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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Planned Parenthood’s Taxpayer Funding

The abortion debate is gaining new attention after the Center For Medical Progress, a pro-life group, released a series of videos of undercover conversations with top Planned Parenthood officials. In these videos, the officials offer to sell the organs of aborted babies, which could be a crime. Many Americans are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded, so that taxpayer dollars do not support these outrageous acts.

Planned Parenthood has been receiving taxpayer dollars for a very long time. Two generations ago, when a book called “The Population Bomb” was riding the best-seller list, President Richard Nixon asked Congress to create the first-ever federal program to promote so-called “family planning.” The phrase “family planning” was coined by Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger as a euphemism for “birth control.” The book by Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich has proven completely untrue. Contrary to Ehrlich’s prediction, the birth rate has collapsed in the United States and throughout the Western world to the point where most countries’ populations are shrinking except for immigration.

Planned Parenthood has been receiving taxpayer dollars for a very long time. Two generations ago, when a book called “The Population Bomb” was riding the best-seller list, President Richard Nixon asked Congress to create the first-ever federal program to promote so-called “family planning.” The phrase “family planning” was coined by Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger as a euphemism for “birth control.” The book by Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich has proven completely untrue. Contrary to Ehrlich’s prediction, the birth rate has collapsed in the United States and throughout the Western world to the point where most countries’ populations are shrinking except for immigration.

Planned Parenthood became a huge recipient of taxpayers spending, and the flow of money has not stopped. Just last year, $500 million was given to Planned Parenthood. That is 41 percent of its budget. Several state legislatures have tried to cut the flow of state taxpayers’ money to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, only to be rebuffed by liberal federal judges. A rare exception was a Kansas law upheld by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court last year. It’s time to end all federal and state taxpayer support for this organization that serves no valid public purpose, does not promote the general welfare, and is run by people who lack the basic decency to respect the dignity of human life in the womb.

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