Last year, the Center for Medical Progress dropped a political bombshell when it revealed the results of their two-year undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood.
They had found that the nation’s largest abortion chain was actually selling the body parts of babies they had aborted.
It created a huge scandal, and the backlash was immediate. Planned Parenthood eventually announced that they would end their practice of accepting cash in exchange for baby parts, but only after a lot of damage had already been done.
Congress investigated the abortion giant, along with multiple states across the country. Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards was forced to testify on the scandal. Congress voted to defund Planned Parenthood, although President Obama vetoed the bill.
The states took it into their own hands. So far, 14 states have moved to end state funding of Planned Parenthood, but not if the Obama administration gets its way.
The Department of Health and Human Services has introduced a new rule to prevent states from blocking federal funding to an organization that performs abortions.
Federal funds are meant to go solely to providers best able to perform family planning services. Thanks to the Hyde Amendment, those funds cannot be used to pay for abortions unless the life of the mother is at stake or in cases of incest or rape. However, in an organization like Planned Parenthood, what the federal money is being used for is, shall we say, very blurry – especially considering the fact that Planned Parenthood provides very little in the way of health care services.
Planned Parenthood’s annual reports are shocking with regards to what services they actually perform.
An analysis of the last nine years of annual reports shows that, under Richards’ leadership, the number of health care services performed have steadily dropped, while abortions have increased.
Breast exams, cancer screenings, and pap exams have all plummeted. Prenatal services and adoption referrals are practically non-existent. The reality is, when it comes to health care, Planned Parenthood serves an extremely small percentage of American women.
Planned Parenthood’s business is abortion, not health care.
Between 2011 and 2014, Planned Parenthood performed 1,457,035 pap tests. That sounds like a lot until you find out this accounts for less than 2.5% of the 61 million American women of reproductive age.
Nationwide there are only a small number of Planned Parenthood clinics (Approximately 645 in 2015).
Sticking with the beliefs of their founder, Margaret Sanger, They are often located in minority neighborhoods of large cities. Here are a few quotes from Sanger on black people and birth control:
“They are…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ’spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”
“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs) and comprehensive care clinics far outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics. These facilities offer primary care services, including family planning services, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. There are over 1,100 FQHCs around the country, operating at 6,000 sites.
States can choose to fund those clinics instead of funding Planned Parenthood, which would then eliminate any possibility of taxpayer funding being used for abortion. It’s also true that Planned Parenthood’s constant claim that abortion makes up only 3% of their services is completely false, as pro-life group Live Action illustrates in a new video:
Is the Obama administration really concerned about ensuring that women’s health care is properly funded, or are they just looking to protect taxpayer funding for abortion giant, Planned Parenthood?
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