The signs I have seen around declaring, “I Support Planned Parenthood,” should add, “whether I want to or not.”
Many people see the movement to deny $500 million in tax dollars given annually by pliant politicians to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, as a step in the right direction. Planned Parenthood gets this tax money under the guise of running women’s health clinics, though the clinics don’t even offer mammograms as many other community clinics do and for fewer tax dollars.
In reality, abortion, in all its violent forms, dismemberment by suction, scalding with saline solutions and piercing with scissor and knife, is its big business. It does about 325,000 abortions each year, charging on average more than $500 for the “procedure.”
The organization realizes even more money from abortions when the pieces are sold. Its president, Cecile Richards, who earns more than $725,000 annually, declared in a letter to Congress in 2015 that its California affiliate “receives a modest reimbursement of $60 per tissue specimen” — read, “body part” — and less in other states.
At the same time, she and her organization have been staunch defenders of late-term abortions, even partial-birth, have opposed fetal-pain legislation, as well as limits on sex-selection abortion, which falls heaviest on females, and have even opposed any requirement that first aid be given to children who survive botched abortions. This is not a life-friendly organization. Rather, it represents choice gone berserk. Nor is it family friendly. With hands deep in mom and dad’s tax pocket, Planned Parenthood vehemently thwarts any right of parents to be informed of a minor daughter’s impending abortion.
It’s time to defund the infamy and take a huge step toward a kinder, gentler and less violent nation.
Dick Murphy, Beacon