The Progressive Unvarnished Facts About the Planned Parenthood Issue

Planned Parenthood Victory Over Radical Right Komen Agenda

As colleague Jason Easley reported, the Republican Senate threw the attempted defunding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) against the wall Monday, and it didn’t stick. Pounding their bibles and relying on purely misleading and highly edited junk videos, far right anti-abortion activists, their elected congressional sycophants and whatever billionaires responsible for funding the series of sneak-videos, came up on the short end of a test vote to pull around $500 million from PPFA clinics throughout the nation, and by extension, the world. The final tally was 53-46 in favor of derailing Democratic stalling; 60 votes were required.

The most valuable resource that unearths the truth of the matter is to be found here at FactCheck.org’s highly researched revelations of the so-called PPFA misdeeds. The supposedly most damning video under the FactCheck heading of “Unspinning the Planned Parenthood video” is exposed as a sham. The site demonstrates with irrefutable clarity, that the manufactured clinic discussions are rife with innuendo, half-truths and outright misrepresentations. It’s digital dung!

Here’s what you will never know about PPFA if Republicans are your only source of information. By the organization’s own statistical measure, PPFA has been around over 97 years. It’s the go-to national source for poorer women and a growing number of men. The majority of those served qualify under federal poverty guidelines. That is to say that PPFA takes care of more poor people than any other similar organization. 80% of patients meet or succeed 150% of federal poverty level.

Nearly 3 million women and men visit one of PPFA’s 700 clinics annually. Support partners see another 725,000 mostly needy in 10 developing countries. In the United States, male clientele has increased by 83% between 2002-2012. Over 50 million people visit the PPFA Website per year.

Services do indeed include abortion, in addition to birth control (including the morning after pill), general health care, HIV testing, LGBT services, men’s health care, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing, treatment and vaccines and women’s health care.

A service not generally included is federally funded abortions. ThinkProgress points out that Federal sources tap into Title X money and Medicaid. Medicaid can only fund emergency procedures in the case of rape, incest and a threat to the mother’s life. As for Title X, if the organization is involved in family planning, no fed dollars. That’s it, and has been for almost 40 years!!! The Department of Health and Human Services verifies the process.

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl claimed on the Senate floor a few years ago, that “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does” is providing abortion services. Even after that absurd number was shot down by Factcheck, he came back with a retort that was almost as ridiculous: “This remark was not intended to be a factual statement but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions.”

So, how many abortions are actually performed in-clinic by PPFA, including the abortion “pill?” It depends on who responds to that question. PPFA says roughly 3% and nobody has disproved that percentage; The actual number of abortions included in the PPFA annual report for fiscal year, 2014 was 327,653, roughly the same as the prior fiscal year. The percentage funded by the feds would be comparatively miniscule. PPFA received 41% of its revenue from the feds according to the Washington Post. The dollar total was $528.4 million. Roughly $600 million comes from other sources to round out the budget.

Where do potential voters stand on the issue? A recent Gallup Poll might give an early hint given we’re still about a year-and-a -half shy of the presidential election. The issue is a big deal to 19% of those polled. Republicans characterize themselves as pro-life by a 69-27 margin, Democrats reverse to pro-choice, 67-28 and Independents split the difference; 46% pro-choice and 45% pro-life.

Here are some non-hypocritical numbers to consider. Three in ten American women will have had an abortion by age 45. Republican estimates stand at 50 million abortions since Roe V. Wade in ’73. All other factors, notwithstanding, women are having abortions. Nearly every woman has used contraception in her child-bearing lifetime. The most ineffective is the so-called rhythm method. One out of four times, it doesn’t work in the first year. Most other contraceptives have a 1 out of 15 failure rate. The number of women that have used contraception exceeds 99%. So, for every evangelical purporting to follow every syllable of the good book, a sizable percentage of them are lying. Every statistic you wish to examine indicates that responsible and continuous use of contraceptives would have a profound impact on the number of abortions.

How wearisome it is to believe almost nothing out of the mouths of Republicans. And we have to listen to 17 of them for at least the early months of the upcoming race for that party’s presidential nominee.

32 Replies to “The Progressive Unvarnished Facts About the Planned Parenthood Issue”

  1. “How wearisome it is to believe almost nothing out of the mouths of Republicans.” But the downside of this republic of ours is that anyone over the age of 18 who isn’t currently in jail can vote, including those for whom this stuff is red meat. They believe it because they want to believe it.

  2. In 1988, during the Reagan administration, a panel of experts from the National Institutes of Health overwhelmingly voted in favor of allowing scientists to study biological material obtained from legal abortions. By a 19 to 0 vote, the group concluded that the practice should be considered morally acceptable because aborted fetal tissue is analogous to cadaver tissue, which is often used in scientific research.
    And in 1993, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle voted to legalize fetal tissue research, even in cases when the samples were obtained from legal abortion procedures, when they approved the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act.
    Spurred by pressure from groups looking for cures for degenerative diseases, that legislation lifted a previous ban on using fetal tissue in scientific research put in place during the Reagan administration. McConnell voted in favor — along with several other staunchly pro-life Republican lawmakers, like John McCain, Orrin Hatch.

  3. I’m a retired military officer. The Hyde amendment is a scourge and a curse to every woman who served or serves her country.
    By denying ‘Federal’ funding of abortions, the Hyde Amendment allows an already misogynist and hyper-Christian military to regard women as ‘sort of’ soldiers.

    They reason that if a woman’s body is not hers, but the State’s, her service is shaded and qualified by ‘big Daddy’ government, who will shield her from being a ‘real’ volunteer.

    All accomplishments are corroded by the understanding that daddy owns women, while men own themselves.

    That’s why the rape culture flourishes. So religious whackjobs can strip women of their constitutional rights, and the Hyde amendment gives misogynists a shield for their unprofessional and self-indulgent prejudice. Why do you think these jokers haven’t won a war since 1945? They are too busy admiring their dicks.

  4. The short answer to that is, no. Thats if you can afford the health insurance under the ACA auspices.

    Red states, controlled by Republicans, have not expanded their Medicaid and are working with the same amounts they had before ACA. All of these states have a much higher number of low income people that cannot afford to purchase separate health insurance and are dependent on Medicaid for health services for which there are restrictions imposed by their legislatures.

    Also These same states have stopped funding PP, including funding from the Federal government for that purpose.

    The low income people need PP. In some cases they are the only ones that provide health services at a price they can afford.

  5. Yes they are covered. The major point behind healthcare as a right for all Americans is the preventative care let’s people live a longer, healthier life and it is greatly cheaper than emergency care. Any one fighting ACA is unwilling to admit this truth or just plain evil.

  6. Technically yes.

    However- Not everyone has Obamacare (Red States).
    And PP still needs funding- meaning that those who PROVIDE care when others won’t…are still there.

  7. Reality has a Liberal Bias- indeed.

    Republican lie their asses off, because if they were ever honest with themselves and opened their eyes to the Real Truths of the Universe- they’d not be Conservative anymore.
    They have to lie. It’s the only way they can maintain their paradigm.
    But, remember- because they lie, they are quite well aware of the nature of reality.

  8. Just found this:

    Everything that is hidden eventually comes to the light. While Republicans have embraced a radical, anti-abortion fringe group as the national savior, one GOP candidate has some explaining to do.

    Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 presidential candidate, wants to launch a federal investigation and defund the major women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood. During the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit, a top advisor for Bush said, “We have got to defund Planned Parenthood, by the way, and Gov. Bush supports those efforts.”

    I guess Planned Parenthood is one Bush family endeavor they don’t want to be associated with anymore.

    Prescott Bush, former United States Senator from Connecticut and grandfather of George W. and Jeb Bush, served as Planned Parenthood’s treasurer when they launched their first national fundraising effort in 1947.

    Full article in Addicting Info.

  9. At one time Republicans supported PP. Here is a little history of Republican support.

    1. In the early years Planned Parenthood has counted among its supporters prominent members of the Republican Party. In 1942, Connecticut Senator Prescott Bush, grandfather of President George W. Bush, was a supporter of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League, & in 1947, served as the treasurer for the first national campaign for Planned Parenthood.

    2. The Goldwater family of Arizona supported Planned Parenthood. In 1937, his wife Peggy had become a founding member of Planned Parenthood of Arizona,& the couple remained active in the organization throughout his Senate career.

    3. In the 1960s and 1970s PP drew the support of prominent members of the Grand Old Party. Nixon, Bushes, Romneys, Goldwater etc.

    Now the GOP wants to gut a program that helped poor women and families – so much for family values.

  10. You May Be Surprised By Which Planned Parenthood’s Men’s Services Are Also At Risk. Men’s Sexual Health Services at Planned Parenthood

    Services offered at Planned Parenthood health centers vary by location. Some of the services include:

    *checkups for reproductive or sexual health problems
    *colon, prostate, and testicular cancer screenings
    *condoms and vasectomy
    *erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
    *general health care and routine physical exams
    *jock itch exam and treatment
    *male *infertility screening and referral
    *STD testing and treatment
    *urinary tract infections testing and treatment
    http://plannedparenthood.org/learn/men/

  11. Rene: your posting deserves repeating regularly! send it too the organization. perhaps they have not thought about fighting back with the information. Print out cards to be handed out to the thugs in congress trying to eliminate this service. Best yet, send them all cards. They all carry copy’s of the Constitution I’m told, so why not this? Thugs need reminding of their own records.. The family planning group need to start hitting back with every available quote, vote, &statement.

  12. The same people that oppose programs like Planned Parenthood oppose programs like TANF and other welfare programs.

    Notice how they foam at the mouth over women that are having “consequence free” sex. They say “if you have sex, you should expect to get pregnant and pay for the consequences of your actions”.

    So in other words, women should be punished for having sex by being forced to carry to term and take care of a child they didn’t want.

    Nevermind that if she was irresponsible enough to get pregnant is that really someone we want reproducing? Is that really someone we want as a parent for the next generation?

    Nevermind how preventing contraception and access to abortion will only increase the welfare rolls. GOP can’t think past their nose.

  13. Yet these are the selfsame folks who are against gay sex and masturbation.

    conclusion- they’re against other people getting laid.

  14. Dj, good points but, we(I’m thinking of all the ordinary American’s) just don’t get it! The rich, can get all the medical they want for these concerns of men. SO– why should they even consider them. These men, are just another form of Riff Raff, which is on the plate to be eliminated. Men to be used as women have been since the beginning of time. Forget the fact, this was put in place by a republican Adm. Ronnie, their GOD! And please don’t expect them to acknowledge that fact.

  15. Six decades ago, the psychiatrist, Robert Lindner, wrote of the powerful, subconscious, unwholesome memes about sexuality that grip our collective consciousness. One was the concept of pregnancy as “a gnawing rat placed upside down in the womb as punishment for transgression”. What all of this sobbing over the itty bitty fetus is about, is the dread that some woman may experience sexual pleasure and yet escape the gnawing rat.

  16. That’s because fundamentalists are bitter, abused people who had all enjoyment of life stamped out of them from an early age. And they want to make sure that everybody else suffers too.

    These are the same people who think pot should be illegal and cops killing unarmed civilians is just dandy.

    It’s a death cult.

  17. Again, you’re publishing FACTS and it seems Republicans are allergic to facts. They don’t even see them and they don’t care about them.

  18. But, many of these anti-homosexuals are extreme closet homosexuals. In fact, Senator Hyde of the infamous “Hyde Amendment” that bars federal dollars from being spent on abortions, himself is now alleged to have had a homosexual (or pederast?) relationship or rape? with a teen wrestler while he was the coach. And that was the third guy they tried to make leader after two others were found to have cheated on their wives with other women!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.