From the Desk of Richard Chamblee
1) The push has been to defund PP of FEDERAL dollars, not to outlaw PP as a business. In recent news, we have seen the gay community seek to shut down businesses that exercise their right not to do business with them. Why is it okay to say as a society that their refusal to BAKE A CAKE necessitates removal of their livelihood, but removing $500 million of federal funding is too radical in the case of PP profiting from selling fetal cadavers and their parts?
2) The defense has been that removing that $500M will deprive women of health care services, such as mammograms. I thought Obamacare took care of all that? But, a few numbers would put things in perspective:
PP centers in US- 700.
Number licensed to provide mammograms- 0
Abortions performed by PP- 327653 (1in3)
Preganancy centers- 2000+
Licensed mammogram facilities- 8000+
Health clinics- 9000
Women have plenty of options for health care other than PP. A company that defies the law by altering their procedure to obtain body parts SHOULD be defunded, so that we as citizens are not asked to participate in their illegal and barbarous acts. They absolutely resist requiring sonograms to show the mother their child before the abortion, but have no problem using a sonogram to facilitate their monstrous moneymaking practices. They endeavor to tell a woman that her baby is just a fetus and tissue, and useless to her. But it obviously is valuable to PP.
3) The videos were obtained legally, according to the local wiretapping and taping laws. The proponents who defend PP would have no problem with 60 Minutes using hidden video to expose far less, if it furthered their agenda.
4) This debate is over 700 PP locations, and their obvious disregard for federal law prohibiting the alteration in any way of the abortion procedure in order to obtain the body parts of babies. The future has been painted as a vast wasteland for women's health if they shut down, as if those facilities are on every corner. Re-read those numbers in the previous post about healthcare facilities, and you see the ridiculousness of that argument. What services can those 700 locations provide that the other 35K cannot?
5) 700 PP locations- Remember that number. If a woman wants to go to an enclosed mall, there are 1100 in the US. Pancakes at IHOP (1500) and Chipotle burritos (1595) are twice as accessible to women as PP services. Radio Shack, in bankruptcy, have been allowed to keep open 1700 stores! If a woman wants to go to Baskin Robbins for ice cream afterwards, they have 2500 locations. Afterwards, she can use her Curves membership at 3175 gyms. She can go watch a movie at the 5317 theaters in the country. On the way home, she can go to one of the 7049 Starbucks to get a latte. And she can stop to refuel at one of the nation's 11500 gas stations. She can decide to stop at any one of the 12000 local pawn shops to pawn a ring she owns, to pay for any financial needs she might have. Only after visiting every one of these thousands of businesses, would she have visited as many medical facilities that can provide her services, without visiting a single PP clinic. If she went on a whirlwind tour of every McDonald's AND Burger King, she still would not have visited as many places as there are for her to access medical care (14K and 13K, respectively).
6) As a pro-life proponent, I did not think there was something more evil than the act of abortion. I was naive. I know that there are many reasons for a woman to choose to abort her child, and I would try to talk any woman out of making such a decision. But the employees of PP, who prey on these women, to influence them to make such a decision, for their own financial gain? That is monstrous in the extreme. I can literally only think of one parallel. When I visited the Holocaust Museum last summer, I was struck by the statement "Never Again". And in all the evil that I witnessed there, the most evil thing that I saw was an exhibit, an entire room, that contained nothing but the left shoes from those that were exterminated. I knew about the practice of extracting teeth, hair, skin, and other valuables from those they butchered, but this visual staggered me. How can we promise "Never Again!", if we do not recognize the same practices, and eradicate them from our society?
I think all abortions should be illegal. And there are those that disagree with me. This is America, and that is allowed. But how can even abortion proponents defend this barbarism? We also have vegetarians in this country, and we do not expect them to spend money at the 27K fast food places, just because I love a good burger. THEY ARE PRIVATE BUSINESSES. There are, I am sure, plenty of of abortion proponents in this country that can choose to make up the $500M that this defunding would cause. Let's go with that plan, and stop the baby organ economy now.