Why is Planned Parenthood so Afraid?Aug 04, 2017
As we told you about yesterday, the abortion behemoth plans to drop $3 million to ensure the election of pro-abortion candidate for governor, Ralph Northam. This comes as no surprise, of course. As the Washington Post celebrated, “Northam has been a key ally to abortion groups, making the issue a top priority during his time in Richmond.”
Some believe Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are counting on Northam and his Democrat allies to keep the taxpayer money flowing to their facilities. In our opinion, any taxpayer money funneled to Planned Parenthood is too much. In the Commonwealth, Planned Parenthood benefits from federally mandated Medicaid funds to the tune of around $150,000 annually, plus a small amount of non-Medicaid funding (which we have sought to ban). Not paltry, but a drop in the bucket to a $1 BILLION business like Planned Parenthood.
No, the real money Planned Parenthood fears losing, should someone other than a pro-abortion zealot be elected governor, isn’t directly from the taxpayers.
You see, between the time the abortion center health and safety standards were adopted and today, Virginia went from having 22 abortion centers to 14. Some closed for reasons unrelated to the health and safety standards, such as lease issues, loss of client share, and owner retirement. Two never bothered to try to meet the standards and didn’t even try to get licensed, closing down before even an initial inspection. One, the Steven Brigham owned center in Fairfax, was so bad the Department of Health, even under Terry McAuliffe, suspended its license and it subsequently closed.
And while the McAuliffe administration illegally watered down the standards, the industry knows if a pro-life governor is elected who has the courage to fight to get them fully implemented again, especially the construction standards, many more abortion centers are likely to close.
Fewer abortion centers mean fewer abortions. Since 2010 the abortion rate in Virginia is down 32 percent. That's more than 8000 babies saved. In cold numbers, just like Planned Parenthood likes, at an average of $450 an abortion, it's a loss of revenue of nearly $4 million to the abortion industry. That’s a number Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry is desperate to reverse.
Besides fewer abortion centers, a big reason for that drop is pregnancy help centers that provide real assistance to women who face an unplanned pregnancy. The very same facilities then state Senator Ralph Northam sought to regulate out of business in 2010, an effort that failed then, but who knows what promises Northam has made to the industry in exchange for the $3 million.
The reality is the abortion industry is terrified that more and more women are choosing to keep their babies, is losing money, and is frantic for people like Ralph Northam to help keep them in business. Funneling $3 million to a campaign (instead of actually providing health care) is just the cost of doing business.
While the shockwaves continue to reverberate after Tuesday’s dismal election results, pundits and politicians alike have more than their fair share of opinions as to the reasons. That’s all well and good and an important exercise. You likely have a strong opinion about why Virginians voted the way they did. I know I do. But while a deep and painful discussion must take place about why things played out that way and what needs to be done in the future, it's unlikely that a constructive conversation can take place on the pages of the Washington Post, where too many seem willing to share their view.
In the meantime, we have to deal with the immediate consequences of the election.
You see, Virginians didn’t just send a bunch of new Democrats to the General Assembly. They sent some of the most aggressive, extreme leftist politicians Virginia has ever seen. From staunch, self-proclaimed socialists to pro-abortion zealots, we can expect them to introduce some of the most dangerous anti-life, anti-faith, anti-freedom legislation in Virginia history beginning in January. And with both chambers controlled by Republicans only by the narrowest of margins, the fight to stop those proposals will be extraordinarily difficult. But that is what we must do all the same.
We will be happy to work with members of both parties where we can, in particular in areas like fixing foster care and adoption law, eliminating human trafficking, addressing school discipline and any other areas where we can find common ground. But make no mistake, the so-called “progressive” liberals who were elected on Tuesday didn’t run on any of those issues. They ran to force you to pay for abortions at any point during pregnancy; they ran to force your children into public school showers and locker rooms with kids of the opposite sex; they ran to crush religious freedom in the public square; and they ran to create a far more dominant, centralized government.
If media stories are correct and thousands of voters literally “didn’t care” who was on the ballot and didn’t have a clue who they were voting for - only that they were voting against Republicans - then perhaps this is a “wave” election and can be corrected in short order. I find it bizarre that people would act so irrationally, but we live in an age where reason and common sense are obliterated by emotional outbursts, so such a possibility exists. Dislike the President? Fine. But to turn around and vote for people you know nothing about and not care what their agendas might be is irresponsible and dangerous.
In the meantime, however, that’s all the more reason why we need to stop anything and everything they try in the next two years. We look forward to working with both Senate and House leaders on preventing leftist extremism in Virginia.
Unfortunately, on Tuesday, The Family Foundation lost some key, strong leaders and key allies to our principles. Men like Scott Lingamfelter, John O’Bannon, Jackson Miller, Rich Anderson, Tag Greason, Jim LeMunyon, Bob Marshall and others were defeated. The General Assembly not only lost key pro-family conservatives, it also lost men of great experience, principle and intellect who worked hard for every Virginian. They will be greatly missed and I for one am truly saddened by their losses.
I recognize that today you may be discouraged and dejected. I am, too. But we must resist the temptation to retreat. Regardless of whether Virginia is blue, red or purple, the principles you and I share are the only hope for a thriving culture. We have no choice to but advocate for truth and righteousness even in the face of such devastating elections. And, we have no choice but to do all we can to resist the agenda of those who seek to take away our God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In the long term, those of us who understand that social, tax, health care, and welfare policies that have torn families apart, prevented families from forming, or stressed families to the breaking point are contributing to the destruction of the one and only entity that gives people a deep identity, stability, security and – as John Adams (the original one!) once said – forms the moral foundation for people. The extreme left that now dominates the Democrat party believes the opposite – it believes the family is the problem and not the solution. Until we are able to once again persuade younger generations that it is only in the formation of strong families with a mom and a dad where they will find the security they so desperately seek in government, I fear for not just future elections but the future of our nation. Simply put, our society will not survive the continued assault on the family unit.
Defying our creator’s design for family will prove as successful as attempting to defy gravity. You can for a while, but eventually, you come crashing to earth. In America today, we are reaping a generation of broken families and family fragmentation. It isn’t just economic and it’s not just political; it’s moral and cultural as well. We ignore this to our own peril. At The Family Foundation, we are committed to restoring the family as the foundation of our society. It may only happen when the policies endorsed by the secular left come crashing down around us, but it will happen. I hope we don’t have to wait for the destruction of our culture before we rebuild. I hope the church gets serious about standing for the truth of God’s design for family and morality in a powerful and persuasive way. Teaching how to balance a checkbook is nice and all, but it isn’t why the church was created.
In the meantime, we fight on, politically and culturally. We can’t stop. The future depends on it.
“They’re evil. We’re the good guys!”
That’s what a Virginia Democratic state senator shouted yesterday to a crowd in Arlington who showed up to see Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, lieutenant governor candidate Justin Fairfax, and attorney general candidate Mark Herring. What’s more, the crowd erupted with cheers and applause.
Watch it for yourself HERE.
Ironically, each of those candidates who represent the so-called “good guys” happen to be heartily endorsed by abortion giants Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, as well as by the greatest enemy of educational choice for parents and kids in Virginia – the Virginia Education Association (VEA). The two of them who have held public office also have abysmal records when it comes to protecting marriage, religious liberty and constitutional government.
Who, then, are these “evil” people she’s talking about? Apparently, that’s anyone who stands for the timeless and sacred values of life, marriage, religious liberty, parental authority and limited constitutional government. I guess she means to say you and me.
Whatever the answer, it’s clear that the stakes are getting higher with each passing day. Nowhere is this more true than in Virginia, where Election Day is just 4 days away!
I hope you’re planning on voting this coming Tuesday, November 7th. With the increase in vicious rhetoric by some on the left, it’s all the more crucial that you not be silenced. And in a state where the Attorney General won four years ago by just 165 votes, every vote really does matter.
Here are the major statewide candidates for Virginia’s three statewide offices:
Governor Lieutenant Governor Attorney General
Ed Gillespie (R) Jill Vogel (R) John Adams (R)
Ralph Northam (D) Justin Fairfax (D) Mark Herring (D)
You can compare the candidates’ position on key issues by accessing our non-partisan Voter Guide for this race by clicking here. You can even print out the Voter Guide as a PDF and circulate them at your church this Sunday.
Here is some additional information listing some of the candidates’ Key Endorsements that you may find informative:
Ed Gillespie (R) – Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), National Rifle Association (NRA), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Ralph Northam (D) – Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, National Organization for Women (NOW), Equality Virginia Advocates, Virginia Educational Association Fund for Children and Public Education (VEA)
Jill Vogel (R) – Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), National Rifle Association (NRA), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Justin Fairfax (D) – Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, Virginia Educational Association Fund for Children and Public Education (VEA)
John Adams (R) – Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), National Rifle Association (NRA), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB
Mark Herring (D) – Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, National Organization for Women (NOW), Equality Virginia Advocates, Virginia Educational Association Fund for Children and Public Education (VEA)
The Family Foundation Action is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(4) organization and paid for this informational communication. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Maybe it's freedom that's at stake?
Maybe it's freedom that's at stake?
There’s been a lot of banter on Virginia political blogs recently about the state of Ralph Northam’s campaign for governor and just how accurate are polls showing a statistical dead heat. Some are reporting internal grumblings among Democrats that indicate serious concerns within that party over Northam’s campaign just a few weeks out from Election Day.
A test of whether or not there is true concern can often be found in the pages of the Washington Post. And, sure enough, there have been a series of recent articles from Post reporters seeking to stir up controversy over everything from Republican candidate Ed Gillespie’s direct mail pieces to his fundraising. (Not to mention some pretty bogus polling numbers.)
Their goal: drive Northam’s base into a frenzy so they’ll actually show up to vote and discourage potential Gillespie voters who don’t want to vote for what the Post wants them to believe is a losing candidate.
But this is the Post headline that takes the cake in hyperbole:
“Future of Public Education at Stake in Virginia’s Governor Race”
Que the left wing hysteria!
Imagine that. The entire future of public education rests on our gubernatorial race.
It should surprise no one that the entire article attacks Gillespie for his support of policies that would give families more education freedom. The article proceeds with a litany of accusations about how terrible it would be if parents are provided more options than the school to which their child is assigned based on nothing more than their zip code. Everything from charter schools to Education Savings Accounts is attacked as “Bad for Kids” according to numerous quotes from those opposed to parental freedom, namely the education establishment.
The article countered with quotes from supporters of education freedom…oh wait, never mind. There are no quotes in the article from supports of education freedom. None. Anywhere. Zero.
There are, of course, lots of scare quotes about Betsy DeVos, current U.S. Secretary of Education, who has used a personal fortune to advance the cause of education freedom.
Northam makes it clear that he hates the idea of “unaccountable, private organizations” educating children. His assumption being that parents aren’t capable of holding private schools accountable, making government run schools the only option. Yet, private schools are thriving, growing, and producing students who are doing just fine, thank you, with little – and all unwanted – government involvement. All the while being held accountable by the people paying tuition. You know, sorta like a “free market.” Imagine that.
Fearing competition reveals a lack of confidence in your product. The education establishment is terrified that parents might actually get some freedom and make choices for their kids that run counter to what the establishment wants. This would mean parents are in control, not the education power brokers, and that is their real fear – and perhaps what the Post means when it desperately claims that the future of public ed is at stake.
"Nazis" - Yep, The Supreme Court Just Went There
"Nazis" - Yep, The Supreme Court Just Went There
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against California and in favor of the speech and conscience rights of pro-life pregnancy support centers in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra. A Virginian could read the opinion, determine that we have no similar compelled speech law in the abortion arena, and promptly close the book on it. Not so fast, though. In light of the Virginia’s brand new 2018 budget, this case might also have something to say to our state lawmakers.
It’s hard to read the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of NIFLA and not envision railroad crossing bars with red lights and loud bells coming down stopping the government from crossing what the Justices clearly see as a bright line of freedom. Particularly illuminating is the Court’s depth of discussion on the concept of “professional speech.” The Court described professional speech as a potential class of speech that could inappropriately be used by the government to compel a subset of citizens or businesses—the professionals— to express a government approved message. Nestled in the multi-paged warning that government can easily usurp a profession and compel speech violating our first freedoms are examples from history where “governments have ‘manipulated the content of doctor-patient discourse’ to increase state power and suppress minorities.” (p.12 of the majority Opinion) Specifically, it puts Chinese physicians being dispatched to convince peasants to use contraception on rhetorical par with doctors in Nazi Germany holding and making decisions based on the required government opinion that the collective health of the people was more important than the health of an individual - the result of which was tragic, mass murder.
There is an unwritten rule in politics—a rule that is oft repeated within our office walls to ensure compliance— that nothing, regardless of its reprehensible nature, should ever be compared to Nazi Germany. No person or government should be compared to Nazis. No amount of deaths - even abortion with its obvious parallels - should be compared to the Holocaust. We strictly comply with this rhetorical canon not because the analogy might not hold, but because, among other prudential reasons, we don’t want to contribute one word or thought that, if misinterpreted, could result in a victim or family’s experience being diminished. Let each unique awful atrocity stand on its own. (Besides, for some of the unconscionable occurrences we’re witnessing in our own time, there are and need be no comparisons.)
So, when Justice Thomas in the majority opinion quotes from a Law Review that compares anything to Nazi Germany, it demands our attention. Interestingly, in NIFLA, we find that it was government working through its doctors to entice peasants to go on contraception. While the details of that situation were not elaborated, the fact that it was a program intended for the poor seems to be relevant, with an underlying sentiment that if the poor would simply stop reproducing, the government would benefit.
Herein lies the alarming parallel to this year’s budget. For the first time, our state budget included $6 million that is intended specifically to incentivize healthcare and abortion “professionals” (if that term can be used for those who take the life of the unborn) to encourage low-income women to use long active reversible contraception. In both discussions and floor speeches surrounding the budget item, government officials can be heard expressing the underlying sentiment that if the poor would simply stop reproducing, the government would benefit (less money spent in welfare type programs, criminal reform, and the list go on). Although one could argue that our government is not requiring Planned Parenthood and others to encourage low-income women to go on contraception, being handed money to do so will presumably achieve the same effect. If the program our budget funded comes anywhere close to what the majority Opinion tacitly compares to Nazi Germany, it’s a good indication that it should never have been funded.
I’ve got a better idea for our state government: How about, instead of funneling millions of taxpayer dollars into a long-term contraception program for low-income populations, let’s celebrate every new life as a gift rather than a burden. And let’s promote strong families as the only viable and sustainable means of reducing dependency on publicly-funded programs.
What's Mark Herring Doing?
What's Mark Herring Doing?
By now you’ve probably heard that on Friday, Attorney General Mark Herring filed a motion asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the $1 billion abortion industry against Virginia’s pro-life laws.
Some may have been surprised at the Attorney General’s action, given he’s one of the most pro-abortion elected officials in Virginia history. I wasn’t. And I can say why in three words.
Justice Kennedy retired.
The lawsuit, brought by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and others, asked the court to find unconstitutional Virginia’s abortion center safety standards, 24-hour waiting period, informed consent, a requirement that only doctors can perform abortions and a requirement that second and third-trimester abortions take place in hospitals. (Read our recent blog about it here.) The abortion industry was counting on Kennedy, the swing vote in two of the most atrocious pro-abortion decisions since Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992 and Hellerstedt two years ago, to once again come to its rescue.
The Casey decision gave us the “undue burden” concept that claimed any law that caused an “undue burden” for a woman seeking an abortion was unconstitutional. Hellerstedt found Texas abortion center safety standards unconstitutional because, in their words, they were, guess what- an “undue burden.”
But Mark Herring clearly saw that with Kennedy’s retirement and the possibility that his replacement will most likely come to very different conclusions when it comes to abortion laws, the lawsuit brought by the abortion industry could actually give the Supreme Court the opportunity to uphold all of Virginia’s reasonable pro-life laws. He simply doesn’t want to take that risk.
But that’s not the only deception in Mark Herring’s motion.
Hidden deep within his office’s “analysis” is the Attorney General’s handout to the abortion industry: the argument that because abortion centers are defined as “hospitals” in the Code, it is legal for these centers to not only perform abortions during the first trimester, but during the second trimester as well.
The problem, of course, is that this wasn’t the General Assembly’s intent at all, as evidenced by the past six years of implementation of the 2011 law. In fact, there are several different types of “hospitals” in Virginia law, including nursing homes and mental health facilities – places where you certainly wouldn’t want to have surgery! Neither of those, nor abortion centers, are “general” hospitals, which is where the General Assembly always intended second and third-trimester abortions to take place because of the possibility of serious complications.
But the Attorney General had to give his friends at Planned Parenthood something, so he once again chose to undermine Virginia law in a way that favors the abortion industry’s bottom line – and puts women’s health at risk.
Despite the Attorney General’s actions, The Family Foundation is preparing to help defend our hard-fought pro-life laws. Perhaps a lawsuit that was intended for evil will end up being used for good.
Wayfair and Roe
Wayfair and Roe
What does a Supreme Court case about tax law have to do with abortion? The case from this morning could have a major impact in undoing Roe v. Wade!