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‘Whatever you think of abortion rights, this is not the kind of organization that taxpayers should be funding’


Read this Kirsten Powers column: 

To preserve its federal subsidy, Planned Parenthood continues to claim that without its contraception services the abortion rate will go up. This deception smacks of a fleecing of taxpayers in an effort to promote an ideological agenda, rather than a sincere effort to help women plan families.

What is that ideology, exactly? To find out, you have to dig through Planned Parenthood’s tax forms because the group certainly isn’t going to tell you. According to its most recent tax filing, the purpose of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is to provide leadership in “[a]chieving, through informed individual choice, a U.S. population of stable size in an optimum environment; in stimulating and sponsoring relevant biomedical, socio-economic, and demographic research.”

So it is, in reality, a population-control organization. Funny, this was never mentioned in the gauzy $200,000 advertising campaign launched last week. It also doesn’t make it into the “About Us” section of the group’s website, which repeatedly claims its mission is to protect women’s health, when in fact the real mission is to keep the birth rate at whatever level the leaders believe it should be

To hear Planned Parenthood and their supporters, they exist only to provide Pap smears or breast exams or prenatal services. In fact, President Cecile Richards has gone so far as to erroneously imply that they provide mammograms. (A spokesperson for the group confirmed to me that this is untrue.)

Planned Parenthood officials are allowed to believe whatever they want and to pursue whatever goals they choose. But their dishonesty in how they present their organization to the public, along with ignoring basic statistics about their area of expertise, makes you wonder what else they are hiding. It’s also hard to deny that they are at core a blindly ideological organization, not a run-of-the-mill charitable nonprofit.

Whatever you think of abortion rights, this is not the kind of organization that taxpayers should be funding.

Read the whole piece. She bought the Planned Parenthood line about women’s health, just as Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas, did. Just as many well-intentioned Americans do. But there is every reason not to. 

Thanks, Kirsten. A column like hers is powerful. 

And add that to what Lila Rose and Live Action have encountered — most recently, an openness to helping sex traffickers do their business. Add that to the evidence of lax reporting we were already made aware of in Kansas. Add that to what we have long known about Planned Parenthood’s eugenics history. Add that to so much that we have too long overlooked as America’s largest abortion provider, a profit-maker, continues to get government funding. 

Read Abby Johnson’s testimony, too, if you haven’t. I talked with her here



Kirsten Powers piece now includes this note:

I made a serious error in reporting this column that undermines the conclusion I drew. I compared statistics on contraceptive use from a January 2011 Guttmacher Institute fact sheet to a year 2000 study on the same issue.  However, I did not realize that the 2011 fact sheet derived its statistics from the year 2000 numbers, so my argument was not supported by the data. I should also note that I sent my conclusionsand the relevant numbersto a Planned Parenthood spokesman before the piece posted, but he did not correct the factual issue at the time. I am deeply sorry for the error, which invalidates my piece.

This all too-human mistake may be a sigh of relief for Planned Parenthood advocates. But Planned Parenthood has to rely on mistakes from those taking a critical look at them, because when you take a look at how they operate, it’s clear the dots don’t quite connect as Planned Parenthood claims they do. Powers was motivated by honesty and a real commitment to truth and what is best for both women and the dignity of human life — men, women, and children, including the unborn. I can only pray that as this debate continues, everyone is.