Slate Writer: Planned Parenthood Makes Abortion a “Priority”

As several states have acted to remove taxpayer  funding from Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, the organization and their supporters in both movement and mainstream media have attempted to frame de-funding efforts as attacks on basic healthcare and other services that are not abortion-related.

Live Action was able to expose Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards’ false claim that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms. Pro-lifers have maintained that whatever other services Planned Parenthood may provide, abortion is the blood that keeps Planned Parenthood’s operations pumping. On Friday, writing at Slate, movement media abortion activist Amanda Marcotte admitted just that.

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Billionaires Sam and Helen Zell Hope to Counter Tea Party By Donating to Planned Parenthood

Helen Zell

Political pundits may disagree about whether or not the Tea Party movement is a socially conservative movement, but Planned Parenthood certainly thinks so. According to a report in Chicago Business, there are plenty of wealthy pro-abortion donors who think so, too.  The article specifically profiles three wealthy pro-aborts who are increasing their donations to Planned Parenthood in response to recent defunding efforts energized by Tea Party activism. Among them are billionaire Helen Zell. Sam and Helen Zell own the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Trying to counter efforts by Tea Party and other social conservatives to eliminate sex education and women’s health services, Ms. Zell, 69, is spending more of her wealth to underwrite Planned Parenthood. She’s pledged some $600,000 over three years to improve its facility on the Near North Side. She’s given hundreds of thousands more to the Chicago arm of the American Civil Liberties Union, which defends abortion rights. “I want to get the most bang for my buck,” she says.

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Did Wisconsin Eliminate Planned Parenthood Funding? Not Quite.

In July of this year it was widely reported that Wisconsin’s state legislature had defunded Planned Parenthood. Is this true? Sadly, the answer is no. Though pro-lifers in Wisconsin were able to win passage of a budget that cut $1 million in funding, Planned Parenthood still receives funding from Wisconsin taxpayers in the budget signed by Governor Scott Walker, according to Susan Armacost, Legislative/PAC Director at Wisconsin Right to Life.

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Former Planned Parenthood Pastor: Abortion Is A ‘Blessing’ Not A ‘Curse’

Abortion is almost universally recognized among all mainstream religions — including Islam, Christianity, traditional Buddhism, Hinduism and much of Judaism — as the deliberate murder of an innocent human life and, as such, a grave evil. For this reason, it is helpful to Planned Parenthood to have at their disposal religious persons willing to make the argument that abortion is sometimes allowed by the Creator of all life.

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PPNNE’s Actions in New Hampshire Reveal Its Abortion-minded Agenda

In the wake of New Hampshire’s recent decision to strip Planned Parenthood of $1.8 million in taxpayer funds, the abortion giant is again demonstrating to the American people their single-minded dedication to their abortion agenda. In New Hampshire, Planned Parenthood is willing to defend abortion at the cost of women’s healthcare. A recent editorial article analyzes the situation well:

The council [of New Hampshire] voted 3-2 against the [$1.8 million] contract primarily because Planned Parenthood performs abortions.

Its gravy train halted, Planned Parenthood got aggressive. It made a poster that features Executive Councilor Dan St. Hillaire’s face on the inside of a birth control pill container. The text states that St. Hillaire (personally, it is implied) denied women “health care” and “access to birth control.”

But the Executive Council voted to approve state contracts with 11 other community services groups that provide health care to women. The other groups just don’t provide abortions. So the issue is not “health care” for women; it is abortion. That and Planned Parenthood’s access to easy money.

As with any organization, Planned Parenthood’s prioritizes with the use of their revenues—and by this metric, it is clear that the organization’s priority is abortion. While Planned Parenthood is cutting down on contraception and cancer screening services even as abortion services remain untouched, the NH abortion provider is also launching a sizable PR campaign to defend its access to taxpayer dollars. The article goes on to explain:

Planned Parenthood claims that the Executive Council is denying services to women, but Reuters reported over the weekend that public funds from that contract make up only 20 percent of Planned Parenthood’s budget in New Hampshire. Given that Planned Parenthood claimed it had to restrict services for lack of funds, it is interesting that it had enough money to make fancy posters and go on a PR blitz. The Executive Council certainly didn’t order the organization to cut services for women, but continue spending on marketing, political activism and executive pay.

As this incident helpfully illustrates, one of Planned Parenthood’s core functions is political activism. The council was right to channel its community-service money to groups that focus more on services and less on politics.

Interesting that they could pay for the abortionist’s salary as well as the PR blitz. Like the Joker says in The Dark Knight, “You see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are.”

Planned Parenthood in NH Stops Giving Birth Control–But Not Abortions

I hope everyone notices the irony in the news today. Because Planned Parenthood has been defunded $1.8 million in New Hampshire, they are halting their provision of birth control and potentially pelvic exams:

Planned Parenthood has stopped providing birth control pills and other contraception in New Hampshire after the state’s executive council rejected up to $1.8 million in funding for the group, which also provides privately-funded abortions.

The move is expected to affect an average of 120 low-income women each day. Other services provided by Planned Parenthood, including pelvic exams, were also in peril.

“Patients who used to be able to come to us for their pills now have to walk away,” said Jennifer Frizzell, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

But apparently, those patients who want to have abortions are still able to be served at 3 of Planned Parenthood’s 6 centers in New Hampshire. Why does Planned Parenthood cut contraception and cancer screenings first? Answer: because it’s been all about abortion all along.

AUL Drops Bombshell on Planned Parenthood

Americans United for Life just dropped a bombshell on Planned Parenthood with their new 37-page report that summarizes the abortion giant’s scandals and illicit activity over the past few decades. Find the full report here.

The report calls for an extensive Congressional investigation to determine whether Planned Parenthood deserves over $363 million a year in taxpayer funding. Planned Parenthood and friends seem so apoplectic at this report that their quotes to media are almost funny. Do you hear that? It sounds like the wheels falling off:

In response to request by The Washington Times for comment, Planned Parenthood said the AUL’s “so-called report is a politically driven attack by an organization opposed to common forms of birth control and expanded access to birth control.”

As far as I know, Americans United for Life is a pro-life organization dedicated, as it’s mission says, to ending “[t]he social experiment in abortion on demand.” So really, AUL is “an organization opposed to common forms of abortion and expanded access to abortion.” Of course, in Planned Parenthood’s eyes, abortion is really just BirthControl ULTRA(TM). Maybe that’s what that quote is tacitly admitting?

Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, praised Planned Parenthood for its “honorable and noble” endeavors.

“Planned Parenthood saves lives of teenage girls and women every day,” said Ms. O’Neill. “And that’s not something that this Americans United For Life, whoever they are, can say about themselves.”

Unless NOW has a new medical arm that nobody knows about, they don’t save the lives of teenage girls and women every day, either. And “this Americans United For Life, whoever they are” has been dueling with NOW in amicus curiae briefs before the Supreme Court for decades.

The AUL report is a treasure-trove of primary source documentation against Planned Parenthood. It will be an invaluable tool to start preparations for a Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood and provides helpful questions in each section for lawmakers to consider. Look for us to highlight selections from the report on this blog in the coming days.

States Prepare to Pull the Plug on Planned Parenthood

In the wake of the Federal Government’s failure to defund Planned Parenthood, multiple states have stepped up to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. Susan B. Anthony List recently published a state-by-state scorecard listing the states that have denied funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider. See here:

The recent removal of over $60,000,000 in taxpayer dollars will inevitably deal a crippling blow to Planned Parenthood clinics across these states. These new measures don’t just damage the abortion business financially, they also send a message to the American people that Planned Parenthood is not the kind of organization that should be receiving government support. Planned Parenthood knows this all too clearly and has responded with lawsuits and expensive public relations campaigns.

From an economic standpoint, the removal of government subsidies will lead to the downsizing of the abortion business. With less money and tighter budgets, Planned Parenthood will not have the financial resources to operate as many clinics in some states. Faced with the prospect of losing state funding, Planned Parenthood describes apocalyptic-sounding scenarios where “thousands of women” will no longer have access to healthcare. While this claim is bogus, it does highlight Planned Parenthood’s substantial reliance on public funds. Governments are propping up Planned Parenthood—making abortion cheaper and more accessible than it would otherwise be.

The effects of revoking state subsidies are already starting to materialize. Since losing state funding last May, Planned Parenthood of Indiana may have to shut down eight clinics. The same fate assuredly awaits Planned Parenthood of Texas.

Stay tuned.

Planned Parenthood Defunding Round-Up

Indiana, Kansas, and North Carolina have already defunded Planned Parenthood. Now Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Texas are making up the second wave.

In Tennessee, two counties, Davidson (Nashville) and Shelby (Memphis), each had health departments funding local Planned Parenthood affiliates with a little over $300,000 and $700,000 respectively. The Governor has instructed both county health departments to take over all publicly-funded “family planning services.” Davidson County complied weeks ago, and Shelby County has struck a compromise that will hopefully phase-out Planned Parenthood funding:

Shelby County officials expect Planned Parenthood of Memphis to continue delivering nonabortion family planning and health services on a month-by-month basis until the county Health Department can take over the services or find new providers.

Reversing an earlier position, Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock has notified the state that the county will accept the full $1.345 million in federal family planning funding allocated to it for the fiscal year that starts July 1, but only if allowed to subcontract some of the work to other providers if needed, including Planned Parenthood.

For several years, Planned Parenthood has received more than half of that funding, about $748,000 this year, while the county Health Department receives the rest.

Tennessee Right to Life is disappointed the defunding is not complete, but is confident the state will be able to fully and finally defund Planned Parenthood in the near future.

Wisconsin is on the verge of another partial-defunding. The new state budget that Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign cuts $1 million from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. However, PPWI receives about half of its $23 million budget from Medicaid reimbursements and $4.4 million in government grants.

On Wednesday, New Hampshire’s Executive Council voted 3-2 to deny a $1.8 million contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England “[a]fter a lengthy discussion about condoms, family planning and abortion.”

And perhaps most exciting, a Texas health bill whose provisions will defund Planned Parenthood of up to $17 million each year should be passed by the Texas House and Senate on Monday.

If everything goes well, by the end of this month, the year will be half over and Planned Parenthood will have lost around $25 million nationally. Let’s work to defund even more than that in the second half of 2011!

Faced with Budget Cuts, Planned Parenthood Cuts Patients First

Two interesting stories out today about how Planned Parenthood in two states–Indiana and Minnesota–is being forced to download because of losses in taxpayer subsidies. We should look carefully at the way Planned Parenthood is responding to this revenue loss, because it is indicative of their priorities. In Minnesota:

Planned Parenthood is closing six clinics in outstate Minnesota on Aug. 1 because of federal budget cuts made this spring in a highly politicized abortion battle.

And in Indiana:

Planned Parenthood will stop treating Medicaid patients and lay off two of its three STD specialists after the donations it had been using to replace state funds ran out Monday.

A tough state anti-abortion law cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana went into effect May 10, but more than $100,000 in donations has helped the health-services provider stay open and continue serving Hoosiers on Medicaid — until this week.

“Our 9,300 Medicaid patients, including those who had appointments Tuesday, are going to see their care disrupted,” said Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

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A total of 85,000 Hoosiers receive services at Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s 28

health centers. If the law stands, Planned Parenthood says, it must close eight of them: two Indianapolis locations and clinics in Bedford, Hammond, Michigan City, New Albany, Terre Haute and Muncie.

Planned Parenthood likes to present itself to the public as an indispensable community healthcare provider. Well, some other public-funded community organizations that arguably are indispensable have been facing loss of government revenue for longer than Planned Parenthood, and have been dealing with it in a much more noble way. I’m talking about public schools.

All across the country, public school districts have been facing painful budget cuts. Keeping their mission to educate children first in mind, they are responding by instituting furloughs for some teachers or cutting pay for administrators, who have the largest salaries. Some administrators are even submitting to voluntary pay cuts to keep their districts solvent. In Indiana itself, in the Medora school district, Superintendent John Reed is voluntarily resigning and finishing out the year without pay in order to save his district the $123,000 that would go to his salary.

Would a Planned Parenthood administrator like PP IN’s Betty Cockrum, who makes nearly $160,000 in her capacity as CEO, ever take similar actions? Public school districts’ priority is educating the kids, and so when they face hard financial times, they pull out all the stops–administrator cuts, furloughs–to keep the classrooms open. Planned Parenthood claims that its priority is helping women in need–but if that priority were anything like the school districts’ priority to educate, it would be using innovative tools like furloughs and voluntary administrator pay cuts to keep providing its “essential” services, rather than closing its clinics, laying off medical specialists, and canceling client appointments. One suspects that there aren’t many Planned Parenthood workers who love the organization enough to take a voluntary pay cut for it. And based on the way it first cuts its client services to deal with a tighter budget, it looks like Planned Parenthood and its administrators are more concerned about keeping their business serving their own bottom line rather than serving all of their patients.

Oh, and Planned Parenthood IN’s abortionist, Dr. Michael King? He makes over $100,000 per year. Wonder if they’ll be furloughing him any time soon….

BREAKING: North Carolina Becomes 3rd State to Defund Planned Parenthood

North Carolina became the 3rd state to defund Planned Parenthood when its legislature overrode the Governor’s veto of the the proposed state budget today, which included a provision barring any funding from going to Planned Parenthood. From HuffPo, who don’t seem too happy about the news:

Republican state representatives in North Carolina voted to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the state budget Wednesday morning, ensuring that a provision to strip all federal and state money from Planned Parenthood will take effect on July 1. North Carolina is now the third state, after Indiana and Kansas, to defund the family planning provider because it also provides abortions.

The defunding is expected to strip $434,000 from Planned Parenthood. It sends an especially strong message that the North Carolina legislature passed the defunding by overriding the Governor’s veto. Let’s see it happen everywhere!

UPDATE: TN Shelby County to Decide Planned Parenthood Funding This Week

TN State Health Commissioner Susan Cooper has granted Shelby County (where Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is located) until Friday June 17 to respond to the Governor’s request that county health departments take over all publicly-funded family planning services. PPGMR receives upwards of $700,000 a year in taxpayer dollars. Yesterday, Davidson County (where the Nashville branch of PP is located) announced it was taking over family planning services, effectively stripping $335,000 from Planned Parenthood:

The Davidson County decision was cheered by anti-abortion activists. Senate Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said, “We are at long last moving towards the final stages of the Planned Parenthood shell game. It has always been the ambition of Republicans in the legislature to defund this organization. I’d like to praise the governor for working to completely turn off the spigot of taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood.”

There was this little gem from Planned Parenthood, too:

Last month when it appeared the defunding amendment was added to the budget, Planned Parenthood of Memphis called the move a “calculated, politically motivated maneuver” and said it was “outrageous that extremists” in the legislature would deny women access to preventative health care.

Except if the legislature is just changing the provider from Planned Parenthood to county health departments, that’s not denying anyone access to care…