Posts Tagged ‘War on Poverty’
By Randall O’Bannon, PhD
April 17, 2017
This is a continuation of part 1.
Planned Parenthood does receive government money – a LOT of government money. In its most recent annual report, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) said it received $553.7 million – that’s over half a billion dollars – in “government health services grants & reimbursements” in fiscal year ending 6/30/15. That represents 43% of the group’s $1.3 billion revenues.
It will be a big chunk to make up – that’s why Planned Parenthood is fighting so hard to hold onto it. But it is a serious mistake to think this money is the reason these clinics stay open or close.
It may not be widely known, but Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics have already been closing, even with government revenues on the increase. In its last five annual reports (covering fiscal year ending 6/30/10 to 6/30/15), Planned Parenthood gained an additional $66.3 million in “government health services grants & reimbursements” but the number of “health centers” decreased from 840 to 661.
As noted in Part One, the number of abortions stayed steady at PPFA while other services such “cancer screenings” tumbled during that same five-year time frame.
Indeed, despite the overall drop in clinics and major services other than abortion, the number of abortion performing clinics rose during that time (see NRL News Today, 9/27/16 ).
Planned Parenthood is shutting down clinics, but not for lack of government money. Ostensibly a “non-profit,” Planned Parenthood is making business decisions. It is shutting down clinics that aren’t generating the desired level of revenues, don’t have the customers, cost too much to operate, or aren’t fulfilling the group’s policy goals.
It may well be the case that reductions or eliminations of government funds give Planned Parenthood reason to do more pruning. But it isn’t as if the extra $66.3 million pulled in from “government health services grants & reimbursements” in its past six annual reports was used by Planned Parenthood to help build or maintain non-abortion performing centers in rural areas.
No, what Planned Parenthood affiliates all over the country have been doing the last ten years is closing a lot of their old, non-abortion clinics and building giant new high volume central abortion mega-clinic hubs in major metropolitan areas, sometimes with government grants, as we have documented many times at National Right to Life News Today.
That business model doesn’t provide a whole lot of “cancer screenings” or even “family planning services” for women in remote rural areas, but it does help Planned Parenthood build and maintain its lucrative abortion empire.
It’s where Planned Parenthood is going, with or without government help.
MYTH #4: Poor women and minorities will lose basic healthcare if Planned Parenthood is defunded.
Though it adamantly denies that it targets the poor or minorities with its abortion marketing, Planned Parenthood is anxious to let people know that “nearly half” of its patients are “people of color” and “many…live in rural areas.” Also supposedly at risk [if government funds are cut] are “people with low incomes.” (See “The impact of Defunding Planned Parenthood,” “Groups That Would Be Disproportionately Hurt by ‘Defunding’ Planned Parenthood,” at http://www.istandwithpp.org, accessed 3/29/17).
When Planned Parenthood makes broad statements about such patients having “nowhere else to turn for healthcare,” a serious caveat is in order. Planned Parenthood generally doesn’t offer basic health care, just some low level gynecological care. At your standard Planned Parenthood clinic, you won’t get immunizations for your kids, help for your achy joints or sore throat, or treatment for your diabetes, asthma, or heart disease.
Such services are offered at community health centers, which are greater in number and reach than Planned Parenthood clinics and offer these and other many other services at low or no cost. The difference is that these federally funded community health centers do not offer abortion.
There are some 9,800 sites in the federally health center program, compared to about 650-665 Planned Parenthood locations. Federally qualified health centers provide all these services that Planned Parenthood does – birth control, STD testing and treatment, cancer screenings, etc. – but not the abortions. We should also note that one can get prenatal care at a federally qualified health centers (something Planned Parenthood rarely offers), as well as mammograms, which Planned Parenthood does not provide at all.
Planned Parenthood wants to argue that these federally qualified health centers and other rural health clinics (estimated to be around 4,100 in number) cannot or will not absorb its family planning clients, but this is not a given. If federally qualified health centers had access to the half a billion dollars that Planned Parenthood gets from the government each year, it could certainly provide such services to many if not most of Planned Parenthood’s current patients.
Though, unlike federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics are not required to offer family planning services or serve lower income patients, access to that revenue stream could also incentivize some of those to pick up patients in any areas not covered by federally qualified health centers.
As noted above, it is not the federal government but Planned Parenthood itself which is closing many of its clinics in rural areas, even with government funding showing an increase. If Planned Parenthood was really committed to keeping those clinics open, though, to providing birth control and cancer screenings and STD treatments to poor and minority clients, and if federal funding really was the key, it could do so by simply dropping abortion from its offerings.
That is something Planned Parenthood simply refuses to do. It has decided, for whatever reason, that it would rather continue to perform abortions, taking lives, than provide poor or minority women in rural areas those lifesaving “cancer screenings” they say are so critical.
Senator Recovering From Surgery Used Walker to Get Into Chamber to Ensure Vote on Defunding Planned Parenthood
By Courtney O’Brien
March 30, 2017
UPDATE: The Senate has passed a pro-life bill that allows states to defund Planned Parenthood, effectually overturning the HHS rule enforced by the Obama administration that prevented states from blocking Title X funding to abortion providers. Vice President Mike Pence once again cast the deciding vote.
The Senate voted 50-50 for the bill, with a couple of liberal pro-abortion Republicans joining Democrats in supporting the abortion giant and Republicans voting pro-life. The tie vote made it so pro-life Vice-President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to approve the measure.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser is ecstatic.
The Senate has voted to advance a vote to permit states to defund Planned Parenthood in family planning programs.
Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie during debate on the motion to proceed with the bill. The scene was quite dramatic, as Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who recently had back surgery, came to the chamber using a walker in order to ensure that the vote would progress. Until Thursday, he hadn’t voted since Feb. 17. Obviously, this was an important issue for him.
The vote remained open for more than an hour, as aides scrambled to find Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, who has been away after two back operations, and to summon the vice president. Mr. Isakson, who had been cleared by doctors to travel for a single day, came slowly into the chamber on his walker, flanked by Senate pages, to turn his thumb to the sky with an “aye,” making the vote a tie.
The Democrats were joined by Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME) in voting against the measure. (Emphasis mine)
Until now, Planned Parenthood had been having a good week. On Tuesday, two pro-life activists who had gone undercover to expose Planned Parenthood employees negotiating the sale of aborted baby parts were charged by the state of California with 15 felonies. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has received plenty of money from Planned Parenthood, argued the pro-life investigators had broken the law by recording the Planned Parenthood employees without their knowledge. Planned Parenthood celebrated the news on Twitter.
This is the second time Pence has cast a deciding Senate vote. Last month, he provided the needed vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as the secretary of education.
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2. Live within the rules.
3. Work through any conflicts with the rules by actively working within the system for change.
As Republicans continue to cite the Biden rule as evidence as to why they shouldn’t give President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland confirmation hearings or a vote on Capitol Hill, the White House is attempting to distance Vice President Joe Biden from the issue and his own words.
On Thursday, Biden dedicated an entire speech at Georgetown Law School to Garland’s nomination and attempted to walk back comments he made in 1992 declaring SCOTUS nominees should not be confirmed in a presidential election year.
Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday tried to clear his name and tout his record on Supreme Court nominations, calling Republican branding of his past remarks on the subject “ridiculous” and casting himself as a longtime advocate of bipartisan compromise in filling seats on the high court.
In a speech at Georgetown Law School, Biden issued a broad warning that Republicans’ election-year blockade of President Barack Obama’s nominee “can lead to a genuine Constitutional crisis” and sought to distance himself from the strategy. He argued Republicans have distorted a 1992 speech in which he seemed to endorse the notion of blocking any Supreme Court nominee put forward in the throes of the election season.
“There is no Biden rule. It doesn’t exist,” Biden told professors and students. “There is only one rule I ever followed in the Judiciary Committee. That was the Constitution’s clear rule of advice and consent.”
The problem? The Biden rule actually does exist and Biden created it when he served as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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By Colin Flaherty
October 28, 2015
If you know a cop, you know a hero.
And today, heroes are getting fired for a new kind of bravery: telling the truth about black crime and black on white racial hostility.
They already have enough to do: George Orwell famously said “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
In Salt Lake City, it is going to take a crowbar to remove the police department t-shirts from the backs of two grateful 20-something sisters who were recently attacked and stabbed by a black intruder. A cop rushed in and killed the predator as he tensed to thrust his knife into one of the sisters. Again. Probably for the final time.
There is a lot of that going around. Both the violence and the heroism.
But at least two cops around the country are now heroes for another reason: they told the truth. And they were fired for it.
The first hero is Lori Lavorato, the former spokeswoman for the police in Des Moines, Iowa. A few years ago, at the Iowa State Fair, large groups of black people created havoc and violence in and out of the fair for three nights.
In their wake, they left a fractured skull, dozens of black on white assaults, property destruction, defiance, and two hospitalized cops. All at, yes, the Iowa State Fair.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s newly released tax plan is putting the plight of the middle class in the spotlight. On Sunday, Trump told CBS News anchor Scott Pelley his tax plan is “a substantial reduction for the middle-income people … [b]ecause our middle class, Scott, is being absolutely decimated.” The decline of the middle class has been going on for over 50 years, and no politician, pundit, or media outlet has focused on it sufficiently.
Who are the poverty pimps?