People should stop being deceived by Planned Parenthood. This article isn’t even from an outside source who doesn’t know anything. It’s from a former worker who knows the ins and outs of the place. How can anyone read about their manipulative ways and still support them? I’m sure some of you will think, “Well, this author believes that the fetus is a ‘baby,’ and I don’t believe that, so it doesn’t matter if it’s aborted.” Alright then, I’ll humor you for a second. If you think abortion should be legal, then your whole point of view is probably centered on “freedom of choice.” Planned Parenthood is not supporting “freedom of choice” by forcing or manipulating a woman into having an abortion, despite the fact that she may be considering changing her mind. Informing a woman of her “choices,” in my humble opinion, includes telling her that there are options besides abortion and telling her the truth about what’s developing inside of her instead of brushing it off as a “clump of cells.” Planned Parenthood doesn’t care about women or “freedom of choice.” They care about their bottom line: taking your money at the expense of a human life, and pressuring you into letting them with whatever it takes.
I also want to post this, lest anyone should attack the part in the article that talks about taxpayer dollars funding abortion and attempt to use the Hyde Amendment as a refutation:
“In U.S. politics, the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions. It is not a permanent law, rather it is a “rider” that, in various forms, has been routinely attached to annual appropriations bills since 1976. The Hyde Amendment applies only to funds allocated by the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services. It primarily affects Medicaid.”
And for more information, go here. And for those of you who really need convincing that abortion is publicly funded in some states, this is for you.
To start with the easy bit, you’ve not really distinguished between federal funds and state funds. The argument was never about state funds. Medicaid is funded both by federal and state dollars - each state sets its own guidelines on eligibility and services. This means states can choose or be court ordered to provide funds for abortions for people who don’t have enough money to pay for it themselves (funny, we still expect them to pay for prenatal care and the abominable hospital costs, not to mention parenthood, when they can’t even scrape together a few hundred dollars for a perfectly legal medical procedure? So we’ll probably end up paying even more to support them throughout their unwanted pregnancy? Alright.).
As of now, the Hyde Amendment prevents any federal funds from going to abortions that aren’t performed in the case of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the pregnant person. State Medicaid funds are a different matter.
Fund Abortion Now has a handy info sheet on state Medicaid funding for abortion.
It’s always a bit mind-boggling that people don’t take the time to look up what Planned Parenthood is: a nonprofit organization! As in, not-for-profit! As in, they are not looking to make money! Any money they make goes directly back into Planned Parenthood to fund their services! According to their annual report (2007-08), two thirds of the revenue generated is put towards health services, while the remaining funds go to education, public policy work, management expenses, fundraising, and family planning programs. You can see more in these pie charts from the report:
You know, I always find the projection of anti-choice groups so fascinating. These people who run crisis pregnancy centers, which are basically the best example you could give of a center that pretends to staff medical professionals, lies about fetal development, lies about the risks of abortion, lies about their services, lies about the help they’ll give, invades your privacy by harassing, stalking, and exposing you, disrespects you and tries to convert you, uses delaying tactics to make you miss your appointment, tries to convince you to stay with an abusive husband in the name of “family values,” and practices coercive adoption…yeah, these people are suddenly concerned that pregnant people are being coerced? Fucking right.