Like me, you have probably been appalled at the recent revelations of what goes on behind closed doors at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). While Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, calls their actions "laudable," most Americans agree that scavenging organs of aborted babies is grotesque, and definitely not something that we should be supporting with our hard-earned tax dollars.
In the recent videos, we heard PPFA leaders describe changing abortion procedures in order to harvest intact baby organs, which makes this gruesome procedure even more difficult and painful for the mother. Women are required to sign consent forms saying, "I understand there will be no changes to how or when my abortion is done in order to get my blood or the tissue." But the videos show top PPFA officials having no qualms about deceiving the women, allowing them to sign the consent forms, and then directing the surgeons to change how the abortion is performed.
Your tax dollars and mine would be much better spent going to reputable health care centers rather than funding this scandalized billion dollar abortion business that not only ends human life but scavenges them for parts.
Although PPFA is a non-profit, they received $528 million in federal, state and local government grants and contracts in 2013-2014, and reported a total revenue of over $1.3 billion. The federal government should not be subsidizing the largest abortion provider in America. We will continue to push for a complete defunding of Planned Parenthood, but we think that at the very least, funds should be withheld during the course of investigations.
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) have introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134, S. 1836) that would prevent federal money from going to PPFA for one year from the date of enactment, giving Congress time to conduct in-depth investigations into PPFA's alleged violations of the law.
Contact your Member of Congress today, asking them to vote on this moratorium before the Congresses recesses for August!