Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, who has guested on “Huckabee” on TBN, blasted Planned Parenthood as a “despicable organization” on news of its plans to spend $45 million pushing pro-abortion candidates in the 2020 elections.
Despite Republican promises to defund Planned Parenthood, it still got a record $617 million in taxpayer money last year, a 9% increase over the previous year. Meanwhile, as the total number of abortions in the US fell, PP performed a record number of them: over 345,000 in 2018-19, according to its own annual report. Let’s hope that President Trump’s executive order to block federal funding for clinics that perform abortions cuts that taxpayer support. But PP and the ACLU brag that they’ve been able to use lawsuits and friendly judges to defeat or delay 70% of the more than 300 state bills to restrict abortion introduced in 2019.
Now, you might be thinking, “How can Planned Parenthood spend $45 million to push pro-abortion candidates? Aside from all their poor-mouthing about not having enough funds to provide 'vital women’s health services' (which they barely do), isn’t PP a 501(c)(3) non-profit?”
Why, yes, it is. And here’s what the legal advice site NOLO.com has to say about those:
“The federal tax law is very strict on the issue of political campaigning: A 501(c)(3) organization is absolutely forbidden to directly or indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violation of this prohibition could lead the IRS to completely revoke your organization's tax-exempt status or impose excise taxes on your organization.”
I assume that PP will claim the ad won’t count because it’s “issue advocacy” rather than promoting a specific candidate, although it’s abundantly clear that they are doing it to help elect Democrats who are radically pro-abortion and defeat pro-life Republicans.
But aren’t they also barred from using tax money to fund political ads? I assume their response to that would be the same as their response to the ban on using tax money to pay for abortions: Oh, the tax money goes into a separate account and only pays for “women’s health services.” Trust them on this.
Or you could send a message to let Planned Parenthood and politicians who support abortion right up to (and beyond) the moment of birth by participating in the 47th annual March For Life, this coming week, January 24th, in Washington, DC. The event gets underway on Wednesday January 22nd. If you can’t make it to DC, there are local March For Life events taking place all over America. To find one near you and see how you can be involved, visit www.marchforlife.org.