Ken Connor

During the 2012 election season the American people were subjected to hundreds of campaign ads. Among these were several geared towards women, and many of these were paid for by Planned Parenthood. According to Planned Parenthood, Mitt Romney was bad for women because he wanted to cut federal funding for the organization, thereby depriving millions of women of "vital services." We heard a lot about cancer screenings in these ads, but very little about abortions.

The reality is that abortion is big business for Planned Parenthood, and Uncle Sam continues to be a complicit financier of the organization's ghoulish practices. In 2011, Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions, up from 329,445 the year before. The federal government provided the organization with $542.4 million dollars in funding, which is nearly half of Planned Parenthood's budget. No one likes to talk about the fact that a huge portion of this sum is used to facilitate the willful destruction of innocent human life. The "pro-choice" lobby prefers euphemisms like "women's health care choices" and "reproductive rights" to fan the flames of "social justice" advocates who frame abortion as a matter of privacy and civil liberty. You'll never see a Planned Parenthood ad that says "Don't vote for Candidate X because he/she wants to end federal funding of abortion!!" or "Support the right of women to choose to kill their innocent children." They'd never do that because they recognize how awful it sounds. They know that they are in a grisly business and that speaking about it honestly would be a turnoff to voters.

The fact that the number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country is rising and not falling is further evidence that the procedure is a major revenue generator for them, and your tax dollars and my tax dollars are used to fund this soulless enterprise. The oft repeated assertion that the public monies given to Planned Parenthood are somehow separated out and not used for abortions is ridiculous. Money is fungible, and thus American taxpayers are subsidizing the killing of innocent children whether we want to or not.


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.