Stop Planned Parenthood funds

Published 10:19 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Linguistics serves a vital role in any opinion presentation piece on social issues, and Jennifer Vogt-Erickson’s opinion piece defending planned parenthood is no exception.

Buzz terms “Heavily edited,” “No need for facts,” etc., were skillfully choreographed into her opinion piece as a distraction tactic aimed to deflect the negative attention from Planned Parenthood’s own, very public deceptive conduct.

Jennifer continues by labeling the now-exposed industry of carefully retrieving and selling of human infant body parts as “emotionally charged phrases” aimed to capture conservatives imaginations. On the contrary, the exposure of the retrieval and careful sorting of intact, valuable, human infant body organs and tissues for sale captured the imagination of anyone with an ounce of compassion, sensitivity and humanity.

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Never mind that, by law, federal funds can’t be used for abortions in Planned Parenthood clinics, Jennifer wrote. Omitting the fact on President Obama’s third day in office (2009), he reversed the Mexico City policy and restored funding to UNIFPA (United Nations Population Fund). This Kemp-Kaston amendment did not allow any federal funding to any organization involved in coerced, forced abortions (UNIFPA has been involved with China’s one child policy), or family planning groups that offer abortion, or abortions as a family planning method. Reversing the Mexico City policy, by executive order, has forced taxpayers to subsidize abortions. Taxpayer-funded abortions.

Ignore that 97 percent of Planned Parenthood services are not abortions. Saying that abortions constitute only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services is like saying that Major League Baseball teams sell about 20 million hot dogs, play 2,430 games a season so baseball is only .012 percent of what they do. It makes no sense. There is no national requirement for abortion data reporting. States voluntarily report data to the CDC. Any Planned Parenthood information on their services and stats is reported by Planned Parenthood or its research arm, the Guttmacher Institute.

They are a self-reporting, self-monitoring organization giant.

“Forget that Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit,” she writes.

A nonprofit that boasts over a billion dollars in assets and millions in annual profits, whose abortion numbers have increased while prenatal care and referrals have declined.

Planned Parenthood is a taxpayer-funded organization netting about $528 million dollars in taxpayer funds annually.

$1.5 million dollars a day — a day — of taxpayer funds, funds that have also been used for court settlements in several states following allegations of Planned Parenthood fraudulently billing Medicaid, and/or billing for services never rendered.

There are groups, clinics and community centers genuinely committed to women’s health.

Planned Parenthood and their defenders favorite charge is political motives to anyone who would regulate, investigate or cut ties with them.

Remove the politics, stop federal funding.

Had videos been released exposing the harvesting and sale of lion body parts, the place would’ve been shut down in a week.


Rebecca Fredrickson