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...]

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

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...]

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...]

When “Pro-Life” Means “Anti-Birth Control”

Through a link on Ladies Against Feminism, I came upon an article titled Planned Parenthood Targeting Morning Center Patients! I suspected that Morning Center must be some sort of crisis pregnancy center, but I found myself morbidly curious about what the author of the article meant by "targeting," so I clicked through.  As many of our supporters and friends know, Morning Center provides a prenatal clinic at Warren Apartments in Memphis. Warren Apartments is a particularly stark picture of the h … [Read more...]

Infertile Couple to Planned Parenthood: You’re Aborting Our Children

Via a link at Ladies Against Feminism, I came upon an article titled An Infertile Couple Experiences the Planned Parenthood Videos. Curious, I clicked through and read. The article by was a woman named Katie.My husband [Michael] and I just celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary. We are happy in our marriage—he’s a patient pastor, and I’m a restless writer—but I would be lying if I said that our life together weren’t punctuated with a persistent, quiet kind of grief. You see, we have … [Read more...]

Is Abortion an African-American Genocide? The Problem with Conservatives Citing Margaret Sanger

Conservatives want to have it both ways. They argue that progressive support of welfare and affirmative action is racist in that it assumes that blacks need these things to succeed. Welfare and affirmative action take away from black agency and get in the way of black progress, they say, and are based in the racist assumption that African Americans are by nature dependent. Conservatives are, they say, all about restoring black agency and removing the chains of dependency---except, of course, when … [Read more...]