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Behind The Pink Ribbon

From RedState:

Every year thousands of women train and prepare to Race for the Cure organized by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer nonprofit.  During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, almost every product on the shelves, from batteries to blenders, turns pink and contributes a portion of their sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  One needs not see the name to know who is behind the pink ribbon.  Most people, however, do not know what is beyond the ribbon and the name for which it stands.

$731,303.  That is the amount donated to Planned Parenthood by Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2009 alone.  The relationship between Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen has been documented and objected to for so long that Komen actually has an explanation letter on their website.

“Komen provides funding for local community health programs through our network of more than 120 affiliates across the United States.  Each Affiliate is responsible for assessing the breast health service needs—including education, screening, treatment and support—for the residents within its region as well as identifying and providing funding to organizations that can meet those needs. Annually, Komen Affiliates fund programs that provide breast health education and breast screenings for hundreds of thousands of low-income, uninsured, or medically under-served women via nearly 2,000 local organizations, including 19 Planned Parenthood programs.”

Read the rest at RedState.

Exposing the Planned Parenthood Mythology

From National Review:

Indiana is full of non-Planned Parenthood clinics and primary-care doctors that provide all those basic medical tests Planned Parenthood claims poor women need. As a new series of Live Action phone calls to Planned Parenthood facilities in Indiana make very clear.

As Live Action points out, Planned Parenthood serves less than one percent of Medicaid patients in Indiana but performs more than half of the abortions in the state.

From Live Action’s press release this morning:

“Indiana has become Ground Zero in the national battle to defund Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion business in America,” states Live Action President Lila Rose. “As more and more states, most recently Wisconsin and Texas, continue to defund the abortion giant of millions of dollars, Planned Parenthood wants us to believe they are the only game in town when it comes to providing care for Medicaid patients. In reality, their own staff admit that they aren’t the only option for women in need.”

In an official press release, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed that Indiana’s defunding of Planned Parenthood would “take away health care from thousands of women in Indiana.” Last week, Live Action’s undercover investigators called 16 of the 28 Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics posing as women on Medicaid concerned about where they could receive services if Planned Parenthood’s funding was not restored.

 

What Do Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Wisconsin Teachers Have in Common?

From National Review:

They’re both trying to overcome (for them) terrifying cultural trends through brute political force. Why else would the unions fight the absurdly over-the-top “Battle of Madison” over marginal changes in employee benefits and a collective-bargaining limitation that, truth be told, wouldn’t much impact the daily lives of teachers?

Why is the Obama administration willing to hold $4 billion in Medicaid money hostage until Indiana funds Planned Parenthood? Even worse, why was the Obama administration willing to shut down the entire federal government rather than force Planned Parenthood to forgo $317 million in federal funds?

It’s clear that losing union power in Wisconsin or Planned Parenthood funding in even one state represents the crossing of an invisible line for the Left. In 2003, as the American military marched towards Baghdad, the media reported that Saddam had drawn a “red line” around his capital, and if American forces crossed that line, he’d unleash his full (mythical) arsenal. Well, the Left has its own “red lines,” and it’s unleashing its full arsenal as the conservative movement marches on.

Americans are increasingly pro-life. In an era of record deficits, there’s no justification for funding America’s primary abortion mill. Likewise, public patience is exhausted with unions’ endless demands for pensions we can’t afford, job security we don’t enjoy, and work rules unthinkable in modern corporations. Thus, two central partners in the Left’s cultural coalition have their backs against the wall.

Their response? Brute political force, applied against a backdrop of hysterical rhetoric and relentless litigation. Their message is clear: You can’t touch our sacred cows.

Three years ago, Republicans would have caved in the face of this assault, retreating with half-hearted compromises and apologetic rhetoric. But that was before the Tea Party. Now, liberal chants of “Shame! Shame!” sound like applause to conservative ears, Sarah Palin leads rallies in snowstorms, and far from being deterred by union protests, other state legislatures yawn . . . and then kill collective bargaining.

It’s a new day, and now is not the time for Indiana — or any other state — to waver in the face of leftist fury.

Holding the Hoosier State Hostage

From National Review:

If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, the Obama administration must be thronged with elves. For the second time this year, the Obama health-plex is staking an entire government funding stream on the retention of full subsidies for Planned Parenthood.

In April it was the fate of a continuing resolution to fund the entire federal government for the rest of this fiscal year. President Obama personally threatened to veto the cut of a single federal dollar for the abortion-industry giant when it was one of only two issues stymieing agreement with congressional Republicans. Now, thanks to a letter from the Center for Medicaid Services and its recess-appointed chief, Donald Berwick, Indiana’s entire $4 billion federal allotment for Medicaid is at risk — all because the Indiana legislature had the temerity to disallow Planned Parenthood’s participation in its state Medicaid plan.

Indiana is hardly alone in its sentiment that the house that Margaret Sanger built doesn’t help the neighborhood. Its decision to deny Planned Parenthood participation in programs that provide STD testing, family planning, and other services mirrors the House of Representatives’ decision to defund the agency entirely and the preferences of several other states as well. A series of Supreme Court rulings decades ago ratified the constitutionality of municipal hospitals deciding to defund abortion and favor childbirth services over abortion; it is no less sensible for a state to disfavor subsidies of any kind for agencies that clearly favor abortion over childbirth.

Hoosier officials point out that the women’s health services the federal Medicaid program underwrites – encompassing all of Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion repertoire — are amply covered by other outfits. Indiana has some 800 qualified providers who manage to deliver care without controversy. Federal officials insist that states can’t curtail funding for agencies based on their “scope of services,” but only on grounds of fraud or other malfeasance. Planned Parenthood’s record on the financial-responsibility front, however, is less than stellar.

Indiana’s attorney general says that the state will continue to contest a Planned Parenthood lawsuit insisting it is entitled to taxpayer support. The pressure from Washington may become irresistible if Berwick and company follow through on their implicit threat to withhold every dollar of federal medical aid to the poor unless Indiana relents. That fact is a sober reminder that more is at stake in this battle than the fungibility of abortion revenue. The federal health-care bureaucracy is an unelected piper calling an increasingly aggressive tune. When 2013 rolls around and Obamacare takes full effect, that tune will rise to a symphonic roar.

Barack Obama’s pro-abortion extremism

From HoosierAccess:

When Mitch Daniels signed HEA 1210 into law and prohibited Planned Parenthood from receiving tax money through Medicaid, he said that “any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

Planned Parenthood of Indiana could not abide this restriction because they are determined to murder unborn children. If they are truly so concerned with providing the alleged “wide range” of “services” to their clients, why not end the abortion practice that they claim is such a small portion of their business? Why not work within the system to provide health care to those who need it?

Let’s not forget that PPIN has been caught twice on tape by Live Action Films trying to cover up the sexual abuse of 13 year old girls.

Let’s also not forget that Planned Parenthood also bragged in a request for funding from the Bloomington City Council and Monroe County Council that they would provide contraception to 13 year old girls. When a 13 year old girl is pregnant, that is prima facie evidence that a felony has taken place. As I explained months ago, giving contraception to these girls helps sexual predators cover up their crimes.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Governor Mitch Daniels commits to defund Planned Parenthood

From HoosierAccess:

In a move that some have said will make Indiana the most prolife state in America, Governor Mitch Daniels has announced that he will sign HEA 1210, a bipartisan bill that will defund organizations that perform abortion.

Like the pensive Governor we all know him to be, when Gov. Daniels considered this bill he did the homework and demonstrated that his administration will ensure access to women’s health centers that perform vital services, in every county of the state, so long as they do not perform abortions.

Stating his willingness to be “quick to forgive” organizations that perform the procedure, Governor Daniels said the following about their chances at future funding:

“Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

Now we’ll see just how much Planned Parenthood cares about women: will they quit doing abortions so that they may continue other services for women’s health or will they file lawsuits as they implicitly demonstrate that abortions are more important to them than anything else.

Full press release:

MEDIA ADVISORY
April 29, 2011

Governor Mitch Daniels issued a statement today about HEA 1210, approved this week by the Indiana General Assembly:

“I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now.  I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position. The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers, as reflected in greater than 2:1 bipartisan votes in both legislative chambers.

“I commissioned a careful review of access to services across the state and can confirm that all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women’s health, will remain readily available in every one of our 92 counties. In addition, I have ordered the Family and Social Services Administration to see that Medicaid recipients receive prompt notice of nearby care options. We will take any actions necessary to ensure that vital medical care is, if anything, more widely available than before.

“Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

More about the impact of HEA 1210 in Indiana:

  • This law will affect 7 entities in Indiana which have a total of 34 locations in 21 counties throughout the state.
  • In the 21 counties where these 7 entities currently operate, there are approximately 800 Medicaid providers which are eligible to provide Medicaid clients with health and family planning services.
County Medicaid Providers
ALLEN 63
BARTHOLOMEW 10
DELAWARE 23
ELKHART 37
FLOYD 7
HENDRICKS 25
JACKSON 5
JEFFERSON 6
KOSCIUSKO 29
LAKE 118
LAPORTE 17
LAWRENCE 14
MARION 192
MONROE 21
PORTER 22
ST. JOSEPH 71
SCOTT 11
TIPPECANOE 26
VANDERBURGH 38
VIGO 54
WAYNE 11
Total 800

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Contact: Jane Jankowski, 317/232-1622

Interesting Facts about Planned Parenthood

From HoosierAccess:

American Thinker has a great article deconstructing recent attempts to defend Planned Parenthood (abbreviated as PPFA, for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America) from conservative efforts, spearheaded by Congressman Mike Pence, to strip away the group’s federal funding.

In essence, Planned Parenthood has very little to do with “women’s health” and everything to do with abortions.

One particularly interesting thing about the recent budget deal was the curious willingness of Obama and liberal Democrats to agree to increases in spending reductions in exchange for the continued flow of Federal tax dollars to a group that engages in the wholesale destruction of innocent babies. They were more concerned about continuing to fund the abortion industry than they were with maintaining Federal spending in many other areas (most of which, doubtless, did not involve murdering innocent life). Obama and his Democrats have their priorities.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Frank Lautenberg: Pro-Lifers, Tea Party Patriots Don’t Deserve Constitutional Liberties

From Moonbattery:

A certain Democrat Senator from New Jersey certainly puts the lout in Lautenberg. Here he is holding forth in favor of the taxpayer-financed abortion mill Planned Parenthood:

“Those who don’t respect the rights of women [to kill inconvenient children] don’t earn the freedoms that are guaranteed in the Constitution.”

Regarding Tea Party patriots, he condescendingly sneers:

“They don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution. But we’ll give them to them anyway.”

Fortunately, we don’t need to rely on the benevolence of crumbs like Loutenberg. Our freedoms don’t come from him.

Planned Parenthood Funding: We’re Waiting

From RedState:

It has now been weeks since a series of damaging videos showing Planned Parenthood’s systematic willingness to facilitate child sex-trafficking and other forms of lawbreaking, and Congress has yet failed to act to strip Federal funding of this corrupt organization. Several pro-life groups are stepping up the pressure with a series of videos designed to highlight the issue. The first is a powerful user-submitted video which won the contest sponsored by the Expose Planned Parenthood Coalition last week:

The second, titled “We’re Waiting,” has just been released by the American Life League:

Call your Congressman today. Tell them that removing Planned Parenthood’s funding from the Federal budget is non-negotiable.

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