De­fund killers of pre-born

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

The Catholics for Choice full-page ad sup­port­ing tax­payer fund­ing of Planned Parenthood, an or­ga­ni­za­tion which prof­its from killing the pre-born and sell­ing their or­gans, is mis­lead­ing on sev­eral points (A5, April 26).

First, Catholics for Choice are Catholics in name only. The group is not as­so­ci­ated with or sanc­tioned by the Catholic church. Catholic bish­ops have made that clear on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. It is ba­si­cally an arm of the Demo­cratic Party. Se­cond, the ad reads, “Our or­ga­ni­za­tions share a faith-cen­tered com­mit­ment to the marginal­ized and most vul­ner­a­ble of our so­ci­ety.” But there are none so marginal­ized or vul­ner­a­ble as in­no­cent, pre-born ba­bies.

Third, the ad claims th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­port the “health­care” pro­vided by Planned Parenthood as “in­cred­i­ble” and “nec­es­sary.” But the health care pro­vided by Planned Parenthood is not at all nec­es­sary, as there are many far bet­ter, more qual­i­fied health-care fa­cil­i­ties than Planned Parenthood lo­ca­tions. Th­ese other cen­ters pro­vide many more women’s ser­vices, too, such as mam­mo­grams, ul­tra­sounds and pre­na­tal care, none of which Planned Parenthood pro­vides.

The num­ber of clients Planned Parenthood has seen in the past six years has de­creased by 17 per­cent, and use of their health screen­ings has gone down enor­mously. Pap tests have de­clined by 77 per­cent, mean­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion now does less than 1 per­cent of the Pap tests in the United States.

But the num­ber of abor­tions Planned Parenthood does has in­creased by 27 per­cent, and gov­ern­ment fund­ing has in­creased by 100 per­cent to $553 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

Planned Parenthood is an abor­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion mas­querad­ing as a health-care or­ga­ni­za­tion, lap­ping up our taxes to pro­mote their pri­mary pur­pose: killing the pre­born. Just this week the Cen­ter for Med­i­cal Progress re­leased an­other un­der­cover video of Planned Parenthood ex­ec­u­tives hag­gling over the price of baby or­gans — eyes, liv­ers, lungs, hearts, skin, arms, legs and more.

The con­gres­sional pro­posal that will soon be voted on would de­fund Planned Parenthood and fund other health-care providers in­stead. This would be a net gain for women’s health.

CAROLYN NAUGHTON Sil­ver Spring

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