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Reasons why a pro-life president should want to cut off federal funds for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates:

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Governor Mitt Romney has not proposed reducing overall government spending for contraceptive programs. However, he has advocated for the termination of federal funding specifically to Planned Parenthood. Romney stated on October 10 in Ohio, “The actions I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget.”

One might inquire as to why a pro-life candidate for president would propose redirecting federal monies away from one specific organization. However, for those who are familiar with the nature of Planned Parenthood and the organization’s significant investment in marketing abortion and resisting limitations on abortion, this should be evident.

— Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar corporation, is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing approximately one-fourth of all abortions in the United States, or over 329,000 in 2010 alone. The number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood is based on the following source: For further information, please refer to the PPFA annual report for the 2009-2010 period, available at https://issuu.com/actionfund/docs/ppfa_financials_2010_122711_web_vf?mode=window&viewMode=doublePage.

  • A total of 11 percent of all Planned Parenthood clients receive “abortion services,” according to a 2012 report by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).
  • According to press reports, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has mandated that all of its regional affiliates must provide abortions by the end of 2012. (Daily Caller, Dec. 23, 2010)
  • Even if all of the Planned Parenthood-provided abortions were first-trimester abortions, the estimated income generated by abortion would be over $140 million per year. However, at least 11 Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) clinics offer late abortions, some as late as 24 weeks, and these are much more expensive. Therefore, the aggregate abortion-generated income is probably much higher than previously estimated.
  • The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has expended considerable financial resources on lobbying activities that oppose limitations on abortion, a practice that is supported by the majority of Americans. These limitations include bans on partial-birth abortions, the proposed ban on sex-selection abortions, and the enactment of meaningful parental notification laws. In 2011 alone, Planned Parenthood spent $1.9 million on lobbying activities at the federal level. It is therefore evident that the federal taxpayer should not be subsidizing an organization with such an extreme agenda.
  • Planned Parenthood employs a multifaceted strategy to promote its brand name, including extensive advertising, a robust online presence, and fundraising and campaign initiatives featuring Hollywood celebrities. Even when government funding does not directly support abortion services, it contributes to raising Planned Parenthood’s profile and, in particular, its visibility among those in economically disadvantaged communities who rely on government agencies for assistance.
  • Despite frequent assumptions to the contrary in the press, no PPFA clinic offers mammograms. For further information, please see https://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2012/sep/25/karen-handel/karen-handel-seeks-set-record-straight-komen-plann/.
  • The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has become a highly politicized and highly partisan corporation. Planned Parenthood’s political committees have already spent $8.3 million in federal election-related activity during the current election cycle, including the presidential race. It appears that nearly all of this expenditure has been against Republicans.
  • Planned Parenthood has a troubling history that suggests there is a “corporate culture” of not taking seriously state laws that require mandatory reporting of statutory rape and child abuse cases. This may be a reflection of the organization’s ideology that minors have a right to engage in sexual activity and to procure abortions without parental notification or consent. See: https://www.nrlc.org/AHC/PlannedParenthoodEmpireWeeklyStandard.pdf
  • The construction of large, modern, and shiny new megaclinics, decorated in trendy colors, is occurring at a rapid pace across the country. These facilities enable Planned Parenthood to expand its customer base and process larger volumes of abortion patients, particularly those from wealthier suburban areas. It is questionable whether the U.S. government should “borrow money from China” to subsidize the continued expansion of this bloated, well-heeled abortion mega-marketing corporation.

Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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