By Dave Andrusko
It’s as regular and as predictable as the swallows returning to Capistrano –one or another or all of the pro-abortion political arms announcing they’ll be spending a “record high” amount to defeat pro-life Republicans.
Enter Planned Parenthood Votes, which, according to CBS News announced today
it plans to spend at least $45 million ahead of the 2020 elections, the most it has ever spent during an election cycle. The push comes as abortion rights are under assault across the Midwest and South, with state lawmakers passing abortion bans and restrictions aimed at capturing the attention of the Supreme Court.
According to reporter/stenographer Kate Smith, the initial spend will target nine states–Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—with plans to expand on that.
Jessie Hellmann of The Hill explained
Those states are must-wins for Trump. But Republican senators are also fighting to keep their seats in Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina in races that will determine which party controls the Senate after 2020.
You would think that Planned Parenthood, which insists its business is women’s health, might be a little less bold about advertising how much money it will lay out in an attempt to defeat pro-life President Trump and pro-life Republican senators. But you would, of course, be wrong.
It’s not, you understand, that Planned Parenthood wants to be up to its eyeballs in politicking. They have no choice, they piously tell Smith, a confidante for Planned Parenthood who happens to work for a national news organization.
Smith tells us how in “an exclusive interview with CBS News in July,” the new Planned Parenthood leader–Alexis McGill Johnson—told Smith “the organization doesn’t have the luxury of deciding whether the organization is a health care clinic or advocacy group. They’ve been forced to be both.”
“We are primarily a health care provider,” said Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “We provide access to sexual and reproductive health, in some cases primary care. We’re not political by nature but we’ve been politicized, and that fight has actually been our focus — to ensure that our health centers stay open.”
Three quick points. First Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Votes, “the independent expenditure political committee arm of the reproductive health giant,” spend more and more and more on electioneering at the same time “the reproductive health giant” spends less and less and less on genuine health care.
Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, in reviewing Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, wrote
Although Planned Parenthood says most of its money goes back into health care, service statistics examined over several past annual reports reveal that, despite record revenues, they are doing a fewer and fewer of the services they like to talk about most.
The “cancer screenings” they say are critical to saving so many women’s lives? They did less of those in 2017 than they did even a year ago, which was already the lowest in years.
In 2005, Planned Parenthood reported 2,011,637 “cancer screens and prevention.” The figure for 2017 was just 614,361, a drop of nearly 70% in just a dozen years!
This meant 842,536 fewer women received Pap tests in 2017 than in 2005. During that same time frame, there were 547,891 fewer “breast exams” (manual breast exams – Planned Parenthood can’t seem to afford to buy mammogram machines or hire mammography technicians).
Even contraception, Planned Parenthood’s signature product, showed great losses. In 2006, at what looked to be the peak for the last dozen years, 3,989,474 women received birth control at Planned Parenthood. In 2017, there were just 2,620,867 contraceptive customers, a fall off of 34.3%.
Second, Planned Parenthood has experienced a horrible last year, taking PR hit after PR hit. We’ve written about all of it, including its cavalier treatment of its pregnant employees, unjust termination of employees, and the sacking of Dr. Leanna Wen, who had the temerity to say let’s, of course, “protect” abortion but do other things as well.
Third, as Hellmann wrote, “Along with other reproductive-rights groups, Planned Parenthood was heavily involved in the unsuccessful effort to block the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination by Trump last year has tilted the court to the right.” Translated into English, Planned Parenthood was part of the mob who threw everything including the kitchen sink at now-Justice Kavanaugh in a guttersnipe offensive that reflected very poorly on all the attackers.
Unlike Smith, who didn’t even bother, Hellmann reminds the reader that pro-life forces, who don’t have the bottomless resources of Planned Parenthood and NARAL and EMILY’s List, will do the grassroots organizing and voter education outreaches which have won elections year after year after year.
And that most assuredly will include the work of National Right to Life’s political entities–NRL Political Action Committee and NRL Victory Fund–by far the most effective single-issue pro-life political action committees in the country.
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