Skip to comments.Republicans use misleading arguments against women’s rights
Posted on 03/01/2011 1:54:10 PM PST by presidio9
In a recent column in The Shorthorn, Elizabeth Page argues that pro-life taxpayer dollars shouldnt pay for abortions. While the premise of her argument is misleading, the Hyde Amendment already bars the appropriation of federal funds to pay for abortions, shes entitled to her own opinion. What shes not entitled to, however, are her own facts.
Page states that Planned Parenthood makes millions of dollars performing abortions. Furthermore, she suggests that they are in the business of making a profit. This simply isnt the case. There are no shareholders in Planned Parenthood. Nobody gets a bonus for selling the most services.
Any excess revenue goes directly back into the organization to cover operational expenses. Meanwhile, the IRS requires that Planned Parenthood document every exchange of monies. For them to do otherwise would be to risk their status as a nonprofit organization.
Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill, asserts Page, rather pretentiously I might add. Perhaps baby grinder would have been too much. In actuality, abortion procedures account for only 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides less than contraception; testing and treatment of STDs; cancer screening and prevention; and general health services, including pregnancy tests, prenatal care and infertility services. If Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill, they have a rather inefficient way of going about it.
Finally, Page makes an emotional plea: In a few years, when you walk your child to class on his or her first day of school and take a look at all the wide-eyed children smiling, think about kids who arent there because a pinhead Planned Parenthood employee convinced an ignorant woman that an abortion was the right decision.
Apparently, she has no sympathy for the young mother of modest means who, despite practicing safe sex and taking all the right precautions, ends up pregnant with her fourth child. According to Page, that mother would have to be ignorant to consider having an abortion under such difficult circumstances.
The recent demonization of Planned Parenthood coincides with the current Republican onslaught of womens reproductive rights by federal and state lawmakers. The Texas Senate just passed a measure that would require a woman to receive a sonogram before she can have an abortion. The House is likely to vote on it soon.
While it may be the case that a doctor would prefer a patient undergo a sonogram for medical reasons, that is a matter to be decided between a patient and her doctor. Forcing a doctor to perform a sonogram under penalty of law, however, is nothing more than legalized abuse with the intention of causing psychological harm to a woman already facing a tough decision.
Unfortunately, many anti-choice activists who get their information from right-wing sources are either ignorant of the facts about abortion and public policy, or are unashamed partisans who deliberately mislead the public to further their political agenda.
Funny... Mr. Snow attempts to minimize the amount of importance abortion has to PP by claiming abortion makes up only 3% of the procedures they do...but he leaves out of the equation how much money abortion MAKES for them. Anyone have the numbers for THAT?
Mrs. Prince of Space
The PP supporters I know will deny all day the origins of Planned Parenthood,
and will not look at any evidence about Sanger.
Under the Constitution, EVERYONE has unalienable rights....not just women. No logic here. Biology proves that he advocates killing human beings because they are inconvenient? How can any laws exist in the US that deny an innocent person their right to life?
Such unconstitutional thinking for hedonism and nihilism—a way of life which will result in no happiness? That which promotes the disregard and sanctity of the body—to be irresponsible with that act which creates life.
The slippery slope does exist....we either say human beings have dignity and worth or we become like Adolf—deny God and become one and declare who has the right to live or die and use the power of the state to enforce our ungodly evil actions.
Let’s get back to the Constitution and Bill of Rights which apply to all Americans....even those in the womb.
I don’t trust men named “Jon” sans “h” who wear their hats backwards and wear strange hardware on their lips. I always ensure I have my “hardware” at the ready, just inside my belt.
First, there is the, ahem, counting system:
receives abortion (counted once)
receives birthcontrol (counted 365 times how long she is able to get pregnant)
received birth control counseling (counted AT LEAST 52 times how long she is able to get pregnant).
Second, there is the money the administration makes.
If the head dog makes half a million, one can be sure the minions are also racking in our money and snickering all the way to the bank!
Third, several states DO NOT COUNT abortions in the information they give to the feds, they just rake in our money!
quote:”the Catholic Churchs Circumcision Procedures”
Planned Parenthood is full of baloney when they say they don’t make money because “they don’t have shareholders.” Their “operational expenses” include the salaries of everyone who works for PP. So if their employees, and especially their highest-level managers, are taking home money then yes, they are making money off of abortions.
It is morally justifiable to lie to immoral people, if those people would otherwise use the truth for evil purposes. That does not mean that it is appropriate to lie to moral or morally ambivalent people. One common argument made by those who exaggerated the effects of "global warming" was that it was so important to motivate the public to do something that exaggeration for that purpose was justified. Never mind that the only reason the issue seemed so important was that it was exaggerated beyond any semblance of reality.
you guys need to lay off mr. snow here. Doncha know he has to be pro-choice to land sleazy women?
/sarc sort of
Let’s see if I got this right. Government funds only goes to 3% of abortions and the rest goes to other women’s medical issues? Okay. So why do they need government money? We don’t want the government to pay for abortions and according to Mr. Titmouse we really do not. So let the women go to a regular doctor for their treatments like the rest of us. Then PPH won’t need any money at all. They can close down or pay the 3% with fees from the patients.
Sounds like the old moral caution about men named "Lance" and guys with razor-thin mustaches.
I received an email from lifesitenews (IIRC) that showed the amount spent on abortion vs all their other services.
The abortion $ simply dwarfed the amount spent on other services. From the chart, it looked like they spent about 1% on other services and the rest on abortions.
(sumbuddy B LION!)
Can someone find that chart?
do not trust any man named Jon without the h.
Unless, of course, he's suggesting that rehab might not be the worst place in the face of the earth.
Um... there are no "Catholic Church Circumcision Procedures," nor is there a Catholic Rite of Circumcision. Here's hoping that you are not an adult convert to Catholicism who got talked into one!
When in doubt on a theological issue, St Paul is usually my own first source. See Galatians 5:6
" For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything nor uncircumcision: but faith that works by Charity"
See post 36. BTW, that sure is a lot of ?'s.
Guys, I was being sarcastic, you guys are so serious rebutting sarcasm.