WIC Program Blasted for Web Link to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business
by Steven Ertelt
July 25, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Poor women and children need food, health care and education, but the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is coming under fire for giving them abortions instead. The program’s web site features a link to Planned Parenthood, the business that does about 25 percent of U.S. abortions.
Pro-life blogger Dawn Eden, author of The Thrill of the Chaste, found the link at the USDA’s WIC Learning Center, the official web site for the federal government’s program.
"That’s because a hefty chunk of the $5 billion in taxpayer funds for the program designed to help feed and provide health care for low-income pregnant women, new moms, and young children go to [the abortion business]," Eden explains.
Eden says the link provides more evidence of how Planned Parenthood targets blacks and Hispanics.
"Considering that some 61 percent of WIC recipients are nonwhites, the government’s efforts to steer them towards Planned Parenthood dovetails neatly with the nation’ No. 1 abortion provider’s efforts to prevent births in the black and Latino communities," she says.
The money Planned Parenthood receives from WIC doesn’t pay for abortions directly but presents issues by freeing up Planned Parenthood funds it would normally use for promoting abortions.
LifeNews.com sent various WIC officials emails request comment for this story and has not received a reply.
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council isn’t pleased about the web link either.
"Obviously this is just one of the ways that the government is secretly subsidizing Planned Parenthood, which made a tidy $115 million profit last year and is now seeking to open ‘upscale’ shopping mall clinics," he told LifeNews.com.
"Unfortunately, the organization’s overhead–also fattened by taxpayer money–serves its Action Fund, which is spending millions to elect candidates like Barack Obama, the most radical pro-abortion candidate for president in American history."
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