Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Texas Wins v. Planned Parenthood!

Oh, there's more court action to follow, I'm sure; but the 10A remains operative in the 5th Circuit.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program. 

...[Texas Governor] Perry, in an emailed statement, lauded the court's ruling as affirmation "that Texas’ Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund organizations that promote abortion — including Planned Parenthood. The 5th Circuit’s decision is a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life."

You can bet that Barbara Bush's blood boileth over.

Tough cookies, Barb.


Jim said...

Less funding for Planned Parenthood will likely lead to more abortions.

Anonymous said...

Jim, How much personal income do you or your family get from the abortion business?

............The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), the research arm of Planned Parenthood, estimates that there were 1.21 million abortions performed in the U.S. in the year 2005. Of the 1.21 million annual abortions, approximately 88% (1.06 million) are performed during the first trimester. The other 12% (150,000) are performed during the second and third trimester. In 2005, the average cost of a nonhospital abortion with local anesthesia at 10 weeks of gestation was $413. The Women's Medical Center estimates that a 2nd trimester abortion costs up to $3000 (with the price increasing the further along the pregnancy goes). If we take the $413 average for 1st trimester abortions and use a $3000 average for 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions, here's what we get: $438 million is spent each year on first trimester abortions and $393 million is spent on late term abortions. That means that each year in the U.S., the abortion industry brings in approximately $831 million through their abortion services alone. If you add in the $337 million (or more) that Planned Parenthood (America's largest abortion provider) receives annually in government grants and contracts for, the annual dollar amount moves well past 1 billion.

Abortion, to put it plainly, is a very lucrative business, and this has been true from the beginning. By last count, Planned Parenthood (a tax-exempt organization!) has $951 million in total assets! Marvin Olasky observes and documents in his book, Abortion Rites, that there have long been doctors who supported abortion "if not for principle, at least for principal." Like prostitution (which helped abortionists "flourish and grow rich" during the mid 1800's), abortion offers the opportunity to get rich quick. For all of human history, the "blandishment of wealth" has led many to rationalize career choices that they would never otherwise dream of.

What this means to the abortion debate is that the people and organizations who defend the morality of abortion the most vehemently are generally the very same ones who rake in huge profits from its continued availability. This sets up a significant conflict of interest and should immediately call into question any claims they might make about their desire to reduce the number of abortions. When Planned Parenthood argues that they're working hard to reduce the frequency of abortion, the fact remains that their financial livelihood is built on abortion. Planned Parenthood, then, is just like the big tobacco companies. Does anyone really believe that tobacco companies want people to stop smoking? Does anyone really believe that Planned Parenthood wants people to stop having abortions? Follow the money.

If we assume (for the sake of argument) that Planned Parenthood's primary ambitions are financial instead of ideological, then much of their behavior suddenly makes perfect sense................

Jim said...

the people and organizations who defend the morality of abortion the most vehemently are generally the very same ones who rake in huge profits from its continued availability.


I don't see in your analysis where the "cost" is converted to "profit". Where are margins included? Since as you note, PP is "tax-exempt" (non-profit), it doesn't follow that anybody is making a fortune at Planned Parenthood.

And who exactly are the people defending the "morality of abortion most vehemently"? I've never seen PP say anything about "morality" other that woman should be able to decide for themselves the morality issue. Seen any doctors with ads on their walls about their abortion business?

I and my family make no personal income whatsoever from the "abortion business." Are you suggesting that anyone who supports the law and women's health has a financial stake in doing so?

How much personal income do you or your family make from the forced birth business?