The abortion debate is back with the release of several films secretly made and dishonestly edited. In response, like others of his ilk, Congressman Steve Pearce, arch-conservative Republican from New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, wants an investigation to lead to the defunding of Planned Parenthood (PP). But he will first vote to defund it. In other words: shoot first, and ask (or don’t ask) questions later. Of course, as a Congressman obsessed by the abortion issue, Pearce knows, or should know, everything about PP, but his opposition to it requires that he toss the truth aside.
Pearce knows that the filmmakers are agents of a notorious anti-abortion organization. He knows they misrepresented themselves and their purposes, asked leading questions, took the films surreptitiously, and cut-and-pasted the tapes. He knows that the films were exposed as false and fraudulent the moment when they became public. He knows that they have been edited to misrepresent talk about abortion procedures, and about storage and shipment costs incurred by the recipient, as allowed by law. It says much about Pearce that he accepts such scurrilous materials and acts on it.
Pearce knows that PP’s abortion procedures are medically approved and entirely legal. He knows that PP requires written consent to obtain fetal tissue for medical purposes, as allowed by law. He knows that PP takes special care during abortions to preserve intact tissue for medical research. He knows that PP provides fetal tissue to research facilities at negotiated costs of storage and shipment and does not sell body parts. He knows that 97% of PP’s funding has everything to do with women’s health and nothing to do with abortions, and that the remaining 3% funding for abortions is not paid by any federal funds. It says much about Pearce that he disregards honesty and decency.
Worse, Pearce perverts his responsibilities to represent his constituents. He uses these fraudulent films as pretexts to make the distorted, false, or fraudulent statements in his newsletter to support an anti-abortion positions and decisions satisfying personal religious convictions and to serve political purposes. Instead of informing his constituents so that they can determine and he can represent their interests, he defies the truth to manipulate them and have his way. In this case, he seeks to defund PP—a show of contempt for constituents, especially women, their health, and the truth. Not only does he have more concern for the unborn than the born, but he also aggressively opposes good health in women, does nothing to reduce the number of chosen abortions, and increases the number of natural abortions. For cutting all PP federal funding will not reduce abortions funded by PP's private funds but will increase miscarriages to pregnant women who wish to carry to term. Ironically, in his blind "pro-life" fury against PP, Pearce promotes fewer, not more, births, and, at the same time, jeopardizes the gynecological health of women.
I suggest a vote cutting off his federally funded partisan propaganda.
From Congressman Steve Pearce’s 26 July newsletter:
PEARCE: IT’S TIME TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD
In light of the horrific practices revealed in the past week involving Planned Parenthood (PP), it’s time to not only investigate these gruesome transactions for violations of federal law, but ultimately to end the tax-payer funding of PP’s operations.
According to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, it performed 327,653 abortions in 2013 –while receiving more than $528 million in taxpayer funding. [MISLEADING: no federal funding pays for abortions, all of which are privately funded.] That’s more than $1.4 million per day in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. And, taxpayer funding accounts for 41% of PP revenue despite the fact that PP reports more than $127 million in excess revenue, and more than $1.4 billion in net assets. [IRRELEVANT: None of these figures matter. But it is interesting and important to note that nearly 60% of PP funds come from non-governmental sources—which means that its services are widely appreciated.] It’s bad enough that many hardworking taxpayers are subsidizing the income of the nation’s largest abortion supplier in violation of their beliefs. [IRRELEVANT: the private beliefs of taxpayers, hardworking or not, do not decide public policy in the public interest.] Adding insult to injury, they’re now secretly selling their ability to harvest and supply body parts. [FALSE: PP does not “secretly” do anything, as talking to the imposters, who were acting not only “secretly,” but also deceptively, indicates.]
Two undercover videos circulated by the Center for Medical Progress in the past week point to barbaric practices by abortion suppliers operating under Planned Parenthood: partial birth abortion; altering abortion procedures on women to harvest baby parts, and selling organs and tissue for profit – all implicating serious crimes under federal law and some state codes.? [FALSE: the abortion practices are approved medical procedures, not “barbaric” at all. Last week’s video showed Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research (Dr. Deborah Nucatola) telling actors posing as representatives of a biological tissue company how abortions are being conducted by PP to harvest babies’ tissue and organs. Nucatola admits that her federally-funded network of affiliates is deliberately altering standard abortion procedures to extract baby parts as a profit source. [FALSE: the standard abortion procedures are not altered except to maintain organs intact and not shred them during the procedures.] She says that “reasonable” abortionists will change surgical procedure to get what PP “needs” and suggests a price range of “$30 to $100 per specimen.” [MISLEADING: the parts are not sold; the fees are for costs of storage and transport to the end-user for medical research.]
A second video released this week shows another Planned Parenthood top official (Dr. Mary Gatter) talking about using a “less crunchy” abortion method to salvage intact body parts. Translation: crushing the unborn child in the womb can lead to damaged goods, hurting profit. She also haggles over the price per specimen, darkly joking she “wants a Lamborghini.” [misleading and false: see above comments on this entire paragraph.]
Legislation to defund Planned Parenthood has been introduced - the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134), which I strongly support. In addition, the House Judiciary and Energy & Commerce committees have launched investigations – as have several states. Planned Parenthood and every other entity involved in this inhumane practice will be held accountable to the full extent of the law.