Thursday, July 22, 2010

Planned Parenthood: Bad for the Budget Town Hall Budget Meeting in Everett Last Night

I attended the governor's town hall budget meeting in Everett Last Night.

Planned Parenthood send over a bevy of young things in pink t-shirts to adovcate for making sure the government continues to fund pills and contraptions and abortions for the state's youth. The young college student who spoke explained how she needed to make sure she was able to get her pills through Planned Parenthood.

The last time I checked, helping college students have sex wasn't a critical government service.

Pro-lifers were well represented and Ed Mohs of the Everett 40 Days for Life Campaign got on the list to speak.

Several points he made to the governor and her board of advisors and need repeating:
-Abortion is not health care.
-Abortion and contraception do not save money.
-Contraception does not prevent abortion.
-Specifically the state should immediately defund any and all Planned Parenthood family planning programs and cease funding abortions ($7 million) and the transportation to those abortion appointments.

We'd also like to point out that the Take Charge program has been a complete failure. Our expose on this program uncovered the fact that:
When the program began, the state was paying out $200 million a year for childbirth services under Medicaid. That figure has shot up 50%, to $300 million under the program.
The state’s primary subcontractor for Take Charge, Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, has seen their annual revenues skyrocket from about $17 million to near $35 million since the program was started. According to Planned Parenthood of Western Washington’s latest Annual Report, “Over the previous 5-year period, approximately 70% of our clinic visits were covered by Take Charge." The state is then left to cover the cost of an abortion or a Medicaid birth.

It's time to cut-off Planned Parenthood.

Federal law requires that this program be revenue neutral, i.e. the money spent on government provided birth control must be offset by the savings in births avoided. No data or officials responsible for monitoring the program have demonstrated that to be the case with Take Charge.

These costs don’t even take into account the cost of treating sexually transmitted diseases that are promoted through Planned Parenthood’s free-for-all approach to sexuality. Neither does it account for treating the negative side-effects of abortion and contraceptive use such as cancers of the reproductive organs, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, depression and increased drug and alcohol use.

Planned Parenthood only provides testing to diagnose STDs and cancer. They never pay a cent for treating these conditions.

Where will the money come from to treat those problems?


Dino Rossi: Not the Pro-Life Choice

Dino Rossi, one of the challengers to Democrat incumbent Patty Murray, is widely believed to be "pro-life" and "opposed to abortion".

It's time we examined the veracity of that rumor.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Washington State Capitulates, Recognizes Pharmacists' Conscience Rights

Something for the "We told you so file":

From the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Jul 7, 2010

Washington State Capitulates, Recognizes Pharmacists' Conscience Rights

This afternoon, less than two weeks before the start of a civil rights trial in Tacoma federal court, attorneys for the State of Washington told a federal judge that the State would seek to create new rules for pharmacists with conscientious objections. The new regulations would give the plaintiffs in the lawsuit--the owners of Ralph's Thriftway pharmacy and two pharmacists--what they've wanted all along: the right to refuse to stock or dispense Plan B (the so-called "morning after pill") based on their conscientious objection.