What Women REALLY NeedFeb. 12, 2014
On Monday, I brought to you the heart warming wishes from Planned Parenthood, which started a social media campaign entitled #WhatWomenNeed. It produced a vine of its president, Cecile Richards, flashing a series of cards with an outline of a heart and within each heart a type of procedure, such as mammograms and, of course, "safe and legal abortions" (see it here). The implication was that women abortion was top of mind for women on Valentine's Day. Sick. The reaction probably hasn't been what Ms. Richards has expected. For example, Missy Martinez, the "Pro-Life Warrior Princess" (@missySFLA) shot back with this photo depicting #WhatWomenNeed:
Busted! Planned Parenthood couldn't provide #WhatWomenNeed even if it wanted to.
The truth is told!
Cecile Richards has a twisted view of what women need.
The fact is, Planned Parenthood devalues the women it says it supports. By recasting abortion as "women's health care" (an admission it's losing the battle on "choice") and declaring that women's issues are all about "reproductive rights" Planned Parenthood relegates women to second class status, worth nothing more than bodies and not intelligent, loving, successful humans — which is what we men want to think of our wives and girlfriends during Valentine's Day. #JustSoWereClear!
WRONG! Susan B. Anthony List Ad Refutes Obama-Biden Claims On HHS Mandate, Planned ParenthoodOct. 29, 2012
Susan B. Anthony List, the pro-life women's political action committee, has launched a new web ad (see below) countering the false statements made by President Obama and Vice President Biden in their recent debates with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, respectively, as well as claims made during their stump speeches (see LifeNews.com). It specifically takes aim at two misleading claims on major issues: That Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry's biggest company, provides mammograms but does not provide abortions; and, contrary to all fact, that religious institutions (including schools, hospitals and charities) are not required to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception under the new HHS mandate. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of SBA List, told LifeNews.com:
With Obamacare and the HHS mandate, President Obama has launched an unprecedented attack on freedom of religion and the rights of conscience. President Obama knows this — and in an effort to distract the media and grassroots, he and his team have resorted to using scare tactics with women's health.
Planned Parenthood's own annual report reveals that it is the largest abortion provider in the nation — it does not provide comprehensive, whole woman’s health care, including mammograms. The HHS mandate forces religious institutions and Americans of faith and conscience to violate their beliefs and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs. Women want and deserve leaders that care about access to comprehensive, whole woman care, not those who promote only abortion-centered institutions and policies.
The video's claims are thoroughly documented. Particularly stinging is a letter by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that documents vice president's false assertions about the HHS mandate in his debate with Representative Ryan. Both candidates are Catholic and the vice president's claims were part of his reply to a question about how his faith shapes his public policy. The Bishhops' October 12 letter stated, in part:
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain "religious employers." That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to "Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital," or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
The quoted line in the excerpt of the Bishops' letter came directly from the vice president's debate statement. President Obama seems to take great pride in his "compromise" on the HHS mandate, as he believes he changed the originally drafted version adequately to resolve the Catholic Church's objections. Of course, he didn't consult the Bishops, which led us to wonder how he reached a compromise without negotiating with those with whom he disagreed. (That's got to be difficult, even for the chosen one.) As the Bishops note, the federal government will define what qualifies as a religious institution, thereby carving out only the slimmest of exemptions to the mandate.
The Washington Post fact check column recently awarded President Obama three "Pinocchios" for repeatedly saying that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms, including on The Tonight Show. The Post article also details how much money Planned Parenthood makes from the different services it provides. Want to guess where it makes almost all of its money? A recent study by financial analyst Keith Riler pointed out that abortion is 125 to 165 times more profitable than mammography, which is why Planned Parenthood would never provide them even if it could. During fiscal year 2009-2010, Planned Parenthood reported more than $1 billion dollars in net assets, yet still receives taxpayer funding.
Get the facts, Jack! The president and vice president repeatedly misrepresent Planned Parenthood as something other than a virtually exclusive abortion-only provider despite the documented facts.
Are We Really Against Women’s Health Care?Oct. 24, 2012
At last week's presidential debate (boxing match?), President Barack Obama's obsession with Planned Parenthood came through loud and clear. At one point, among the six times he mentioned the abortion organization, he defended the nation's largest and richest private abortion provider by saying that it deserves your support through taxpayer dollars because it offers preventative women's health care with things like mammograms. To be precise, the president said:
. . . there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms . . .
That statement is one in a long line of attacks on pro-life, conservative Americans who have for years fought to end forced taxpayer subsidization of the $1 billion abortion conglomerate. As with most of the other attacks, it is completely false.
Simply put, Planned Parenthood doesn't offer mammograms. In fact, if the president is accurate, then Planned Parenthood is actually violating federal law and is subject to tens of thousands of dollars in fines!
Planned Parenthood is breaking the law because it has no license to perform mammograms. As this letter from the Obama Administration's own Department of Health and Human Services confirms, no Planned Parenthood clinic anywhere in the country is certified to perform mammograms. The Mammogram Quality Standards Act, administered by the Obama HHS, says that "[n]o facility may conduct an examination or procedure . . . involving mammography" without a certification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As the FDA explains, there is a good reason Congress wanted to make sure that women were receiving mammograms only from licensed providers: "Congress passed this law in 1992 to assure high-quality mammography for early breast cancer detection, which can lead to early treatment, a range of treatment options, and increased chances of survival." The MQSA is a women's health and safety law, and its licensing requirement is designed to ensure that the mammogram a woman receives is accurate and dependable. Planned Parenthood does not have that required license.
There you have it: If the president is correct, Planned Parenthood routinely violates federal law. If he is not, he simply is lying (or is so misinformed it's frightening) about what Planned Parenthood actually does as part of its defenders' perpetual effort by to paint the abortion conglomerate as focused on "women’s health care" when it is actually all about abortion (about 97 percent of its business comes from abortions).
Once again, the secular left is attempting to paint those who oppose forcing taxpayers to subsidize the nation's largest abortion organization as being opposed to "women’s health care" — thus the contrived and phony "war on women." It is, in fact, Planned Parenthood that has consistently lied about its services and opposed every effort to make its abortion centers safer for women. So, are we really against women's health care? Or, is the Left just redefining "women's health care" as it redefines everything else?
Deception Reigns At Planned ParenthoodApr. 19, 2011
For an organization that has at the root of its business model the destruction of human life, it's not surprising that Planned Parenthood has had to resort to deception to defend itself after taking some of its worst PR hits in its history. But the more Americans learn about Planned Parenthood, the less they like. Purporting itself to be the arbitrators of "women’s health care," it has successfully siphoned more than $300 million a year of taxpayer dollars out of the economy. Planned Parenthood defenders in the General Assembly, Congress and the media are quick to claim that the majority of services provided by Planned Parenthood are not abortion related. If you weren't paying attention you'd think that without your money being diverted to its coffers women would not have access to any health care.
That, of course, ignores the truth. Now, former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson and many others are finally exposing Planned Parenthood for what it is — and what we've said it is all along. The organization has had to resort to deception and hiding behind the White House to protect its public financing.
Most recently, in the debate over federal funding for the nation's largest private supplier of abortion, Planned Parenthood apologists made the assertion that abortion amounts to only three percent of the organization's services (a claim we've heard over and over again in the General Assembly). For an organization that has at its core abortion and the politics of abortion, this claim makes no sense, yet politicians and pundits alike have puppeted the talking point.
Planned Parenthood's claim that abortions make up just 3 percent of its services is also a gimmick. That number is actually closer to 12 percent, but strategically skewed by unbundling family planning services so that each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 "visits" per appointment (i.e., 12 packs of birth control equals 12 visits) and doing the opposite with abortion visits, bundling them together so that each appointment equals one visit. The resulting difference between family planning and abortion "visits" is striking.
Further proof of Planned Parenthood's emphasis on abortion is the directive that recently came down from Planned Parenthood's national headquarters mandating that all its affiliates provide abortions by 2013. In addition, its adoption referral number is appalling, and has been decreasing exponentially for years. Per Ms. Johnson:
. . . 98 percent of Planned Parenthood's services to pregnant women are abortion.
That's just the beginning. It also made the claim that it provides cancer screenings such as mammograms, but the truth is that it simply refers women to facilities that do mammograms, something any free clinic can do. No Planned Parenthood clinic has the equipment to do mammograms (of course, those would cost money, and based on what we've seen in the debate over abortion center regulations, safety is not a high priority for Planned Parenthood).
Of course, nearly every "service" provided by Planned Parenthood, with the exception of its primary money winner — abortion — can be done at free clinics and can be paid for through Medicaid or Medicare. There is absolutely no reason that an organization that has faced accusations ranging from targeting African Americans for abortion to covering up sexual abuse of underage girls should be subsidized by taxpayers. But you knew that already.
In Virginia, we have successfully defunded Planned Parenthood by exposing the money that was being diverted to its clinics. But this reminder seems fitting during tax season: Our federal government continues to provide more than one third of this political organization's budget with your tax dollars.
In Virginia, Planned Parenthood continues to advocate for more money, freedom from minor regulations, and against every single attempt at helping women make a better choice for their unborn children. If a proposal is going to reduce the number of abortions in Virginia, it is sure to oppose it, including funding successful abstinence education programs.
The good news is that this year, we were able to defeat Planned Parenthood over and over again. From passing abortion center safety regulations to abstinence funding to protecting taxpayers from underwriting abortion in Virginia’s health insurance exchange, to defeating its legislative agenda, Planned Parenthood suffered overwhelming defeats this year.
Let's pray we can build on this momentum!
Virginia News Stand: November 19, 2009Nov. 19, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations Breaking News: Next Budget Shortfall $3.5 Billion!
Breaking news this evening: Senate Finance Committee analysts told that committee's members this afternoon that the next two-year budget will be $3.5 billion short, not to mention the current budget lacking another $209 million.
In other news, Governor Tim Kaine told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he has concerns with some of Governor-elect Bob McDonnell's positions. He is afraid the new governor will sign certain bills he vetoed, not continue his executive order banning "sexual orientation discrimination" in state government hiring, and fears meat ax budget cuts (apparently only Mr. Kaine knows how to cut spending correctly). He also said he's not afraid of being unpopular. Good thing.
Speaking of cuts, one state budget analyst told the House Appropriations and Finance Committees yesterday the commonwealth of overbuilt for prisons and that perhaps construction and maintenance costs could be pared for the time being. A harmless cut, manna for pols!
In national news, the Senate showdown on health care approaches and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius tries to put out a fire by now saying, of course the administration wants women to get mammograms by age 40. Uh-huh, right. Meanwhile, the public embraces common sense proposals, such as tort reform, but no one's listening, and the president has hired another tax cheat at the Treasury Department.
In Commentary, Larry Kudlow, Michael Barone and Michelle Malkin take on different aspects of President Obama's bowing and tripping Asia excursion, Walter E. Williams excoriates the horrendous moral relativism taught to our students, and Christopher Adamo explains the GOP-Palin disconnect.
State facing $3.5 billion shortfall in next budget (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Virginia's road budget slashed another $851.5M (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
State transit plan faces $851.5 million cut (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Analyst proposes putting corrections projects in Va. on hold (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Gov. Kaine cites concerns on Virginia's budget, roads (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Gov. Kaine wants ethics probe of ex-delegate Hamilton to continue (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Federal grand jury subpoenas Hamilton documents (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Study highlights tax burden disparity (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The GOP: Luddites or high tech? (Washington Post Politics and Policy Blog)
Senate girds for historic debate on health bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Thousands cheer Palin in Mich. for book tour (AP/GOPUSA.com)
AP Poll: Support for curbs on malpractice lawsuits (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Another Obama (Treasury) nominee runs into tax problems (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Sebelius: Women should get mammograms by age 40 (AP/GOPUSA.com)
President Zero Sum Goes to Asia(Larry Kudlow/GOPUSA.com)
Obama Bows, but the World Refuses to Bow Back(Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)
Excused Horrors (Walter E. Williams/GOPUSA.com)
Obama's Doubletalk On Political Dissent(Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)
Palin, Conservatism, And The Disconnected GOP (Christopher Adamo/GOPUSA.com)