Former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee criticized Planned Parenthood’s abortion focus last week, saying it will never give up the life-destroying practice because there is too much money in it.
“Asking PP to give up abortion would be like asking McDonald’s to stop selling hamburgers. You can call it a ‘mission’ all you want, but that’s where the money is,” Huckabee wrote in a column on his website Friday.
His statement came a few days after Planned Parenthood refused to give up its abortion work to focus on providing health care services. Planned Parenthood leaders rejected a proposition from President Donald Trump that would have allowed it to continue receiving tax dollars as long as it stopped doing abortions.
“PP swiftly rejected Trump’s offer, with its president Cecile Richards tweeting, ‘Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion — a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings,’” wrote Huckabee, a former governor and presidential candidate.
“So when you hear the argument that PP is all about women’s health services, you now know how they define that. And that they are actually ‘proud’ of performing an estimated 300,000+ abortions every year.
“But let’s be honest: abortion is far more vital to Planned Parenthood’s mission than cancer screenings. That haughty rebuke to Trump didn’t bother to mention that abortion is PP’s #1 profit center,” Huckabee continued.
Planned Parenthood receives about half a billion federal tax dollars every year. To justify receiving so much money, its leaders repeatedly claim that abortions are just a small part (3 percent) of its services.
The statistic is misleading, and pro-lifers have been pointing out for years that abortions are central to Planned Parenthood’s business. It aborts about 320,000 unborn babies every year — about one third of all the abortions in the U.S.
Last week, Republicans in Congress released the American Health Care Act. Their plan to repeal Obamacare includes provisions that would revoke funding for Planned Parenthood.
Under the legislation, there is a provision in the bill that prohibits states from using “direct spending” on “prohibited entities” with federal funds allocated from the legislation; and those entities include any entity that “provides for abortions.” That means the nation’s biggest abortion corporation — Planned Parenthood.
A recent survey found that community health centers not only provide more comprehensive health care than Planned Parenthood, excluding abortions, they also outnumber the abortion group’s facilities by 20 to one.
The U.S. Senate took the first step in paving the way for a vote on defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation in early January. The Senate approved on a party-line vote a budget resolution bill. This repeal resolution is the first step in the process to re-direct Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to legitimate health care entities and repeal Obamacare using the budget reconciliation procedure.
Recent polls also indicate Americans support the defunding efforts. Polling found 56 percent of Americans in battleground states want Planned Parenthood defunded.