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Pence v. Planned Parenthood

The campaign to defund the country's largest abortion provider advances.

1:31 PM, Apr 13, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Another troubling statistic: Over the past decade the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood has gone up, and the tiny number of adoption referrals has gone down. From 2000 to 2009, abortions performed by Planned Parenthood jumped from 197,000 to 332,000. During that same time, adoption referrals dropped from 2,486 to 977--while taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood increased from $202 million to $363 million.

Why should an organization so deeply invested in the business of abortion receive hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies? Pence's amendment doesn't cut a dime from family planning funds. It would allow such funds to be spent at hundreds of other qualified health facilities that are capable of distributing birth control.

While pro-choice advocates argue that the law already prohibits Planned Parenthood from paying for abortions with tax dollars, the law actually does nothing to prevent tax dollars from subsidizing abortionists. "Separation of Title X from abortion activities does not require separate grantees or even a separate health facility," according to the regulation issued by the Clinton administration. The regulation allows Title X programs and abortion clinics to even share the same staff.

In addition to underwriting abortion facilities and staff, federal dollars free up funds to pay for Planned Parenthood's political activities and lavish salaries. During the 2004-2005 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt raked in over $900,000 as the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the tax-exempt "non-profit" organization with a billion dollars in assets. That same year, Feldt earned about $24,000 as the president of Planned Parenthood's political arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, an operation that takes in around $10 million per year in order to defeat pro-life Republicans, parental consent laws, and other pro-life measures.

Planned Parenthood's current president Cecile Richards makes about $340,000 per year--double the salary of a U.S. senator--for working 32 hours a week for Planned Parenthood's nonprofit arm, according to the organization's tax forms. She takes in about $37,000 annually for working 40 hours per week for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. So, taxpayers subsidize Planned Parenthood's abortion-performing arm, which in turn subsidizes Planned Parenthood's political operation.

If all of this weren't bad enough, over the past four years pro-life activist Lila Rose has uncovered dozens of instances of Planned Parenthood officials willing to cover up statutory rape.

Recently, an actor posing as a pimp was given advice by a Planned Parenthood official in New Jersey on where he could get services in New Jersey for foreign 14-year-old prostitutes.

"We're involved in sex work," the actor told Planned Parenthood manager Amy Woodruff.  "Some of [the prostitutes] are like, ah, they're kind of young. Some of them are like 15, 14, and some of them don't speak any English," he continued, asking Woodruff why the prostitutes shouldn't be worried they'll be reported while coming in for Planned Parenthood's services. 

"As long as they just lie and say, 'Oh, [my sexual partner is] fifteen, sixteen.' You know, as long as they don't say 'fourteen' and as long as it's not too much of an age gap then we just kind of, like--then we just kind of play stup[id]," said Woodruff.

Woodruff was fired. Planned Parenthood dismissed the incident as an aberration.

But, as Charlotte Allen detailed in her 2007 article for THE WEEKLY STANDARD, "Planned Parenthood's Unseemly Empire," Planned Parenthood's most egregious behavior hasn't occured in hypothetical situations. In Connecticut, a 15-year-old girl was abducted, raped, and then had an abortion procured at Planned Parenthood. "She apparently wouldn't name the father, and it is all but certain that no one at Planned Parenthood went out of their way to inquire into the circumstances that led to her pregnancy," wrote Allen.

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