Official Press Release from Eagle Forum of Alabama
Deborah Garrett, Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama
“It is critical that the State of Alabama immediately open an investigation into Planned Parenthood in light of recent and past discoveries about the disturbing practices of this organization. Our state leaders at all levels of government should call for immediate defunding of this organization. Selling human tissue and body parts of aborted babies is a clear human rights violation. It is in violation of federal law, Alabama State law, and public policy. Without an investigation into the Planned Parenthood’s practices and the money trail behind these black market sales, they will continue. At this time we have no idea how many women in Alabama were directly impacted by this horrible practice and how this impacted the abortion procedures carried out in the Planned Parenthood Clinics in Alabama. The women who were directly impacted by this practice have a right to know how their services were negatively impacted and their bodies were used for illegal profit. The taxpayers of the State of Alabama have a right to know how much of their Federal tax dollars are going to support illegal black market sales of human body parts. Without human rights we have no others rights. The time to act is now.”
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a budget yesterday that eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood. The Daily Caller reports:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, signed a state budget Sunday that cut spending on education and health clinics, including Planned Parenthood centers, reported National Journal.
Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin denounced the budget. The group, which runs 27 centers statewide, says that services like cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control will be cut back. Conservatives have targeted the group because it also provides abortion services.
Julaine Appling of the organization Wisconsin Family Action said, “If organizations want to do that, we’re not saying they don’t have the right to do that under the law. While we disagree with abortions entirely, they do have that right … [But] we don’t have to use taxpayer money to do that.” Read More
Wisconsin is the fourth state to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, following Kansas, North Carolina and Indiana. Unfortunately, a U.S. District Judge in Indiana has halted enforcement of their law.
Planned Parenthood funding is also under fire on the federal level. Back in February, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a budget amendment to cut funding to the organization. The Senate, still under Democrat control, has not yet followed suit. Stories like this clearly demonstrate why funding to the organization should be cut.
Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on an amendment to the budget that defunded Planned Parenthood. That amendment passed by a vote of 240-185. The New York Daily News has a good recap:
The amendment was part of a bill to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs, which passed in the House 235-189 on Saturday morning. Now it will be sent to the Senate, where it will be harder to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate and a veto threat from the President.
Failure to pass a bill to March 4, when current funding runs out could lead to a government shutdown.
Democrats argued Planned Parenthood provided important access to contraception, medical exams and counseling, while Republicans argued the organization is too insistent about performing abortions.
One argument Speier made really stuck out:
“Planned Parenthood has a right to operate,” she said. “Planned Parenthood has a right to provide services for family planning. Planned Parenthood has a right to offer abortions. Last time I checked, abortions were legal in this country.”
She’s correct that abortions are legal and Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. However, they do no have the right to operate on the government’s dime. Planned Parenthood supporters like Rep. Speier are still completely free to spend their own money supporting the organization.
This is an outrage. It doesn’t matter whether you are pro-life or not, you should be furious that this is what your hard-earned tax dollars are paying for. De-funding Planned Parenthood should be at the top of the GOP agenda.