According to the Colorado Constitution, “No public funds shall be used by the State of Colorado, its agencies or political subdivisions to pay or otherwise reimburse, either directly or indirectly, any person, agency or facility for the performance of any induced abortion.”Yet between 2009 and 2012 fiscal years, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) received $10 million from the state of Colorado.
These funds came from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Department of Education, Justice Department, and Department of Health and Environment.
Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Owen, and former Senate candidate Jane Norton, filed a lawsuit against PPRM because they violated the constitution by using state funding to go to their abortion business. However, on August 18, the Denver District Court dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that the term “indirectly” in the state’s constitution did not mean providing funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates.
It’s probably fair to say the Denver court didn’t consider the fact that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion businesses, performing nearly one-third of U.S. abortions.
In 2012, the abortion giant raked in $560.6 million dollars in taxpayer funding, which averages out to $1.5 million everyday. Their breast cancer screening services dropped by 14% and their prenatal services by 32%. For every one-adoption referral that Planned Parenthood facilitated, they performed 149 abortions. And, once again, they did not perform one single mammogram.
Michael Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, represented his wife, Ms. Norton, and emailed LifeNews the following about the court’s decision:
No one is above the law, including Denver politicians violating our state’s constitution by continuing to fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion business with taxpayer dollars. The State of Colorado even acknowledges that about $1.4 million of state taxpayer dollars flowed from Colorado government agencies through Planned Parenthood to its abortion affiliate. The Denver court seems to have agreed with that fact and yet granted motions to dismiss based on a technicality. Alliance Defending Freedom will likely appeal the Denver court’s decision.
The Denver court’s decision is very upsetting considering the countless reports of sexual abuse of minor young women by Planned Parenthood.
Earlier this year, Live Action released a video of Planned Parenthood encouraging young teen females to participate in sado-masochistic sexual activities, including gagging, whipping, asphyxiation, shopping at sex stores, and viewing pornography. Planned Parenthood employees also told these girls that “stop,” really doesn’t always mean, “stop”. This advice benefits Planned Parenthood because when girls participate in sexually risky behavior and get pregnant, they can go to Planned Parenthood for an abortion.
This manipulation shouldn’t be all that surprising since they’ve published multiple “resources” for children and teenagers concerning sexual activity. These materials claim to provide “age appropriate” sex education to children starting at age four. Planned Parenthood justifies starting sex-education at such a young age by stating, “Ideally, medical accurate sexuality education would be taught each year in our schools from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.
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But the truth of the matter is getting in schools is apart of their agenda to generate more abortion income. In fact, at a school in Los Angeles, Planned Parenthood provides free birth control for teens without parents’ knowledge, and at similar schools, Planned Parenthood provides the morning after pill and counseling for abortion.
Sadly, all of this doesn’t even take into consideration Planned Parenthood’s reputation for aiding child predators by performing abortions on underage girls, or their history of committing fraud by using Medicaid funding for abortions.
Last year, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast had to pay the state of Texas $4.3 million for fraudulently overbilling the taxpayer funded Medicaid program. Additionally, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains failed to inquire about or report the suspected sexual abuse of a 13-year-old child by her stepfather. They performed the abortion and sent the girl right back to her abuser.
This is why pro-life groups like Colorado Citizens for Life are committed to defunding Planned Parenthood. Citizens who oppose the abortion giant shouldn’t have their tax dollars go to a business that profits off of hurting young girls and teaching children how to have casual sex.
Norton concluded by saying, “In the big picture, we are seeing even more Americans recognize that human life begins at conception and should be protected until natural death. This is reflected at the federal level, where the House has repeatedly passed legislation to cut funding. It’s only a matter of time before the Senate listens to the voice of their constituents and does the same. Moreover, state after state is enacting legislation to support the health and safety of women and, where possible, defunding Planned Parenthood.”