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Defunding Planned Parenthood

Updated on February 25, 2011
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Cari Jean resides in North Dakota where she works as a freelance writer and blogs at Faith's Mom's Blog.

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the United States, performs 305,310 abortions a year, or just under one-third of all American abortions. In their 2007-2008 fiscal year, this non-profit organization made $85 million. That same year, they had an operating budget of $1 billion dollars with $350 million of that coming from government grants and contracts, or in other words - your tax dollars.

According to Jim Sedlak, the director of the watchdog group, STOPP International, "Planned Parenthood relies heavily on taxpayer funding of its operations. Taxpayer funding provides 33.7 percent of its total income,"

The Video and The Cry to Defund Planned Parenthood

In early February, it was revealed that a clinic manager at a New Jersey Planned Parenthood was providing assistance to a sex-trafficking ring and instructing them on how to obtain abortions for girls without parental consent. (see video below)

Even though Planned Parenthood called the undercover video made by the pro-life group, Live Action, "a hoax", the manager was still fired. President Barack Obama says this video was "manufactured" and continues to praise Planned Parenthood.

In years past, many pro-life organizations, people and politicians have called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood but the recent actions of Planned Parenthood have put a renewed fire in those involved in the pro-life movement. Shortly after this and other videos from Planned Parenthood clinics in Virginia were released, many pro-life organizations such as Focus on the Family, 40 Days for Lifeand Americans United for Life(AUL) rallied it supporters to try to defund Planned Parenthood and called for an investigation into their criminal activities.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of AUL, said, "We are calling for an immediate Congressional Investigation into Planned Parenthood's nefarious operations and we will not rest until every last taxpayer dime has been cut off."

The organization also asked Congress to freeze Planned Parenthood's current funding and to bring their President before a Congressional committee.

"If you look at all the evidence in several projects, you will see that Planned Parenthood is not helping people to plan families, they're helping people to kill babies and hurt women," Alveda King, activist and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rep. Mike Pence Photo source:
Rep. Mike Pence Photo source:

House Votes to Ban Funding

On February 18, 2011, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a proposal that was put forth by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) This amendment would ban all federal funding to Planned Parenthood and eliminate Title X which is a program that aids for family planning and reproductive health. As a result, the government would save an estimated $363 million in the 2011 federal budget. House members debated for nearly three hours and in the end, the Pence amendment passed 240 to 145.

After the vote, Penney Nance, CEO of the group Concerned Women for America said," We are very grateful to the House of Representatives and its leadership for listening to the American people, Now it's time for the U.S. Senate to follow suit and finally cut off all federal funding to an organization that is willing to aid and abet sex traffickers."

But will the Democrat-controlled Senate follow suit? Stay tuned...

It's Obvious that President Obama and Planned Parenthood love each other. What will he do if the Senate passes the Pence Amendment?


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    • Ellieface profile image


      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cari,

      I have been reading through your different hubs on abortion and planned parenthood, and I have a few questions for you. I also want to state that we have different views on this very sensitive subject, but I completely respect your views and your choice to believe the way you do. So, these questions and statements are in NO WAY an attack....I am more curious as to why you have stated some of the things that you have.

      My first question is why you say Planned Parenthood takes federal money and puts it towards abortions. By way of federal law, the money the organization receives from the government CAN'T go towards abortion services. It can only go towards other health services (such as birth control, STD testing, sex education, etc.) Money that CAN go towards abortions are funds given by various people/organizations in the form of donations. That is within Planned Parenthood's right to use those funds in that way.

      Also, you wrote an article about Margaret Sanger. Now, I am not going to defend her stance on issues such as eugenics, other beliefs, etc, but from what I have read of her, she was actually very much against abortions during her lifetime. She felt that they were more dangerous than carrying the fetus to term (which is was back in her day.)

      Another mentioned in one of your hubs that the counselors at PP don't tell the women about to have an abortion the emotional ramifications that might manifest AFTER the abortion takes place. I know for a fact that is not true, at least not of the PP I went to in Austin, Texas. I was very well informed, was actually counseled (not just sold the procedure) and was told many times that there were other options and that I didn't have to terminate the pregnancy. They even gave me information on the other options (such as adoption.) I'm not sure how the other clinics operate, but the one that I went too was wonderful and the people who worked there were very kind and informative. I guess I am curious where you heard they pressured women into getting abortion and tried to sell them to the women?

      I like to be informed on issues that I care deeply about, from both sides of the fence. Even though we don't have the same views on this issue, I definitely appreciate and understand the passion that you have for this subject. You have about as much passion on the Pro-Life side of this argument as I have on the Pro-Choice side. I like passionate people; we need more of them in this world :).

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      Cari Jean 

      8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      DemocraticIndocrination - still, with so much taxpayers money going to Planned Parenthood, it allows them to stay open to perform abortions.

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      8 years ago



      "SEC.1008. Kone of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning."

      Approved December 24, 1970.

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      Cari Jean 

      8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      EMWynnwritessews2 - thanks so much for your comment. You and I obviously think alike!

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      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I am a firm believer in LIFE; and I despise Planned Parenthood and the lies that are spewed by its staff and supporters. Thanks for bringing this issue to light!

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      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      James - great to hear from you! EVIL is the perfect word to describe Planned Parenthood - hopefully there will come a day when they no longer exist.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Planned Parenthood has been a dirty nasty organization from the beginning. It is steeped in evil. Thank you for this excellent and informative and needful article. Well done!

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      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      The Minstrel - thank you so much for your comment. It is pretty amazing that Barack Obama got into office people were blinded by his charisma and charm and were willing to overlook his very liberal agenda for this country. I think a lot of people are now realizing they made a mistake in voting for him. And yes, he is espeically radical when it comes to abortion. We can only pray he does not get re-elected.

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      9 years ago from Hawaii

      I am just sickened at how radically left the Barack Obama administration is on all issues, including abortion. I am not surprised, but I never thought the country would vote in a person like this. We sound more like France than the US. Thanks for the hub.

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      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Hey Tony - Let the old fashioned conservative values RULE! And no, it is not right to be using our money for abortions. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Karen - we need to pray that the Lord would turn those in the senate's hearts towards life. Thanks for your comment!

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      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      dallas - thanks so much for your comment and for voting up - truly appreciated.

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      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      2besure - Well, abortion is still legal, unfortunately and even if PP gets defunded, it won't change that. It will just prevent our taxpayer dollars from going toward abortion - but it is all a step in the right direction. At one time it seemed hopeless that abortions would become illegal but now I think there is a spark of hope that it will happen one day.

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      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      eovery - Finally, they are being held accountable for some of their criminal activities. Even if they are not defunded, they will hopefully continued to be watched very cafefully. Thanks for your comment!

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      Carrie America after a couple of years of liberal doctrine is ready for going back to old fashioned conservative values.And Planned Parenthood is drawing their last breaths. I realize that sometimes an abortion sadly may be necessary, but taxpayers shoulf not foot the bill.

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      Karen Metz 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      I am anxious to see how this turns out! Thanks for giving some good information on the subject.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great information.

      Flag up!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      9 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Is there hope they can get rid of abortion? We will see.

    • eovery profile image


      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      They are finally under the microscope.

      Keep on hubbing!


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