Planned Parenthood before Congress: The mistruths and misdirections

Planned Parenthood before Congress: The mistruths and misdirections

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Cecile Richards is before Congress is to answer the simple question of whether taxpayer funds should be used to fund the group's late term abortion practices

Cecile Richards before Congress - screen shot
Cecile Richards before Congress - screen shot

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2015 — Planned Parenthood has, in the past, done plenty of good for women and women’s health. This is despite their history as the brainchild of eugenics proponent and founder Margaret Sanger, who said in a 1957 interview with journalist Mike Wallace that the greatest evil is a family that chooses to bring children into the world.

Sanger, who advocated for a system requiring every American family to submit a request to the government to have a child, told America Weekly in 1934 that it has “become necessary to establish a system of birth permits.”

I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world — that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin — that people can — can commit.

Dr. Alveda King has said of Planned Parenthood’s abortion-on-demand corporate ideology: “The most obvious practitioner of racism in the United States today is Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger and recently documented as ready to accept money to eliminate black babies.”

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, is before Congress to answer the simple question of whether taxpayer funds should be used to fund Planned Parenthood, which has held fast to the idea that it is the woman’s choice to obtain late term abortions. Congress is also seeking an explanation as to how the harvesting and selling of fetal tissue from those late term or post-viability abortions (20 weeks or later) is legal.  

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, named for the former president of Planned Parenthood,  a 2013 study shows that most women seeking late term abortion “fit at least one of five profiles: They were raising children alone, were depressed or using illicit substances, were in conflict with a male partner or experiencing domestic violence, had trouble deciding and then had access problems or were young and nulliparous.”

According to the Institute, women seek late term abortions not primarily because of health issues or problems with the viability of the child. This contradicts the often repeated statement that those wishing to defund Planned Parenthood are anti-woman’s health as abortion is for the women’s health over the life of the child.

And for many years, Planned Parenthood provided poor women with access to better health care.

But the term “women’s health” has become a liberal euphemism for abortion on demand, regardless of fetal viability outside the womb. In keeping with Planned Parenthood’s roots, and Sanger’s original vision. Richards believes that abortion — not for the sake of women’s health, but to satisfy sexual and racial preferences — should be the woman’s choice.

The services it offers, other than abortions, are limited in scope and readily available through other means, including state health clinics. The claim that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms, which might be one service not readily available in a clinic, is false. Richards admitted that fact before Congress today. 

Taxpayer dollars support Planned Parenthood services, but the redundancy of taxpayers paying for Obamacare and Planned Parenthood is not often discussed. Nor is the fact that Planned Parenthood charges for its services, leading to the massive amount of money the profitable non-profit group creates.

Planned Parenthood is a very wealthy organizations. Richards, the daughter of former Texas Gov. Anne Richards, is payed $520,000 per year to lead the organization.

Richards is not the only person making big money. The nonprofit does not do badly, despite the claim that it doesn’t make a profit from federal money, Planned Parenthood is highly profitable. 

Not only does it make large profits, it is not afraid to spend it on things other than women’s health. In 2014 Planned Parenthood spent some $14,000 a day on travel. 

Abortion, which is protected by Roe v. Wade during the first trimester of pregnancy, is not under attack by Congress, nor is women’s health care. Any woman who finds herself in a position of having unprotected sex and fearful of pregnancy can walk into a pharmacy for the “morning after” pill without the need for Planned Parenthood or a clinical abortion.

If she misses that deadline, she has, under Roe, the ability to terminate the pregnancy. Both of these are protected by the Supreme Court.

One of the questions that needs to be asked is why abortion beyond the first three months, or first trimester, is even a necessity when there are no health issues for mother or child.

Birth control is readily available, as are abortifacients, like the morning after pill. If people want birth control, Planned Parenthood has online services available in Alaska, Minnesota and Washington State where you can have birth control pills, patch or ring delivered right to your door. STD testing is also available via at-home testing kits also available online from Planned Parenthood.

STD and birth control services can be delivered without the need for a physical office. This can be handled by Medicaid without the need for Planned Parenthood.

With teens in the home, there is no question that the knowledge of sexual health and reproduction are no longer the mystery they were just 20 years ago, thanks to the ability to seek answers on line with a simple Google search.

Many are also questioning taxpayer funding of a group that not only spends a lot of money on advertising, but on supporting the DNC. Planned Parenthood donated over $11 million to the DNC in 2013.  For the year 2009-2010, government grants and funding to Planned Parenthood was $487.4 million. it then donated $12 million  to the campaign re-elect President Obama. Some may argue that if the group has the funds to support “a political party” they do not need taxpayer funding.

When asked by Sen. Trey Gowdy about the political party support, Richards claimed that Planned Parenthood has also supported Republican law makers, but could not name any.

A favorite claim of Planned Parenthood is that the videos that have put the organization in bad light this year are not authentic. However, forensic analysis shows that the #PlannedParenthood videos are authentic.

Richards will not apologize for the behavior of the Planned Parenthood representatives on the tape. She says only that they should not have had those conversations in a non-clinical setting.

And in a final hypocrisy, Richards does not frequent PP clinics for her personal health care.


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