Planned Parenthood: a Non-Political Political Organization?

As Planned Parenthood’s health services and client figures continue to decline every year, their involvement in the political system continues to expand. And that’s not all.

On February 27 it was reported by Buzzfeed News that Planned Parenthood was getting involved in the gun control debate. Planned Parenthood has pledged their support to the March for our Lives event on March 24.

CNN reported on March 1 that Planned Parenthood is planning on spending $20 million in eight battleground states as part of their 2018 election plan, including Michigan.

And then on March 8, the Government Accountability Office (GAO ) released a report to Congress showing that the abortion industry received more than $1.5 billion in federal tax funding and federal-state matching funding from 2013 to 2015. That includes Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Marie Stopes International.

Can you imagine the outcry if the National Rifle Association received $500 million taxpayer dollars a year for hosting gun safety trainings? Would that fact not be reported on a near-constant basis? What about National Right to Life? The howling would be deafening and unending.

Here’s a question that’s not been properly discussed lately: what does a women’s healthcare provider have to do with gun control? If Planned Parenthood’s mission is simply to provide healthcare to women, why get involved in other political issues?

Their mission creep goes beyond gun control. In the last year Planned Parenthood has involved itself in nearly every major public policy issue. They’ve been lobbying and making public statements on immigration laws, tax laws, and even telecommunication regulatory policy. Planned Parenthood is a de facto political party now; they have a platform that extends to every major policy issue.

It’s perverse to see a major political player receive an incredible chunk of their budget from the taxpayers. Without your tax dollars, Planned Parenthood would have to drastically rethink their business model. Your money affords Planned Parenthood the opportunity to spend $20 million on elections you vote in and lobby your legislators about what Planned Parenthood thinks your tax rates should be.

Planned Parenthood is treating the U.S. Treasury as a political slush fund to help them flex their muscles into every aspect of your life. Even people who don’t necessarily object to taxpayer funding of the abortion industry should be concerned about the terrible precedent continued tax funding creates for our national politics.