Former Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline testified earlier this year that the Planned Parenthood of Overland Park, with help from the deceased late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, has performed 166 abortions on girls 14 years old or younger. They concealed all but two of these, allowing 164 statutory rapes to go unnoticed.
A Kansas ethics panel cited a conflict of interest in his investigation of the nation’s largest abortion provider, saying that he has “strong anti-abortion beliefs,” though it did clear him of wrongdoing. Even though he was cleared already, Planned Parenthood and other liberals are still calling for his disbarment. Because he misled government agencies in order to uncover a horrible cover-up perpetrated by Planned Parenthood, Democrats have labeled him as corrupt. There are two major problems arising from this situation.
Let me start off by saying that Kline did have the right to deceive other state agencies as part of his investigation into the abortion clinics. The case Hoffa v. United States established that “evidence obtained by the government by means of deceptively placing a secret informer in the quarters and councils of a defendant” did not amount to any misconduct on behalf of the government. The fact that he was investigated for doing his job — protecting the innocent — is the first problem.
The second problem is that Planned Parenthood is still receiving funding from the United States federal government, even after what Kline exposed. Lila Rose, a pro-life activist, released videos of Planned Parenthood clinic workers offering advice about how to procure abortions and contraceptives for underage prostitutes to a man acting as a pimp. Rep. Mike Pence (R -Ind.) tried to strip Planned Parenthood of government funding via the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. The act prohibits funding an entity unless it agrees that it “will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion.”
Two months ago, this bill passed a vote in the House of Representatives, but a few weeks ago, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that a “Republican proposal seeking to ban taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood will not be part of any agreement to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.” The Senate rejected the spending bill and the abortion funding amendment. Democratic senators refuse to do what is best for America and what is morally right because Planned Parenthood has a strong lobbying presence.
Planned Parenthood does not stop at lobbying for or against laws, though. If a law passes that it doesn’t like, it unashamedly exploits loopholes. A recently revised Alaska statute made underage girls receive their parents’ consent at least 48 hours before getting an abortion. The Planned Parenthood website now reads, “You don’t need permission from your parents or guardians. It’s your right to get these health services confidentially — the health center or doctor cannot tell anyone why you were there unless you say it’s OK.” Planned Parenthood has found a way around the new law.
A provision in the law states that consent is not required “if the minor is the victim of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or a pattern of emotional abuse by one or both of the minor’s parents.”
Just like the advice Planned Parenthood workers offered Lila Rose’s “pimp,” this advice is meant to undermine our legal system. Planned Parenthood should be shut down immediately.
Planned Parenthood received $363 million in federal funding this past year alone, so the recent amendment proposed by Pence and the multiple state level initiatives targeting it have pushed it into a corner. It is for this reason that they are now calling for former Attorney General Kline’s disbarment and lobbying senators more heavily. While they are doing that, Planned Parenthood is also finding ways around laws put in place to bring statutory rapists to justice and protect the unborn.
I pray to God that the Republicans take back the executive branch and the Senate in 2012 so that the government can deliver this monstrous organization a deathblow.