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Planned Parenthood’s Political Juggernaut Is Meeting Its Match

By Peter B. Gemma

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider and a powerful multi-million-dollar political machine. Hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding go for its non-profit “family planning services.” In truth, however, that facilitates Planned Parenthood’s political activities, underwritten by private donations, in support of politicians who keep the federal funding flowing.

Fortunately for the pro-life side, the Susan B. Anthony List has reached parity in political fundraising and organizational operations on the ground. Of course, it gets no tax dollars. And the Trump administration has been a great restrictor of the abortion giant with executive guidelines.

Recently, the Trump administration enacted a rule that would require family planning clinics to be housed in separate buildings from abortion clinics, a move that would cut off Planned Parenthood from some federal funding. The new guidelines apply to a $286 million-a-year grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control and testing of sexually transmitted diseases for four million of its low-income clients. It requires the “physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion referrals. Planned Parenthood clinics will be able to talk to mothers about abortion, but not where they can go to get one. The organization receives between $50 million and $60 million from Title X.

Of course, the new federal rule is being challenged in court. Several state officials, including Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and presidential candidate/Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, have announced an intent to sue over the new policy.

Legal battles may not be good news because right to life advocates have not fared well in the courts lately.

In June 2017, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Medicaid Act “authorizes a private right of action,” allowing Medicaid recipients to challenge the disqualification of a health care provider. Louisiana and Kansas, which had stripped Planned Parenthood of state Medicaid funds after evidence that the abortion provider was harvesting and selling fetal body parts, proceeded to appeal the ruling to the U. S. Supreme Court. On Dec. 10 2018, by a vote of six to three, the High Court declined to hear the appeal, letting the lower court ruling stand. Justices Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch dissented. Instead of supplying the fourth vote needed just to allow for a hearing, Chief Justice Roberts and, in a surprise to many (not all) pro-lifers, Justice Kavanaugh, sided with the four liberals on the Court.

Meanwhile for Planned Parenthood, it’s business-as-usual and business is good as it is cashing in on the Trump era. In 2018, taxpayers were charged for a $20 million increase in federal funding according to the organization’s annual report – a total of $564.8 million in government subsidies. Planned Parenthood also received $100 million more from private contributions and bequests in 2018 than it did in 2017, with Warren Buffett, the investment guru, leading the way. He has donated $63.5 million to Planned Parenthood since 2014 through his family’s foundation. Planned Parenthood’s total net assets have increased from $1.6 billion last year to nearly $1.9 billion in 2018.

And Planned Parenthood has now ramped-up its abortion services. They are providing travel expenses and financial assistance for clients in states where abortion is restricted and regulated, to states where controls are loose to non-existent.

Curiously, despite receiving regular increases via taxpayer dollars and boosts in their private fund-raising efforts, Planned Parenthood’s services have declined. The organization’s 2015-2016 report revealed that Planned Parenthood served 100,000 fewer women in 2015-2016 as compared to 2014-2015. But their abortion machine is in high gear: 323,999 abortions performed two years ago, 328,348 last year, and 332,757 in 2018. Planned Parenthood has cornered 35 percent of the abortion market.

In 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood performed 83 abortions for every one adoption referral. The abortion giant referred about 3,000 women to adoption services during 2018, one thousand less than the year before.

Planned Parenthood’s new president, Dr. Leana Wen, has acknowledged that abortion isn’t just a service the organization provides, but the bottom line of their business: “First, our core mission is providing, protecting, and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care. We will never back down from that fight.”

What is the secret of Planned Parenthood’s success? The organization’s previous CEO, Cecile Richards, put it simply: “We have the potential to swing the vote and that’s a lot of power. The question is, what are we going to do with it? We’re going to be the largest kickass advocacy organization in the country!

Planned Parenthood and its political arms are separate on paper (because taxpayers are forced to give the abortion chain over $500 million a year for health services). However, private and corporate donors direct their money into Planned Parenthood’s political agenda – and abortion business – rather than to fund the other services the organization provides. In 2018, donors invested $532.7 million dollars in Planned Parenthood, including $21 million from left-wing billionaire George Soros.

Planned Parenthood has some 40 corporate backers, including:

  • American Express
  • Levi Strauss
  • AT & T
  • Macy’s
  • Avon
  • Microsoft
  • Bank of America
  • Nike
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Pepsi-Co
  • Clorox
  • Starbucks
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Verizon

Federal law prohibits government funding “to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion” (except in cases of rape, incest, or an amorphous ‘danger to the life of the mother’). That’s where Planned Parenthood’s private donors step in. Last year they bankrolled the organization’s $160 million expenditure on “public policy” (lobbying) and “movement building to engage communities” (grassroots organizing; there are more than 50,000 student members on 350 campuses.)

In addition, Planned Parenthood poured over $20 million directly into the 2018 midterm election. And there’s more. Because of its partnership with the Win Justice Coalition (which includes the Service Employees International Union, the Center for Community Change Action, and the Color of Change PAC), Planned Parenthood’s 2018 war chest actually topped $28 million.

In 2016, according to the Federal Election Commission, Planned Parenthood invested $12.6 million into independent expenditures – nearly all of it to support Democrats or oppose Republicans. That figure includes $2.8 million to attack Donald Trump and $2.4 million to back Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

George Soros and his family are major donors to Planned Parenthood Votes, giving a combined $4.75 million in two election cycles. Last year, Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former mayor of New York City, contributed $1 million to one of Planned Parenthood’s political operations.

On the positive side, the largest pro-life political action committee that is a muscular match for Planned Parenthood, the Susan B. Anthony List, has matched the abortion giant’s financial clout politically along with its organizational skills. The group raised and spent some $28 million in 2018, which matches Planned Parenthood and its partnership organizations combined. The Susan B. Anthony List also marshaled enough troops to knock on the doors of some 2.7 million pro-life households as part of its grassroots efforts to get out the vote.

The Susan B. Anthony List has become a force to be reckoned with and one that, while largely ignored by a medial that is slavish in producing pro-abortion puff pieces, is making its presence known in political elections.

Of course, the newest and biggest asset of the right to life movement is the Trump administration.

Scores of federal judges who, by-in-large, have pro-life records have been nominated and appointed and the impact is now being felt. This month, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Ohio’s right to defund Planned Parenthood, asserting that there is no “Fourteenth Amendment right to perform abortions.” It reversed a lower court’s decision by an 11–6 vote, with all four Trump appointees ruling against Planned Parenthood. 

Many federal government agencies and departments are creating pro-life policies.

For example, President Trump has expanded policies to ensure American tax dollars are not used to fund the abortion industry in all global health programs. The new Trump policy protects over $8.8 billion overseas aid from funding abortion. Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services  established the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Office for Civil Rights that will work to protect health care professionals who do not want to participate in abortion.

And the Trump administration has hired pro-life personnel.

Bethany Kozma, senior adviser for the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the U.S. Agency for International Development, told the annual U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting that the “U.S. is a pro-life nation.” An overstatement for certain, especially considering the strengthening political clout of Planned Parenthood, but it rings truer than it has in a long, long time.

Peter B. Gemma is a freelance writer whose articles and commentaries have appeared in USA Today, AmericanThinker.com, and the DailyCaller.com.


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Trump Team Rolls Back Planned Parenthood Abortion Funding

Rod Thomson

As the Trump Administration continues to roll back terrible rules and policies from the Obama Administration and earlier, it has now tackled one that will take up to $60 million in taxpayer money out of Planned Parenthood’s pockets.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is changing a rule in Title X implementation policy that would eliminate abortion providers from receiving the federal money they currently receive through the federal program. Of course, the largest by far is Planned Parenthood, which gets up to $60 million of the $287 million Title X program every year.

The rule change would also prohibit facilities that receive Title X funds from referring patients to specific abortion centers, although it would still allow employees to counsel women about abortion options generally.

This federal program is designed specifically to provide contraceptives to low-income or uninsured people, including those who are not eligible for Medicaid.

The rule change actually reverts back to one that President Reagan instituted in the 1980s. President Clinton, however, did away with it, President Bush did nothing about it and President Obama strengthened it. Trump is obviously a different kind of president.

Importantly, the Reagan-era rule, which the new one mirrors, was already upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. That doesn’t mean that Planned Parenthood and surrogates won’t challenge it, but they won’t win. (Outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.)

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This rule change does not defund Planned Parenthood entirely. That will probably require action by Congress, which has shown itself unwilling. The abortion giant still receives funding from other government programs and departments. In fact, the Government Accountability Office found that in a three-year period, the federal government paid abortion providers $26.5 billion. So while federal money is legally barred from paying for abortions, Planned Parenthood’s finances are fungible enough that the money is undoubtedly supporting abortions.

This is all the more important as Planned Parenthood continues to reel from one ugly scandal after another.

Life News reported just yesterday: “The Planned Parenthood abortion chain has been caught repeatedly performing abortions on abuse victims as young as 12 and 13 years old, failing to report suspected sexual abuse to authorities, and sending victims back to their abusers. A new investigative report report chronicles these cases and reveals Planned Parenthood’s decades-long pattern of helping child sex abusers cover up their crimes.”

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This comes on top of the sting operation last year by Project Veritas that uncovered Planned Parenthood’s routine selling of baby parts from aborted babies that created a national outcry, despite being attacked in the media.

There’s still a long way to go when it comes to not paying for abortions. But even if Congress is not up to the fight, President Trump is willing to do what is necessary and legal to keep as much public money out of Planned Parenthood as possible.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.

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Planned Parenthood Targets Minors For Transgender Treatment

Rod Thomson

In a virtually ignored development, Planned Parenthood has found another way to make a buck on the backs of mostly impressionable young people.

On top of its massive abortion industry, and the more recent discovery that it was selling baby parts, the nation’s largest abortion provider is now offering transgender hormone therapy for women who want to become men and men who want to become women.

Planned Parenthood’s abortion business model is threatened as the U.S. abortion rate continues to decline, new regulations are put in place on the horrific and unpopular practice of late-term abortions and the American public becomes more inclined towards curtailing abortions as science reveals more of what is going on in the womb.

Further, there is substantial momentum toward defunding Planned Parenthood at the federal level, which would be another blow to the abortion giant’s revenue stream. Congress can’t quite get its act together on this, but the Trump Administration is actively helping states in the fight for unborn babies. The Health and Human Services administration, working with the Alliance Defending Freedom legal team, is telling states they no longer have to comply with Obama regulations that threw up roadblocks for states trying to exclude Planned Parenthood from their state Medicaid programs.

Declining abortions and reducing tax funding is putting a crimp in Planned Parenthood’s money flowing style. So it is not surprising that the organization turned to transgender hormone — or sex change — treatments in 2016. But it is quickly going for the younger, more impressionable teens who are in vulnerable years of life.

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Until literally the last few years, gender dysphoria was understood to be a psychological disorder, and very treatable. Importantly, most young people who experience this condition of gender confusion outgrow it as adults and no longer suffer from the dysphoria. Somewhere between 75 percent and 95 percent of children experiencing gender dysphoria will outgrow it as adults. The majority grow up to be gay adults. The minority are traditional adults.

But the LGBTQ activist community continues to undermine every scientific reality with its powerful political machine and a sympathetic media. Just off their successful dissolution of marriage as being between one man and one woman, the LGBTQ activists immediately turned to mucking up the differences between the two sexes. Boys can be girls and girls can be boys, whatever they feel like, science and biology and known reality be damned.

One of the earliest Planned Parenthood groups to begin selling hormone therapy drugs is based in Sarasota, Florida, where it is now dishing out the irreversible body-altering drugs to about 250 people on a regular basis. The Guardian newspaper reported that “Planned Parenthood is one of the largest sources in the U.S. of transgender healthcare.”

And now, it will be “offering” its drugs for sale to minors with parental consent. But anyone paying attention knows that the parental consent portion will be under attack almost instantly.

This is abominable considering most of these minors will outgrow their gender confusion as adults, but with these drugs, they will be unalterably changed. Many of their lives will be severely degraded because of the drug regiment they chose to buy from Planned Parenthood as teens. But the LGBTQ community will further its destructive agenda and Planned Parenthood will play its part while making its millions.

Most transgender hormone treatment clinics require a therapist’s letter for giving out the irreversible, body-altering drugs — providing some tiny level of protection from compulsive acts — something teens are famous for. But Planned Parenthood does not. In fact, all the group’s policy requires is to simply inform confused young people of the risks of treatment. The patient signs the form, the treatments begin, and the money flows in.

The hormonal ‘sex-change’ treatments are not supposed to be funded by tax dollars, but they are when it is deemed “medically necessary,” according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Thus a brand new revenue stream is spawned for Planned Parenthood, and more lives will be unnecessarily devastated.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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