Is Planned Parenthood above the law?

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Is Planned Parenthood above the law?

A story out at the end of last week, Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses Getting Bigger, asserts that “Planned Parenthood broke the $1 billion income threshold for the first time in its last fiscal year and pro-life advocates have often accused the ‘non-profit’ group of an obsession with making money. That appears to be the case …”
Even more shocking is the assertion that this “non-profit” organization may be seeing itself as “above the law” — at least according to researcher and family expert, Maggie Gallagher, who asks the question, “Is Planned Parenthood Above The Law?” 
The article was distributed by Universal Press Syndicate and appeared on on April 22, 2008. 
This is an excerpt from that article:
Planned Parenthood likes to think of itself as above all reproach – a champion of women’s rights and also (as its annual report claims) the nation’s “social justice movement.” 
But this week, in front of Planned Parenthood offices at 1108 16th St. NW in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, a group of black pastors and pro-life activists (joined by two GOP congressmen) will demand a congressional audit of what the group alleges are a pattern of racist practices, funded by taxpayers, at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.
Planned Parenthood’s latest trouble began when a feisty pro-life student magazine called Planned Parenthood offices in seven states, posing as an openly racist donor seeking to make sure his check could be earmarked to abort “a black baby.” 
The resulting phone conversations are horrifying listening. (Judge for yourself by clicking here
According to the group, Planned Parenthood officers in at least four states agreed not only to accept the racists’ check, but to actually earmark the donation for that purpose. 
“The less black kids the better,” the caller tells one Planned Parenthood employee. “For whatever reason we’ll accept the money,” was one typical response.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is promising to spend $10 million this election cycle. 
“These donations come even as Planned Parenthood is defending itself against a range of civil and criminal complaints in several states, and critics charge that the organization is trying to buy influence in Congress,” notes ABC News. 
It’s a smart investment for an affluent organization (a budget surplus of $114 million and assets of more than $1 billion) that gets more than one-third of its income, or almost $337 million in 2006, from the taxpayers.
The current racism charge can’t help but revive memories of a similar sting operation that revealed many Planned Parenthood clinic employees were willing to tell a caller posing as a 13-year-old girl with a 22-year-old boyfriend how she could avoid triggering mandatory child sex abuse reporting requirements at the clinic. 
In each case, Planned Parenthood’s national leaders have responded poorly, seeking to deflect attention away from the behavior of its own employees to the motivations of those who made the phone calls.
I do not believe that Planned Parenthood is explicitly racist (though its founder, Margaret Sanger, certainly was), any more than I believe that Planned Parenthood workers actively want to encourage pedophilia. 
But here’s what we’ve learned: Planned Parenthood is an organization staffed by people committed to the proposition that there is never a good reason not to have, support, fund or perform an abortion. 
In their own minds, their sacred mission to destroy human life puts them above the normal rules and even laws that any minimally decent person (whether pro-choice or pro-life) would recognize.
The Christian Medical Association quotes Claude Allen, Vice President of Gerard Health Foundation and former Domestic Policy Advisor to the President: 

“What is both revealing and disturbing about Planned Parenthood operating above the law is that they do it openly and with the connivance of public officials at every level and branch of government. 

“Nowhere else do we see the rule of law jettisoned by governors, legislators, prosecutors and judges to protect law breakers than we do where Planned Parenthood and other abortionists are threatened with being brought to justice. 

“Ten million dollars (to be spent this election cycle) buys you a lot of friends so that when you have a problem with violating the law, you can call upon them to take care of your problems in much the same manner abortionists say they can take care of a pregnant woman’s problem.

“Doubtless Planned Parenthood makes much of its one billion dollars in annual income off of its abortion services. But truth be told, the vast majority of their resources come from services not related to abortion – birth control, contraceptives, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, etc. 

“Planned Parenthood’s business model targets low-income, black and Latina women, and college students. 

“Hence, while Planned Parenthood has attempted to distance itself from its founder Margaret Sanger and her racist past, Planned Parenthood’s own business model can and should be scrutinized for its racial targeting of blacks for its services including abortion services, even if it is for financial and not racist reasons. 

“Most egregious is the fact that Planned Parenthood does this with the help of taxpayers—300 million dollars each year.”  


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