Guess Which Abortion Provider Is Still Being Funded During the Shutdown

The government shutdown has reached the one-week mark and there has been much discussion of what services are not available and which government workers are not getting paid, but one organization has been overlooked. Despite years of Republican efforts aimed at defunding the abortion provider, even shutting down nonessential government services doesn’t appear to have cut off the group from its government money.

The reason that Planned Parenthood continues to get federal checks when air traffic controllers, park rangers, and members of the Coast Guard do not is that most of Planned Parenthood’s federal money comes through the Medicaid program. As with most of the federal entitlement programs, Medicaid money continues to flow during the shutdown. Kaiser Health News reports that Medicare and Medicaid are already funded through the second quarter. That would take the health programs through the end of March.

There are some aspects of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding that could be interrupted by the shutdown. In addition to Medicaid, the group is a major recipient of Title X family planning grants. According to the group’s website, Planned Parenthood serves 1.5 million of the approximately 4 million Title X patients. The Title X grants make up about 19 percent of revenue for participating clinics. These grants could quickly expire in a protracted shutdown.

Defunding Planned Parenthood wasn’t the goal of the current government shutdown, but it would have been a nice added benefit, especially since Democrats don’t seem any more inclined to deal on the wall than they were a week ago. However, even if all federal money dried up, it wouldn’t totally bankrupt the group. Planned Parenthood gets about a third of its funding from the government and the rest from private donations.

For years now, Republicans have embraced a number of quixotic goals such as defunding Planned Parenthood, repealing Obamacare, and building a border wall. They have also embraced government shutdowns as a tactic in achieving several of these goals. Obamacare survived a shutdown in 2013 that also left Planned Parenthood funding intact. This year it appears that the wall will not be funded but that Planned Parenthood will.

Perhaps it is time for Republicans to find a new strategy.

Brett Kavanaugh Just Helped Planned Parenthood Keep Its Funding

In a surprising move, newly minted Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the Court’s liberal justices to prevent the high court from deciding whether states could defund Planned Parenthood. The move will let stand lower court rulings that struck down two state laws in Louisiana and Kansas that would have barred the abortion provider from receiving Medicare funds.

Louisiana and Kansas had sought certiorari to allow the Supreme Court to hear their appeals in Gee v. Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast and Andersen v. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. Four judges must agree to accept a case and the votes of Kavanaugh and Roberts to deny certiorari killed any chance that the Court would hear the Planned Parenthood cases, let alone allow states to defund the group.

Several other states have attempted to ban funding for Planned Parenthood at the state level after Republicans in Washington were unable to move a funding ban through Congress. For now, it appears that any further attempts to cut off the group’s federal money will be defeated.

Chief Justice John Roberts typically votes in the conservative bloc but has been key to some high-profile disappointments for constitutionalists. Roberts was the key vote in saving Obamacare with his opinion that the individual mandate was really a tax and therefore constitutional.

Kavanaugh’s vote may surprise some, but several observers predicted that if President Trump wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade, Kavanaugh was the wrong judge to pick. Similar to Roberts, Kavanaugh ruled on an Obamacare case in which he did not dispute the constitutionality of the health insurance law. Prior to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) argued that Kavanaugh was a judge who would uphold precedent. That statement was interpreted as an indication that Kavanaugh would not strike down Roe and possibly Obamacare as well.

Justice Clarence Thomas, who was appointed to the Court by the recently departed George H.W. Bush, dissented, writing that the other judges were afraid to tackle the hot-button issue. “Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty,” Thomas said. “If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background.”

The decision not to grant certiorari is a hard hit for pro-life groups. “If Kavanaugh was going to deal a major blow to health care rights during his first session on the court, this would have been the case to do it,” Tim Jost, an emeritus professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, said in Politico.

During the 2016 election, Donald Trump’s pro-life platform and promise to appoint judges who would overturn Roe was a major reason that many Republicans held their noses and voted for him over Hillary. Given Mr. Trump’s long pro-choice history and the ready availability of more firmly pro-life, constitutionalist judges such as Amy Coney Barrett, many of those voters must wonder today if Justice Kavanaugh has gone rogue or if he is doing exactly what President Trump and other pro-choice Republicans wanted him to.

So Much For Defunding Planned Parenthood

When the Republican House majority exits stage right in January, any chance of defunding Planned Parenthood will be leaving also. While it’s understandable that conservatives would be angry about the failure to end federal funding of the abortion provider, there was never really any chance that the GOP would be able to follow through on its campaign promise anyway.

With 51 Republicans in the Senate, it was theoretically possible that a ban on funding Planned Parenthood could be slipped into a budget resolution in order to avoid a Democrat filibuster. However, that strategy ignores the fact that there are Republican supporters of Planned Parenthood in the Senate. Their names are Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

The Republican pickup of two Senate seats in this year’s elections won’t help the matter either. When it comes to the Republican domestic agenda, the gain of two Senate seats is more than offset by the Democrat wave that boosted Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to control of the House. Any attempt at defunding Planned Parenthood will be aborted by House Democrats.

“We told the White House, ‘Don’t sign any budget that funds Planned Parenthood,’” Kristan Hawkins, president of the Students for Life of America said. “‘We need you to uphold your campaign promises and force Congress to uphold theirs.’”

But, in reality, President Trump had little choice. Without the votes to pass a budget that cut Planned Parenthood’s funding, the choice was to either fund the government or shut it down. If the White House had forced a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding, they would have eventually had to surrender.

Republicans failed to make a case that convinced the American people that Planned Parenthood should not be funded. Although defunding the group is popular with the Republican base, 62 percent of Americans view Planned Parenthood favorably despite the fact that the electorate is evenly split on abortion.

Politico notes that many Republicans privately concede that frontal assaults on the Planned Parenthood are doomed to fail. Instead, many are looking for alternative strategies that incrementally strip away the group’s federal funding. Proposed changes to Title X by the Trump Administration would make it more difficult for abortion providers to qualify for federal funds. In West Virginia, voters recently approved a constitutional amendment that cuts Medicaid funding for abortion providers. Both moves will likely face legal challenges.

Defunding Planned Parenthood is a good idea but it was always unrealistic without a large Republican majority. The fact that President Trump’s chaotic presidency is quickly eroding Republican majorities at both the federal and state level makes it even more unlikely that Republicans will be able to terminate government funding for nation’s largest abortion provider.

 

 

 

 

OkCupid Gets In Bed With Planned Parenthood





The Leftist activists that run the dating website/app OkCupid have out-crazied themselves once again.  OkCupid is a dating site dedicated to making the fringiest of the left-wing fringe feel at home.  In the past, they have gone out of their way to prove their liberal bona-fides through actions such as blocking web browser Mozilla back in 2014 to protest then-CEO Brendan Eich’s support of traditional marriage.

This time, OkCupid is all-in for Planned Parenthood and posted the following tweet yesterday.

 

Planned Parenthood badges on profiles to show one’s support for abortion.  Apparently, OkCupid thinks this is a great way to get two liberal lovebirds together, committed to killing any potential offspring.  How romantic!  (If you love murder.)  Really the stuff of fairy tales – at least, NOW’s updated 3rd wave feminist versions.

But I don’t think it sends the message they think it does.

Clearly, the hippies at OkCupid have no idea how guys-on-the-prowl see a Planned Parenthood badge.  Any woman’s profile with one of those just screams, “Hi.  I’ll be your date tonight.  I’m cheap and easy.  Feel free to take advantage of me, because Planned Parenthood will clean up your mess afterwards.”

The OkCupid homepage describes itself thusly,

Substance, Not Just Selfies

There are two kinds of dating apps: theirs and ours.  We go below the surface to show off the real you.  Sounds like a nice change, right?

We ask you interesting questions to get to know who you are on a deeper level.

OkCupid likes to think it’s a deep, meaningful website, devoted to true love and lasting commitment.  This depth and commitment just doesn’t include children or consequences of any kind.  No muss, no fuss.  In other words, this basically makes OkCupid into Tinder.

Have quick, meaningless sex, and if an “accident” happens, just dispose of it at the local “women’s health clinic”.  Planned Parenthood is all about abortion and escaping the results of one’s actions.  Live, love, and lust without consequences!

Let’s face it – happily married women aren’t beating down the doors of abortion clinics to get rid of Junior.

This is a reflection of today’s hook-up culture.  It’s rampant in college dorms, the bar scene, online, and pretty much everywhere else in society now.  Maybe I’m the last hopeless romantic, but romance and dating should be about actual love and commitment.  Dating is supposed to be about getting to know one another, not random one-night stands.  Ultimately, that dating should lead to marriage and *gasp* children.  Planned Parenthood stands for the opposite of all of this.  With such an over-sexed culture and absence of commitment already, a PP badge on a dating profile is just waving a red flag in front of a bull.

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Defunding Evil

We live in a culture where the clear line that should exist between right and wrong has been blurred and culture has trouble calling anything “good” or “evil.”

But whether we want to acknowledge them, right and wrong, good and evil do exist. It’s not up to us to decide if they do or do not. They are the affects of a plumb line that existed long before man walked the earth and will exist long after we are gone.

Of course there are those that will say the above is nonsense. They are, as Tozer writes:

. . . the relativists who like to show that there are no fixed points in the universe from which we can measure anything. They smile down at us from they lofty intellectual peaks and settle us to their own satisfaction by fastening upon us the reproachful term “absolutist” . . . [However] They prove their soundness by living their lives according to the very notions of reality which they in theory repudiate and by counting upon the very fixed points they prove are not there. . . Their ideas are brain deep, not life-deep.

We face a lot of life deep questions in our culture today. How we handle human life should not be one of them. Specifically, abortion. Or, more directly, the killing of babies. I think one of the greatest inventions in the life debate has been the introduction of 3D sonograms. For years the pro-abortion crowd tried in vain to win the argument that babies were just fetuses. Then along came 3D sonograms that showed us that, no, these were people, albeit tiny ones.

The largest, single abortion provider in America today is Planned Parenthood. There are those that will make the argument that they are a valuable resource for women who cannot afford basic healthcare. I beg to differ. Two years ago, research was released by various conservative organizations showing the inconsistencies in this argument. There are 665 Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide compared to 13,540 local health clinics. Yet through these 665 clinics Planned Parenthood doubled the number of abortions it provided between 2000 and 2011, jumping from 15% of the total number of abortions in American to 32%, or 333,964 total.

At your expense.

From Planned Parenthood’s Wikipedia page:

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, total revenue was US$1.3 billion: non-government health services revenue was US$305 million, government revenue (such as Medicaid reimbursements) was US$528 million, private contributions totaled US$392 million, and US$78 million came from other operating revenue.

The number that should jump out at you is the $528M. That is money generated from your tax dollars.

Now, Planned Parenthood will argue that no government funding is used for abortions. They are correct. However, the $528M they received from us allows them to not only keep the lights on at their clinics, it pays for a lot of overhead so that they in turn can pay for abortions and the doctors’ time who perform them from the private contributions side. It’s the age old rob Peter to pay Paul routine.

Which is why I cheered when I read the news that South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed an executive order to stop giving any state money to doctors or groups affiliated with giving abortions.

“There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women’s health and family planning services without performing abortions,” McMaster said in a statement. “Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”

Why is this taking place? Because back in April President Trump signed a bill that allowed states to deny funding to Planned Parenthood’s non-profit arm. I think those that have read my posts here and comments elsewhere know that I have been and am mostly skeptical of Trump, but let’s give that man credit when it is due. He has unleashed the states to act as they choose when it comes to funding or defunding Planned Parenthood. It’s federalism in action.

What remains to be seen is how many more states follow South Carolina’s lead.

Planned Parenthood to spend $3M to elect Ralph Northam




Planned Parenthood claims that they need our tax dollars to fund women’s health procedures. Instead, the supposed non-partisan organization is once again pandering to the Democratic Party to protect their murder of the unborn.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia plans on spending $3 million in an attempt to help Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam win in Virginia.

According to a statement on the group’s Facebook page, they believe that Northam will work to protect “every woman’s right to make the best choices for herself and her family.” The group plans to knock on approximately 300,000 doors and send mail to over 400,000 people.



“Everything about women’s health is at stake,” Jennifer Allen, chief executive of Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia said. “It’s really clear that Virginians want and need a fierce champion like Dr. Northam to stand up for them and to stand up for women’s health.”

Gillespie has raised almost twice as much as Northam in campaign funds for the general election, and says he would legislation that would cut state payments to Planned Parenthood.

In Jon Ossoff’s failed bid for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District seat, Planned Parenthood spent $734,000.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor, receives approximately $500 million a year in taxpayer funding. Planned Parenthood also spent $38 million on Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign in 2016.

The facts speak for themselves: Planned Parenthood betrays women, and they don’t need our tax dollars.

Pro-Life Group to Protest WNBA’s Seattle Storm’s Support of Planned Parenthood

Created Equal, a nationally recognized pro-life group, is planning to protest the WNBA Seattle Storm’s partnership with Planned Parenthood.

The Storm will give $5 from the sale of each ticket to their July 18th game against the Chicago Sky to the nation’s largest abortion vendor, totaling $87,295 if all 17,459 seats of the arena are filled.

In contrast, Created Equal and several other pro-life groups will be hosting a peaceful protest at Key Arena on the night of the game from 7-9 p.m.

The group is also circulating a petition asking Seattle Storm not to “play ball” with Planned Parenthood.

“Professional sports franchises are free to do as they wish, but it is our responsibility to make sure they know that enabling child-killing will come at a significant cost to their bottom line and brand,” Mark Harrington the National Director of Created Equal said. “Children are going to be violently torn apart if we do nothing as partnering with their killers becomes a corporate fad.”

“We are going to make sure the sports industry understands that collaborating with the contract killers at Planned Parenthood is not acceptable,” a press release for the group reads.

Additionally, on Thursday, July 13, at 11:00 A.M. pro-life activists will hold a press conference in front of the Russell Senate Office Building that will be followed by a prayer vigil and sit-in at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office.

The activists are urging Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.

“We call upon Senator McConnell and the republican majority in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood which is the largest provider in the world,” Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition and pastor of Church on the Hill in Washington, D.C. said. The $550,000,000 of taxpayer money that goes to Planned Parenthood should be redirected to federally licensed clinics that provide for more comprehensive services for women.”

Harrington concurs, calling on Republicans to keep their promise to conservative voters.

“Funding for Planned Parenthood has been a perennial issue since Republicans won control of the House in 2010, and each time, Republican leaders have finessed it by saying the matter would be settled in a broader health care bill. Now, is the time to hold these pro-life representatives accountable for their campaign promises. We will deliver a strong message to every single US Senator to defund Planned Parenthood and end all funding streams for abortion in the health care bill.”

“Abortion is not healthcare and not one penny of taxpayer funding should go to an organization that takes the lives of 329,000 innocent children every year,” he continued. “We encourage the Senate to follow the lead of their colleagues in the House and not include the funding of Planned Parenthood in their healthcare legislation.”

You can learn more about Created Equal’s mission and efforts here.

 

Steve King Has The Best Idea Since Eskimo Pie

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” with Alisyn Camerota, Rep. Steve King had the greatest idea to come out of Iowa since Eskimo Pie.

Camerota pressed King on how Congress is going to pay for President Trump’s border wall.

CAMEROTA: Are you comfortable, Congressman, with providing $1.6 billion dollars of taxpayer money–not from Mexico–to build that wall.

KING: Absolutely, yes, and more. And I’d throw another $5 billion on the pile, and I would find another half a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget. And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations…

Yes!

Note that Camerota completely ignored the Planned Parenthood part of King’s remark and proceeded to go with the you’re-going-to-take-food-from-poor-children’s-mouths argument.

King countered that noting that Michelle Obama spent years fighting child obesity, which highly correlates with EBT use.

“Now we have a problem of obesity,” King said. “And when you match up the EBT card with what the scales say on some of the folks — I think it’s worth looking at. Michelle Obama looked at it; Republicans should be able to look at it, too.”

Of course, SNAP and other bloated federal entitlements need to be trimmed or eliminated to rid the government of welfare gadflies and cheats. We need to come up with better and more effective ways of lifting the poor out of poverty.

But the first statement is absolutely dead on target. Let’s take that $500 million out of the hands of the butchers of innocent children who never grow up to eat at all and use it to secure our border. Liberals seem to be much more generous with other countries’ children while their own decadent sex-obsessed hedonistic lifestyles are off-limits.

Republicans have been too weak to touch Planned Parenthood, but they might be more motivated to build Trump’s wall. Let’s do both.

Bravo Rep. King. You deserve a case of Eskimo Pie.