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I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Billion for Abortions - Paid By Us

According to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), between 2002 and 2009 have given abortion advocacy organizations more than a billion dollars - possibly even more.

A Life Site News report lists some of the figures revealed a press conference Wednesday:

Advocates for Youth: $8.7 million (2002-2009)
the Guttmacher Institute: $12.7 million (2002-2008)
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF): $93.8 million (2002-2009)
Planned Parenthood Federation of America: $657.1 million (2002-2008)
Population Council of the United States: $284.3 million (2002-2008)
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS): $1.6 million (2002-2009).

These are groups that promote, refer to, or provide abortions.

With our money.

Even when the money does not directly pay for abortion, it helps to create the facilities, buy the equipment, pay the staff, and frees up other funds to help pay for abortion.

At the press conference, Lila Rose of Live Action, who has performed stings on Planned Parenthood facilities, said that beyond abortion, Planned Parenthood deserves to be defunded for its repeated willingness to break state laws designed to protect young girls from sexual predators.

Posing as a 13, 14, and 15-year-old girl pregnant by a sexual predator boyfriend, Rose said she has witnessed “Disturbing results in clinic after clinic – on tape – that Planned Parenthood doesn’t care how old the sex predator is, who the sex predator is, that the sex predator can pay for the abortion, and that the parents won’t have to find out. The girl can lie about his age or her age on the paperwork.

“This has been documented throughout the country, in state after state, in clinic after clinic. This alone is reason not to give federal funding to Planned Parenthood,” she said.

Rose highlighted the fact that some state legislatures have defunded Planned Parenthood for violating their laws, adding, “The federal government should be as well.”


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