March 3, 2011
Planned Parenthood Fights Back!
Thanks to Cong. Mike Pence’s (R-IN) legislation which (when it becomes law) will prohibit any federal funding of Planned Parenthood throughout any federal department or agency, the nation’s largest chain of abortion mills is reeling from the anticipated cuts to its taxpayer funding. PP is scrambling to try and convince voters that it deserves their money. In an effort to influence the U.S. Senate vote on the House bill which cut its funding, PP is purchasing $200,000 worth of TV advertising which will run on cable television as well as network TV in the District of Columbia.
The ads emphasize the non-abortion services Planned Parenthood offers — even though the PP abortion business has been exposed for falsely touting mammograms as a potential service for women, despite not actually offering mammograms at any of its centers. And according to former Texas PP clinic director Abby Johnson, who writes about her experience there in the book Unplanned, the real money-maker in their abortion clinics is killing babies, with quotas assigned to ensure a profitable “bottom line.”
Planned Parenthood is the dominant abortion provider in America, having committed more than 27% of the 1.2 million abortions performed annually, some 332,000. PP’s abortion business has climbed steadily each year, with a clear correlation between the amount of taxpayer funding and the number of abortions performed. (See the latest RNC for Life Report for more details. For a FREE copy, click here.)
While it claims to provide many non-abortion related services, Planned Parenthood’s own new report documents that the abortion organization provided prenatal services to merely 7,021 women and referred only 977 women for adoption services. These numbers were a 25 percent drop in prenatal care clients and a whopping 59 percent decline in adoption referrals from the 2,405 adoption referrals in 2008, according to LifeNews.com. The PP annual reports prove that health care provided to pregnant women has dramatically decreased over the years: 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood are sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care. That’s up from 96.5 percent getting abortions in 2008.
The ad brags that Planned Parenthood has done 830,000 breast exams and 1 million cancer screenings — even though abortions increase the risk of breast cancer and have resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 women from breast cancer since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Both PP (and one of its major benefactors, the Susan B. Komen Foundation) stubbornly refuse to acknowledge this connection.
Since the pro-abortion Democrats control the Senate, the de-funding of PP will have a much tougher time passing this portion of the GOP’s spending cuts.
However, recent undercover videos have exposed Planned Parenthood’s illegal activities, such as showing PP employees who were willing to aid undercover “sex traffickers” obtain abortions and STD testing for underage girls who are victims of the sex trade. This embarrassing publicity may make it hard for some Senators to vote to continue the PP funding, especially when nearly two dozen Democrat Senators are up for election in 2012. (Another Democrat Senator, Webb (VA), has announced retirement rather than facing the voters next year. That makes two Republicans — Kyl (AZ) and Hutchison (TX) — and two Democrats — Conrad (ND) and Webb (VA) — who are not running for re-election, as well as Independent Lieberman (CT).)
ACTION: Email your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote against any effort to replace the taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood when they consider the House’s de-funding measure.
In the last edition of E-Notes, the party affiliations were inadvertently switched for those Members of Congress who had co-sponsored the “NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION ACT” in the last Congress but had not yet sponsored in the current session. Below is a corrected listing. We apologize for any confusion.
Members co-sponsored the “NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION ACT” in the last Congress, but have not yet co-sponsored it this year: Altmire (PA), Bilbray (CA), Camp (MI), Cuellar (TX), Culberson (TX), Graves, T. (GA), Issa (CA), Lewis, J. (CA), Lummis (WY), Mica (FL), Paulsen (MN), Rehberg (MT), Rohrabacher (CA), Rooney (FL), Upton (MI). (Democrats are Italic and bolded.)