You can’t go far without hearing or seeing an advertisement with the message about how the world will fall apart if Planned Parenthood is defunded. This is obviously an exaggeration, but the question is, what is the real story?
The most recent annual report from abortion-giant Planned Parenthood revealed that in 2015, the organization collected over $554 million in “Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants.” This is money that federal, state, and local taxpayers provided to the largest abortion provider in the United States, and organization that during that timeframe, aborted more than 328,000 babies.
This is especially bothersome when you consider that nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose their hard-earned tax dollars being used to fund organizations that perform or support abortion. Moreover, scandals and controversies have plagued Planned Parenthood for years, including the more recent fetal body parts trafficking exposed by the Center for Medical Progress. After investigating the Congressional Select Investigative Panel made 15 criminal and regulatory referrals of tissue procurement, and the Senate Judiciary Committee made 7 criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.
Thankfully, many state and local governments are appalled that their money is being used in this way and are searching for solutions to end this taxpayer funded termination of children. Just this past Friday, the state of South Carolina joined those efforts when Governor Henry McMaster signed an Executive Order that stops all federal and state tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood facilities.
Again, Planned Parenthood is claiming that such actions will bankrupt the organization and they will have to close facilities and offer fewer services to women most in need. But this is just not true. Here are the facts.
1) Nationally there are twenty life-affirming, comprehensive women’s health centers for every one Planned Parenthood, and in South Carolina that increases to a whopping 123 federally qualified health centers to every one Planned Parenthood.
2) Will Planned Parenthood go bankrupt if the organization stops receiving taxpayer dollars? Not only does Planned Parenthood take in a significant amount of federal funding each year, they reported $1.3 billion in annual revenues last year, with their CEO bringing in in close to a million dollars a year in salary. They are supported by billion dollar organizations such as ExxonMobil, Nike, American Express, General Electric, Starbucks, Unilever and Microsoft (in total there are over a hundred major companies that give money to the abortion giant).
The well-heeled connections do not stop there. Since the 2016 election, numerous celebrities have channeled their election angst into donations for the nation’s largest abortion provider. Lena Dunham (annual earnings $6 million), Samantha Bee (annual earnings $2.5 million), Hillary Clinton (average annual earnings of $32 million), singer John Legend (annual earnings $46 million) and Lady Gaga ($59 million in 2015) are just a few of the well-to-do celebs who donate and fundraise for Planned Parenthood.
In fact, private donations make up 33% of Planned Parenthood’s revenue. And these celebrities sometimes inspire their parent companies to donate as well. Recently, when Allison Janey gave a PR shout out of support to the abortion giant the owners of her television show, the multi-billion dollar entertainment conglomerate Warner Brothers, offered to match all donations to Planned Parenthood made through a link the actress had set up. (The promotion ended on August 28th.)
This is just the tip of the iceberg demonstrating that Planned Parenthood does not need taxpayer support. Furthermore, from large anonymous donations of $6.5 million, to the actions of smaller companies, consumers will have a hard and disheartening shopping experience to avoid buying from companies that financially support Planned Parenthood.
You want to buy lipstick? That money might go to Planned Parenthood. An App for emojis? Your money might go to Planned Parenthood. Going to an art show? That money might go to Planned Parenthood. Even the beer industry is directing money to support an organization that profits from deception and taking the lives of unborn children. It’s pretty clear that Planned Parenthood’s cries of financial hardship are anything but that.
So the question remains – why, when we have a self-proclaimed pro-life Congress and Administration, are hundreds of millions of government money still going to subsidize the largest abortion provider in the country?
At the 2017 March for Life, Vice President Mike Pence said “this Administration will work with Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers. And we will devote those resources to health care services for women across America.”
It is high time that Congress lives up to its promise of defunding the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and redirecting that money to real choices for women.