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It's Pretty Ugly

Imagine any business that had multiple cases of taxpayer fraud, Medicaid abuse, a history of health and safety violations, including violations of standard practices that put people at risk. Such a business, you would think, would be investigated by the mainstream media and be inviting left wing regulations to the point of nearly closing it down. But there are exceptions to every rule, and for the left, Planned Parenthood is the exception.

The general public's perception of Planned Parenthood is that of a caring non-profit that offers important health care to women. Polling indicates that a majority of Americans are unaware that Planned Parenthood does abortions, and they certainly aren't aware that abortion makes up one-third of their corporate income. They also aren't aware of the cases of Medicaid fraud that have taken place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country.

Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom are doing all they can to expose Planned Parenthood for what it is — a profit hungry corporation that puts children and women at risk. To expose Planned Parenthood, ADF has created www.itsprettyugly.org, a website that shows the kind of materials Planned Parenthood promotes to our children (warning, some are offensive), a list of current and past lawsuits against Planned Parenthood, and ways that you can help show your friends and neighbors exactly what Planned Parenthood is — a $1.5 billion corporation that hides its true agenda from the public and does all it can to separate parents from their children.

I hope you'll go to www.itsprettyugly.org and learn more about the real Planned Parenthood.

This organization has fought against every common sense bill in Virginia, from banning the gruesome procedure of partial birth abortion to parental involvement with their children to abortion center health and safety standards. They are never held accountable by the mainstream media when it comes to their rhetoric and they are spending millions in Virginia on elections this year alone (including underwriting the website of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe). It has had success simply because too many people don't really know its true agenda. It's time to uncover the truth.

Breaking: NARAL Bills To Hamstring PRCs In Sub-Committees This Afternoon!

This afternoon, legislation in both the Senate and House that would unnecessarily burden Virginia’s pregnancy resource centers with regulations will be debated in subcommittees. SB 188, patroned by Senator Ralph Northam (D-6, Norfolk) and HB 452, patroned by Delegate Charniele Herring (D-46, Alexandria) quite simply are intended to paint PRCs as unsafe for women. The bills would require these facilities to post door signs that essentially say they are not health care facilities and don’t provide abortions or contraception, and would require PRCs to register with the state. They might as well ask them to put a sign in the door with directions to the nearest unregulated Planned Parenthood abortion center (see LiveActionBlog). This legislation was introduced at the behest of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. Last week it released a "study" of PRCs in Virginia and charged them with such atrocities as referring to the unborn child as a "baby" and not having medical staff on hand to oversee the use of over-the-counter pregnancy tests. The horror!

The truth is that PRCs serve thousands of women each year with life-affirming resources. They are not regulated as medical clinics because, unlike unregulated abortion centers, they do not perform invasive medical procedures that include the use of anesthesia. Of course, abortion centers in Virginia aren’t regulated as medical clinics either (see HB 393).

Today, the Senate bill will be heard in a Senate Education and Health subcommittee (chaired by Senator Northam himself) while the House version will be debated a House Health, Welfare and Institutions subcommittee.

The Family Foundation has been working with leaders of PRCs around Virginia over the past 24 hours to bring people to Richmond to testify. In an incredible display of unity the directors of several PRCs are coming to Richmond, as well as staff members and some clients who have been served by these important facilities.

But we need you to contact the members of both the Ed and Health (see members here) and HWI committees (see members here) and urge them to reject this legislation. While the bills are being debated in subcommittee today, the full committees will have to vote on the bills later this week, based on the recommendation of the subcommittees.

Virginia News Stand: December 21, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Like Deeds, Like Marsden; Like Kaine, Like Marsden; Like Deeds, Like Kaine

We're keeping the news to a minimum today: the snow is melting and people are less captive and not as inclined to be in front of the computer as they get back to last minute shopping and other Christmas preparations. Most of the news around the state concerns Governor Tim Kaine's outlandish income tax increase proposal. Easy for him to do — he leaves office in three weeks. Governor-elect Bob McDonnell and the majority House Republicans already say it's a non-starter. So perhaps the big story, or at least the most intriguing, is the turn taken in the special election in the 37th Senate district (in Fairfax County) to replace Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli, between Republican Steve Hunt and Democrat Dave Marsden, currently a delegate. Democrats think, because of recent trends in Fairfax, they can win the seat; the GOP, with its reverberating rebound last month, sense the tide has turned back their way, even in Northern Virginia, where its candidates did exceedingly well in the recent election.

Delegate Marsden, who moved into a friend's house to establish residency in the district, now has pro-abortion allies railing against some old literature a crisis pregnancy center stopped distributing some time ago. Hunt used to serve on the center's board.

Two things are absolutely peculiar about this: First, Delegate Marsden, must not have paid much attention to the top of his own ticket last month as Democrat standard bearer Creigh Deeds (remember him?) clamored about abortion and social issues while the rest of Virginia concerned itself with jobs. Marsden, himself, considered to be in a safe House district, barely escaped to re-election. Now, Governor Kaine wants to repeal the car tax cut and raise the income tax, and Delegate Marsden, given his record, is most likely right there with him. Again, just like Senator Deeds, who recommended raising taxes during a recession (see Jeff Schaprio's analysis in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, below).

The second oddity is that while the pregnancy center has ceased distributing the information, those attacking it and Mr. Hunt are providing this type of sick information (see video of Planned Parenthood abortionist and counselor talking to prospective patient),where "patients" are advised that abortions are safer than giving birth. So, it's mini-campaign redux featuring residency, raising taxes in a recession and old flyers versus jobs and sticking up for the unborn.  

News:

Antiabortion pregnancy center figures in state Senate race (Washington Post)

McDonnell, GOP lawmakers assail Kaine’s budget plan (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Kaine proposes 1% rise in state income tax (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

From deep in the red, Gov. Kaine proposes a brutal state budget (The Daily Press)

'Painful cuts' part of Kaine's Virginia budget proposal (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Kaine proposes replacing car tax with income one (Washington Times)

Virginia governor proposes an income tax increase (Washington Post)

At least 7 GOP candidates eager to take on Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Analysis:

With budget, Kaine leaves tough task for both parties (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

FRC Action Webcast On Health Care, Tonight At 8:30!

Tonight, at 8:30, FRC Action and The Call to Conscience will host a live video Webcast on the proposed government takeover of the health care industry. Called, "An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare," it will feature a powerful line-up of speakers, including:

» Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action

» Lou Engle, Founder and President, The Call to Conscience

» Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family Action

» Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family Action

» Hon. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), United States Senator

» Hon. Randy Forbes, (R-Va.) United States Representative

» Hon. Jim DeMint, (R-S.C.) United States Senator

» Hon. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.) United States Representative

» Bishop Harry Jackson, President, High Impact Leadership Coalition

» Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, San Diego, Calif.

» Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Leadership Conference

The Webcast will provide information on the threats to the God-given right to human life through government funding of abortions and health from rationing, the impending massive tax increases, and the general loss of freedom when the government runs something as personal as our own health care. The Webcast also will offer time for prayer for our nation and our leaders. 

Click here to register for tonight's FRC Webcast: "An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare"

Planned Parenthood Attacks Bob McDonnell

At our Gala Monday evening, the loudest applause line of Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb's address was when she said that pro-family Virginians expect that the next governor of Virginia to submit a budget that ends taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood. In a radio interview the next day on the Laura Ingraham Show, Republican candidate for governor Bob McDonnell stated that he would do just that. Now, Planned Parenthood is going berserk over McDonnell’s comments, despite the fact that The Washington Post today claims that Planned Parenthood didn’t receive any taxpayer money in this year’s budget. For several years The Family Foundation has worked with other pro-life organizations to end the taxpayer subsidizing of Planned Parenthood, often finding it difficult to uncover how much money they receive or through what agency or program.

While Planned Parenthood alleges that the money they receive is used for "women’s health care," the fact is that this is a $1 billion a year organization that performs more than one-quarter of all abortions in the nation, with roughly one-third of its income coming from taxpayers.

Oddly, for an organization that claims to be about "health care," it is run by a hard-core partisan Democrat, Cecile Richards, the daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards and former chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The truth is, it is nothing more than a partisan organization that uses its taxpayer funding to bludgeon pro-life candidates across the country and to promote abortion on demand. This year, Planned Parenthood endorsed McDonnell’s opponent, Creigh Deeds, who supports taxpayer funding of that organization. in fact, Planned Parenthood endorsed all three Democrat statewide candidates.

The fact is that, regardless of their position on abortion, most Virginians do not like the idea of their tax dollars paying for abortions and, by extension, organizations that perform them. Planned Parenthood has plenty of its own money; it doesn’t need any from the taxpayers.

If You Missed Thursday Night's Pro-Life Webcast, FRC Action Has One This Tuesday

More than 36,000 people logged on to the live  stoptheabortionmandate.com pro-life Webcast Thursday night. If you could not participate, click the link above to find out what you missed. However, if you want to take part in one live, or if you watched the first one and want to know yet more on the issue of taxpayer funded abortion on demand in the proposed government run health care legislation, as well as other aspects contrary to the life issue (such as stripping away medical professionals' conscience protections), then Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins is inviting you to participate in its live pro-life Webcast this Tuesday, July 28, at 8:30 p.m. Below is Tony's letter inviting all who are interested:

President Obama and the Democratic leadership have ignored the moral, ethical, and financial threats of a government takeover of health care. Just this week, President Obama told CBS News he didn't want to "wade into" the debate over whether taxpayers should be forced to pay for abortions within his health care takeover.

The President has already "waded in" — in fact, he's up to his neck in a plan that would compel Americans to pay for abortion-on-demand. Opposition is building in Congress and across the country against the Obama proposal, which would flood the coffers of the abortion industry.

To learn the story the networks won't tell you, to get the depth of perspective the networks can't give you, and to point the way forward on such a critical issue as health care, join me, along with FRCAction's respected experts as we are joined by key Congressional leaders for an exclusive Webcast beginning at 8:30 pm. EDT on Tuesday, July 28.

During the Webcast, we will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the fight to:

» stop taxpayer funding of abortion, » protect the conscience rights of health care workers, and » prevent a government takeover that will impose a massive tax and debt burden on you and your family.

Please join us, and forward this on to your friends and family as we seek to bring together millions of concerned Americans to take united action against this government takeover plan.

Tune-In Tuesday at 8:30 pm ET for this Special FRC Action Webcast on the Moral, Ethical and Financial Dangers of the President's Health Care Reform Plan.

Standing (Ephesians 6:13),

Tony

Tony Perkins President

We know you will find this informative and very much worth your while, and hope you will find the time to log on to this Webcast.