By Dave Andrusko
Thought experiment. What would you do if you were the largest “abortion provider” in the galaxy; had just had a dark side reported by a pro-life organization covertly filming some of your affiliates; had just mandated that all of your regional affiliates must provide abortions by the end of 2013; were pushing chemical abortions “administered” via webcam as a way of making sure the commendable decline in number of abortions is reversed; were building mega-abortion clinics the size of palaces; and on top of all that a former director of one of your clinics comes over to the pro-life side, knowing all your ugly secrets?
Well, if you are Planned Parenthood you insist in the face of all the evidence to the contrary that abortion is only a miniscule portion of your “services” and insist even louder that the sky is falling now that the House of Representatives has voted to cut federal funding to PPFA and 102 named affiliates.
None of this is a surprise. By that I mean two things.
First, PPFA has successfully branded itself as a non-partisan distributor of health services to women. But in truth PPFA is (in the words of NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson) “a hyper-political, under-regulated, out-of-control mega-marketer of abortion as a method of birth control.”
Second, as we talked about many times, PPFA pretends that abortion is, financially, a drop in the bucket, by talking about how abortion is just “3%” of its services. That’s a bogus figure, but for our purposes here, beside the point. Roughly a third of clinic-level income comes from abortions.
Abby Johnson formerly was a director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas before Johnson came to see how she, like the women coming into her clinic, had been misled. She put it succinctly in an interview with National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez: “Planned Parenthood’s mission, on paper, is to give women quality and affordable health care and to protect women’s rights. In reality, their mission is to increase their abortion numbers and in turn increase their revenue.”
Also it’s no surprise that any consideration of funding cuts is being met with a huge public outcry, led by Planned Parenthood and their political and media allies, claiming that the community will be overrun with disease, that women will die of cancer, that there will be more, rather than less, abortion, etc., etc., etc. (See, for example, Ruth Marcus’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post.)
It’s a free country, but PPFA as the REAL “pro-life” force? Please.
Rep. Mike Pence, the author of the Amendment to end federal funding to PPFA, has said repeatedly that the amount of Title X money is not being cut by a penny. It just won’t go to PPFA and those 102 affiliates if they provide abortion. “As long as they aspire to do that, I’ll be after them,” he told POLITICO.
Marcus insists that because abortion is legal—a constitutional ”right”—somehow federal funding of abortion is also something close to obligatory. It isn’t. That battle was fought more than 30 years ago and the bad guys lost.
In the same vein, Marcus is adamant that PPFA is blame-free for its refusal to stop doing what it insists is a tiny, tiny, tiny part of its business. If PPFA refuses to stop performing abortions, then it is Congress, they say, not PPFA, who is to blame if PPFA doesn’t get federal money.
A $1 billion dollar corporation as victim may play well at the Washington Post. But it oughtn’t to fool anyone who looks behind the curtain.