When Abby Johnson began working for Planned Parenthood, she was an idealistic young woman who felt uncomfortable with abortion, but was convinced that her work providing contraceptives was the only way to bring the abortion rate down. Eventually she became the director of a Planned Parenthood in Texas. According to her book, “Unplanned,” she grew more and more disillusioned as she came under great pressure to increase the number of abortions her clinic performed, and to even provide later abortions because of their immense profit.
Abby speaks of meetings where those at the top of the organization spoke of the need to multiply the number of Planned Parenthood clinics performing abortions. The goal was clearly to increase the bottom line. When Abby asked about the non-profit status of the group, she was chastised with the comment, “Non-profit is a tax status, not a business status,” and ordered to get her revenue up!
Abby Johnson is no longer with Planned Parenthood; in fact, she is working with the group Live Action to bring her former organization down. She knows PP from the inside out, and she is not deceived by their fine sounding rhetoric of “caring for poor and needy women.” Planned Parenthood is the number one provider of abortions in America, and the driving force behind them is consuming desire for more and more profit!
Live Action, and it’s president, Lila Rose, have carried on several sting operations against Planned Parenthood. Their first focused on PP’s willingness to cover-up cases of statutory rape, enabling adult men to bring in their underage girlfriends (or sexual conquests) for abortions without reporting them to the authorities (which is required by law.) The second sting operation featured actors playing a pimp and prostitute who were seeking out places to get gynecological care for their cadre of underaged sex slaves. Employees at center after center bent over backwards to smooze the “pimp” and assure him that all his needs would be met, free from interference from the law.
I have an idea for Live Action’s next sting operation. Planned Parenthood continually claims that poor women will suffer from lack of care if they lose funding. However, it is almost impossible to obtain statistics on who exactly is helped in their clinics (age, economic status, race, etc.) Nor is it easy to discover what their services cost. We have heard from women who come to us that they couldn’t afford the price of either a pregnancy test or an ultrasound at Planned Parenthood. It has also been my impression that the poor do not go to Planned Parenthood except for abortions. If I had to guess, I would say that it is more a bastion for middle to upper class white girls who want free or reduced cost contraceptives. However, it would be good to have the facts.
I’m sure you all know by now that the House of Representatives had the courage to pass legislation to cut off Planned Parenthood’s tax-payer funds. And, of course, that set off a tantrum by the Democrats, most of whom are heavily funded by those who revere abortion as sacred and would not be pleased if this passed. And, of course, President Obama is very close chums with Planned Parenthood’s National President, Cecile Richards. Some senators (Harry Reid for one) were so passionately opposed, in fact, that it seemed like they would rather shut down the government than cut off the funding.
Fortunately, the states are coming to the rescue once again! Just this week, Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels, signed a law cutting off Planned Parenthood (along with all businesses that deal in abortion) from state funding. Actually, all PP would have to do is cease their abortion activities and their money would return, but as they complained in their challenge of the law to the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, they should not be forced to make such a terrible (and costly) decision. Since they know which side their very expensive bread is buttered, they will continue to stick with abortion and continue to duke it out in court.
Fortunately, round one of the court battle went to the state of Indiana! Judge Tanya Walton Pratt declined to issue the injunction that Planned Parenthood wanted so that they would receive their funds until the final decision is rendered. Judge Pratt refused and the funds dried up immediately! PP just did not give enough evidence that it would suffer “irreparable harm” by losing the dough. (This just adds fuel to the fire that PP doesn’t really need government funds anyway. They already make a huge profit margin off of the blood of unborn children.)
The Indiana law actually accomplishes several amazing things in one fell swoop. It adopts the Nebraska law, which cuts off abortions at 20 weeks when it has been proven that pain levels begin to rise. It opts the state out of any abortion coverage in state health exchanges if the federal health care law actually comes to pass (which we should still be praying against.) Women considering abortion must be given full, factual information about the procedure in writing before an abortion can be performed, and doctors who do abortions must maintain admitting privileges in local hospitals (so that those harmed by their butchery can get faster emergency care!) It’s a pretty great law, I must say! (If challenges against it remain unsuccessful, it will undeniably inspire more states to cut off their funding for PP as well.)
On the home front here in Nebraska, the bill to outlaw “webcam abortions” has passed out of committee and is moving ahead. If the law is passed, Planned Parenthood will not be able to dispense RU-486 (which is proving to be a more dangerous drug all the time) via a webcam visit by a physician that might be hundreds of miles away. As Julie Schmidt-Albin, Executive Director of Nebraska Right to Life, so excellently stated, “With our current statutes stating that only a licensed physician can perform an abortion, it makes sense for our statutes to also reflect that with the advent of chemical abortions, that a licensed physician must also be physically present when inducing the abortion.” Or for care afterwards, in the event that something goes wrong (which is happening in increasing numbers!)
Three cheers for state’s rights! Everyday I read of new laws blocking abortion popping up in state legislatures all over the country. Since the federal government (at least the Democrats) is in bed with the abortion industry, our best hopes lie with the states. I don’t care how it gets done as long as this national travesty is brought to an end!
Keeping it true! Barb