By Dave Andrusko
Yesterday we began discussing “The State of Abortion in the United States,” National Right to Life’s annual in-depth, across-the-board summary of where the abortion issue is as of January 2017.
Today we examine the 64-page report’s examination of the state of public opinion and of the evil empire–Planned Parenthood.
When commentators say, as they so frequently do, there has not been much change, they manage to miss that a majority of Americans continue to oppose the reasons more than 90% of all abortions are performed. And, of course, they avoid getting specific, since, as NRLC’s report documents, there is widespread support for everything from parental involvement, to a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion, to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act–and everything in between!
As the report observes, if we combine the latest Marist poll, taken last December, with “the most recent Gallup poll, these results show that not only do Americans disagree with the abortion policy established by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe and Doe, but they are becoming more willing to embrace the ‘pro-life’ than the ‘pro-choice’ label to describe their position.”
That support for the pro-life position manifested itself in the last election:
The Polling Company found that nearly half (49%) of voters said the abortion issue affected the way they voted. Fully 31% voted for pro-life candidates, compared to just 18% who voted for candidates who oppose abortion. In total, pro-life candidates, including pro-life Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, enjoyed a 13% advantage over their pro-abortion opponents.
About 12% (56% times 21%) of those who voted for Trump said Supreme Court appointments were the most important factor, compared to about 8 % for Hillary (41% times 21%), a little over a three point advantage in one of the closest presidential elections of all time.
No one tracks Planned Parenthood the way NRLC does. According to the report, in
its most recent annual report, budget figures for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, show that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) took in $353.5 million in “private contributions and bequests.” That on top of the $553.7 million PPFA gets from taxpayers, and the $309.2 million it receives from customers in “non-government health services revenue.” Planned Parenthood tells us that these private contributions represent 518,000 active individual contributors. However this masks the fact that there are a handful of donors providing a huge portion of the group’s funding. Warren Buffett’s foundation is by far the largest contributor—over $70 million in one year alone
The report highlights the huge role played by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, named for the multi-billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s late wife, George Soros and his Open Society Institute (OPI), and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.
We will continue blogging Wednesday and Thursday about “The State of Abortion in the United States.” You can read it for yourself.