STOPP (Stop Planned Parenthood) is Accusing the Abortion Rights Group of Fraud

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A report focusing closely on Planned Parenthood’s financial records has pro-lifers salivating. That’s while they’re claiming that more than half of Americans politically identify as pro-life and referring to Planned Parenthood as an “abortion business.

From The Washington Times:

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation’s largest abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth’s own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period.

I found this entire piece, written by a clearly unbiased source Rita Diller, Director of STOPP (Stop Planned Parenthood), to be just completely unbelievable. I figured I’d see what Google had to say … and was not surprised to find that Diller’s piece, the commentary published in The Washington Times, also showed up on everything from Canada Free Press to AIP News.

RH Reality Check’s Co-Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobsen had the best rebuttal I could find (it was also one of the only rebuttals, to be honest with you.  I guess most people just aren’t taking Diller’s rantings—and those of two Republican Congressmen, Mike Pence of Indiana and Pete Olson of Texas—very seriously).

From RH Reality Check:

What would you say if I offered you an investment that yielded nearly $4.00 in value for every $1.00 invested…and could prove it?

And what would you say if the yields from this investment over the long-term meant better health, higher educational attainment, higher economic productivity and lower social costs for US citizens, benefiting by extension our country as a whole in the short- and long-term? What if this investment contributed meaningfully to reducing poverty and to increasing the freedom of individuals to make decisions about their own lives but still be socially responsible?

If you’re a smart investor, I am guessing you’d be interested. On the face of it you might think that people across the political spectrum could agree that such investments would be a good idea.

But in the United States today, of course, things are never that simple.

The investment in question is government funding for Title X, Medicaid and other programs that support voluntary family planning and related sexual and reproductive health services, as well as education and training of health professionals, and outreach to adolescents and young adults. These funds provide millions of Americans with access to routine primary health exams and screenings (such as for breast and cervical cancer), access to contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and increased access to treatment for AIDS-related illnesses. They also enable women to avoid unplanned pregnancies, thereby reducing the need for abortion. This money saves and improves lives.

In 2008, for example, publicly-funded clinics provided over 7 million female clients with contraceptive supplies, helping to avert an estimated 1.5 million unintended pregnancies. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that of these pregnancies, 656,000 would have resulted in an unplanned birth and 616,000 would have resulted in an abortion (the remainder would have resulted in miscarriage). Overall, concludes Guttmacher, by helping women avoid unintended pregnancies and plan how many children they want and when to have them, publicly supported family planning clinics save taxpayers $3.74 for every $1 that is spent providing contraceptive care.

These savings are net of the total that would include early detection and treatment of cervical and breast cancers caught during regular exams, sexually transmitted infections avoided and those treated, and any number of other benefits of access to these basic primary health services.

Forget Planned Parenthood’ for a minute, though.  The bigger problem, as far as I’m concerned, is that a well-respected read newspaper can publish crap like Diller’s:

Title X money is not to be used for abortions. However, according to Abby Johnson, former director of Planned Parenthood’s abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas, it is used to gain the trust of women in minority neighborhoods in order to bring them into Planned Parenthood facilities, supposedly for health care, and then persuade them to become Planned Parenthood birth-control clients. Then, when the birth control fails, the organization has a built-in minority clientele for abortion, which Ms. Johnson says is Planned Parenthood’s big cash cow.

Planned Parenthood affiliates continue to build huge abortion megacenters in minority neighborhoods in an attempt to polish its image and gear up for the veritable tsunami of clients that will be headed its way under President Obama’s health care plan, which earmarks $11 billion for community health centers.
Is there no end to the amount of our hard-earned tax dollars that will be poured down the bottomless pit known as Planned Parenthood to quench this social-engineering agency’s thirst for sexualizing our children, stealing their souls and dumping the mutilated bodies of our children’s children into our nation’s waste bins?

I mean … wow. These “abortion megacenters” (which make me think ironically of Wal-Mart Supercenters) are clearly just a precursor to the drive-thru abortion.  And Planned Parenthood “hooks” minorities on birth control they know will fail because they just want a lot of abortions to take place.  Unbe-freaking-lievable.  And the sad thing is, there are so many people that will read Diller’s vitriol and take it as fact instead of looking at Jodi Jacobsen’s intelligent and logical rebuttal. Yikes!

Your thoughts?

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16 thoughts on “STOPP (Stop Planned Parenthood) is Accusing the Abortion Rights Group of Fraud

  1. I’m not a fan of Planned Parenthood. I think they do a number of great things that help out low-income women, but I can’t support that if it also supports abortions.

    But there’s no reason for paranoia. Give me a break.

    As for well-read publications publishing junk, this happens all the time, and it’s junk on all sides of the political spectrum.

    • So feel absolutely free to smack me down and stomp on my head for asking but why are you against abortion? I have no intention of arguing and trying to change your mind but I’m always curious as to peoples reasons.

      • I see no reason that you should be stomped on for simply asking a reasonable question. I can always decline to answer. I too don’t want to get into the whole debate here, but don’t mind just explaining.
        My opposition to abortion stems from two beliefs. That killing innocents is wrong, and that life exists before birth. I believe that life begins at conception, or at the very least, I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt to life beginning at conception.
        I would be happy to explain this more fully, but it’s kinda long, so I’ll bother only if you were interested.

        I think an accidental pregnancy is tragic. As a female who does not want children, it’s a terrifying thought for me. I understand why women desire abortion.
        But I believe that there are two people involved, and when rights clash, I think a hierarchy must form. For me, the right to life is at the top – everything else comes afterwards. So if both have the right to life, then the only time the life of the baby could justly end is when it threatens the life of the mother. Otherwise, some of the rights of the mother are suspended, to provide for another’s life.
        Yes, it’s the woman’s body. But it’s also the baby’s body. Both matter.

        If something doesn’t make sense, or you are curious about my reasoning for something, or you think I’m missing something, I’m open to discussion. But I won’t get into a debate on this one. There’s enough of that in the archives. :)

        • Kai, With your beliefs, and as you stated the desire to never have children, how do you think you would handle an unwanted pregnancy? No judgements from me, just curious.

          After my second one, I had my tubes tied. I knew that I was done regardless of what my mate wanted. (he didn’t object, but I would have done so anyway.)

        • Horror. Depression. Then hopefully resolution. And then adoption with best wishes for a life with parents who love and desire children.

          As I am now marrying a man who is on board with my no-kids plan, we are weighing our options for permanent anti-baby fixes.
          If I end up looking to tie my tubes and get refused as came up in stories before, you’ll hear about it here. :)

        • I do admire your beliefs and honesty. I would also tend to say that after talking with you any doctor would be a fool not to adhere to your wishes. You always give a logical argument that would be hard for any professional to ignore.

        • I have a feeling if Kai ever decided to have children she’d adopt anyway. Maybe the doctor would listen to that.

        • Yeah. While I can maybe imagine that there’s a remote possibility of changing my mind about wanting to raise a child, I can’t possibly imagine changing my mind about pregnancy. The whole thing just seems like a horror movie.
          But then, the fact that every nature vs nurture study I see keeps coming up more and more on the nature side of things concerns me.
          All in all, I think I’d not make an excellent mother, and will stick with the aunt-plan. :)

          Thanks. It’s always nice to be able to have a simple discussion about a loaded topic with people respecting different views.

  2. The writer is an obvious nut.

    I’d like to say “why be an alarmist”, but the sad truth is that there are plenty of poorly informed people out there that will take this to be irrefutably true because of it being published in The Washington Times. It will be cited over and over again.

    Shame on them. They have no integrity in my eyes.

      • They all tend to slant. I do look for variety. I generally start with the New York Times, then The Washington Post, The London Times, The Irish Times and work in a couple of the news magazines.

        Somewhere in this, I can generally balance the truth.

        What I object to is the editor allowing this sort of nonsense. Don’t they read what they print? Shouldn’t they make the writers be accountable and follow editorial policy?

  3. I really have trouble giving this abortion-paranoid author any credit. Perhaps she had an abortion at 15 and is projecting…

  4. Everyone I know has gone to planned parenthood at some point or another, none for abortions
    I’m a starving student and have been for years
    They give free STD testing, free birth control if you can’t afford it, free pregnancy tests, free examinations, free Plan B and have been a place for me and my friends to go when we don’t have insurance and aren’t in school, and just an enormous comfort at all times.
    I seriously can’t think of a bad thing to say about them.

  5. Did you know that over 100 billion babies are aborted each second? And that sometimes babies are put back into the womb just to be aborted again.

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