Over 100 U.S. Mayors Join Letter Opposing Defunding of Planned Parenthood

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WASHINGTON — Over 100 U.S. mayors recently added their names to a joint letter expressing opposition to defunding the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood.

The correspondence was addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

“We the undersigned mayors lead over 100 cities across the United States, representing big cities as well as rural areas and more than 30 million Americans. We write on behalf of these communities and families, and strongly oppose any legislation to ‘defund’ and shut down Planned Parenthood health centers,” it read.

“Defunding Planned Parenthood would have a devastating effect, preventing millions of people with Medicaid coverage from accessing basic health care including birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers,” the letter asserted.

The mayors contended that community health centers will not be able to handle the volume of traffic from Planned Parenthood if the organization were defunded.

“The reality is that if this blatant attack on health care access is passed by Congress, people will lose access to care because there are simply not enough health care providers to meet the need,” they stated. “In fact, despite false assertions, public health experts have resoundly said that community health centers could not absorb the flood of patients defunding Planned Parenthood would cause.”

The letter also claimed that the mayors know what is best for women in their area and how much they depend on Planned Parenthood.

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“No one knows better than mayors how devastating it would be to take away health care and preventive services from this many people,” it asserted. “People go to Planned Parenthood because they know they will find health care professionals who are compassionate experts dedicated to reproductive and preventive health care. We know our communities, and we know they rely on the trusted care of Planned Parenthood.”

Signees included Mayors Mark Mitchell of Tempe, Arizona;  Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California; Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.; Buddy Dyer of Orlando, Florida; Martin Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts; Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, Maryland; Ethan Strimling of Portland, Maryland; Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte, North Carolina; Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas; Bill de Blasio of New York, New York; John Cranley of Cincinnati, Ohio; Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Michael Rawlings of Dallas, Texas.

Click here to read the full list, provided at the end of the letter.

As previously reported, Planned Parenthood’s newly-released annual report shows that the number of abortions performed by the organization last year were the highest since 2011, while the number of women using Planned Parenthood’s services in general continues to be the lowest in a decade.

The group’s tally showed that Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and 2.8 million people were provided with contraceptives or other forms of birth control, down nearly one million from 2012 (2.9 million in 2014, 3.5 million in 2013 and 3.7 million in 2012).

While the provision of contraceptives was down and abortion was up, the organization’s taxpayer funding was also up to $554 million from $553 million the year before, and $528 million in 2013, which equated to 41 percent of its total income. It also received $257 million in private contributions.

$45 million of Planned Parenthood’s income was used for sex education—down three million from the year prior—and $38 million was used for public policy, or to influence abortion legislation. Despite its expenditures, it still garnered a $77 million dollar profit, labeled as “excess of revenue,” up from $58 million in 2014.


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  • TheLastHonestLawyer

    Good!

  • Jason Todd

    “Defunding Planned Parenthood would have a devastating effect, preventing millions of people with Medicaid coverage from accessing basic health care including birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers,” the letter asserted.

    The mayors contended that community health centers will not be able to handle the volume of traffic from Planned Parenthood if the organization were defunded.

    This is nothing but a pack of lies.

    1) Community heath centers would be overwhelmed if Planned Parenthood was forced to close its doors due to a lack of public funding? I happen to know for a fact there are already a lot of PP clinics across America that have closed, and not due to lack of taxpayer dollars. Has anyone stopped to ask the centers left standing if their clientele has increased as a result? My money says no and no.

    Further, you don’t need Planned Parenthood or a community health center to obtain birth control. You can get it over the counter at CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart and most grocery stores.

    2) Planned Parenthood doesn’t do cancer screenings; certainly not mammograms. Live Action posted a YouTube video proving this years ago, and yet this baldfaced lie continues to be evoked.

    The primary function of Planned Parenthood is to perform abortions. I do not want my money paying for that. Period, end of discussion.

    • Colin Rafferty

      Where can you buy an IUD over the counter? And do you think it’s a good idea to insert it yourself?

      Mammograms are not the only kind of cancer screenings there are. Planned Parenthood provides cancer screenings.

      But let’s look at it another way — if they weren’t needed, they wouldn’t exist. They received over half a billion dollars last year for government reimbursed medical services. And more from private insurance and plain out of pocket. Those patients could have gone anywhere, but chose Planned Parenthood.

      Why are you looking to force millions of women to change where they get their reproductive health care?

      • Russell Lissuzzo

        colin maybe you should do personal research? Truth, not leftist/communist militaristic lesbian propaganda, may open your Soul. The torture and sadistic MURDER of INNOCENT AND DEFENSELESS HUMANS NEVER HAS BEEN AND NEVER WILL BE “right”.

        • Colin Rafferty

          Neither Jason Todd nor I are talking about abortion. We’re talking about women’s health.

          Not one dollar of government money goes to abortion. But it does pay for cancer screenings and birth control and menopause care and general women’s health care.

          Millions of women use a local Planned Parenthood office as their primary ob/gyn. Why would you want to take that away from all of them?

    • Colin Rafferty

      And also, your money is not paying for abortions. There you go.

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  • Amos Moses

    Right in the center of the ongoing debate on healthcare and women’s rights sits Planned Parenthood, a federally funded establishment that often finds itself embroiled in controversy. We at The Babylon Bee are here to help you cut through the noise and learn just the facts about this organization.

    ORIGINS

    Planned Parenthood was founded by social Darwinist Margaret Sanger, who wanted to utilize eugenics to reduce the populations of black and other minority communities. (We are not making this up. This is not satire or hyperbole. This is not some funny punchline we came up with to make you chuckle and then think about a profound truth. This is actually how Planned Parenthood was founded. Seriously—go look it up. We pretty much figured we couldn’t top that.)

    OPERATIONS

    Planned Parenthood provides lots of helpful services, like free prenatal care—specializing in the “violently end the life of your unborn child and then sell his or her parts for profit” variety. They are very proficient at this practice, to the tune of 325,000 abortions and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue per year. Proponents argue that “abortions are only about 3% of what Planned Parenthood does” when you look at other activities like handing out condoms and doing pregnancy tests, which is a bit like letting Hitler off the hook since he did so many other things for German society other than sending Jews and other people he deemed subhuman to their deaths in brutal concentration camps. Plus he was a swell painter!

    GOVERNMENT FUNDING

    Planned Parenthood has been the recipient of federal tax dollars since 1970, before which time women never, ever were able to receive healthcare. Also, if the government were to stop giving them $550,000,000 each year, no woman in America would ever be able to get health care again—ever. Truth is, arguing that Planned Parenthood should not receive half a billion dollars in tax money each year because of all the baby murdering is essentially the equivalent of saying you hate women and want all poor people to die.

    SLOGAN

    Planned Parenthood’s slogan is currently “Care. No matter what.” Yeah, we couldn’t top that one either.

    NOTABLE SUPPORTERS

    Cecile Richards (president), Hillary Clinton, Canaanite god Molech, women who literally wear vagina hats on their heads, anyone with a totally seared conscience who can watch a video of a third-trimester abortion without vomiting and/or passing out, and then proceed to call it “women’s health care.”

    NOTABLE OPPONENTS

    Jesus, who’s been pretty patient with us but could show up any day now to just completely obliterate abortion once and for all. Maranatha. Also, anyone with anything remotely resembling a functioning moral compass, the babies fighting for their lives as a suction cup or sharp metal object is inserted into their mother with the intention of extinguishing their life in a horrifyingly violent manner.

    ALTERNATIVES TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD

    Those seeking to deal with an unwanted pregnancy have lots of options other than Planned Parenthood: pro-life health centers, adoption—you know, anything other than dissolving your baby with chemicals or having him or her ripped apart limb from limb.

    There you have it: everything you need to know about Planned Parenthood. Now excuse us while we go throw up our lunch and stare off into the abyss for several hours.

  • Amos Moses

    Serial Killer Released After Explaining Murder Was Only 3% Of What He Did
    May 30, 2017

    • Parodyx

      Dear Babylon Bee: If you murder a single person, you go to jail. Abortion – still not murder.

      • Amos Moses

        a pair of dyx saying it is so ….. does not make it so ….. it is just another lie ……….

        • Parodyx

          Right, why should the dictionary count for anything?

          • Amos Moses

            the dictionary is not the standard here ……. scripture is ….. you need to check your head space and timing and figure out where you are ………

          • Parodyx

            No, I think I will do what the rest of the world does and consult the dictionary for definitions, thanks.

          • Amos Moses

            you are on a christian web site ….. the bibles definition supersedes any corrupted “dictionary” definition ……… a lie is a lie is a lie … no matter who publishes the lie ….. nor who believes the lie …….. nor how many read it ….

          • Parodyx

            The Bible is not s tool for defining words. The dictionary is.

          • Amos Moses

            yeah … it sure is ………… the bible has been LONG before Funk met Wagnall ………. before Merriam Webster could trace …….. before you could pick your name out of a scrabble box ……..

          • Parodyx

            And it isn’t s word definition book any more than the Joy of Cooking. As much as you want your holy book to be everything…

          • Amos Moses

            never said anything about cooking ….. but you are wrong about everything else …..

          • Parodyx

            I am not wrong. If what you said was correct people would be in jail for murder for the practice of abortion. I don’t need to tell you people don’t get charged with murder when they abort, much as you wish they would. You are choosing to ignore the dictionary definition.

          • Amos Moses

            yep …….. the first step in any mass murder is to dehumanize the victim ……….. and then convince everyone it is not what they think it is ….. mind control and brainwashing …… i see it has worked on you ….and now you seek to do it to others ……….

            “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know for certain that just ain’t so.” ~ Will Rogers

            “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” ~ Mark Twain

          • Parodyx

            Your trouble is you want your Bible to be all things to all people and it isn’t. It can’t be. It’s a book with a single purpose, and that purpose is not to define words for us. We use the dictionary for that purpose, and the book is used universally by everyone regardless of their belief system. What that has to do with “mass murder” is anyone’s guess…you have gone to the lunatic fringe yet again.

          • Amos Moses

            nope …. as i have said before … it is not my job to prove the truth to you ………. YOU are the one who CAME HERE ……… we are not out following YOU ……. so the only problem with you RESTS WITH YOU ………..

          • Parodyx

            I am here for the same reason as you, to discuss news and especially news put through a religious filter. I only call you out when you say things that are wrong, such as suggesting that the Bible is a better tool for word definitions than the Bible, or that your faith selected you rather than vice versa, or that your understanding of the Bible is more perfect than everyone else’s because you are somehow one of the “elect”. Or that the No True Scotsman Fallacy does not apply to Christians.

            Stop making inaccurate statements Amos and I will likely have nothing to say to you.

          • Amos Moses

            no … you are here to talk down to christians and that is your ONLY reason for being here ….. you can “discuss news and especially news” anywhere …. no … your only reason is to somehow demonstrate YOUR inata superiority over those you think less of ………. and that is the ONLY reason you are here …………..

            ” such as suggesting that the Bible is a better tool for word definitions than the Bible,”

            NO …. it is the tool for the christian and AGAIN …. CHECK YOUR HEAD SPACE AND TIMING ….. you are on a CHRISTIAN site ….. we do not share a worldview ….. but you want to come here to IMPOSE yours ………….

          • Parodyx

            There are some wonderful Christians here like Sharon whom you treat as contemptuously as you treat me. Talk about “talking down”! She is everything you should be striving to be – kind, patient, and constantly striving to understand and re-evaluate. Compare that to yourself who thinks you are a perfect “elect” and chosen Christian… chosen by Jesus. You aren’t here to learn anything, you aren’t here to listen to other people experiences. You’re here to judge, to condemn, and to disapprove, and your manners are sorely lacking. Christianity is supposed to be about love and I don’t see any love coming out of you at all.

            It’s a Christian site. Correct. Why are you not acting like a Christian?

          • Amos Moses

            sure ….. people who kiss up to you are wonderful ………. i am shocked ……….

          • Parodyx

            She doesn’t. She is just a kind Christian.

          • Amos Moses

            i have read them ….. she is kissing up ……

          • Parodyx

            Why would she do that? Once again we see you reading the mind of someone else and answering on their behalf.

          • Amos Moses

            no … reading what she posted ….. to you and to others ……. no mind reading involved ….. reading what was written ………

          • Parodyx

            Are you THAT insecure that you ALWAYS have to answer for other people, Amos? As it happens, she is here and we will let HER answer for herself. I will trust her words about how she feels far sooner than I will trust you to speak FOR her.

          • Amos Moses

            i answered for nobody ….. you can trust whomever you please …… i do not care if you like her or not ….. i care even LESS if you like me or not ….. has NOTHING to do with christianity ………. christianity has to do with the truth …… and you are at enmity to the truth …… i am not here to win you to me …… that would be ABSOLUTELY pointless ………. you will either accept the truth and Christ ….. or you will not …… and that is the ONLY thing that matters …………

          • Parodyx

            So when you’re a Christian and you quote the Bible it’s “truth.”
            When she or anyone else you disagree with does, it’s “false Christian”.

            NO
            TRUE
            SCOTSMAN.

          • Amos Moses

            does not apply …… and she rarely quotes it in context ……. scotsman or not …. yawn …. i am getting so bored of the same spurious accusations ………

          • Parodyx

            Because you refuse to understand what NTS means. It means that you don’t get to call other people false Christians merely because they disagree with you. And you do that all day long. Sharon doesn’t just come here waggling her finger saying “no no no” to everything like you do. She is LIVING her Christianity.

          • Amos Moses

            yawn …. BORING ….. does not apply ….. NEXT ……… oh ….. and ….. FAIL …….

          • Parodyx

            Applies. And applies better than any other example I could possibly provide. Guess what. One billion Catholics are still Christians, your disagreement changes nothing, Mr. Scotsman.

          • Amos Moses

            Boring ……..yawn ………..

          • Russell Lissuzzo

            her “kind of christianity” was how Hitler manipulated TRUTH!

          • Parodyx

            Um….no. No, it wasn’t.

          • Russell Lissuzzo

            Really? If I’m not mistaken, I believe the Bible/Old and New Testament came first.
            Semantics is leftist constructed BULLSHIT. TRUTH IS TRUTH!!! No such thing as my truth or your truth….Truth is the end result of FACTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Parodyx

            Yes, the Bible probably came first. But you don’t use the Bible to look up word definitions. You use a dictionary for that.

      • Russell Lissuzzo

        How is abortion not murder?

        • Parodyx

          In the sense that the law doesn’t see it that way and doesn’t lock people up for life for abortion.

  • Robinske2

    These are the same liberal Mayors who plan on abiding by the Paris Climate Change treaty regardless of what the President does.

  • Carolann Enkhaus

    planned parenthood does not do cancer screenings or treatments…they do birth control and abortions!

  • Sonya Summers

    I do support defunding Planned parenthood – KIlling your child is incomprehensible to me. Think before you have sex. If you are responsible enough to engage in intercourse, you are accepting the possible result. IT is easy enough to protect yourself these days. There are people who will adopt your unwanted child. Killing babies is not an option. Grow up be responsible don’t ask people who don’t belief in killing babies to pay for it.
    Sincerely,
    Sonya

  • Maggietish

    It’s been reported in the past, and obviously needs a full investigation, that most Democratic politicians receive substantial political contributions from Planned Parenthood and some of that money is the taxpayers’ money that these politicians are approving for Planned Parenthood. Thede politicians clearly have their own personal objective and supporting Planned Parenthood and fight for and give them millions of taxpayers’ dollars so that Planned Parenthood can continue to contribute to their political campaigns and reelections. This has everything to do with the fact that these politicians could care less about the good of the United States and the American people brcause it’s all about them. This has s another perfect hello why we must demand and get term limits. We definitely need to cut off funding of Planned Parenthood that is paid by the American taxpayers. There are many other reputable and honest women’s health organizations that will use that money for women’s health and not for the “abortion on demand” and massive slaughter, and selling a body parts, that Planned Parenthood does because that’s all they do. Every woman has a right to do whatever she wants to with her own body but the taxpayers of the United States of America should not have to pay for it. With a drugstore on every corner it’s more than time for women who have depended on Planned Parenthood to butcher these babies to not get pregnant at all. That’s called personal responsibility.