Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is tired of talking about Planned Parenthood. (And, to be honest, I’m tired of Chief Running Mouth talking, period.) She says she keeps doing it because Republicans keep talking about all the bad stuff Planned Parenthood does and she needs to talk about all the good stuff they do.
And she’s not alone. Millions of men and women take up arms every time Republicans start talking about defunding Planned Parenthood because they feel the group does good work. It’s almost as if they’re Indiana Jones trying to protect the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis. So, are they right? Let’s find out!
What the Left believes it means – an organization protecting a woman’s right to choose while offering a multitude of services to men and women that are absolutely vital
What it really means – an organization that makes money off killing babies and lying about it
Yep. I went there.
Abortion is one of those hot button issues that people tend to avoid like most people avoid a recent Amy Schumer movie. To adequately discuss Planned Parenthood, however it’s necessary to at least touch it considering it’s what they do. So, let me be crystal clear about what they do.
They kill babies for money while offering other services on the side that don’t generate money by and large.
Sorry I had to sugarcoat it like I did. Hopefully you will forgive me.
Sure, PP defenders will point out only 2-3% of what they do is performing abortions, and if you look at their numbers, you would think that’s right. But as Leftists who propose tax hikes on the rich will point out, it’s not the percentage that matters; it’s the amount of money that does. And when it comes to abortions, Planned Parenthood makes money hand over baby fist. Hey, those exotic sport cars don’t pay for themselves, right?
And that’s why I say Planned Parenthood makes money off lying to people. There is the public face, the one that makes their activities seem as innocuous as a lemonade stand, but there is the private face, where that lemonade stand starts making sausage. And when you have two faces, not only do you go through a lot of face cream, but you also have a vested interest in maintaining the public face and hide the private face.
For many years, Planned Parenthood was able to maintain the public face successfully by painting the people opposing them as religious zealots, moral reprobates, and intellectually backwards. Then, the Center for Medical Progress threw open the curtain to expose PP’s private face, showing them to be all about the money (and exposing their side job: selling baby parts).
Remember how Gollum obsessed over Bilbo’s ring? The Left made him seem like a man in a coma with their reaction to the Center’s videos. Instead of addressing the footage, they threw out every excuse in the book, including their favorite, “they were heavily edited.” Yeah, except for the fact they weren’t.
And that’s what I meant when I talked about the vested interest earlier. Planned Parenthood can’t defend what it does in private, so it has to divert attention away from it in the hopes the public face can be maintained. But it’s working as well as having Bill Clinton leading a couples weekend to work on marital fidelity. Republicans rightly took a look at federal funding for Planned Parenthood in light of the videos, and Leftists screamed about Republicans stripping away health care for women.
Yeah, there’s a tiny problem with that. Planned Parenthood doesn’t do a lot of actual health care. Remember it was only a few years ago that Planned Parenthood and their allies fought a Texas provision that would require their clinics meet minimum sanitary standards that hospitals and medical clinics have to meet. Why would that be?
Could it be…because PP’s clinics would fail miserably? Why, yes…yes it could!
And you don’t have to take my word for it. With a little online research, you can find former PP employees talking about how unsanitary their clinics are. Now, compare that to the PP talking points about them wanting abortions to be “safe.” One would think if PP was concerned about safety, they would want their clinics to be as sanitary as possible. Then again, if PP was really concerned about safety, they wouldn’t be in the abortion business in the first place, but that’s just me.
Let me be perfectly clear. I understand Planned Parenthood does good things for people who may not have another option. I do not have an issue with them providing these services. But it’s dishonest to downplay what they do aside from these services. There needs to be an honest accounting of what PP does and doesn’t do (like mammograms, contrary to what they and their supporters claim) so we can make an honest assessment.
And along with that honest accounting, I think we need an actual accounting of the money Planned Parenthood gets from the federal government. The Left is quick to point out the Hyde Amendment makes it illegal to use federal funds for abortions, but it’s also legally questionable for non-profits to contribute directly to political candidates, and guess what PP does. Yep, they donate to political candidates through their PAC. And in the world of partisan politics, co-mingling of funds is far too common. To make sure Planned Parenthood is following the letter of the law, let’s see their books.
Unless, of course, PP is trying to hide its private face again…