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GAO report sheds light on “Planned Parenthood”

Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

For about a decade, many Americans have heard about the good and mostly the bad things that take place through the nonprofit, taxpayer supported group “Planned Parenthood.”
It has been well publicized over the years that the group, while using our American tax dollars, has used its funds for what is known as “family planning.”
This program also gives an option for mothers-to-be to abort their unborn children.
For many years, Christians have struggled with the fact that their taxpaying dollars are going towards the destruction of human life.
After a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report was recently released, those struggles just became worse.
According to the GAO, $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars funded “Planned Parenthood” from 2010-2012.
The government report also showed that the group spent four times of the money allotted for maternal and child health on “family planning.”
In the Planned Parenthood Federation of America report earlier this year, it shows the group performed 327,653 abortions nationwide during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The total is up from the year before when the group assisted with 327,166 abortions.
In comparison, there were just 1,880 adoption referrals, which was down 14% from 2012.
The ratio then becomes 174 abortions to every one adoption referral.
The reason the latest GAO report has been released was due to a list of more than 70 Congressmen who have submitted requests on how federal funds endowed by Title X and other provisions were being spent.
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) was among a group who submitted the request.
U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued a statement in response to the GAO report.
“It is unconscionable that the federal government would fund Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups which prefer profit over life,” Hartzler said in a news release.
“Like a majority of the American people, I stand for life – born or unborn – and it is an affront to us when we see our hard-earned tax dollars going to groups that end innocent lives.
Simply put, under no circumstances should the federal government use taxpayer dollars to be an accessory to abortion.”
As a Christian, reading this report troubles me.
I hate that the government has put me in a position to where I must pay my taxes, meanwhile, that same money is being used to go against what my Bible teaches in how we should treat human life.
I think it is time for our government officials to see to it that Planned Parenthood can no longer use taxpayer funding to provide or encourage abortions.
In fact, it’s past time for the group to be operating on its own.
It’s heartbreaking that my taxpaying dollars are being used for the murdering of more than 300,000 innocent babies per year.
This shouldn’t be happening but it is.
It makes me sick and makes me feel like some of their blood is on my hands.
I don’t like that feeling…