Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Planned Parenthood Goes on the Defense

Planned Parenthood is not the bad guy. We have been doing everything we can to absorb these costs and remedy the situation as long as we could.

Touchy. Touchy. It seems as though Christine Charbonneau, president/CEO of Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, is getting some scrutiny after pulling out of Cowlitz County. (She makes $226,000 a year and is the sixth highest paid CEO of a non-profit in the Seattle area.)

At least she doesn't mention the "Take Charge" program and the cuts that didn't happen.

Let's review what we know about Planned Parenthood lest anyone think this noble non-profit is limping along to make ends meet in a valiant effort to treat STDs.

Planned Parenthood of Western Washington is rich. We've covered their local accounting here.

In 2002 Planned Parenthood of Western Washington was listed as the fourth richest Planned Parenthood in the entire nation.

Please keep in mind, there is no designated state or federal funding for testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

Planned Parenthood doesn't need state or federal money to provide STD testing and treatment services. Places like Carenet and Life Choices and other non-profits struggle everyday to help teens and others with unplanned pregnancies and STDs at no charge and with no government money. On top of it all these places are ususally hounded, put down, and disparaged by Planned Parenthood, the state of Washington, and the powers that be.

...Title X, our nation's source of federal family planning funding, has not gotten a raise in over 25 years.
But Planned Parenthood has gotten a raise. Between 1987 and 2003 their funding increased every year.

Coming next...How Planned Parenthood is responsible for the rise in STDs.

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