Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Anti-Choice Advocates Take Aim at Planned Parenthood's Government Funding

Wall St. Journal: Abortion Foes Open a New Front, by Stephanie Simon:

Abortion opponents are pressing state and local governments to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the nonprofit group has plenty of cash and shouldn't be granted scarce public funds at a time of economic crisis.

Planned Parenthood receives about $335 million a year -- a third of its budget -- from government grants and contracts to subsidize contraception, sex education and non-abortion-related health care for poor women and teenagers.

See also: Front Lines (Wall St. Journal blog): Activists Go Undercover at Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood is facing renewed efforts from conservatives to cut off its government contracts and grants, as reported in today’s Journal.

But the nonprofit is also under siege from a new generation of YouTube activists who deploy hidden cameras, tape recorders — and subterfuge — to collect footage they hope will galvanize opposition to the nation’s largest abortion provider.

The most recent entry in this guerilla campaign comes from Lila Rose, a 20-year-old student at the University of California at Los Angeles who apparently has a gift for looking much younger than her years. Ms. Rose visited a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indiana, posing as a 13-year-old girl pregnant by her 31-year-old boyfriend.

For more on the UCLA student's "sting operation" and the issues it raises, see this post: Politicizing Statutory Rape Reporting Requirements.

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