In the wake of three shocking videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing and negotiating the sale of fetal body parts, outraged Americans are calling on Congress to de-fund the abortion provider. Planned Parenthood receives more than $540 million dollars annually in taxpayer funding. But, a bill recently introduced in the Senate would redirect that money to agencies that provide for women’s health services, including prenatal and postpartum care, as well as cancer screenings.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly is fast-tracking the bill and the Senate reportedly will vote on the legislation before its August recess. A similar bill introduced by Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee is being considered in the House.
As I have talked to friends, both conservative and moderate, I have found a general disgust about Planned Parenthood’s participation in what amounts to a human black market. Yet, a poll released yesterday showed that 63% of registered voters oppose cutting off federal funds to the group. Why is that?
I’m sure part of the explanation is that the poll was conducted by a Democratic firm. But, I think the greater reason is that only a fraction of Americans have actually watched the three videos. And, an even smaller fraction knows the facts about this morally-compromised organization. So, I’m offering these 10 reasons in the hopes that you’ll read them, and share them, and consider carefully whether tax-payers should be footing any of the bill for Planned Parenthood.
1. Planned Parenthood is illegally trafficking human body parts.
Hopefully, you are one of the more than 2.6 million who have watched at least one of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, revealing that the group sells fetal body parts to medical labs. In response to the videos, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has claimed that Planned Parenthood is merely donating body parts on behalf of its clients, which is legal. However, the second video shows a Planned Parenthood executive negotiating with an actor posing as a buyer for the highest price possible. This clearly indicates that Planned Parenthood is trying to profit from this practice, which is illegal. Similarly, the third video shows another Planned Parenthood executive picking through body parts from a first trimester abortion and discussing prices for those parts with a buyer: “I think a per-item thing works a little better,” says Dr. Savita Ginde, vice president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, “just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
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2. Planned Parenthood is openly political and an arm of the Democratic Party.
Apparently, this political investment [in Democrats] is paying big dividends for Planned Parenthood.
3. Planned Parenthood employees aid and abet pimps and sex traffickers.
Previous to this month, other undercover videos recorded by the pro-life group, Live Action, showed Planned Parenthood participating in other illegal activity. In one of the videos, a man claiming to be “involved in sex work” comes into a clinic with someone posing as his underage prostitute. Rather than reporting the alleged pimp, the manager of the clinic gives the man advice on how to make his operation “look as legit as possible.” She also gives him advice on how to secure abortions and STD testing for his underage girls. “(E)ven if they lie, just say, ‘Oh he’s the same age as me, 15,’” the manager says. “It’s just that mainly 14 and under we have to – doesn’t matter if their partner’s the same age, younger, whatever – 14 and under we have to report. . . . For the most part, we want as little information as possible.”
4. Planned Parenthood fails to screen for coercion and covers up sexual abuse of minors.
A 2002 investigation… found that staff at hundreds of Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the U.S. were willing, “and in many cases eager,” to cover up the sexual abuse of minors.
5. Planned Parenthood supports sex-selective abortions.
There are thousands of “missing girls” in the U.S. because of sex-selective abortion.