Planned Parenthood’s defense? Deny doing anything illegal. And defame the Center for Medical Progress by claiming the videos are “heavily edited”.
Nothing illegal? “First passed by Congress in 1976, the Hyde Amendment ensures that abortion is not covered in the comprehensive health care services provided by the federal government through Medicaid. Congress has made some exceptions to the funding ban, which have varied over the years. At present, the federal Medicaid program mandates abortion funding in cases of rape or incest, as well as when a pregnant woman’s life is endangered” (National Committee for a Human Life Amendment).
According to Fox News, roughly $5 million in tax money is given every year to Planned Parenthood. Over the last ten years the organization has received more than $4 billion in state and federal aid. Does it matter which accounting column the money is recorded in? Obviously the money, one way or another, is used for abortions, despite their ludicrous protests.
But according to today’s “Wall Street Journal”, a bill to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding “isn’t expected to garner the 60 votes needed to advance, as nearly all Democrats object to it. Its defeat, however, won’t end the effort to cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood.” We’ll see.
Defame the Center for Medical Progress. In her first live interview about the controversy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards, said the organization has broken no laws and slammed the group that produced the videos, the Center for Medical Progress.
“The folks behind this, in fact, are part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that has been behind, you know, the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes and in their churches,” she told ABC’s “This Week.” “And that’s what actually needs to be looked at.” No defense but “not guilty” of lawbreaking. Nothing about morality. Nothing about the content of the videos. And, of course, attack the folks who expose the atrocities.
To be fair, Planned Parenthood provides other services. “About News” claims only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are for abortions, while “97% includes testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, cancer screening and prevention, and pregnancy testing and prenatal services.” According to an opinion column in “Bangor Daily News” reducing Planned Parenthood’s funding “means poor women will go without breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV tests and sexually transmitted disease treatment. Punishing these women for political gain or to further a moral ideology — while doing it so deceptively — is wrong and hurtful.” I thought Obamacare was supposed to take care of that. And methinks a bit more “moral ideology” is sorely needed.
The church must be a prophetic voice. That’s why I write about this again. Not prophetic in terms of telling the future, but in terms of telling the truth of God’s Word. Listen to the prophets . . .
” . . . learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).
“Woe to those . . . who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right” (Isaiah 5:22,23).
“No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil” (Isaiah 59:4).
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24).
There is no justice when . . . 900 innocent, unborn are slaughtered by Planned Parenthood every day (csnews.com). There is no justice when accounting practices allow Planned Parenthood to use our tax dollars for abortion in violation of the Hyde Amendment—and our government turns its back. There is no justice when aborted human body parts are trafficked and the whistle-blowers are attacked. There is no justice when intelligent people look at ultra-sounds and refuse to acknowledge a human, unborn baby and a Planned Parenthood medical assistant looks at scattered body parts and exclaims, “It’s a boy!” A boy.
Speak! If you haven’t yet, please consider contacting our two U.S. Senators from Florida and urge them to defund Planned Parenthood. Remember our tax dollars help fund these depraved, murderous acts!
Senator Bill Nelson may be contacted via email at http://www.billnelson.senate.gov/.
And Senator Marco Rubio may be contacted at http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/.
May our Father have mercy and stop this slaughter!