year I got out, I would’ve pocketed approximately $250,000. But, in 1984 we expected to be operating five clinics, terminating about 40,000 pregnancies, and with that projection I plan to net 1 million. Money, money, money — that’s where my heart was.

“What I Saw in the Abortion Industry” Human Life Alliance Advertising Supplement

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Abortion is a Business

At the clinic featured in Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996) clinic workers complain about the clinic’s focus on profits.

The fact that money seemed to be the bottom line to the clinic administrators bothered many of the workers. On page 147 clinic worker Rae says:

“I think the fact that the Center is losing that primary focus on being a feminist [workplace] is because of the almighty dollar…It’s about business, and the Center doesn’t want to say that, and that’s what they [the administrators] should say…They shouldn’t say other things to contradict that because that’s what they’re about. And that’s why they have so much problems at the clinic…because they always make people feel like they have the space to say what they feel but please know that it won’t make a difference.”

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The Business of Abortion

Dr. James Pendergraft, abortionist and former owner of a chain of abortion clinics, was the subject of a feature article in the Florida Trend (June 1999) in which author Cynthia Barnett interviewed him. She says:

“Pendergraft isn’t bashful about making money in his line of work….he says he went into a profession he believes in, and it happens to be profitable…He will not reveal annual revenues, but says his clinics are “very economically viable.”

She goes on to say:

“His in-your-face salesmanship leaves many- including other clinic operators- uncomfortable….Maggie Gifford, a spokeswoman for the Florida Coalition of Independent Abortion Providers, for nearly 20 years has run Alternatives of Tampa, a small abortion clinic….Gifford calls Pendergraft, who once worked for her “a new breed of cat.” She and other Florida clinic operators say every market Pendergraft has chosen was well-served by established clinics…and they say that when Pendergraft opens his doors in a new city. such as Tampa, he drops prices to spur competition.”

Barnett gives Pendergraft’s response:

“[he says] he goes into new markets aggressively to attract patients who will respond to the level of care in his clinics and spread the word. He says he chooses locations based on evaluations of long-term supply and demand.”

Interestingly, Pendergraft was later convicted of extortion and send to jail.

Quoted by Life Dynamics

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New York Times: Abortionists Refuse to Train Colleagues Due to Competition

From the article “Abortion Businesses Struggle to Compete Against Others” (New York Times Dec. 31, 2000)

“Renee Chelian was worried about her abortion business. With competitors charging lower prices, she needed something special to draw customers. So she created an almost spa-like atmosphere in her offices, with low light in the rooms, aromatherapy, candles and relaxing music.”

The article says that while abortion advocates often bemoan the fact that rural areas usually have no local abortion clinics, the truth is that “abortion businesses have little choice but to cluster in cities- that is the only way they can find enough women to have abortions.”

The author quotes abortion clinic owner Ruth Arick (owner of Choice Pursuits in DeLand, Florida) saying that a population of about 200,000 is needed to support a full-fledged abortion business.

The author also says

“Some abortion practitioners have refused to train colleagues, fearing that they will only help a potential competitor in a lucrative, cash-only business.”

This article in a mainstream source (can’t get less pro-life than the New York Times) seems to suggest that the reason for abortion provider shortages is not anti-abortion intimidation, as so many abortion advocates claim, but simple greed.

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Author Claims Money Is the Reason Doctors Do Abortions

An old reference but still compelling, this quote comes from a pro-choice author Magda Denes who interviewed abortionists at one abortion clinic:

“It’s not a purely altruistic aspect either. The money that’s involved is also a big factor in why to do this. And I think that most doctors who do abortions also do them for the money sake. It’s a big motive, and certainly it’s nothing to be hypocritical about.”

Magda Denes, PhD. In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death in an Abortion Hospital (New York: Basic Books inc) 1976, page 144

She also quotes one doctor saying:

“I practice medicine not to make a living and yet I like to make money at it. We made a lot of money in abortions. I don’t really know why I did it. I sort of fell into it…. We did set up a very good program. But then I could see from the point of view of management that they were less interested in the best program than in the best paying program. For the first two or three months I didn’t do any of the abortions…I took over gradually and work two days a week and I found that I work very hard, but it made an awful lot of money.” (P225-226)

He was the Chief of Gynecological and Obstetrical Services at the abortion clinic.

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“You’d Go Home with a God Damn Barrel of Money”

In an interview printed in the Boston Phoenix, it stated that abortion doctor William Rashbaum began performing abortions in New York City, which had quickly become the abortion capital of the country. The clinic where he worked was open round the clock, with three sets of doctors and nurses each taking eight-hour shifts.

Rashbaum described working in a high volume abortion mill as a place where, “You would go home with a g*damn barrel of money.”

The Boston Phoenix: Cruel to be kind, In the twilight of his career, a late-term-abortion doctor tells all , Issue Date: December 5 – 11, 2003

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Abortionist: “Planned Parenthood Is the Walmart of Abortion Clinics”

Pro-choice author Melody Rose discusses how smaller clinics cannot compete with the business model of Planned Parenthood. She quotes one abortionist badmouthing the Planned Parenthood franchise:

“Some of the country’s independent providers who have been in business for decades are finding that they cannot compete with Planned Parenthood. This organization is a formidable competitor in part because it is subsidized by its foundation, and can therefore afford to offer abortions at a lower cost than independent clinics can. What is more, Planned Parenthood has been offering the abortion procedure at more and more of its clinics, and as the nation’s largest provider, probably has better name recognition than smaller, private clinics. For example, Peter Bours, a physician in Oregon, reports that new Planned Parenthood franchises in his area are making one of his offices financially untenable; whereas he has once provided 100 or more abortions per month in his Portland office, he now performs around 20. Referring to Planned Parenthood as “the Wal-Mart of abortion clinics,” Bours contends that the larger providers offer inferior services, and that as a result women are being poorly served by the expansion of the organization in abortion provision. Although very competitive in terms of price, Bours maintains that their level of care is lower, and that patients often see clinicians with less training than physicians at smaller facilities might have.”

Melody Rose “Safe, Legal and Unavailable? Abortion Politics in the United States” (Washington DC: CQ Press) 2007 p 92

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Abortionist: It’s “Less Work and More Income”

Kaiser: Daily Women’s Health Policy, Competition Among Abortion Clinics Intense as Abortion Rate Decreases :1-3-2001/NY Times, As Abortion Rate Decreases, Clinics Compete for Patients:12-30-2000 http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_repro_recent_reports.cfm?dr_cat=2&show=yes&dr_DateTime=01-03-01#1993

Abortionist Dr. Ramos says the following:

“Anything that’s not managed care is exquisitely popular.”

Also:

“Dr. Ramos said the situation at his abortion clinic in Las Vegas is close to ideal. There are no protesters. Business is good — he does about 3,000 abortions a year, charging $300 for a first-trimester abortion. And with four clinics in the city, everyone is getting by. Dr. Ramos says he made the perfect career choice when he began doing abortions nearly three decades ago. “There is less work and more income,” he explained.”

From Life Dynamics

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The Washington Post on Abortionists’ Motives

From The Washington Post, The Ex-Abortionists; They have confronted the reality:4-1-1988

“Many doctors, nurses and counselors still work in abortion clinics. Some are there for the money, which is substantial for the doctors (up to $ 500 per hour). Others genuinely believe they are saving women from back-alley abortions.”

 

From Life Dynamics

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Competition for Patients Is “Ruthless” Says Abortionist

Warren Hern
abortionist
NY Times, As Abortion Rate Decreases, Clinics Compete for Patients:12-30-2000

“The fees are not set by the cost of the services but by the cost of the competition, the competition for patients is absolutely ruthless.”

From Life Dynamics

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