For Release: August 3, 2015
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Ban Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood, Say Members of the Black Leadership Network Project 21
S. 1881, Senator Joni Ernst's Bill to Do Exactly That, to be Voted on Shortly
Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are joining calls for passage of S. 1881, a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood, sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).
The legislation, which would ban federal grants and Medicaid reimbursement payments to Planned Parenthood, but keep overall funding levels for womens' health care services the same, will be voted upon in the U.S. Senate at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, August 3.(1)
Project 21 members say:
"Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar-a-year organization that makes most of its blood money by killing children by way of abortion. It is mind-boggling that American taxpayers are 'forced' to pay more than $500 million to an organization that kills unborn children in the most gruesome and brutal ways possible, and then deals in selling their lungs, heart and liver and other body parts for profit.
"What does Planned Parenthood do with the money? There is the obvious, of course: Planned Parenthood's CEO makes more than half a million dollars a year. They also pay high salaries to abortionists who fly from abortion mill to abortion mill, killing children.
"You may have heard that Planned Parenthood does 'cancer screenings.' What that means is the same type of breast exam that every woman can do herself at home. They do not do mammograms.
"They also say their funding provides for contraception, treatment and tests for sexually transmitted diseases, and other women's health services. First of all, what are 'other women's health services'? Secondly, aren't all those things supposed to be covered by ObamaCare?"
- Dr. Day Gardner, Project 21 member, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union and an executive member of the Washington, D.C.-based National Clergy Council.
"Only heartless or hopelessly ideologically-blinded leftist political partisans were unaffected by the horrific video clips of Planned Parenthood operatives coldly discussing the lurid details of dismembered aborted babies. However, the question must now be - why is this heinous organization still being subsidized by federal tax dollars? Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar so-called 'non-profit,' performs 300,000 abortions each and every week, yet describes itself as a 'women's health care group.' Are they really? They claim to provide valuable health services, like mammograms, yet is has been discovered that they do no such thing. They 'refer' women to health clinics that do provide this service. Planned Parenthood argues that 'research,' performed on crushed and dismembered aborted babies, has advanced stem cell cures, yet cannot provide independent data to show this is the case. What's clear is that they perform abortions, subsidized by tax dollars. Congress must act now."
- Mr. Joe R. Hicks, Project 21 member and vice president of Community Advocates, Inc. in Los Angeles.
"Last week, a friend of mine who is a bishop and constitutional lawyer, remarked, 'If there's a constitutional right to a lifestyle, why isn't there a constitutional right to life?' So, the question in my mind is, why are the taxpayers subsidizing the murder of innocents in violation of the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution?
"Planned Parenthood received $500 million in taxpayer dollars last year. If we are now so enlightened that the courts are now signing off on protecting lifestyles, protecting lives would theoretically give the courts more lifestyles to protect. However, it is sadly still the case that the lives that the courts are abandoning to the social engineering of the elite and enlightened are the least of those among us. To protect the most vulnerable, Congress should pass a law that bars Medicaid from reimbursing its clinics for patient visits."
- Bishop Council Nedd II, founding member of Project 21, rector of St. Alban's Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills, PA and author of the books Does America Hate God? Faith Under Fire (2015) and The Final Four: A Scriptural Journey Through Advent (2013).
"The defense of Planned Parenthood by the media and politicians is disheartening. New videos released this week by the Center for Medical Progress provide evidence that doctors and executives working for Planned Parenthood may have committed gruesome crimes that make Dr. Gosnell's clinic of horrors look tame. Each new video reveals more damning information including video of the Chief Medical Director of the Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood negotiating for the sale of baby body parts. This comes right on the heels of news that the Alliance Defense Fund has filed a criminal complaint after learning that a 13-year-old girl was brought in for an abortion by her rapist/sexual predator and Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood performed the abortion but didn't report the abuse. Criminal. $528 million dollars of taxpayer funds are sent to Planned Parenthood on a yearly basis. Another $612 million dollars of taxpayer funds earmarked for 'reproductive health services' go to USAID for abortions abroad.
"Americans have had enough of the excuses and whitewashing of what increasingly looks like an organized crime syndicate hell-bent on selling human baby parts for cash.
"There are 666 Planned Parenthoods in operation, with some states having only one. In contrast there are 9,069 federally funded Community Health Centers that provide identical services excepting abortion operating in all 50 states. Women don't need Planned Parenthood; it does not deserve federal funding."
- Mrs. Stacy Washington, Project 21 member and radio talk show host on KFTK in St. Louis.
Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org). The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.
Notes: (1) Officially, the Senate vote at 5:30 will be a vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to (i.e. whether to take up and debate).