Abortion Opponents Demand Feds Pull the Plug on Planned Parenthood
July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM
(CNSNews.com) - Opponents of abortion and government waste are demanding that Congress pull the plug on the millions of dollars Planned Parenthood receives from the federal government.
Foes of Planned Parenthood believe the money the organization receives from federal, state and local governments is unnecessary because of the millions of dollars Planned Parenthood is able to raise on its own.
Stop Planned Parenthood International (STOPP) and Concerned Women for America (CWA) claim Planned Parenthood uses the $363 million it receives annually from the federal government on programs that promote teen sexual activity.
They cite Planned Parenthood's "Joe Sperm" character and the "Three Rivers Condom" ad which featured a picture of the implosion of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium and the subheading: "It Contains The Explosion," as examples of Planned Parenthood's alleged irresponsibility with federal funds.
STOPP and CWA have also attacked Planned Parenthood's efforts to offer free abortions in New York, and red, white, and blue condoms in Virginia following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Planned Parenthood doesn't need any taxpayer money. This organization has shown itself to be an aggressive and effective marketing company, continually finding new ways to generate lots of cash," STOPP International (a division of American Life League) President Jim Sedlak said. "They make tremendous profits every year."
"We have tracked Planned Parenthood's income and expenses every year since 1987 and there has never been a year where they haven't made money," Sedlak said. "The minimum they have made is six million dollars, and the year before last, they made $125 million in profits, and through all of this time they have been raking in millions and millions of money from our federal government, from our state governments, and our local governments."
CWA is concerned that Planned Parenthood's advertising campaigns promote sexual activity and leave more of the nation's youth vulnerable to teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
"They claim that their goal is to help young people avoid sexually transmitted diseases, but the very thing that they promote ends up with a higher rate of teen pregnancy, more cases of sexually transmitted diseases," said CWA Communications Director Wendy Wright. "Condoms do not protect against many forms of sexually transmitted diseases and have a terrible failure rate even [for] the ones they can prevent in a small manner."
Wright said Planned Parenthood's advertising campaigns and its alleged pressure of women to have abortions are evidence of the organization's irresponsibility in handling public money.
"Planned Parenthood has a terrible track record of coercing women into having abortions, which has put many of these women at risk of health problems later in life including breast cancer," Wright said. "The government should stop funding Planned Parenthood because the very activities Planned Parenthood is involved in is dangerous to the health of women, and they have shown that they are not responsible."
CWA cites a St. Louis. Mo. case involving a woman who was allegedly denied access to her ultrasound by a Planned Parenthood counselor and pressured into undergoing an abortion against her will as an example of Planned Parenthood's philosophy.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has also called for an end to Planned Parenthood's public funding.
"We are not too crazy about how non-profit entities receive federal money," said CAGW spokesman Sean Rushton. "If they are going to be engaged in good works or civil society activities, why is that not a private function?"
"Furthermore, in the case of this group they have the capacity to raise hundreds of millions of dollar on their own, so the question as to why they would even need federal dollars is doubly questionable," Rushton said. "Areas of life that are controversial in nature are better left to private individuals rather than using U.S. government funds that are coercively taken."
A Republican congressional staffer said the current conditions in Congress make it next to impossible for the GOP to defund Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood did not return phone calls seeking comment.