Planned Parenthood has a connect-the-dots problem, thanks to the videos published by the Center for Medical Progress. When Wendy Davis filibustered a Texas bill that would prohibit abortions if the unborn baby was more than 24 weeks old, she became the next rising star in the Democratic Party. She also highlighted how much the Democratic Party supports the abortion industry. During her filibuster, Twitter recorded more than 400,000 tweets with the hashtag #standwithwendy. President Obama chimed in, saying “Something special is happening in Austin tonight.”
Abortion activists in other states have fought against restrictions on late-term abortions, too. Recently, Scott Walker signed a bill into law that “prohibits abortion 20 weeks or more after fertilization.” The Guttmacher Institute has put together a report that talks about which states require clinics perform an ultrasound for women seeking an abortion. The Guttmacher Institute opposes this because, in their words, “the requirements appear to be a veiled attempt to personify the fetus.”
According to the Guttmacher Institute’s report, “3 states mandate that an abortion provider perform an ultrasound on each woman seeking an abortion and requires the provider to show and describe the image” while another “10 states mandate that an abortion provider perform an ultrasound on each woman seeking an abortion, and require the provider to offer the woman the opportunity to view the image.”
In each instance, organizations like Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and NARAL Pro-Choice have fought these restrictions. Until now, the dots weren’t connected as to why these organizations fought extended, expensive fights to prevent these bills from becoming laws. Thanks to the videotapes from the Center for Medical Progress, the dots now make sense.
While Planned Parenthood provides some non-abortion related services, it’s mostly in the abortion industry. Whether Planned Parenthood says that the money coming in offsets the cost of harvesting organs from an aborted fetus or whether they admit that they make money by selling fetal organs like hearts, lungs and livers, the indisputable fact is that companies like StemExpress emphatically state that “the StemExpress partner program” “fiscally rewards clinics for contributing” fetal organs to research clinics.
The question that Planned Parenthood hasn’t been asked is why they need this additional revenue when they’re already funded by state governments, the federal government, corporate sponsors and private citizens. Is it because, in Dr. Mary Gatters’ now infamous words, she’d like a Lamborghini? It’s likely that Dr. Gatters wasn’t serious about buying a Lamborghini.There’s little doubt, though, that Planned Parenthood would love seeing their revenues increase.
While it’s speculation, it isn’t a stretch to think that this additional revenue might be siphoned off into Planned Parenthood’s PAC that’s used to elect pro-choice Democrats. What isn’t speculation is that Planned Parenthood, NOW and NARAL Pro-Choice, which once was called the National Abortion Rights Action League, want to keep their industry as free of restrictions as possible.
These videos have exposed the depravity of the employees providing these ‘services.’