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Casey Mattox at Townhall (11/3): President Obama apparently has chosen to stake his re-election on abortion, and particularly on Planned Parenthood. He sees abortion as a winning issue if enough women can become convinced that taking federal taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood would somehow harm women’s health. In order to make that case effectively, the administration must convince Americans to view Planned Parenthood not as the nation’s largest abortion seller but as a more sympathetic provider of a broad range of women’s health services. Hence the repeated and blatantly dishonest claims about Planned Parenthood providing mammograms.
Indiana taxpayers forced to fund abortionists| Steve Aden and ACLU attorney on Indiana Public Media Noon Edition
Steven Aden appeared with an ACLU attorney and hosts Bob Zaltsberg & Mary Catherine Carmichael on Indiana Public Media Noon Edition (WFIU) to discuss a recent 7th circuit ruling. | MP3 audio 50:42 mins
The Hill: Planned Parenthood’s advocacy arms have been heavily involved in the presidential election, backing President Obama and spending more than $6.5 million on ads against Romney.
LifeNews: The Planned Parenthood abortion business is putting another $835,000 into its efforts to attack Mitt Romney’s pro-life positions — reaching almost $13 million in its 2012 election efforts for President Obama.
AP: The governor traveled to a health clinic north of Austin on Wednesday to announce that the state is ready to begin a program with only Texas funds starting Thursday. Health and Human Service Commissioner Kyle Janek said the program will not begin operating immediately and may not take effect until the end of the year since Texas expects federal funding to continue at least until Dec. 31 . . . Complicating matters are three lawsuits that remain unresolved.
LifeNews: Christendom College’s pro-life group, Shield of Roses, held its biggest protest in 35 years of its existence this past Saturday. On October 27, over 225 students, faculty, staff, and visitors traveled to Washington, D.C., to peacefully protest abortion at the Planned Parenthood clinic, located just north of the White House, on 16th Street.
Baptist Press: A judge in Austin, Texas, ordered the state Oct. 26 to put a stop for the time being to enforcement of a law that prohibits Planned Parenthood from participating in a women’s health program. State judge Amy Clark Meachum scheduled a Nov. 8 hearing in Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit, in addition to issuing the temporary restraining order, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Americans U. for Life at Life News: “No federal funds pay for abortion,” is Planned Parenthood’s favored response whenever taxpayer funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider is questioned. But even in spite of funding restrictions such as the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid funds from being used directly for abortion (a restriction which Planned Parenthood unequivocally states it “strongly opposes”[i]), Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding subsidizes its abortion practice.
The Hill: So far, six states have passed laws that seek to defund Planned Parenthood on their own — and the courts have blocked all six.
Reuters: A federal appeals court declined on Thursday to reconsider a ruling that would allow Texas to withhold funding for women’s healthcare from Planned Parenthood’s clinics because the organization also performs abortions.
Reuters: Planned Parenthood family planning providers in Texas filed a new lawsuit on Friday over a rule that bars its clinics from a state health program for low-income women because the organization performs abortions . . . The new lawsuit tries a different legal tactic, filing in state rather than federal court, and arguing that the way the Texas rule is written violates state law.
NC Register: Steven Aden, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a public interest group, confirmed the Obama administration’s steady defense of the beleaguered abortion provider. The Alliance Defending Freedom has been engaged in defending state efforts to defund the organization in Arizona, Texas and Indiana, and they are monitoring court cases in Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and elsewhere. The administration “has intervened in court cases in Indiana, Texas and Arizona to state its position that any move to strip dollars from the organization is unconstitutional and against federal law,” stated Aden, who has assisted in the legal defense of Arizona’s law in court. He noted that the administration had employed other strategies for aiding Planned Parenthood affiliates that have been denied Title X funds by state law. “When New Jersey defunded Planned Parenthood, the Obama administration provided federal dollars. In New Hampshire, when the three-person body responsible for state contracts canceled the contracts with Planned Parenthood, the Obama administration moved directly to fund it with federal dollars,” said Aden.
Canada Free Press: Next to Planned Parenthood is Mary’s Choice in Sioux City, Iowa—a women’s resource center designed to help guide, clothe, support, and counsel women who are pregnant and are confused about which way to go. Mary’s Choice was conceived, financed, and built through the efforts of wonderful volunteers and contributors united in their respect for life and devoted to helping mothers and their unborn children. Mary’s Choice is the polar opposite of the Death Camp across the street just meters away. Mary’s Choice is a place of hope, devotion to the unborn and founded not to take but to preserve life. And it has always been a thorn in the side of Planned Parenthood for that very reason.
The Hill: A leading anti-abortion-rights group slammed President Obama Thursday for saying Planned Parenthood provides mammograms when the group provides only referrals for the procedure.
Troy Newman at LifeNews: Sometime yesterday, our latest video exposing a recent rash of medical emergencies at Obama-fund Planned Parenthood abortion clinics disappeared from YouTube. We are not sure why. We did not get the usual notice that it had been removed by YouTube. The video just disappeared.
LifeNews: Actually, government grants and funding to Planned Parenthood in the last reported year 2009-2010 was $487.4 million—and so far $12 million from the non-profit has been given to re-elect President Obama. That’s right. This organization that cares so much about your cervix cares more about it’s proverbial booty.
Baptist Press: A pro-life lawyer criticized the decision. “The will of Indiana taxpayers to close loopholes so that their money isn’t used to fund the operations of abortion sellers should be respected,” said Steven Aden, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, in a written statement. “During these tough economic times, it makes no sense to contradict the will of the people of Indiana, who don’t believe abortionists deserve to receive government funding.”
NY Daily News: Ted Clair was stabbed seven times in the abdomen and neck during a fight with Christopher Tolhurst, who had signs denouncing abortion and Planned Parenthood, officials said.
First Things: Why doesn’t Planned Parenthood just offer mammograms? Doing so would do real good while saving their public defenders from credibility diminishing lies.
LifeNews (embedded video): Live Action has released a new undercover video today showing officials with the Planned Parenthood abortion business lying about how women have been victimized by botched abortions at its centers.
LifeNews: The Planned Parenthood abortion business is attacking Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock today over his comments on rape and abortion in last night’s debate. But the abortion business has repeatedly covered up actual or alleged cases of child rape.
“The will of Indiana taxpayers to close loopholes so that their money isn’t used to fund the operations of abortion sellers should be respected. During these tough economic times, it makes no sense to contradict the will of the people of Indiana, who don’t believe abortionists deserve to receive government funding.”
Washington Post (AP): A federal appeals court has ruled that Indiana can’t cut off funding for Planned Parenthood just because the organization provides abortions. | ACLU press release | Planned Parenthood of Indiana v. Indiana Dept. of Health | LifeNews: Appeals Court Says Indiana Can’t De-Fund Planned Parenthood – “Three pro-life legal groups have weighed in on the case— including the American Center for Law and Justice, Alliance Defense Fund and Thomas More Society — and they have said the law is constitutional.”
Jennifer Harper at Washington Times: “President Obama needs to get the facts straight. He touts Planned Parenthood as a leading health care provider but in truth it is America’s largest abortion business — and does not perform mammograms. This oft-repeated myth has been repeatedly debunked and it’s time the president stop misleading the American people in an effort to buoy his top political ally,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, who says the most recent proof of it all came from Casey Mattox, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
CNSNews: The Alliance Defense Fund asked in an April 2 FOIA request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for “All currently active certificates to operate a mammography facility issued by the FDA or by any state or entity designated to provide such certificates by the FDA for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, any affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any entity whose name included ‘Planned Parenthood.’”
LifeSiteNews: Yesterday was the 96th anniversary of the founding of Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the United States. To mark the occasion, a group called Protecting Black Life has released an interactive map that uses the latest census data to show how the abortion provider apparently targets minority neighborhoods with its abortion clinics.
LifeNews: Thanks to a cut in taxpayer funding, the Planned Parenthood abortion business has announced it will close one of its abortion clinics, that operates in Abilene, Texas.
In Debate, Obama Accuses Planned Parenthood of Violating Women’s Health Law | Casey Mattox at Townhall
Casey Mattox at Townhall: In Tuesday’s presidential debate and the latest issue ofGlamour magazine, President Obama stumbled into accusing one of his campaign’s largest benefactors—Planned Parenthood—of serially violating a federal women’s health law designed to protect breast cancer patients by claiming that the abortion giant provides mammograms even though it has no license to do so. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
There he goes again: Obama repeats false claim that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms | Alliance Defending Freedom
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who are currently litigating multiple lawsuits against Planned Parenthood for alleged fraud and misuse of taxpayer Medicaid dollars are pointing out that President Obama’s claim that the abortion giant provides mammograms is false.
LifeNews: President Barack Obama has, once again, misled Americans when it comes to the issue of Planned Parenthood and what legitimate health care it does or doesn’t provide. During Tuesday night’s debate, Obama falsely claimed the abortion company does mammograms. It does not.
LifeNews: As Planned Parenthood marks its 96th anniversary today, new research shows the abortion business targets blacks and Hispanics by putting 79% of its abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods.
ProLifeBlogs: A lawsuit filed on September 5, 2012, shows evidence that Planned Parenthood of Boston botched an abortion on a patient that caused her to be transported to a local hospital three hours later. This is the third known medical emergency at Planned Parenthood of Boston since January of last year.
Rebecca Downs at LiveActionNews: How many times do we have to go through this? Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms! Live Action News has already posted several articles reminding people of this fact, with articles such as this, this,this, this, and this. Other news sites have also reported on it. Casey Mattox, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, even wrote a piece sharing that the Obama administration has stated that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms. In fact, as Mattox also states in the article, since no Planned Parenthood facility is authorized to perform mammograms, if any such facility were to do so, it would be violating federal law.
LifeNews: The University of Texas in Houston School of Public Health (UTSPH) has removed evidence from its website showing Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast as its “partner agency.” The removal comes after STOPP revealed last week that the UT Prevention Research Center is partnering with Planned Parenthood in its core activity, “the diffusion of effective health promotion programs to health and education agencies, and the provision of training to health agency professionals to develop and evaluate effective health promotion programs locally and nationally.”
Weekly Standard: In the spin room following the debate, I asked top Obama officials, as well as Planned Parenthood chief Cecille Richards, if Obama’s position on abortion is as extreme as what Ryan claimed. The Obama campaign denied the president favored abortion without restriction, but top Obama officials Jim Messina, Stephanie Cutter, and David Axelrod could not name a single restriction the president supports.
LifeNews: “But by executive order, not by legislation, he would reinstate the so-called Mexico City policy that bans U.S. foreign aid dollars from being used to do abortions, he said,” the newspaper reported.
Liberty Counsel: Today, Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief at the federal court of appeals in support of defunding Planned Parenthood. At issue is an Arizona law barring public funding for abortion clinics and doctors.
LifeNews: In Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. State of Alaska, the Superior Court for the State of Alaska ruled that the parental notification law, which requires an abortion provider to give notice to a parent or guardian before performing an abortion on a minor, does not violate the state’s constitution. The court also upheld provisions requiring that the parent or guardian provide valid identification and providing for criminal penalties for those who violate the law.
LifeSiteNews: Operation Rescue has been informed by the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator that ethics complaints filed against Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe have been docketed and will be investigated.
LifeNews: The Virginia Coalition for Life, in partnership with The Radiance Foundation, has launched a bold ad campaign to challenge the abortion industry and the culture of fatherlessness that it has fostered. Throughout October in the Hampton Roads area, 21 billboards and over 100 bus and light rail posters will declare the message: “Fatherhood Begins in the Womb: TooManyAborted.com/VA.”
Life News: The Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta has instructed its staff, schools and affiliated groups to stop funding the Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity because it sends funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
The hearing concerns a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood against H.B. 2800, the “Whole Woman’s Healthcare Funding Prioritization Act,” which closes loopholes that allowed taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and prioritizes family planning funds to health care entities that best provide comprehensive health care to women. The hearing will consider Planned Parenthood’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the law, as well as the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
Susan B. Anthony List: Today, the national pro-life Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) slammed a brief filed by the Department of Justice aimed at overturning Arizona’s Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act (HB 2800). The law, co-authored by the SBA List and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), defunds abortion providers of state family planning funds. Family planning funds are prioritized away from abortion-centered businesses like Planned Parenthood to entities that provide comprehensive health care. Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2800 into law in May. The law was challenged by Planned Parenthood and is before the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
LifeNews: The Obama administration is using the state of Arizona and claiming that its new law revoking taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business runs afoul of federal laws.
Washington Post: In defense of his assertion, Akin’s campaign released a statement Tuesday from Abby Johnson, a former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who quit in 2009 and now speaks against abortion. “I can attest that when I served as director of Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, we often scared women into getting services they did not need — including abortion — so we could collect the fees. This included women who were not pregnant and women who were in the process of miscarrying,” Johnson said in the written statement.
“Planned Parenthood should not be experimenting with women’s lives by using abortion drugs in a way not approved by the FDA–especially when at least 14 women have died in recent years from using RU-486. Once again, Planned Parenthood has demonstrated that it is more concerned with its bottom line than with the health and safety of women.”
Orlando Sentinel: A battle among religious groups, abortion providers and conservative politicians over taxpayer support of abortions is drawing big checks this election season — despite the fact that Florida doesn’t spend tax dollars on abortion services now.
The Columbus Dispatch: A report released by the Ohio Department of Health yesterday doesn’t say why fewer abortions were performed last year but noted a sharp drop in use of the abortion pill, which had been an increasingly common method of terminating early pregnancies.
Cantonrep.com: The legislation banned the use of RU-486, or mifepristone, to induce abortion unless prescribed by a doctor in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.| Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region v. DeWine, No. 11-4062
AL.com: Several groups opposed to abortion have filed a complaint calling for the Alabama Department of Public Health to revoke the license of Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, alleging two abortions performed while the clinic was on state probation in 2010 resulted in severe medical problems.
LifeNews: The president of United Airlines is hosting a gala fundraiser for a Texas-based affiliate of the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Sacramento Bee: An anti-abortion group has filed an ethics complaint against Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt over the dismissal of a criminal case against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic.
AZ Daily Sun: A new report shows a sharp increase in the number of Arizona women having abortions last year. Figures from the Department of Health Services put total abortions for Arizona women at 13,606. That is a 25 percent jump from 2010.
LifeNews: The Virginia Board of Health voted 13-2 to approve broad, new regulations on abortion clinics that holds them accountable for abuses and makes them abide by the same kinds of standards that cover legitimate medical centers.
Casey Mattox at Townhall: Remember just a decade or so ago when the mantra of the abortion industry was that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare?” It was even in the Democrat Party platform for a while. It seemed part of an effort to brand abortionists like Planned Parenthood as reluctant facilitators of a necessary evil instead of owner/operators of a thriving billion dollar industry. Those days are gone.
Pilot Online: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has threatened Board of Health members that they could be denied state legal counsel and have to pay for their own defense if they again disregard his advice about relaxing controversial abortion clinic rules and litigation ensues.
LifeNews: More revelations are coming out from the new book Planned Bullyhood, written by Karen Handel, the former vice president for Komen for the Cure. The latest revelation has the head of the Democratic Party pressuring Komen to fund America’s biggest abortion business.
LifeNews: New information is coming to light showing the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is apparently trying to cover up the fact that a Planned Parenthood clinic killed a patient in a botched abortion.
MN Public Radio: You can add Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to the mix of organizations working to defeat two constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall. The group has created two political funds it will use to work against the marriage amendment, which seeks to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and the voter ID amendment, which would require voters to show photo identification at the polls . . .
Wall Street Journal: The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is making one of the largest ad buys in its history, buying $3.2 million TV time in the battleground states of Virginia and Ohio, saying Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is bad for women’s health.
Findlaw: Planned Parenthood isn’t quite finished with its challenge to a Texas law that defunds the organization within the Lone Star State. On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for en banc rehearing of a three-judge panel’s decision in Planned Parenthood Association, et al v. Thomas Suehs. The panel ruled last month that Texas can block Women’s Health Program (WHP) funding to Planned Parenthood and other healthcare providers that offer abortions.
LifeNews: Karen Handel, former Senior Vice President for the breast cancer group Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the author of a new book, Planned Bullyhood. Hitting bookshelves tomorrow, the new book is a behind-the-scenes exposé of Planned Parenthood’s ruthless, orchestrated efforts to take down Komen in February for making a decision to revoke its funding for the abortion business.
“Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it. The Illinois case is just the tip of the iceberg, as our lawsuits against Planned Parenthood in Texas and Iowa demonstrate. Planned Parenthood isn’t entitled to any public funds, especially if it is defrauding Medicaid and the American taxpayer. People may hold different views about abortion, but everyone can agree that Planned Parenthood should play by the same rules as everyone else.”
Chicago Tribune: Planned Parenthood asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to reconsider a ruling that would allow Texas to exclude it from a health program for low-income women
Business Week: State lawmakers, hospital system administrators and dozens of women urged Texas officials Tuesday not to sever funding to Planned Parenthood under a law barring state support for clinics affiliated with abortion providers.
Steve Aden at LifeNews: All this effort, all this money, all lined up to perpetuate and protect the culture of death. Planned Parenthood needs to explain where their portion of the money is coming from. Is it part of the nearly half-a-billion dollars the federal government gave them for clinic operations last year? If it is, then we have a situation where a leftist administration is giving federal taxpayer dollars to a leftist organization that, in turn, is using that money to keep the administration in power. Seems questionable, doesn’t it?
CBS (includes video): While the national GOP is trying to tamp down the abortion issue after Mo. Rep. Todd Akin’s controversial comments, it’s growing on the local level.
LifeSiteNews: Ferman told the Kitsap Sun his decision to fight the charge, while not “easy,” had been “morally correct.”
LifeNews: Tonya Reaves died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on July 20 after emergency medical personnel took her there from Planned Parenthood following a failed abortion. at a Planned Parenthood clinic located at 18 S. Michigan Ave, according to the at a Planned Parenthood clinic located at 18 S. Michigan Ave.
LifeNews: The biggest abortion business in the nation is prepared to spend heavily to ensure the hundreds of millions it receives in federal funding continues, by launching an aggressive attack on presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for abortions or abortion advocacy. The court’s decision against the position of Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration again demonstrates that abortionists and their political allies are bluffing when they say that states cannot stop taxpayer funding from being used to subsidize abortions, whether directly or indirectly. The court has done the right thing in upholding the right of Texas to exclude this kind of funding from the program, especially for organizations like Planned Parenthood, which is currently under investigation by Congress for fraud.”
LifeNews: The president of the nation’s biggest abortion business will be a featured speaker at the Democratic convention that will be held in September to nomination pro-abortion President Barack Obama for another four-year term.