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Should Planned Parenthood Be Defunded?

With hidden videos purporting that Planned Parenthood is making a profit from the same of fetal tissue, many are calling for the U.S. government to stop funding the women's health center. Should Planned Parenthood be defunded?

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last 24 hours | thinkprogress
How Jeb Bush Accidentally Expressed The GOP Position On Planned Parenthood - ThinkProgress
"...The idea that there are countless under-funded community clinics that are just waiting to get money that is otherwise sucked up by Planned Parenthood is a misunderstanding of how the women's health organization is funded. It receives both federal grants dedicated to family planning under Title X and Medicaid reimbursements for health care services. The bill the Senate voted on this week appears to try to cut Planned Parenthood off from both, even though current federal law says the government can't discriminate among qualified Medicaid providers. Title X grants are funded through competition. Grants are awarded to both states and nongovernmental organizations that demonstrate strong capacity to provide high-quality family planning and other preventive health care, with priority given to low-income and underinsured women and men, said Clare Coleman, President & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. According to federal data, in 2013 Planned Parenthood affiliates participating in Title X saw 37% of all patients served nationwide. If Planned Parenthood were to be defunded, it would disrupt and, in some states, dismantle the Title X family planning program. ..." see full article

1290 days ago | wnd
7 reasons Planned Parenthood is done -
"...Planned Parenthood is in big trouble and cannot survive. It has become its own worst enemy. The Planned Parenthood butchers still believe that this will blow over and that they will continue killing babies and selling their parts for profit, but they're delusional.Here are the reasons why Planned Parenthood will not survive this scandal.1) It's not the crime; it's the cover-up.Does anyone remember Watergate? If Nixon had apologized and canned a few campaign staffers, that iconic scandal would have been forgotten quickly. The Planned Parenthood butchers went judge shopping and found a leftist in a black robe who would put a restraining order on Center for Medical Progress to keep it from releasing any more videos. They are also orchestrating a media blackout of the story which leads me to No. 2...." see full article

1292 days ago | americanthinker
A Message to the Supporters of Planned Parenthood - American Thinker

"...He asked how could the American people not understand that the heartless disregard for life in the United States and the world in general is no different than the gradual and unchallenged steps the Nazis took in the 1930's that culminated in the atrocities they committed in the 1940's. That they too justified their actions by claiming the human beings they were either exterminating or using for experiments were in fact not human.As a further reference to the events of the 1930's we then discussed the recent Iran deal negotiated by Barack Obama and the other world powers. Abe was adamant in saying that the 2015 equivalent of the Munich Agreement will set in motion a nuclear arms race in the region creating a tinderbox that the smallest spark will ignite into a conflagration destroying Israel as well as many of her neighbors and adversaries. The United States, Europe and China will be drawn in regardless of their best efforts. His assessment of Barack Obama included a few words of profanity but in essence he said the Obama was the most dangerous, dishonest and radical world leader of any so-called democracy since World War II. (Abe has never been bashful about offering his unvarnished opinion.)..." see full article

1292 days ago | townhall
Planned Parenthood: Tear Down This Wall! - Town Hall

"...But Planned Parenthood tells frightened young women it's only a mass of tissue. It's only products of conception. Even their own abortionists know that's a lie. We look forward to the facts coming out, said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos. But does she? Is that why she hired a top flight PR firm to suppress media coverage of the scavenging of babies' organs? As the online source, The Federalist, notes, liberals are boasting about Planned Parenthood's high priced PR flacks. These slick managers of the news will discourage media outlets from airing the story. Well, they have a lot of experience in suppressing the truth, don't they? ..." see full article

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1292 days ago | realclearpolitics
Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Increase Abortions - RealClearPolitics

"...I have to admit that my first reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos was to cringe and try to avoid the topic.Even for those who support abortion rights, there is a stomach-churning aspect to the surreptitiously taped conversations with Planned Parenthood officials -- the coldblooded discussion, between bites of salad and sips of red wine, of "less crunchy" techniques to obtain specimens, and the precise placement of "graspers" to avoid having to "crush" a valuable body part.If you hear this and fail to squirm, there is something wrong with you.That response is, of course, what the anti-abortion activists who posed as purchasers and prodded the officials into discussions of payment were counting on. The ensuing uproar, which is taking the congressional form of a clamor to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding, was predictable.It is also not rational -- whatever your position in the abortion debate...." see full article

1293 days ago | nationalreview
Planned Parenthood Is Too Cowardly to Acknowledge Its... - National Review Online

"...Executives of Planned Parenthood's federally subsidized meat markets your tax dollars at work lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill. First came the video showing a salad-nibbling, wine-sipping Planned Parenthood official explaining how I'm going to basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above whatever organ ( heart, lung, liver ) is being harvested. Then the president of a Planned Parenthood chapter explained the happy side of harvesting: For a lot of the women participating in the fetal tissue donation program, they're having a procedure that may be a very difficult decision for them and this is a way for them to feel that something positive is coming from . . . a very difficult time. ..." see full article

1293 days ago | nypost
Cut Planned Parenthood's public funding if you want a solution - New York Post
"...How awful are the revelations contained on a series of undercover videos starring Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of baby body parts? So awful that this week even Hillary Clinton called them disturbing. That puts Hillary well to the right of the liberal advocacy group known as the national press corps, whose response to the videos has been to downplay them, indeed barely acknowledge their existence, while hinting that they're misleading.They're not, or Hillary would have said so.On the sting videos, released by an anti-abortion group called Center for Medical Progress, high-ranking executives from Planned Parenthood discuss how abortions are conducted in a way that allows them to save organs from fetuses, which are then sold for research...." see full article

1293 days ago | wnd
"...Cryin' shame. Were he alive today and working for Planned Parenthood, Mengele's abortion could have easily yielded an extra $300 for this intact specimen. Sell baby's body parts separately, and the profit margin goes up. That's good money toward a Lamborghini.Such a waste.In 1990 attorney and author Mike Godwin coined the concept that has come to be known as Godwin's Law. It holds that, As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one. The first person to compare another to a Nazi or Hitler, as it goes, loses the argument.But what of that rare occasion when the Nazi comparison is 100 percent accurate and the best available analogy for a given set of circumstances? In that instance, Godwin's Law must properly be suspended.That instance is now...." see full article

1294 days ago | salon
Wingnuts are gearing up for another government shutdown — this time over ... - Salon

"...As is nearly always the case with videos such as these, they're edited to make them look far worse than they actually are. Planned Parenthood maintains that any money it receives for procuring those tissues which have long been used in medical research is just reimbursement for the costs associated with the procedures. None of the videos that have been released actually show Planned Parenthood doing anything illegal, but they do show representatives of the organization speaking somewhat cavalierly about a grim topic. Many of the people promoting these videos are hoping that the emotional reaction they elicit will stoke a public and political backlash against the nation's leading provider of reproductive health services...." see full article

1295 days ago | rollingstone
Planned Parenthood Under Attack by Anti-Abortion Hackers, Politicians -
"...The anti-choice movement has stepped up its attempts to intimidate abortion providers and their patients this week through a series of online attacks targeting the country's largest reproductive health care provider, Planned Parenthood, and ancillary access assistance groups the National Network of Abortion Funds and Abortion Care Network.On Sunday night, a group of self-professed anti-abortion hackers claim to have breached Planned Parenthood's employee database with the intention of decrypting and releasing personally identifying provider information...." see full article

1295 days ago | slate
What the Planned Parenthood Videos Leave Out: Fetal Tissue Can Treat Terrible ... - Slate Magazine

"...Although I have no patience for those who claim, incorrectly, that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue, I sympathize with those who feel distress or moral outrage at the sight of an aborted fetus. Still, to my mind, a woman's decision to donate her aborted fetus to medical research and Planned Parenthood's willingness to transfer the fetal material is deeply commendable. No woman is eager to have an unwanted pregnancy, but if she decides to terminate it, Planned Parenthood can help turn her misfortune into a mitzvah. That is not an act of killing. It is an act of altruism...." see full article

1295 days ago | americanthinker
Planned Parenthood's chop shops - American Thinker (blog)

"...What is truly frightening about these continually unreeling videos is the blithe, unconcerned attitude of the Planned Parenthood officials in their discussions of the systematic dismantling of miniature human bodies with such care as not to damage the various parts to be obtained for resale. Their expressed concern for the care with which these parts must be handled in the dissection process is delivered in an offhand manner, recalling those Japanese physicians who observed American POWs being deliberately frozen to death to determine ways to improve the survivability rate of their own downed aviators. Or perhaps it's more like the distanced concern of Nazi physicians watching Jewish prisoners being tied to posts and shot with weapons of various calibers so that they could immediately examine the varied damages.Planned Parenthood's physicians can attempt to hide behind the lie that they do not abuse live human beings such as the Japanese and German medical researchers did, but that raises the question of whether or not those little humans they chop up for parts would be alive were they left alone to fully develop...." see full article

1295 days ago | reason
Libertarians Should Look Twice at Planned Parenthood Defunding Efforts
"...For the record, I think Planned Parenthood clinics do a lot of good. But as a lobbying group, which it is as well, the organization has been as gross as any other, launching attacks on policies that might be good for low-income women but bad for its own bottom line. Most recently, the organization has been opposing proposals to make birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC), asserting that this would decrease women's "access" to birth control.It's the same strange logic seen from Democrats, who say prescription-free pills would be more expensive for women since we all get "free" birth control now under Obamacare. Of course, there's nothing saying OTC pills must come at the expense of the contraception mandate, nor that they would obviate the market for prescription pills. But what's interesting is that the liberal logic here rests on a world where all women have free access to birth control through their insurance plans plans which would then, by definition, also cover other preventative care of the kind provided by Planned Parenthood. So which is it? Are "well-woman" services outside of the traditional doctor/insurance scheme totally unnecessary now that we have Obamacare, or an absolutely vital component to women's health?  ..." see full article

1296 days ago | fusion
Heres what Joni Ernsts bill to defund Planned Parenthood would do to Iowa
"...It can be tempting to look away from the political spectacle unfolding around the release of videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood staff involved in the illegal sale of fetal tissue. Republican posturing around Planned Parenthood is nothing new, and the footage is just the most recent excuse being offered to cut millions of dollars in funding from the organization. But even if the measure fails, the effort isn't political theater: it's the GOP acting on its political priorities. In response to the bill, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of several Republican presidential candidates to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, called the vote a huge victory for conservatives who oppose abortion.Here's what that huge victory for conservatives would look like for people who get birth control, STI tests, pap smears, cancer screenings, and other preventative care from the organization's clinics: Planned Parenthood's affiliate clinics, around 700 nationally, see approximately 2.7 million patients every year...." see full article

1296 days ago | bangordailynews
Defunding Planned Parenthood would deprive poor women of needed health care
"...Abortions only are a small portion of the health services Planned Parenthood provides, many of them to low-income women. Two-thirds of Planned Parenthood clients in Maine live below the poverty line. Last year, the group provided $3.5 million in free or reduced-price care. Reducing Planned Parenthood's funding means poor women will go without breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV tests and sexually transmitted disease treatment. Punishing these women for political gain or to further a moral ideology while doing it so deceptively is wrong and hurtful...." see full article

1296 days ago | refinery29
5 Lies About Planned Parenthood You're Going To Hear This Week
"...Fetal tissue might be the topic du jour, but that's only one in a long line of heated discussions about ending so-called Big Abortion in the U.S. Challenging the funding for Planned Parenthood has, in effect, the same goal as forcing abortion providers to close their door by not allowing doctors to refer patients to nearby hospitals: It doesn't overturn the right to have an abortion, but it makes it ever more difficult to obtain one while simultaneously criminalizing the medical providers. The worst part? The attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and prohibit women from having access to abortions under the guise of investigating fetal-tissue donation will keep women with early-stage cervical cancer from diagnostics and treatment care; it will prevent women who aren't ready or don't want children from receiving family-planning resources; and it will put a clamp on lifesaving research. It's women's health and lives that hang in the balance...." see full article

1296 days ago | thefederalist
Why Planned Parenthood Can't Donate Tissue From Babies - The Federalist
"...The first alarming question is whether Planned Parenthood illegally sells aborted fetuses' organs and tissue. This is what Planned Parenthood and its defenders have repeatedly focused on, insisting that they are compliant with all laws.But it is what precedes that fetal tissue donation that needs attention. Specifically, does Planned Parenthood regularly flout the federal ban on partial-birth abortion using loopholes? How do they get away with this? Do their patients the women who apparently choose to donate the fetal tissue know what's going on in explicit terms?..." see full article

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