Pro-Life Group Challenges Planned Parenthood on Health Care-Abortion Bailout

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 8, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group Challenges Planned Parenthood on Health Care-Abortion Bailout

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 8
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A top pro-life organization is challenging the nation’s leading abortion business on how much it stands to gain financially from passage of a government-run health care bill in Congress. Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest is behind the challenge.

The challenge comes on the day the Senate will vote on the Nelson amendment to determine if massive abortion funding will be removed from the bill.

Americans United for Life Action published a full-page newspaper ad in The Hill, a respected Capitol Hill newspaper, challenging Planned Parenthood to come clean about how much money it will take in from the bill.

“This Senate health care bill is a bailout for the world’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood," Yoest told Their lobbying efforts are said to be about empowering women and advancing reproductive health but the bottom line is that Planned Parenthood needs the business.”

“AUL Action is fighting to prevent the tragedy of a dramatic increase of abortions in America — funded by American tax dollars," she said.

Yoest noted that Planned Parenthood is the world’s largest abortion business and an annual budget in excess of $1 billion and posted an $85 million profit last year. Planned Parenthood also received $350 million in federal funding in 2007.

The newspaper ad notes a recent Harvard Business case study revealing that despite the “massive public subsidies, Planned Parenthood is struggling financially.”

The open letter to Planned Parenthood reads: "Americans United for Life Action and Planned Parenthood are both lobbying Congress on the pending health care legislation. AUL Action is opposed to taxpayer funded abortions and Planned Parenthood, of course, is working to ensure that abortion is funded in health care."

"In the interest of full disclosure and transparency, I’ll state how much we each stand to gain from the passage of this legislation," Yoest says in her letter.

She notes that AUL will not bring in any money directly from the bill and points out the government-funding of abortion and Planned Parenthood numbers.

"You would be included in the health care legislation under consideration as a community service provider," she write in her letter, addressed to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

Yoest closes, "Cecile, the public deserves to know, how much exactly do you stand to gain from this bill?"

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