Congress should no longer fund Planned Parenthood. In 2007, Planned Parenthood fully disclosed that they performed 305,310 abortions, while less than 5,000 pregnant women were referred to adoption services. In 2008, $350 million went to Planned Parenthood from the government coffers, and clearly a whole lot of that money funded abortions based on 2007 statistics. I propose that Planned Parenthood close its doors and reopen as two separate entities. One would be euphemistically named “Reproductive Freedom Center” (abortions wink, wink); the other, “Neighborhood (bona fide) Health Clinic.” The latter would offer care and advice on women’s health like ovarian, cervical and breast cancer screenings, infertility and the like. This health clinic might even offer birth control information.
The government could in good faith provide funding for a true health clinic. The RFC would be funded by philanthropy, the Hollywood wealthy who consistently advocate for the poor and for abortion rights. There could be a special place on our tax returns to accept donations for the RFC. A website could even be set up for donations for abortions for those not able to pay for them. The Planned Parenthood organization as it exists today should go out of business.
Susan Leeper, Scottsdale