Defunding Planned Parenthood: Claim and Response

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has been a recipient of federal dollars under Title X of the Public Health Service Act and via Medicaid reimbursements, among other sources. Last reporting year, Planned Parenthood received $528 million in taxpayer dollars – 41% of its total revenue – a significant portion of which comes from these federal government programs.

In July 2015, the Center for Medical Progress began releasing a series of undercover videos documenting leading Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the price of fetal body parts, as well as describing the use of the illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to secure intact organs. These videos have galvanized the conservative movement to demand that Congress finally defund Planned Parenthood.

But on September 30th, 2015, the House voted 277-151 to pass a so-called “clean” two-month continuing resolution (CR) that preserved federal funding for Planned Parenthood. This CR sets a new deadline for December 11, providing another opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood through the appropriations process.

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Taxpayers, Why Should You Be Forced to Fund ‘Dangerous’ Sex Ed?

Planned Parenthood, an organization that is already controversial for using taxpayer funds for abortion, is receiving taxpayer funding for teen sex education under Obamacare.

If that makes you shudder, your instincts are pretty solid.

The Daily Signal has the scoop on an undercover investigation by Live Action, which reveals the dangerous nature of Planned Parenthood’s s0-called sex education for teens:

The undercover video consists of footage with counselors as well as Planned Parenthood’s own promotional materials. Those materials include a Planned Parenthood-sponsored series called “A Naked Notion” that features BDSM—a practice that involves sexual partners beating, lashing, or otherwise inflicting pain on each other—as the topic for one of its segments.

The new video spearheads Live Action’s nationwide campaign to spread awareness of Planned Parenthood’s track record: “The motto at Planned Parenthood seems to be ‘sex with no strings attached.’ Teens are told they can have sex whenever, however, with whomever, as long as it’s contracepted.”

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Barbara Boxer: The Abortion Debate Ended in 1973

According to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 5% the debate about abortion is over.  It was over in 1973, she suggested on the Senate floor Tuesday, when seven black-robed Supreme Court justices invented a constitutional right to abortion-on-demand in the United States in the case of Roe v. Wade.

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Planned Parenthood: Do Taxpayers have a Choice?

It’s appropriations season in Congress which means we’ll soon be discussing whether taxpayers should be funding Planned Parenthood.  In what may be a side story to that debate, news broke Monday that defenders of the organization are trying (in same cases successfully) to influence search engine results to obscure pro-life alternatives to Planned Parenthood:

NARAL Pro-Choice America wants to protect a woman’s right to choose. They just don’t want women to know about all the options available to them.  In the name of “choice,” NARAL Pro-Choice America has lobbied Google to take down ads on its site for crisis pregnancy centers …

There are approximately 2,200 crisis pregnancy centers in the United States according to Students for Life of America. Unlike abortion giant Planned Parenthood, the centers do not charge for any of their services. More than 90 percent of total funding for the crisis pregnancy centers is from private, non-governmental sources. The left has decried the government’s minor role in funding these centers, while dismissing, or celebrating, the fact that 45 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenue in 2013 — $540.6 million — came in the form of taxpayer-funded government health services grants.

Read the whole thing here.

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What Perez and Planned Parenthood Have in Common

Today, the 12 Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee endorsed Thomas Perez, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Department of Labor.

Heritage Action’s Josh Robbins has explained why this was a terrible idea and why the Senate should absolutely not confirm Mr. Perez:

Perez initiated a baseless prosecution under the Free Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act against a woman who offered sidewalk counseling in front of an abortion clinic.  The FACE Act has an explicit exemption for “expressive conduct,” and as Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky wrote, “The judge in the Florida case noted the shocking absence of any evidentiary grounds for the prosecution, or even the applicability of the FACE Act, exposing the bald partisanship of this Justice Department.”  Are these types of frivolous prosecutions going to help the American work force?

Perez sued a pro-life sidewalk counselor in Florida for $10,000, claiming that she “obstructed” a car from entering an abortion clinic and that she posed an “immediate threat.”

To be clear, FACE permits sidewalk counselors to walk beside patients, coming or going, on a public sidewalk.  The federal judge who heard the case severely reprimanded Perez for frivolously filing the suit with no valid evidence and no corroborating witnesses to the alleged infraction.  It is clear that Perez was targeting this pro-life counselor for political reasons, not based on the evidence.  Moreover, the First Amendment protects their right to speak to women entering an abortion clinic to tell them about better alternatives, but Perez doesn’t care about that.

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