VA Planned Parenthood ExposedFeb 08, 2017
Planned Parenthood has been exposed. Again. This time, it involves Planned Parenthood’s Virginia Beach center.
A new video by the group Live Action records a phone call to the abortion center. While the caller is placed on hold, the center’s recording states: “Did you know that Planned Parenthood can take care of all your reproductive health needs? Whether it’s an annual exam, pregnancy testing and counseling, prenatal care, we are here for you with high-quality, low-cost services.”
Then, when the Planned Parenthood representative picks up the line, the caller asks whether they offer prenatal care. The PP rep is quick to say they don’t offer it. She then admits that the group’s other two affiliates in Richmond and Hampton don’t offer prenatal care either!
Watch it here (starting around 1:40):
According to Planned Parenthood’s own website, “Prenatal care is the care you receive from a health care provider, such as a doctor or midwife, during pregnancy. During prenatal care visits, your health care provider will make sure you and the developing fetus are healthy and strong. These regular checkups are your chance to learn how to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, have any testing you may need, learn warning signs, and ask any questions you may have.”
Boy, that’s not something you hear every day from Planned Parenthood. And apparently in Virginia, you’re not likely to see it in action either. Since “making sure that [mom] and the developing fetus are healthy and strong” doesn’t exactly help Planned Parenthood’s bottom line, don’t plan on ever seeing it happen.
Herring and Northam Say Stillborn Baby Not Human
Herring and Northam Say Stillborn Baby Not Human
By now, Virginians have come to understand that the abortion industry can look at a beating heart, watch a preborn child move his/her arms and legs in the womb, and still deny that it is a human. While their “blob of tissue” explanation has been scientifically shattered, they have been relentless in their denial of life, including an aggressive political campaign to ensure that women who have an ultrasound are prevented from viewing it. However, it’s still a little shocking to watch abortion sympathizers look at a human body outside the womb and still claim it is not a human being. Among those who are that extreme are several Virginia politicians, namely Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring.
Last month, Judge Chafin of the Franklin County Circuit Court issued an opinion confirming that a 30-32 week old stillborn child whose body was secretly discarded by its mother, Katherine Dellis, is in fact a human body and that its mother had therefore violated the law against concealing a dead body.
As I read the judge’s decision, I was, at the time, impressed that despite AG Herring’s deep political ties to the abortion industry, that his office had upheld the law and legally defended this stillborn child as a human being for the purposes of prosecution.
However, within just 3 short weeks of the judge’s ruling, Governor Northam requested an official opinion on the matter from the Attorney General’s Office in order to create the opportunity for Herring to reverse his office’s legal work and align themselves with the abortion industry. Making an opposite argument as they had in the court case, this new AG Opinion draws the conclusion that a “fetus,” even one that has been delivered and is outside the womb at 30+ weeks, is not a dead body. On Friday, Governor Northam took the extraordinary step of officially pardoning Katherine Dellis.
As one who has experienced loss from an ectopic pregnancy and who routinely shares the tears of mothers who have lost children through miscarriage and stillbirth, this official opinion is not only legally and morally wrong, it is inhuman and uncompassionate. These women have lost real human beings and those who have delivered a stillborn child know exactly how human their child was.
His opinion and the subsequent pardoning fly in the face of the fact that the Virginia Code goes to great lengths to address fetal death and even includes abortion in that definition in certain Code sections.
As I told Lawyer’s Weekly and the Washington Post when asked to comment on the unusual situation, Virginians should be alarmed that Attorney General Herring and Governor Northam have once again shown loyalty to their political base, not the law. Attorney General Herring ran on a platform of de-politicizing the office, but during his tenure he has done just the opposite.
Virginians’ representatives have articulated in statutes what human life is and our Attorney General must get his understanding of life from the law, not the abortion industry. Letting those who kill unborn children in the womb define who is and is not a dead body outside the womb is beyond unacceptable.
Virginia's Planned Parenthood "Slush Fund"
Virginia's Planned Parenthood "Slush Fund"
You’ve already heard about many of the awful things Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have been up to lately. Things like shocking video evidence of Planned Parenthood employees selling baby body parts for profit, shielding child predators, and over-billing Medicaid may come to mind. And of course, that doesn’t even include the abortion industry’s killing of nearly one million babies every year in America.
Unfortunately, Virginia’s House and Senate budgets currently include what I’ve dubbed a “slush fund” for Virginia’s abortion centers. Read more about it in my Op-Ed in the Lynchburg News & Advance.
ACTION: Contact your legislators now to urge them to stop millions in taxpayer funds from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood!
If there’s something that most Virginians can agree on, it’s that – regardless of how one views the issue of abortion – taxpayers should not be compelled to fund abortions or Planned Parenthood and other rogue entities whose primary purpose is performing abortions.
You would think by now there would be an obvious question in the minds of each and every one of our elected officials in Richmond: Why in the world would the state continue funding these entities – for any reason???
In 2016 and 2017, thanks solely to the House and Senate Republicans, the General Assembly did successfully “defund Planned Parenthood” with respect to all non-Medicaid state dollars. (The Obama administration had enacted a regulation preventing states from excluding abortion providers from Medicaid reimbursements. Within the past year, the Trump administration repealed that rule.) While the Governor later vetoed those bills, it is worth noticing that the House and Senate Republicans stood strong against taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood each time.
Now it’s 2018, and somehow a handful of legislators who had been on board appear to have lost their way. And this year, we’re talking about up to $12 million dollars flowing to Virginia’s abortion industry – not directly to pay for abortions – but for the dispensing and inserting of birth control devices called “Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives” or “LARCs.”
But given all we know about these abortion centers, there should really only be two possible options for the use of those funds: 1) Spend it on something else altogether, or 2) Send it someplace other than abortion centers.
A number of legislators have been incredibly helpful in trying to prevent this program from becoming a “slush fund” for Planned Parenthood. 33 House members voted against the House's budget, which included $6 million for the program. However, there are a number of legislators who still need convincing, and it’s still not too late!
ACTION: Please contact your legislators today and tell them not to fund Virginia’s abortion industry to the tune of millions of dollars!
I am writing to you wanting so desperately to be happy that when the House of Delegates reconvened yesterday afternoon, they voted against adding sexual orientation to the state's non-discrimination hiring policy, and they added restrictions to the circumstances in which the state will pay for abortions.
I want to remind you that these were really good things and tell you that we are very grateful that all 51 Republicans voted for both of these yesterday.
But I am instead deeply grieved. And you should be too. This grief is not even about Medicaid expansion, which remains in the House's budget - but something, frankly, much more stomach-churning. Despite every effort we made to stop the creation of a brand new slush fund of money being funneled directly to Planned Parenthood, the House budget will effectively hand the abortion industry $6 million. The Senate budget that is likely to be passed could hand them $10.8 million.
There is a lot I could tell you about all that we tried to prevent this fund from ever being created.
I could tell you that for several previous years, we've successfully prevented this initiative from being in the final budget.
Or how the chamber in the previous two years has voted to prevent state tax dollars from going to the abortion industry, without a single Republican opposing it. (The House still has 51 Republicans.)
I could tell you how we met with various budget appropriators, members of leadership, and the entire Conservative Caucus.
Or about how we've drafted amendments to prevent the creation of a slush fund for Planned Parenthood, and what it’s like to hear all the excuses about why they didn’t even take a vote to try to remove it.
I could tell you about how small deceptions can seem very convincing, and how even people who proclaim to be pro-life can begin to think that there are still reasons to fund the abortion industry.
You honestly don’t want to know.
But it doesn’t really matter at this point why we are where we are, or who did what, or even who is to blame - although there’s enough blame to go around. What matters is that the state is about to hand Planned Parenthood and the other abortion centers millions of dollars so that when a vulnerable, low-income woman walks in to make an already-tragic decision to end the life of her child, the staff will then, in her moment of vulnerability and weakness, ask her if she really thinks she could handle being a mom and whether she could really provide for her future children a life worth living. And when she acknowledges life’s hardships, they are going to insert a device to prevent future pregnancies - for up to 10 years.
And now, you’re going to pay for it. This is the new pilot program that your elected officials apparently believe we should create.
If our elected officials really wanted to help these women, they might instead create a grant program to help fund the valuable work of the several dozen Pregnancy Resource Centers who work with this same population of women to offer them support, encouragement, and resources to become the women we know they can be -- successful moms, students, employees, and more. It’s on these doorsteps women show up downtrodden, fearful and needy. The heroes at these centers know from story after story that with this kind of help, a woman can in fact overcome the odds. But apparently, our government would rather help the abortion industry.
At some point, one has to ask how a pro-life legislator can vote for this final budget. The one positive is that 32 House Republicans and 1 House Democrat did vote against this monstrosity yesterday.
Sometimes my heart becomes numb to the terrible things state government can do because, after 18 years, I have seen it all. But today, I wish I felt numb. Instead, I feel deep sadness.
If this issue resonates with you too, I would encourage you to reach out to your legislators and let them know how important this is to you, and plead with them not to allow this to be included in the final budget.