As much as liberals decry major corporations that act as if they're above the law, there's always quiet when the subject is Planned Parenthood, America's No. 1 corporate provider of abortions. During its 2005-2006 fiscal year, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 264,943 abortions, reported a tidy profit of $55.8 million -- and received a record high in taxpayer funding of $305.3 million.
This is one corporation the media hold in the highest regard. They're not "merchants of death." That would be the tobacco companies, or gun manufacturers, or hamburger joints. These are the heroic "providers" of "a woman's right to choose."
They're also sleazy in their business practices. In Aurora, Ill., Planned Parenthood decided to build the biggest abortion clinic in the country, but it lied by omission to the city. Throughout the construction process, the McDonald's of the abortion industry applied for permits by listing the owner as "Gemini Office Development," not as Planned Parenthood.
ABC News to the rescue! Barbara Pinto filed a report on the Sept. 19 "World News," suggesting black was white. "Planned Parenthood denies they've deceived anyone," she stated, adding that their spokesman in Chicago said they were "entirely truthful."
Pinto proceeded to blame Aurora's officials for being dimwitted: "None of the city officials or elected officials were aware that Planned Parenthood would be the tenant in this building. That, despite the fact plans they approved included a surgical center, bulletproof glass and numerous security cameras." ABC ended by quoting the clinic's neighbors wishing the pro-lifers would stop protesting: "I just wish that they'd go home. I'm tired of seeing their signs."
Down the highway in Kansas, Johnson County District Attorney Phil Kline just filed 107 charges against Planned Parenthood, charging that its clinic in Overland Park performed unlawful late-term abortions. Kansas state law holds that abortion is legal only when a doctor affirms that the baby is not viable to live outside the mother's womb. If the baby can live, then two doctors must attest the abortion is necessary for the woman's physical or mental health. That's why clinic records are an issue.
The 23 felony counts allege that Planned Parenthood submitted false "pregnancy termination reports" to a court on Aug. 21 in response to a subpoena. District Court Judge James S. Vano agreed there was probable cause to think crimes had been committed and set a Nov. 16 court date. Planned Parenthood faces more than $2.5 million in potential fines.