No, Medicaid and Title X Do Not Subsidize Abortions


Earlier today one of my readers left this comment: As one of my anti-abortion friends put it, "Money is fungible. If the government gives PP money for non-abortion services, then PP has EXTRA money to provide abortions." She had a neat little cartoon to illustrate it, along with one of those examples: If Penny gives Jim $20 but tells him he can't spend it on cigarettes then he is not going to buy cigarettes because he only has $20. But if Jim gets $20 from the government, then he has $40 and … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood’s “Government Funding”: The Same Kind Your Doctor Receives


Last week I noted that Planned Parenthood does not make 80% of its revenue from abortions. Based on a rough estimate, the actual percentage of its revenue that comes from abortions is 15% tops. But in the midst of talk about defunding Planned Parenthood by cutting off its access to government funds---which make up 41% of its revenue, and do not pay for any abortions---I think it's important to ask what is meant by "government funding."According to NPR: Those public funds come from two … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 35: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Bruises Are Not Abuse


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 127-131For background, see this piece about Gwen's interview with Dr. McGuire.It's Monday morning now, the day before the hearing, and Sally has been sent to exchange the psychologists' reports. First picked up two copies of Dr. Schram's report, and then she drove to the Public Safety Building and exchanged a copy of Dr. Schram's report for a copy of Dr. McGuire's report. Farris tells us that Dr. McGuire's report had been "left at … [Read more...]

No, Abortion Is Not 86% of Planned Parenthood’s Revenue

Planned Parenthood Revenue, 2013-2014

In Tuesdays' congressional hearings, Rep. Cynthia Lummis asked Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards the following question: If you look at the 2013 statistics that you report, abortions, from revenue, would have been over 86% of your non-government (health services) revenue. How do you explain this massive disparity between the amount of revenue you collect from abortion and the fact that you only report 3% of your services being abortion?” Richards neither co … [Read more...]

I Grew Up in the Benedict Option. Here’s Why It Didn’t Work.


In the wake of the Obergefell decision, Rob Dreher of the American Conservative and others are discussing what they call the "Benedict Option." To be perfectly honest, I'm still trying to figure out what Dreher means by the term. He calls for Christians to withdraw from the world and its concerns and focus instead on forming intentional Christian communities, but then objects when someone suggests this position is isolationist and insists that it's not.Here is the most clear summary I've seen … [Read more...]

Admitting Privileges, Abortion, and the Trojan Horse of Protecting Women’s Health


While spending time on google, I came upon this headline from an anti-abortion website last year: Court Records Indicate Nearly 1,000 Abortion Patients Likely Hospitalized Annually in Texas. The article explained that during the year 2011, a full 940 women were hospitalized in Texas due to complications from abortions. These numbers came out during court proceedings over new abortion restrictions. Of course, the article made this number out to be apocalyptic.  “Information in this decision has f … [Read more...]