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The Plain Truth

Posted in Life on: April 13th, 2011
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It seems like almost everyday the nation’s largest abortion provider sends out an email begging people to contact their elected officials to support taxpayer-funded abortion.

I’m continually amazed at their complete disregard for the truth, and their unfounded attacks on pro-life legislators in these messages.

Like this email they sent out today:

That’s not reality. The truth is any official who votes to deny public funding to Planned Parenthood is voting to block an organization that performed more than 332,000 abortions in 2010 from receiving our tax dollars.

They say that only 3% of their services are for abortion – but that 3% is responsible for hundreds of thousands of lives lost.

Let’s look at this a little closer: Planned Parenthood received roughly $360 million tax dollars last year and claims that these dollars do not go to abortion, they goes to other services.

This isn’t exactly accurate either when you consider that essentially all the money is going to the same place.

The funds they receive from the government may go to overhead costs or other “family planning” services, but because of this money, they free up other funds for abortion.

Indiana Congressman Mike Pence explains it well. The whole clip is great, but if you’re short on time, fast forward to 2:45 to catch him talking about this issue.

The plain truth is this: Regardless of the abortion industry’s accounting gimmicks, taxpayers don’t want any money going to an organization that performs abortions. Period.

(Representative Kimberly Yee debated Planned Parenthood Arizona Bryan Howard on NBC 12’s Lunchcast Tuesday. Topics included this issue and the abortion ultrasound bill that was signed into law at the CAP Family Dinner. Watch it here.)

Posted by Cathi Herrod

Cathi is President of Center for Arizona Policy. As a mom, lawyer and lifelong political junkie, Cathi's passion for the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious liberty stem from seeing how the culture impacts families, and how much public policy influences the culture.

2 Responses

  1. Risha O'Neill says:

    Thanks once again for providing important information about this topic. We may not be able to rely on the pro-abortion media to tell both sides of the story, but at least we have the internet to spread the truth for others to learn.

  2. Sondra Lee says:

    If we clarify the “details” often enough, the message will eventually get through to clear-thinking Americans. Common sense tells us that PP couldn’t continue to expand, building gigantic health centers in many target cities, if they didn’t have the excessive funds provided by our own government. If their cause is legitimate, private parties will come to their aid. Truth will win out, so we must continue to be diligent and vocal. Thank you for all you do!

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