By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., NRL-ETF Director of Education & Research
Pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden has come up with some whoppers before [see last week’s vice presidential debate], but this one may take the cake.
Campaigning October 12 in Wisconsin, the home state of pro-life GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan whom he had just debated, Biden complained about Romney and Ryan’s plans to stop sending federal funds to Planned Parenthood, which, according to Biden, “under law cannot perform abortions.”
Whether this is evidence of the ignorance or mendacity, the statement of Obama’s vice president is appallingly at odds with reality.
Planned Parenthood clinics performed 329,445 abortions in 2010, according to its most recent annual report. That’s more than a quarter of the 1.2 million abortions performed in the United States every year, easily making them the nation’s largest abortion chain.
Planned Parenthood takes in more than a billion dollars a year in revenues, making them a rich and powerful corporation. But 46% of that money–$487.4 million in “Government Health Services Grants and Reimbursements” that comes from all levels of government–-comes out of taxpayers’ pockets, thanks to Biden, Obama, and their political allies.
People should recall the hard fought budget negotiations between Obama and the Republican Congress in 2011, funding for Planned Parenthood was one of Obama’s non-negotiables. Obama indicated that he would block enactment of the government-wide funding bill—forcing a government shutdown—rather than agree to the House position that funding to Planned Parenthood should be curtailed.
Only because of the determined efforts of elected pro-life representatives are there limitations on the federal monies going to Planned Parenthood, prohibiting their direct use for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or a threat to a mother’s life.
No doubt as the Obama Administration tries to “clarify” another Biden mistaken, it will insist this was what the vice president was referring. But that huge cash infusion not only enables Planned Parenthood to pay doctors, staff, cover facilities cost, but to promote its brand name and its services – all with the government’s endorsement.
Planned Parenthood pays these politicians back in kind, raising and spending millions through their political arm to demonize and defeat any politician who would dare to challenge their entitlement to government largesse.
Though Planned Parenthood likes to pass off the abortions it performs as an inconsequential “3% of its services,” the truth is that abortion is essential to Planned Parenthood’s mission and its bottom line.
Its own documents reveal that, not 3%, but 11% of the clients [nearly one in eight] coming through the door receive abortions, and they pay much more for that “procedure” than they would for a pack of contraceptives, condoms, or a pregnancy test.
At going rates for basic first trimester surgical abortions, the 329,445 abortions Planned Parenthood performs each year would represent at least $148.6 million in revenues. And note, this doesn’t even calculate the considerably more expensive chemical and later surgical abortions that many Planned Parenthood clinics advertise and perform.
Abortions illegal at Planned Parenthood? Would that it were so. But thanks to the craven, unprincipled leadership of Obama and Biden and so many in their party over the past 39 years, America’s most deadly abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, stays open for business, killing nearly a thousand children every day.
It’s high time we had someone in office who knows the law – and the basic respect for human life that guarantees all our rights and undergirds a just society and an upright political order.