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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Planned Parenthood Shouldn’t Get Tax Dollars

Several videos released by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress have completely rocked the abortion debate. In one of the undercover videos, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services explained to a potential customer how unborn baby body parts are routinely harvested for profitable sale. Planned Parenthood’s president later apologized for the “tone” of the doctor’s chilling remarks at a business lunch, but she could not deny that they accurately reflect Planned Parenthood’s business model.

Planned Parenthood’s practices appear to violate two federal laws, one of which prohibits trafficking in fetal organs and tissues for profit. The other law prohibits altering an abortion for the sole purpose of harvesting organs, and that is what Planned Parenthood’s senior executive admitted to doing. One has to ask how we reached the point in our country where an organization led by people with such lack of conscience was able to attain such power, influence, and respectability that its president addressed the last Democratic National Convention?

Congress should cut off most if not all of the $528 million given to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates in grants by our government, in contracts, and in reimbursements from taxpayer-funded Medicaid. Numerous billionaire liberals are supporters of Planned Parenthood, but rather than fully funding it themselves, which they could easily do, they insist on forcing taxpayers to foot the bill. In the 2014 cycle, for example, Planned Parenthood received more than $1 million from donors at Bloomberg L.P. and $500,000 from donors at Soros Fund Management. Those companies and their billionaire owners could easily keep Planned Parenthood afloat without burdening the taxpayers to support this conduct which so many find offensive. The Republican-controlled Congress needs to use the shock of these videos to completely remove taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. They lack the basic decency to respect the dignity of human life in the womb.

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