Great argument to cut off government funding: Indiana Planned Parenthood sees flood of donations after defunding

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  • Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (and possible presidential candidate) recently signed a bill that removed all state aid to Planned Parenthood. So what happened? The Huffington Post headline says it all: “Indiana Planned Parenthood Sees Flood Of Donations After Defunding.” “It’s astonishing,” [President of Indiana Planned Parenthood Betty] Cockrum said. “I think it’s really clear that most people understand what Planned Parenthood is about, and they wish for it to continue.” So doesn’t this prove our point that Planned Parenthood doesn’t need to rely on the taxpayer to carry on their mission?
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced Saturday night he’s not running for president. New York Time columnist Ross Douthat says “he’ll be missed” because he would have brought a unique perspective to the race. “This worldview mixes cultural conservatism with economic populism: it’s tax-sensitive without being stridently antigovernment, skeptical of Wall Street as well as Washington, and as concerned about immigration, family breakdown and public morals as it is about the debt ceiling. This combination of views represents one of the plausible middle grounds in American politics. You can find it in the Republican Party, among the evangelicals and Catholics whose votes made the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush possible.”
  • Pope Benedict XVI called for peace in Libya and Syria following Sunday’s Regina Coeli. “I continue to follow with great concern the dramatic armed conflict in Libya that has caused a high number of casualties and suffering, especially among the civilian population. I renew an urgent appeal that the paths of negotiation and dialogue prevail over those of violence, with the help of international organizations that are working toward finding a solution to the crisis.”

Other headlines:

  • The federal government today reached its debt ceiling.
  • Rep. Paul Ryan’s op-ed in the Chicago Tribune: “The budget debate we all deserve.”
  • The president of the IMF was arrested for alleging raping a hotel maid in New York. He was the leading presidential candidate in France.
  • Conservative columnist Matt Lewis says Michele Bachmann’s record doesn’t match her Tea Party rhetoric.
  • Similar to Romney, Newt Gingrich supports a law that mandates that all individuals have to purchase health insurance


  • enness

    Actually, I think what’s clear is that it takes a crisis to get some people off their butts. Where are these people who love PP so much the rest of the time?


    Dear Joshua~~ Marine Corps Management Principle No. 3 says “Manage to an end state.” If the end state we desire is a massive decrease in abortions in the US, this story is NOT good news. While it buoys up Gov. Daniels social conservative creds, it now appears that his defunding of PP won’t prevent a single abortion AND it may actually facilitate a few that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Moreover in that, as you know, I believe that the only way to produce a major reduction in abortions is to convince women not to have them AND provide them with support for their “right choice,” I shudder at the idea of PP having another opportunity to play the victim. Best regards, ~~Greg Smith~ PS: Does anyone know if the Pregnant Woman’s Support Act has been reintroduced since Rep. Lincoln Davis left the House?

    • Greg Smith

      ….Also, sence PP can’t use Federal funds for abortion services (Yeah I know the fungability argument) and these donations are surely almost all unrestricted this legislation is begining to look more and more counter productive!

      • Truthful MD

        I disagree respectfully, Greg. Human nature being what it is, people such as those who donate to PP will have temporary zeal for their cause, but it soon dies. Moreover, in this economy when folks who see me as patients have difficulty and reluctance to pay a $20 copay for an office visit, the average person will certainly NOT fund PP instead of their own healthcare, as they are forced to do when PP gets government funds.

        As for health workers, (not just PP) not being able to use federal funds for abortion services, as a healthcare provider on the front lines, I can tell you with impunity and from personal experience that federal monies are indeed used with creative accounting. In fact, as a health care provider, I was privy to web-based information on how one could actually set up an abortion-providing clinic under the new law which very legally used federal funds through billing adjustments and interesting record keeping. And all legal.

        They don’t need federal money. The “health care” they provide is certainly NOT exclusive to them. I sometimes wonder “Hey, am I chopped liver?” when someone says that PP is the only place to get STD checks, PAP tests, etc. I and my colleagues provide such services for sliding fees or free of charge to those who need it, and none of the providers I work for abort children. It is time that the false advertising of PP as the savior of health care for the underpriveledged be put to rest. It simply is. not. true.

  • Davide

    Let them donate to the murdering of unborn children. At least the governor of Indiana had the courage to stop public funding of planned parenthood which they took to court for a injunction which the court refused. We need as prolife folk stop calling it abortion and call it by its true name-the murdering of the yet to be born child. Abortion is the worst kind of murder and offense against the civil rights of another-the right of the child to live. When mothers murder their own offspring we all in big trouble. Sad and disgusting. Forgive typos this website terrible for Blackberry

    • Joshua Mercer

      Davide, we’re planning on a building a more mobile-friendly version of the website. Begging your patience!

  • Michelle

    You’re right, Betty Cockrum. We’ll all know what Scammed Parenthood is about, and those that wish to continue the abhorrent practice of abortion can do so with their own donations and sans our tax dollars.

    • Scott W.

      Exactly. This doesn’t mean that the work to eliminate abortion and its legality is over, but at least those against abortion are materially cooperating with it less. Plus, after making a big political splash. I think those donations will dry up in time.



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