Election season seems to bring out the worst in Planned Parenthood as their political arm lobbies support for pro-abortion policies and politicians. This year seems to be particularly bad following eight years of one of the most pro-abortion administrations in our country’s history.
Here’s what the abortion giant has been up to lately—and it’s not pretty.
1. Obama Tries to Block States from Defunding Planned Parenthood
Thanks to the authenticated undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress, the whole nation got an intimate look at what goes on behind Planned Parenthood’s doors. And many of us didn’t like what we saw.
In the last year and a half, more than a dozen states passed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood and redirecting those funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Outnumbering Planned Parenthood facilities nearly 20 to 1, these FQHCs are certainly more worthy of our tax dollars compared to a scandal-ridden abortion giant with an extensive rap sheet, fewer actual healthcare services, and a penchant for selling baby parts.
It didn’t take long though for the abortion cronies to go into cleanup mode. From federal judges blocking state defund laws, to the Obama Administration funding Planned Parenthood directly through secretive grants, and pro-abortion members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives stonewalling the Planned Parenthood investigation at every turn, the abortion giant wasn’t going to let go of our tax dollars so easily.
But the Obama Administration appears to be looking for a more permanent fix. They’ve introduced a regulation that would not only make it impossible for states to defund Planned Parenthood, but might actually end up giving the abortion giant even more of our tax dollars on top of the $500 million it already receives each year.
“It’s difficult to read the president’s new regulation as anything other than a parting taxpayer-funded gift to a loyal crony,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox, who wrote about Obama’s parting gift to Planned Parenthood for the Daily Signal. And he’s right. Planned Parenthood’s abortion cronyism is well-documented, and it certainly seems that the Obama Administration will do whatever it takes to protect the nation’s largest abortionist—no matter how the American people feel about it.
2. No Zika Fight Without Planned Parenthood Funding
Pro-abortion democrats blocked federal funding to fight the Zika virus outbreak for months because the proposed bill didn’t include funding for two Planned Parenthood facilities in Puerto Rico. But abortion doesn’t treat Zika. All it does is kill innocent children in the womb who may or may not have potential disabilities.
It wasn’t until Congress was on the verge of shutting down the government if a spending bill wasn’t passed that they struck a compromise. Unfortunately, that compromise included funding for Planned Parenthood, which abortion cronies so desperately wanted.
3. Planned Parenthood Silences Abortion Critics in California
Planned Parenthood has worked with California Attorney General Kamala Harris to silence journalists who distribute recordings of insider communications of conversations involving abortion providers. This wildly unnecessary bill (it’s already illegal to make recordings without someone’s consent in California) is sponsored by Planned Parenthood, and creates extra criminal penalties—in this case $2,500 per violation, imprisonment of up to one year, or both—for those who distribute recordings of abortionists (ahem… “healthcare providers”).
First of all, I must point out the irony of Planned Parenthood feeling the need to silence undercover journalists like David Daleiden even though they still claim his videos are “highly edited.”
But back to the point: instead of changing their ways and becoming more—oh, I don’t know—humane and palatable to the American people, Planned Parenthood wants to silence anyone who dares show the world the truth about its dirty dealings. And if you wonder how bad this bill really is, consider the fact that not even the ACLU supports this bill that is so damaging to freedom of speech.
Unfortunately on Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law. Round 1 to the cronies.
These examples of abortion cronyism are no coincidence. Sure, they've had to ramp up efforts thanks to their growing number of scandals, but since 2008, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have increased federal election campaign contributions by over $19 million. Clearly the lengths the organization will go to in order to protect its abortion gold mine are nothing short of extreme. They know exactly what they’re doing—and they do it well.