De-fund Planned Parenthood
This Butchery, Inc, is “non-profit”? Give me a break!
Heritage Foundation Explains Why Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Need Taxpayer Funding
On CNN.com last week, Heritage Foundation expert Chuck Donovan made the case to fiscal conservatives that they should support defunding Planned Parenthood.
Despite cries that without federal subsidies Planned Parenthood would be forced to stop providing services to women, the nonprofit organization has run budget surpluses since 2008. Additionally, Donovan points out that much of what the organization does is hardly critical:
Will women’s health suffer because of the funding limits Rep. Mike Pence and 239 of his House colleagues have adopted? Highly unlikely. In addition to being over-funded and therefore much more capable of belt-tightening than most charities, Planned Parenthood is not the sole provider of any of the legitimate services it offers. It provides little prenatal care and hardly any adoption assistance. It does not, despite impressions to the contrary, offer mammograms at its centers but provides referrals instead.
On economic merit alone, Planned Parenthood should be near the top of the cut list. To begin with, as Chuck Donovan at the Heritage Foundation has pointed out, Planned Parenthood is awash in net income. From 2002 to 2007, the national organization and its affiliates took in $388 million more than they spent on programs and services,’ the groups write in the new letter. ’Even in the midst of the recession, the president of the organization still received more than $337,000 in an annual salary and tens of thousands more in benefits and allowances. Planned Parenthood is receiving a rolling, annual bailout, and they don’t even need it.’