Defunding Planned Parenthood

January 19, 2020 |

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.”

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/limits-political-campaigning-501c3-nonprofits-29982.html

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.

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  • Patsy Prothro

    01/27/2020 02:57 PM

    As a former non-profit employee we were barred from even campaigning for a particular party even whe they stressed to employees how important it was to vote democratic we received more money the following year from the Republicans than ever before just like PO! It is a shame and it makes me sick that these non-profits can get by with this behavior! The people will have to meet their maker and I pray they will receive their just rewards! Their punishment can’t be sever enough!

  • Patsy Prothro

    01/27/2020 02:55 PM

    As a former non-profit employee we were barred from even campaigning for a particular party even whe they stressed to employees how important it was to vote democratic we received more money the following year from the Republicans than ever before just like PO! It is a shame and it makes me sick that these non-profits can get by with this behavior! The people will have to meet their maker and I pray they will receive their just rewards! Their punishment can’t be sever enough!

  • Suzette Hackett

    01/24/2020 10:18 AM

    There is no reason to have an abortion, even rape. If some one killed you. would you be able to say," oh, I don't want to die right now please take away what every killed me and let me live my life my way. I will die another appropriate time." Well, that can't be done! Just as abortion can't be done, unless YOU kill some one to make it happen. Then can that baby say, "Oh, I don't want to die right now Please let me live, I will die another appropriate time. " ? I don't think so.

  • Karen a Armstrong

    01/21/2020 01:25 PM

    If they have money to give to 'any' political party then they should not be receiving money from tax payers. Period. Time to cut them off, that money could be better spent revamping the Foster Care system, the homeless Vets problem, Welfare / Food Stamp systems, any number of other reputable, honest places that don't make money off killing children. People are sick of Washington spending, and this one is at the top of the list!

  • CAROL THOMASON HAFER

    01/21/2020 12:03 AM

    how can they take taxpayer monies and pay politicians to give them more taxpayer monies? we should stop organizations supported by taxpayer dollars from being able to make political contributions.

  • Albert William Whizin Jr.

    01/20/2020 08:24 PM

    Every legislator, President, Governor, member of the Judiciary at all levels of Government, Federal, State, local, that is city council, County Board of Supervisors and/or County Commissioners, School Board, who voted to make abortion legal should be rounded up, brought to trial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice under Martial Law, tried for murder, convicted, and except for a small number of those truly repentant, then sent to the execution stake. No stays of execution being as they did not give a stay of execution to babies who are totally defenseless. The evidence for such crimes is easy to come by, just a simple check of their voting records, which are a matter of public record. Let's make this Nuremburg on Steroids. A return to republican form of government is a must. Throw out one man one vote for all state senates ( upper chambers of legislatures ) and base every state senate district on areas of equal square mileage, not equal population, thus giving rural constituencies a voice in the legislature. Then overthrow all legislation for " gay rights ", legalization of abortion, and gun control on the basis that they were enacted under an unconstitutional form of government. Our Founding Fathers set up a two house legislature on the national level to give less populous areas a voice in national government. There is a clause in the United States Constitution saying every state is to be guaranteed a " Republican " form of government, that is for each state legislature to patterned after the way the Founding Fathers set up the National Legislature. Then abolish the 17th Amendment and constitutionally mandate that respective state senates only, not the whole legislature, select their respective U.S. Senators.

  • Helen Corey

    01/20/2020 02:40 PM

    How many children in US could have been helped with the $670million dollars spent on aborting the unborn, and now, the newly born? Planned Parenthood, like so many organizations who disguise their real purpose, is a misnomer. PPL sponsors death, not parenthood.

  • A George

    01/20/2020 11:05 AM

    May I suggest a class action lawsuit in behalf of taxpayers for the refund of taxpayer money given to Planned Parenthood for their illegal tax contributions to political activity! Liberty Counsel or ACLJ needs to bring suit against Planned Murderhood and the IRS so that we send out message loud and clear! The firmly believe that the funding of abortion is one main reasons that this nation will see God’s judgement fall upon it .

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    01/20/2020 10:50 AM

    I am amused and ashamed that planned parenthood received the money and how they plan to use it the next national election.

  • RAYMOND BABCOCK

    01/20/2020 03:26 AM

    Abortion is murder.

  • Donald and Anne Jackson

    01/19/2020 10:40 PM

    Please defund Planned Parenthood-they go against everything we hold dear in this country.

  • Melanie Turner

    01/19/2020 09:00 PM

    I am sickened and disgusted that PP gets any taxpayer monies, period.

  • Carl "T" Smith

    01/19/2020 08:58 PM

    If the IRS can basically shut down the TEA Parties I see no reason why they cannot do the same to PPH. I know the answer but a fine of say, 500,000.00 for the Lawyers twisting regulations for the 1st offense might be a start? Hello Congress? the Ball is in your court. How many more years before the POTUS has to DO YOUR JOB before you get 'Woke'?

  • Jessie Teddlie

    01/19/2020 07:42 PM

    I wish and pray that the PP would do actual education and guidance on sexual behavior and health rather than the “oh just get an abortion” help. Those women will suffer as they grow older about those babies with depression and more! I have questioned for years how they could advertise as they do as a 501 non-profit! Wish government would nail that part at least! Pray for those men and women and America!!

  • Richard Luhrs

    01/19/2020 07:38 PM

    We all know the PP funding "separation" is a complete charade. Money is fungible, meaning that if it doesn't have to be spent here, it can be spent there. PP claims they segregate funds, but federal funding only means that what they might have spent out of their coffers "there", can instead be spent "here", allowing donations and other sources of revenue to be spent "there".

    As long as we are sending taxpayer money to PP, we are using federal funds to pay for abortion, accounting machinations notwithstanding! This is in violation of the Hyde Amendment.

    Since the Democrats (using the voice of Steny Hoyer) have recently opened Pandora's Box with his statement saying "Let him prove his innocence," I say, PP stands accused, and they must be required to prove their innocence.

    Just sayin' ...

  • Richard Joseph Babiec

    01/19/2020 07:12 PM

    I pray every day For the END OF Abortion and for those that are working to over turn Roe vires wade decision TO STOP THIS MASS MURDER FOR PAY!!! I also wander HOW, IN THE H--L a non profit org. can come up with Thousand's of dollars to support anything???? It is either dumb tax payers-------- or G. Sorros......Think about it folks!!!

  • Jerry Korba

    01/19/2020 07:02 PM

    I am sicken with Abortion still sicken about Benghazi and the Left makes me sick. Hilary Clinton Barrack Obama should be brought up at lease for Manslaughter and don't be afraid to add Susan Rice as an accessory. Allowing Americans to be slaughtered because of Political adversity in Benghazi babies slaughtered just because, need to have consequences. President Donald Trump is a President for people, he wants them to live the last Administration could have cared less remember What difference does it make comment by Clinton people would be alive to today and along with all the aborted babies that would have a chance at life thats what the difference is you toxic pieces of manure. Immoral people on the Left you sickened me. MAGA deport the Lefties.

  • A F McSwain

    01/19/2020 06:04 PM

    Really!!!! What can we as Conservative Christians do to stop this horrendous use of taxpayer money? Many of us have been discussing this for years, calling our Congressmen, signing petitions, contributing, voting for those who say they are against abortion, etc.

    I fear we all will have the blood of these precious lives on our hands.

    Sincerely,
    A F McSwain

  • Leon Vilhauer

    01/19/2020 05:47 PM

    When a non profit or other so called charitable organization can spend millions lobbying Congress or donate to their campaign, they need to lose federal funding and exemptions if they have them. This is like money laundering or buying votes. This is a misuse of tax money. It is just wrong to get federal dollars and send that money to Congress men and women

  • Dot Whitley

    01/19/2020 04:06 PM

    Abortion being the most awful sin America has committed is already bringing Gods wrath on America. It's not mother nature, folks,that's causing bad weather, it's Almighty God who has sent the dangerous weather, and it's going to get worse. America is overflowing with sins, because God has turned His back on us. We had His protection for years and years, but no more. Just keep on ignoring Gods wrath by killing more babies, and we all will pay a terrible price for your sin.
    Dot Whitley

  • Dr. James K. McCollum

    01/19/2020 02:47 PM

    Planned Parenthood should be cut off from U. S. Government funding and doctors who perform abortions for them should have their licences revoked and they should be arrested for murder. They have completely revoked their Hipocratic oath of "Do no harm!"

  • Kevin Turnbaugh

    01/19/2020 02:37 PM

    Gov Huckabee, The very existence of PP in a civil society is a total disgrace; when this act is very much like that ancient idol worshippers listed in the OT, who sacrificed their children to Molach. This demonic organization that is PP, is just sacrificing children in another way. We need JW, ACLJ, or the like to file some kind of legal action; to expose PP's misuse of tax payer funds, and get a court to strip them of their status.

  • Gerallyn Thompson

    01/19/2020 02:23 PM

    We need to spend money teaching young women and men, morals consequences how not to get pregnant.

  • j

    01/19/2020 02:17 PM

    I strongly demand that pp be abolished and NO tax monies be used for the MURDER of ANY human being, especially late term and after birth annihilation of any living, breathing life except by the natural hand of God.

  • Anna E Klapka

    01/19/2020 01:30 PM

    I would like to see planned parenthood closed down. I am appalled that tax payer money goes to this un-Godly organization,