Planned Parenthood’s Nightmare before Christmas
May old acquaintance be forgot — especially if that old acquaintance is Planned Parenthood! That’s exactly how pro-lifers are hoping to ring in the New Year — by cashing out of their forced partnership with the country’s largest abortion business. That’s the fright before Christmas for Cecile Richards’s group, which is already in full panic mode about the incoming Trump administration and what it means for their lucrative, half-billion dollar deal with the government. After sinking unprecedented capital into Hillary Clinton’s failed election bid, the group is scrambling to cope with the election aftermath no one saw coming.
In today’s Washington Post, the press picks up on the nervous vibe at America’s abortion headquarters. The distress signals started almost immediately, as the organization jumped out of the November 9th gate with urgent appeals for money to its base. That seemed to work, as donations made mockingly in the name of Vice President-elect (and lifelong advocate for the unborn) Mike Pence came rolling in — to the tune of 70,000 gifts in the first couple of weeks. Now, Planned Parenthood is crying poor on a broader scale, appealing to its friends in the media to get the word out that the $1 billion-plus organization may be forced to rely “only” on its hefty corporate support, wealthy private donors, and let’s not forget its biggest moneymaker — abortion — of which it performs a whopping 323,999 a year (and banks anywhere from $500-$2,000 a procedure, depending on how far along the mother is).
“Obviously we are doing everything we can through advocacy and everything else to make sure we can continue to serve patients,” Planned Parenthood spokesman Erica Sackin bemoaned. “But at the end of the day, this is a fight of a scale that we haven’t seen before and we need to be realistic about how much is at stake.” According to Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), that’s everything. As President-elect Trump and Republican leadership have promised, a bill that guts Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood is “one of the first orders on the agenda” when Congress gavels back into session next month. “It is time that taxpayers are taken off the hook for supporting an organization that supports the killing of innocent children,” argued Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.).
And supporting the killing of innocent children is only part of the story. Let’s not forget: this is also an organization that was just referred for criminal prosecution for its gruesome baby-parts-for-profits scheme. That should make severing ties with the group not only a financial imperative, but a moral one too. Perhaps losing 40 percent of its budget — which is the plush economic cushion taxpayers have unwillingly given Richards’s group — will force the lawless group to do some soul-searching.
In the meantime, we all have a job to do. Electing a pro-life president was the first part. Now it’s up to Americans to put the pressure on Congress to hold up its end of the bargain and vote yes on a budget that hollows out Obamacare and pulls the financial rug out from Planned Parenthood. The House and Senate already proved they could do it last year by sending a proposal to the president’s desk. This time around, Republicans have to vote yes on the budget resolution in January — or there won’t be a reconciliation bill to finish up the process.
That’s where you come in! Your senators need to hear from you! Please call them at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to vote for the budget when they return January 3rd. After you’ve called, you can also email them by following this link. Change is in the air in Washington. But if Congress doesn’t take advantage of the mandate of the 2016 election, America will be stuck with the same old Obama status quo in 2017.
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