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The problem with Planned Parenthood

By Sam Hyer | Assistant Opinion Editor

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A few weeks ago, Indiana Congressman Mike Pence offered an amendment that would cut the organization Planned Parenthood from all public funding.

The “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act” has more than 100 co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Health.

I am in full support of Congressman Pence’s bill and feel that it is time to address the gross overfunding that Planned Parenthood receives from the American taxpayer.

Since its creation in 1917, Planned Parenthood has been a resource for women to receive assistance with things such as contraception, screening for cancers, pregnancy tests and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.  They also have a heavy focus in sexual education and vasectomies.

I think that programs like this are necessary in society and Planned Parenthood does a service to women in providing these resources.

However, Planned Parenthood is synonymous with abortions.

For this reason, I feel that federal funding should be curbed, even if “Title X” appropriations cannot be used to perform abortions.

In 2009, Planned Parenthood performed 332,287 abortions, according to their most recent report.

That is 332,287 lives that were taken and never given the opportunity to come into this world. Personally, I believe that life begins at conception and abortion is taking away a human life.

That aside, this column is seeking to bring to light the fact that Planned Parenthood performs nearly one-quarter of this nation’s abortions and federal funding is indirectly aiding in this effort.

By giving the organization roughly $360 million in American taxpayer dollars, funds are freed up in other areas of Planned Parenthood, allowing for a focus on abortions as opposed to other ways of dealing with pregnancy.

Undercover sting operations have shown that individuals employed by Planned Parenthood have a tendency of promoting abortion as the only option for people dealing with pregnancy, a very sad situation, in my eyes.

According to foxnews.com, a pro-life organization called Live Action sent a young man and woman into a New Jersey Planned Parenthood clinic and disguised them as a pimp and a prostitute.

The man posed as someone seeking to get an abortion for the girl he was with.  He even stated that he was in “sex work”, giving the appearance that he was part of an organization that employs underage girls for sex.

Not only did the manger of the Planned Parenthood clinic encourage the girl to seek an abortion, she went even further to explain how the couple could avoid exposing the girl as an underage rape victim.

The Planned Parenthood employee broke New Jersey State Law and federal laws by assisting the sex trafficker in his trade and by aiding someone who uses underage minors for profits.

Personally, I am horrified that an organization like this, who would employ people such as that, receives American tax dollars.

Also, Planned Parenthood has seen record profits in the past few years, which means the issue of federal funding should be addressed, especially at a time when the United States is facing obscene deficits.

For 2008-09, Planned Parenthood reported profits of $1.1 billion.  As a “nonprofit” organization, Planned Parenthood is a tax-exempt organization as well.

I do not think that taxpayer dollars should be going toward an organization that performs something as morally divisive as abortion.

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