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!