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Pro-Life Leader Urges Trump and Congress to Defund Planned Parenthood ASAP

The public financing of abortion is 'corrupt' and 'wrong'

Americans are sharply divided on abortion, and as the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh clearly demonstrated, the partisan acrimony on this issue shows little sign of abating.

With Democrats set to take control of the House of Representatives, Live Action president Lila Rose is urging President Donald Trump and pro-life members of Congress to fulfill their campaign promises to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer money before January, when the lower chamber turns over to a pro-abortion, pro-choice majority.

“This administration has delivered on several of its pro-life campaign promises. One of the president’s most important campaign pledges was to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood of the over $500 million taxpayers are forced to give it annually,” said Rose in a statement to the media on Wednesday.

“Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in the U.S. and while receiving taxpayer funds,” it profits on a daily basis “from the deaths of 900 pre-born children killed in its facilities,” she added.

“The corporation is currently under DOJ [Department of Justice] investigation for the sale of aborted baby body parts, and regularly lobbies for taxpayer funding of abortions, as well as the repeal of all restrictions on abortions, including restrictions on elective late-term abortions. The CDC reports abortion numbers are declining, but Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortions continues to expand.”

Rose also noted that the $500 million that taxpayers are forced to hand over to Planned Parenthood allows the abortion provider’s donors to direct their contributions to the organization’s political arms — which actively spend millions to elect pro-abortion candidates that keep the taxpayer funding flowing.

“It’s corrupt. It’s wrong. And it needs to stop,” she said.

“We implore the president to send a message to Congress that this immoral and abusive corporation will no longer be funded by taxpayers,” added Rose. “We ask the president to veto any funding bill that does not explicitly defund Planned Parenthood. To save the lives of innocent children and to end this corrupt bargain between Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion politicians, the president must follow through on his campaign pledge.”

Based in Arlington, Virginia, Live Action, a national nonprofit, also sent a letter to the White House last week reminding the administration of the reasons to defund Planned Parenthood.

The abortion giant’s annual report reveals that 321,384 abortions were performed in 2016-2017 — a slight decrease from the 328,348 abortions performed the year before. But since 2006, the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood has increased by nearly 11 percent annually.

And while Rose, a staunch defender of life in the womb, is dedicated to exposing the horrific truths about abortion, newly minted Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen, a Chinese immigrant, is doubling down on her efforts to cast reproductive health as health care — while fearmongering at the same time.

Wen clearly needs reminding that terminating the life of a child inside the womb should never be equated with routine wellness visits.

“Over the past century, Planned Parenthood has done so much to bring reproductive health care to millions of people,” wrote Wen, a former ER doctor, in an opinion piece for CNN earlier this week. “With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the right to safe, legal abortion is on the line like never before.”

She added, “It’s 2018, and we’re still debating birth control! Nine out of 10 women will use contraceptives at some point in her lifetime. It’s standard health care. Just like breast exams. Just like well-woman exams. Just like abortion, which, like birth control, is recognized in medicine to be part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care,” she said.

Wen clearly needs reminding that terminating the life of a child inside the womb should never be equated with routine wellness visits — and that abortion is not part of “standard health care.”

Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.