Cornerstone - On Tax Payer Funding for Planned Parenthood

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If the Center for Medical Progress videos don’t persuade you that Planned Parenthood needs more public scrutiny, maybe a look at their financial statements will get the message across. By accepting government grants and contracts, PP has made us all stakeholders in its operations, including the ones that have nothing to do with health care. PP supporters like to chant “cancer screenings” when public funding is threatened. How about looking at what Planned Parenthood could do with its own resources, if it were willing to make “cancer screenings” a priority?

And how is a $20,000,000 agency “de-funded” by the denial of a $638,900 two-year contract?
Twelve thousand New Hampshire women deserve to understand why they’re being used as human shields by an agency that allegedly has their best interests at heart.
Any agency, using private funds, could provide authentic health care along with abortions. It could provide health care along with the dissection of aborted children. Employees from several of its locations could be captured on tape discussing commerce in fetal body parts. Ex-contractors could recount their orders to slice through the face of a fetus with a still-beating heart. (The latter three activities have been documented in the CMP videos, all available online.) Such activities might be distasteful or even illegal. Done by a private agency, however, I would not be an indirect participant.

If that privately-funded agency furthermore spent a substantial sum – say, over a million dollars – on “public policy” work, it wouldn’t be my business. If it handed out pink t-shirts and “I stand with …” signs and lobbied against oversight of its abortion activities, I wouldn’t be helping to pay for that.

When Planned Parenthood of Northern New England gets a New Hampshire government contract, though, I’m involved. I don’t buy the claim that no government contract money goes for abortions. Every state contract dollar to PP frees up other PP revenue for use in its abortion business. Money is fungible, and all the slick lobbying in the world won’t change that.
Planned Parenthood would allay my concerns if it stopped doing abortions. If abortion were really as small a part of its business as it claims, dropping it would be simple. Instead, though, PP clings to abortion as though it were the sole reason for the organization’s existence – and to add insult to injury, its employees and supporters libel those of us who do not want to fund an abortion provider, claiming that we want to deny women those cancer screenings upon which PP is relying for respectability.

We’re not attacking women’s reproductive health. We’re refusing to participate in abortion. Anyone who can’t see the difference has no business trying to land a state contract or make state policy.

There’s more to my concern than abortion and those damning videos. There’s the math. How can the Executive Council’s denial of a contract cause PP to threaten 12,000 women with the loss of their health care, when the amount of that contract works out to about $27.50 per woman per year?

When the Executive Council looked at the family planning contracts that were voted on a few weeks ago, each proposed vendor had to provide detailed financial statements. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England reported that in 2014, it spent $1.5 million on public policy work. It spent $214,000 on marketing and communication, and close to a million dollars on fundraising. While not included in the financial statements offered to the Council, PPNNE’s 2013 IRS form 990 revealed that its chief lobbyist earned a base salary of $111,000.

And this is an organization that threatened 12,000 women with loss of health care if it failed to land a contract worth $27.50 per year for each of those women. The only thing worse than a lobbyist getting away with saying that is the sight of a Governor and two Executive Councilors taking her seriously.

Planned Parenthood wants to use my money. I say no. Do you want me to say yes? Then get rid of the abortion advocacy. Stop blending abortion with health care. Stop holding 12,000 women hostage to your abortion work. Invite increased public oversight. Denounce the trafficking in fetal body parts that has now been documented in other PP affiliates.

Until then, Planned Parenthood needs to operate as a private entity, without our tax dollars. If it has as many supporters as it wants politicians to believe, that won’t be a problem.