Question of the Day: Will a single politician return the donations Planned Parenthood made to his or her campaign?
- According to Influence Explorer, Planned Parenthood has spent $31,987,760 on campaign financing between 1989 and 2014.
- Additional Planned Parenthood fundraising and expenditure data (1998 to 2014) is available at opensecrets.org.
- In spite of Planned Parenthood’s $450,000 advertising campaign, the people of Iowa elected Joni Ernst to the Senate in 2014.
It’s time for the Democratic party to (1) divorce and defund Planned Parenthood, (2) stand up for the dignity of the human person, and (3) offer women honest choices and real care.
You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works!
My bones are not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
fashioned in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me unformed;
in your book all are written down;
my days were shaped, before one came to be.
— Psalm 139:13–16
I contacted both Senator Kaine and Senator Warner’s offices, asking them to vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Following is the response I received from the office of Senator Mark Warner:
Dear Ms. Michalsky,
Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about the recent controversy involving two employees of Planned Parenthood unknowingly videotaped in conversation with activists.
I appreciate the benefit of your views on these sensitive issues, and I respect advocates on both sides of the debates over reproductive rights, and research involving fetal tissue. I understand that positions on these issues come from deep-rooted moral, religious and political values. Please be sure that my office will review your comments carefully as I consider and vote on relevant legislation.
Again, thank you for contacting me. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at http://www.warner.senate.gov .
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator
In my letter, I brought up the following questions and points:
- With $1.4 billion in net assets, why does Planned Parenthood need taxpayer funding?
- What happened to the $127 million of excess revenue PP made in FY 2013–2014?
- With the Affordable Care Act extending health care services to greater numbers of Americans, why should taxpayers promote Planned Parenthood’s “fast-food service” style abortion clinics?
- Is Planned Parenthood really offering choices? Are they offering women the choice to choose life? Or are they taking advantage of the poor, of minorities, of those being pressured by others (parents or boyfriends), so their lives won’t be affected because nature took its course.
- PPFA often speaks out against laws that require women to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. They don’t want women to see with their eyes and know the truth that rather than “tissue” in their womb, it is a human being in development. PPFA calls the ultrasound “invasive,” yet they will readily do an ultrasound when it assists their own mission of harvesting fetal body parts. That makes no sense.
I tried to be brief, but I asked the senators from Virginia to consider also the following:
- PPFA does not give women all the facts about abortion. For example, PPFA omits on its Web site that having an abortion increases a woman’s risk of getting cervical cancer. There is also a risk of abnormal development in later pregnancies because of cervical and uterine damage.
- For every adoption referral PP clinics made in 2013, they performed 174 abortions.
- PP clinics are not there, years later, when a woman begins to understand what she has done: taken the life of her own child. It is easy to downplay the psychological and emotional effects when you study post-abortive women only one year out, and ignore them five, ten years down the road.
- PP clinics offer no choices or services to women who become infertile after an abortion.
- PPFA and its clinics lose focus on “caring” for women when they get involved in selling the human tissue of aborted babies.
Will Senator Warner’s office remember my letter when it cashes its next $10,000 check from Planned Parenthood? …not that Senator Warner needs the cash; his net worth is $257 million (2014). (In 2012 Planned Parenthood gave a mere $845 to Tim Kaine.)
Let’s get real: Planned Parenthood clinics are to the “health care” industry what “Pay Day Loans” stores are to the “finance” industry. You’re in a bind? I can help you out quick.
Question of the Day 2: How many politicians who want taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood have watched the full versions of all four Center for Medical Progress videos? How many of them saw the tiny hand in the strainer (video 4)? If you want to fund PP, then you must watch all the videos. The entire Senate needs to watch the unedited videos together (they can have a lunch break after video 2 and before video 3) before they vote on Monday. They can invite the president over, so his press people will stop repeating PP’s press quotes, and give Obama a chance to offer his own honest response.
- Read S.1881 – A bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- Read H.R. 3134 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
- Watch Diane Black (R–Tennessee, 6th District) introduce the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
- Watch Bill Patmon (D–Ohio, 10th District) speak at Right to Life Rally, asking why #BlackLivesMatter are not protesting outside Planned Parenthood clinics?
- Get Women Betrayed Action Kit
- Take Action National Right to Life editable form letter to your senator
You see, Planned Parenthood doesn’t empower women – it deceives them at their most difficult and vulnerable moments. It values convenience over truth and profit over life. — Rep. Diane Black