By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias uses Thursday’s PLP to take a look back at the controversy over Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood where, she says, “we ran into two old tired arguments that are often trotted out by Planned Parenthood and its witting and unwitting allies in the media.”
The two are inter-related, on the theory that two lies are stronger than one. First (in an attempt to reassure taxpayers), we were told that the countless millions of your dollars goes only to non-abortion activities. The second falsehood is that abortion represents a pittance of what the more than $1 billion corporation does with its resources.
“Both try to spin away the incontrovertible facts that Planned Parenthood remains the nation’s largest abortion performer and that our tax dollars help keep clinic doors open,” Mrs. Tobias says.
She explains how the $487.4 million that Planned Parenthood received from local, state, and federal sources–nearly half of its 2010 revenues–can help pay for salaries, rent, equipment, etc., “thus helping to keep these abortion clinics humming.”
And then there is what Mrs. Tobias aptly describes as the “unceasing mythology that abortion is a tiny portion of its business.“ Item by item she debunks the myth that abortion represents “only 3% of it services.”
And that starts with what PPFA’s own factsheet tell us–– nearly one out of every eight women was an abortion patient. And that at going rates for first-trimester abortions, the 329,445 abortions done at Planned Parenthood clinics in 2009 would have represented at least $148.6 million in income, at least 46.4% of the $320.1 million Planned Parenthood received in “Non-Government Health Services Revenue” for its most recently reported fiscal year.
As Mrs. Tobias observes, ‘That’s a far cry from 3%, and obviously represents a much, MUCH bigger part of Planned Parenthood’s mission and bottom line. And we are being conservative. The real number may be even higher than 46%” because PPFA also performs more expensive abortions.
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