By Dave Andrusko
If you have a few minutes, go to C-SPAN’s coverage of Wednesday’s White House briefing. At the 43 minute mark, White House spokesman Josh Earnest responded to questions about the second Republican presidential debate and funding for Planned Parenthood.
It’s worth the time because it is a good illustration of the White House’s approach in defending one of its staunchest allies.
Earnest lectured Republicans–nothing new there– for what he called their “fascination” with Planned Parenthood. This came as the White House was issuing two veto threats: The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 [H.R. 3134] and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act [H.R. 3504].
Specifically, Earnest said, “I’m not really sure what the Republican fascination is with taking healthcare away from millions of American families, but it’s not something the president is going to agree with.”
The veto threat charged that the consequence of both bills would “limiting women’s health care choices.” We’ve already discussed the real impact of Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, so let’s focus on H.R. 3134 .
As NRLC observed in its letter of support for H.R. 3134, the choice is actually Planned Parenthood’s. The bill “would compel PPFA to choose between providing elective abortions and receiving federal funding,” wrote NRLC President Carol Tobias.” PPFA receives at least $528 million annually from various levels of government, mostly through federal programs.
As NRLC has noted many times, over one-third of all abortions in the United States are performed at PPFA-affiliated facilities. But even so, sometimes it’s difficult to wrap your head around just how huge PPFA’s abortion business is.
In the first undercover video made public by the Center for Medical Progress, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director for medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said, “We have 40 percent of the [abortion] market in the whole country.”
A moment later, after talking about how one affiliate performs “probably about 3,000 2nd tri[mester]” abortions, Dr. Nucatola adds, “But what you’re going to see, and see more of is, the Planned Parenthood affiliates who do go to 20 weeks, their volume is going to go up, it’s not going down. Because what’s happening is, the laws, the legal environment, is not shutting us down.”
The “fascination” is not in wanting to turn off the federal spigot to the largest abortion provider in the United State. After watching the videos and recalling what PPFA has done with its tens of millions of federal dollars, NRLC President Tobias was absolutely correct in her letter to the House when she wrote, “NRLC respectfully submits that it is long past time for Congress to push the snout of this bloated abortion mega-marketer out of the U.S. Treasury feeding trough.”
But there is a real fascination at work. It is Planned Parenthood’s morbid fascination with death.