Planned Parenthood: At the Public Trough

Abby Johnson has an intriguing essay over at AOL News on Defunding Planned Parenthood. Abby should know from what she speaks, she worked at Planned Parenthood’s Bryan, Texas, clinic for eight years and was clinic director for more than two years. Herself is reading Abby’s book, “Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line.”

She highlights three key dishonest practices of Planned Parenthood:

Deception No. 1: Taxpayer funds don’t go to pay for abortions. This defies common sense and basic logic . . . Planned Parenthood gets one-third of its annual budget from taxpayer funding, and it performed a total of more than 650,000 abortions in just 2008 and 2009 . . . And while Planned Parenthood says abortions make up just 3 percent of its services, I found they used an sleight of hand, unbundling family planning services so each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 “visits” per appointment (12 packs of birth control would show up as 12 individual visits). It does the opposite for abortion visits, bundling them together so each appointment shows as one visit. This skews the numbers. You have an overwhelming number of “visits” for family planning compared to abortion, even though you may have seen the same number of patients.

Deception No. 2: Planned Parenthood wants to reduce the number of abortions in the United States. Nonsense . . . In 2009, Planned Parenthood had $1.1 billion, and $63 million left over after expenses (see page 29 of its annual report). . . Planned Parenthood has established an organization called the Consortium of Abortion Providers, the primary goal of which is to turn every nonabortion Planned Parenthood clinic into an abortion-providing clinic. Planned Parenthood also recently issued a directive mandating that all of its affiliates provide abortions by 2013.”

Deception No. 3: Planned Parenthood’s highest priority is women’s health and safety. As referenced several times during the congressional debate about whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood, Live Action has documented numerous occasions in which Planned Parenthood staff have shown willingness to aid and abet self-identified sex traffickers and their professed exploitation of underage girls. . . abortion consultations are often not even done with a doctor in person but over the Internet through what is known as telemedicine. . . Planned Parenthood has adamantly opposed laws in nearly two dozen states that require clinic staff to show a woman a sonogram before the abortion takes place. So much for supporting informed choice.

Unfortunately, as always happens when politicians needs to take a stand on principle, any principle, they punt.  As Mark Shea referenced this afternoon, some prominent ‘pro-life’ political advisers and donors don’t think it is politically expedite to take up this ‘social’ issue right now:

Republican leadership and commentators are cooling to social conservatives’ mounting cries to make defunding Planned Parenthood a nonnegotiable item in budget talks, challenging the provision as both bad politics and bad policy.”

Mark has comments highlighted within the Politico article, but it’s a bit frustrating to read.  However, It isn’t a surprise, given the gelatin spine used by many ‘friends’ in our US Congress. 


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