'Bloodmoney': How the abortion industry really works
By Doug Bean
Make no mistake. Abortion is big business. Really big business. Planned Parenthood and other abortion perpetrators are huge profit centers. Doctors get rich. Those who run abortion businesses make a very good living. Bloodmoney: The Business of Abortion, a pro-life documentary released last year, makes these facts perfectly clear.
Women’s health care? Family planning? Safe and legal abortions? It’s all a ruse. David Kyle, writer, producer, and director of Bloodmoney, has distilled hundreds of hours of interviews into a fast-moving, accurate exposé of the seedy abortion industry.1 The film debunks the great American myth that Planned Parenthood and other perpetrators of abortion on demand care about the welfare of women and girls.
For over a year, Kyle and his crew traveled nationwide to interview pro-life leaders, clergy, judges, scientists, legal and public policy experts, a prominent former abortionist, a one-time abortion mill owner, and women who have endured the trauma of abortion. Bloodmoney is an emotional, well-written, and riveting unmasking of a veiled, greed-infested industry that deceives the public into believing that women benefit from its “reproductive health services.”
“The information in Bloodmoney is information that the general public has never known—that has been kept under wraps by the pro-abortion community,” the film’s narrator, Dr. Alveda C. King (niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), told Celebrate Life. The founder of King for America and a Priests for Life pastoral associate continued, “And of course, they stay in business when the truth is not told. Bloodmoney is … a truthful film that everyone should see.”
All roads lead to the money trail
As Kyle and his filmmaking partner, John Zipp, were making this documentary (see sidebar), they were stunned to learn just how lucrative abortion can be—so stunned that they changed its name from American Holocaust to Bloodmoney.
“As we were doing the interviews, the issue of money kept coming up, and that’s when we … changed it to Bloodmoney," Kyle explained to Celebrate Life. “People have no idea about most aspects of abortion, but they certainly don’t look at it as a moneymaking industry. And that’s what it is. That one doctor makes almost $2 million a year—that’s a tremendous amount of money. If that doesn’t shock people, I don’t know what will.”
Ardent pro-life activist Carol Everett, founder of the Dallas-based Heidi Group pregnancy centers and former abortion mill administrator, vividly attests that the mills generate tremendous revenue. Financially, they’re very much in the black, and government funding helps keep them that way. Millions of taxpayer dollars help them build bigger facilities and market the product under the guise of sex education and family-planning services. The only red they see is the spilled blood of preborn babies and mothers who choose to end their babies’ lives—often through deceptive counseling and slick sales tactics.
In Bloodmoney, Everett likens abortion mill counselors to telemarketers: They follow a script to answer every objection to abortion, and they prey on the woman’s emotions to get the quick sale: an abortion—sometimes even if the woman isn’t pregnant. Abortion mills view any woman who walks out the door without buying an abortion as a lost sale.
While abortionists collect their abortion money in cash (to avoid paying income taxes), abortion mill clients leave without the priceless gift of a baby. What they do take home is a supply of low-dose birth control pills and cheap condoms that will likely fail. These free handouts encourage relations outside of marriage. Then the ladies return after they again become pregnant, for a second or even a third abortion. Guaranteed cash flow: It’s the goal of every business.
Everett candidly explains the lucrative abortion business model and her plan to become a millionaire. But in 1983, she realized she was indeed receiving blood money. That later became the title of the book she wrote2 to recount the role she played in 35,000 abortions, one woman’s death from abortion, and 19 other women requiring either a hysterectomy or a colostomy after botched abortions. Ironically, Kyle and Zipp had renamed their film even before learning about Everett’s book.