On the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion nationwide, President Joe Biden had this to say:
As we mark the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, now is the time to rededicate ourselves to the work ahead. From codifying Roe to eliminating maternal and infant health disparities, our Administration is committed to ensuring everyone has access to the health care they need.— President Biden (@POTUS) January 22, 2021
If this is shocking to you, it shouldn’t be. We’ve already shared that the Biden-Harris campaign promised to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, fight against state-level abortion restrictions, and promote abortion with taxpayer funds.
But the Biden campaign went even further than that. It promised to help Planned Parenthood specifically. That’s why, in a tweet the same week as Biden’s, the nation’s largest abortion business couldn’t hide its glee: “Feels great to have champions for reproductive rights in the White House again! We’re excited for the work and progress ahead.”
Unfortunately, they’re right. Planned Parenthood, which reported performing over 345,000 abortions in its 2017 fiscal year, certainly does have a collaborator in the White House. What that likely means is more taxpayer funding of the abortion giant.
Last year, the federal Department of Health and Human Services created a rule that prevented Planned Parenthood from receiving “family planning” funds through Title X funding grants. The effect of this rule was to make Planned Parenthood ineligible for $60 million in federal funds it would otherwise receive.
That modest policy change took us one step closer to defunding Planned Parenthood—though we still had a long way to go: as of 2019, Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion dollars in government funding every year.
But now that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have taken office, we can expect to take a big step back.
The Biden-Harris campaign promised to “restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood” by “revers[ing] the Trump Administration’s rule preventing these organizations from obtaining Title X funds.”
This is bad news for all who value the sanctity of life. Planned Parenthood isn’t just America’s largest abortion provider; it is an organization that has been shown to be corrupt again and again.
Over the past decade, Planned Parenthood:
- Has been accused of misusing $28 million in taxpayer funds;
- Was willing to cover up sexual abuse of young girls visiting its clinics in six different states;
- Has lied about providing mammograms and prenatal care; and
- Has had company leaders caught on camera illegally selling the body parts of aborted children.
Let’s talk about that last point—in 2015, journalist, David Daleiden, shocked the country with his undercover footage of Planned Parenthood officials selling aborted children’s bodies to medical researchers.
Not only did Daleiden face a full-force media campaign against his videos, claiming they were “deceptively edited,” but he also faced an investigation started by the Attorney General of California. The investigation included a raid on Daleiden’s Los Angeles residence where his laptop and camera equipment were seized.
In 2016, that same attorney general worked with Planned Parenthood years before to craft legislation to silence journalists who record and publish conversations involving abortion providers.
Why do we keep coming back to the California attorney general from five years ago? Because that attorney general was Kamala Harris—who is now the Vice President of the United States.
Planned Parenthood knows it has friends in the White House in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
But it also knows it has a worthy adversary in Alliance Defending Freedom.
ADF has been fighting Planned Parenthood in court for years. We filed a complaint against Planned Parenthood Arizona when it allegedly failed to report the rape of a young girl. We have stood up to Planned Parenthood when it challenges commonsense laws that protect women. And we’ve represented former Planned Parenthood employees who have witnessed the organization commit fraud.
Not to mention that we secured a Supreme Court victory against California’s anti-free speech law, sponsored by Kamala Harris and backed strongly by Planned Parenthood, that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for abortion.
We are ready to stand for the sanctity of life under the Biden Administration. But we need your help to do so.
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