California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was joined by an alliance of 20 additional states and the District of Columbia in filing federal lawsuits challenging changes to the Title X family planning program that would deny tens of millions in funds to abortion providers, the Jurist reported
Becerra filed his lawsuit Monday in a San Francisco U.S. District Court; the alliance of states filed theirs Tuesday in a Eugene, Oregon, U.S. District court. Both are within the left-leaning U.S. Ninth Circuit Court system.
The plaintiffs in both actions are seeking to enjoin the Trump administration from implementing a rule that provides “none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”
Hardest hit would be Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) — and it’s about time. Here’s why:
Cover up of sexual abuse of minors: Last year Live Action, a nonprofit pro-life advocacy and investigative organization, reported that Planned Parenthood was complicit in human sex trafficking, including the sexual abuse of minors.
Live Action was first alerted to this by a Loyola University (Chicago) study that indicated sex traffickers would take abused children to PPFA clinics for abortions “because they didn’t ask any questions,” as one survivor said.
This problem originally arose in 2011, and the abortion provider promised to train its employees to recognize signs of sex trafficking and abuse. They didn’t.
When former Texas Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Treviño asked a trainer when they would cover this area, she was told they wouldn’t.
“[The trainer] immediately shot me down and she said, ‘We’re not here to talk about that [identifying sexual abuse victims], Ramona. We’re here to teach you how to identify if you’re being videotaped or recorded or entrapped in any way,’” Treviño said.
PPFA was less concerned with identifying sexual abusers than it was getting caught covering for sexual abusers.
A new Title X rule was drafted to force Planned Parenthood employees to stop covering up for sexual abuse.
Now for the real jaw-dropper: Planned Parenthood organized demonstrations against the Title X reporting requirement, although it repeatedly says that its primary focus is on women’s health.
Meanwhile, Michigan ER nurse Danielle Jordan Bastein developed a screening protocol to identify human traffickers while she was still a student at Wayne State University. The difference between Bastein and PPFA is that the young nursing student actually wanted to ferret out abusers; PPFA has no interest.
Baby parts for sale: The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a pro-life activist and investigative organization, released numerous undercover videos in 2015 depicting Planned Parenthood employees selling the parts of aborted children to researchers.
The group also claimed that PPFA often changed the timing (including up to partial birth abortions) and method of procedures in order to harvest the maximum amount of salable tissue.
After the recordings became more-and-more damning, CMP was made to be the villain and it was ordered to stop releasing them.
Although Planned Parenthood vehemently denied all the allegations raised against it, in December 2017 two of its partners in the body parts harvesting scheme — DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics — reached a $7.8-million settlement with the Orange County (Calif.) district attorney’s office.
So far Planned Parenthood has been held blameless.
Free mammograms: Planned Parenthood’s fallback argument has always been that without them, vital women’s health services, including mammograms, would no longer be available.
The Washington Post called them out on that claim in 2015. It reported that then-PPFA president Cecile Richards offered a parade of imaginary horribles in 2011 if Congress were to cut funding.
“What’s going to happen as a result of this is, if this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access — not to abortion services, but basic family planning. You know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer.”
The Post observed that PPFA acts as a middleman for mammograms, gave it three Pinocchios, and said it was time for the organization to stop with this nonsense.
The left casts blame for every shooting on the National Rifle Association, yet the NRA isn’t responsible for a single killing. PPFA, on the other hand, killed 332,757 human lives last year.
It’s time to end this madness.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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