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Tue., April 1, 2008, 9:41 a.m.

Letter: Planned Parenthood and federal funding

On Saturday we printed a letter from Leonard Johnson regarding Baby Nevaeh and her mother's boyfriend:

Planned Parenthood, our nation's leading abortion purveyor and profiteer, has an effective pre-emptive remedy for children in risk of being harmed by their mothers' rotating companions: Kill it in utero. But how can we know which of the many "fatherless" infants, having been permitted to be conceived, should be inhumanely "rescued" in advance by an abortician's dismembering curette from the possibility of brutally violent post-natal assault?

Perhaps Planned Parenthood could use part of its annual federal government subsidy to study that question. Speaking of which, the appropriateness of that taxpayer subsidy is being questioned in Congress, which accounts for the recent flood of letters touting the "good works" of the organization bizarrely named Planned Parenthood.

Today I received a response to that letter from Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest's director of public policy, Jet Tilley:

Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest (PPINW) is a grantee of Title X family planning funds, which are used in all of our health centers to provide birth control and family planning information to low-income people. (...) "Research has shown that every public health dollar spent for contraceptive services saves an average of $3 in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related health care and for medical care of newborns.”

NOTE: No Title X funds are used to provide abortion services. This is expressly forbidden by all Title X grants.

One of the reasons Ms. Tilley responded to me personally, I think, is because it's been less than 30 days since she had a letter published -- and, as Mr. Johnson implied, many other PPINW staff are also still restricted by the 30-day limit.

How different the same things look from opposite sides and supposedly opposite agendas!

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