Since When Does Planned Parenthood Have a Constitutional Right to Taxpayer Funds?

Once again, we have Republican dominance of a state’s political branches of government rendered moot by the council of revision aka the federal court system.

Utah, like many GOP-controlled states, moved to cut off taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood after their associates were caught on video discussing the trafficking of fetuses. The liberals in the legal profession have successfully placed temporary injunctions on many of these acts. After the district judge withdrew a stay on Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s action, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed that decision and blocked the common sense action on the part of the state of Utah.

Writing for the three judge panel (consisting of Reagan, Clinton, and Obama appointees) in Planned Parenthood v. Herbert, Judge Mary Briscoe determined that Planned Parenthood was likely to succeed on the merits because “a reasonable finder of fact is more likely than not to find that Herbert issued the directive to punish PPAU for the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights it has identified in this litigation.”

While one judge disagreed with another constitutional point, they all agreed that the governor violated … you guessed it … the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The Equal Protection Clause was merely designed to reiterate the basic life, liberty and property negative rights that applied to everyone else and ensure that they were granted to freed slaves. As I note in Chapter 4 of Stolen Sovereignty, Rep. James F. Wilson, R-Iowa, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee back in the 1860s who helped draft the 14th Amendment, spoke emphatically that it was “establishing no new right, declaring no new principle.” “It is not the object of this bill to establish new rights, but to protect and enforce those which belong to every citizen,” declared Wilson in 1866.

Yet, we have now moved onto a post-constitutional judicial oligarchy that believes the 14th Amendment not only creates a right to an abortion, but a positive right for a private organization under criminal investigation for trafficking baby parts to secure taxpayer funding.

What is further ironic is that we have a legal profession that now agrees that not giving a criminal enterprise taxpayer funding is tantamount to blocking their First Amendment rights, but taking negative action (imprisonment or fines) against private business owners who don’t service gay weddings or transgenderism is the highest order of mankind. Oh, and let’s not forget that the pesky document from 1776 declares that fundamental rights come from natural law and nature’s God, of which the sexual identity movement repudiates.

We have reached a point in time when the judiciary has voided out the elected branches of government even to the point when it must keep taxpayer funding flowing to criminal enterprises that engage in immoral behavior that is well within the historical powers of a state to regulate. We have a judiciary that green lights liberal state officials to infringe upon inalienable negative rights of property, conscience, and self-defense, but impedes conservative state officials from regulating positive privileges.

As I noted last week, this is part of a growing trend from the lower courts tossing out every last regulation of abortion facilities and mandating funding for Planned Parenthood. It’s time conservatives realize that we are not just one election away from winning back the courts. The courts are irremediably broken. Even if we succeed in appointing judges who will never expand upon existing breaches in the Constitution, a task that is dubious at best, there is enough existing post-constitutional precedent embedded just in the bastardization of the 14th Amendment alone to void out every policy initiative we could possibly hope to achieve from a Republican president and GOP-controlled states. That existing “precedent” is respected by most GOP appointees, except for the few in the mold of Clarence Thomas. We will never win the judiciary game a half century into this post-constitutional Gomorrah.

It’s time to ignore the courts and the first step to delegitimizing their ill-gotten power is for Congress to use its existing constitutional authority, pursuant to Article III Section 2, to regulate the jurisdiction of the federal judiciary. They must protect the states in their ability to pass common sense immigration enforcement laws, abortion regulations, define marriage, protect religious liberty and protect the franchise from fraudulent voting.

The lower courts are even worse than the Supreme Court, yet they are created by Congress and can easily be swatted down. The notion that one federal district judge could rule over a state or even a congressional statute fully in the spirit of our Constitution, history, and traditions is absurd, given the fact that Congress can abolish those courts altogether. As for the Supreme Court, Congress can prevent all but a few spheres of original jurisdiction granted to it by Article III from becoming precedent through narrowing their power of adjudication.

Let’s not forgot the timeless admonition of Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural address:

[t]he candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.

In this spectacularly hyped election season that will determine control of the presidency, Congress and state governments, let’s remember that if we fail to alter the perception of the court’s power, the outcome of every major political and social question of our time will be placed in the hands of that eminent tribunal. Their ill-gotten power as the council of revision, in conjunction with their anti-constitutional ethos used to make those decisions, will ensure that we no longer have individual, state or national sovereignty to be governed by the consent of the governed. (For more from the author of “Since When Does Planned Parenthood Have a Constitutional Right to Taxpayer Funds?” please click HERE)

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Planned Parenthood Tweets Opposition to ‘Tearing Apart Families’

Planned Parenthood’s political action committee ironically condemned the Supreme Court’s 4-4 split on President Obama’s immigration executive order Thursday in a tweet saying the mega abortion provider opposes “tearing apart families.”

The Supreme Court tie has the effect of upholding a lower court which ruled Obama’s order freezing certain deportations was an illegal use of executive power. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a sister organization to Planned Parenthood that focuses on political advocacy, was deeply distressed by the tie, declaring on Twitter that “human dignity has no borders.”

A few other Twitter users noted the statement’s irony, given Planned Parenthood’s status as America’s largest abortion provider. Some referenced the fact that many abortions specifically rely on a procedure in which a fetus is torn apart so that its pieces may be safely removed from the mother. Others observed that Planned Parenthood apparently does believe in borders for human dignity.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund also condemned the ruling in a statement on its website, where it continued to use rhetoric that could also be applied in an abortion context.

“It could … rip millions of families apart,” spokeswoman Daniela Ramirez said. (For more from the author of “Planned Parenthood Tweets Opposition to ‘Tearing Apart Families'” please click HERE)

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The Pro-Life Women’s Clinic That Wants to ‘Replace Planned Parenthood’ — and Might Do It

In 2006, Brandi Swindell opened her first pro-life pregnancy care clinic. Ten years later, Stanton Healthcare has clinics in multiple U.S. states, one in Northern Ireland, and more on the way. It’s even caught the eye of Cosmopolitan. The abortion-supporting publication recently published a generally positive profile of Swindell’s clinics and business model, including her goal to “Replace Planned Parenthood.”

Swindell spoke with The Stream on Thursday about how Stanton — named for famed abolitionist and women’s suffrage advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton, whose rejection of abortion is quoted on the company’s site — services women, and her expectation that it will have affiliates in Alabama, Washington, D.C., and other places within the next two years.

Beating Planned Parenthood At Its Own Game

“One of the things that Planned Parenthood tries to do — and they spend millions of dollars in marketing and advertising this — is to bill themselves, to present themselves, to women as the only choice in women’s healthcare and in unexpected pregnancy care,” said Swindell.

“Part of our idea with Stanton Healthcare is to go where the women are that are facing an unexpected pregnancy and that are trying to determine what they should do in that situation. So for us, it makes perfect sense: ‘Why don’t we go to where the women are. Abortion-vulnerable, or abortion-minded, women are often seeking out the services of Planned Parenthood because that’s what they’re told — that Planned Parenthood is the only place to go to.’”

Stanton’s strategy, she continued, “is to set up shop and open clinics right next door to Planned Parenthood. And we’ve trialed this in Idaho, and then our other affiliate locations, and it works. We have walk-ins every week who are on their way to Planned Parenthood to get an abortion or to have a consultation from Planned Parenthood.”

Calling Planned Parenthood “the largest abortion vendor chain in the world, in the nation, and right here in Idaho,” Swindell described Stanton locations as “state-of-the-art clinics that provide quality care [and] solutions to unexpected pregnancies with life-affirming alternatives.”

That appeals to women who need a clinic, she said. “Women see our signs that say, ‘Walk-ins Welcome,’ ‘Unexpected Pregnancy Solutions At No Charge,’ ‘Pregnancy Verification At No Cost To Our Clients,’ they come in. Because they’re looking for hope, and they’re looking for a professional, confidential setting that will provide them true alternatives. We see walk-ins every week, of women who have said, ‘I’m so glad I found this place, I’m so glad that there’s resources, I’m so glad I’m not alone.”

According to Swindell, the “Stanton Revolution” is totally privately funded, and all services — including, but not limited to, ultrasounds, housing assistance, counseling and adoption — are free. And unlike Planned Parenthood, which gets approximately $540 million annually from various government sources across the U.S., “we are completely and totally 100 percent privately funded,” explains Swindell.

“We rely on people who believe in our work, they believe in our mission, they believe in our strategy. We rely on people’s goodwill – if you want to help us reach women facing unexpected pregnancies, who want to help us with the message of embracing human rights for all.”

“A Very Holistic Approach” That Avoids Birth Control

“We are advocates of empowering women, informing women, and giving them information that helps them make positive decisions,” Stanton told The Stream. “Our nurses have very real discussions with all of the women who walk through our doors. Each and every one of our clients has a very real discussion with our nurse about sexual integrity, what that looks like, what choices that are healthy for women physically, emotionally and spiritually. We have a very holistic approach.”

“We do not support any type of birth control that is an abortifacient. We also aren’t in the business of handing out condoms or whatever type of barrier method to anybody and everybody. That’s what Planned Parenthood does, they give out condoms to 12-year olds.”

“We don’t believe in giving out condoms like it’s candy. We’re into value-based sexual integrity; we’re filling a niche that women in this emerging generation aren’t going to find at Planned Parenthood. When they come to us, they’re going to get a holistic approach on sexual integrity. And they’re going to get fully informed.” (For more from the author of “The Pro-Life Women’s Clinic That Wants to ‘Replace Planned Parenthood’ — and Might Do It” please click HERE)

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One Charge Against a Pro-Life Planned Parenthood Videomaker Dropped

In what David Daleiden’s lawyers are calling a “huge win for the pro-life movement” one charge against the undercover Planned Parenthood video producer has been dropped.

Daleiden is the producer of the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of baby body parts.

Pro-life advocates had expected that an investigation into Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston would result in criminal action against the abortion provider, and were shocked when Daleiden and his colleague Sandra Merritt were indicted instead.

But now, a judge has ruled in favor of Daeiden by dropping the Class A misdemeanor charge for prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs.

Breitbart News reports:

The judge ruled that the court does not have jurisdiction over the case. The judge ruled for Daleiden as a matter of law. Daleiden lawyer Jared Woodfill told Breitbart Texas, “This is a huge win for the pro-life movement. The charges brought by Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson were spurious at best.”

Daleiden’s other lawyer, Terry Yates, told Breitbart Texas, “I think the judge’s ruling is very sound. She came to her conclusion before addressing the arguments in the motions to quash the indictment.” He said there was many good legal reasons for dismissing the charges laid out in their motions.

Daleiden and Merritt are still fighting a felony charge for tampering with a government record and a misdemeanor charge for offering to buy fetal tissue. (For more from the author of “One Charge Against a Pro-Life Planned Parenthood Videomaker Dropped” please click HERE)

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Hillary Clinton: My Presidential Campaign ‘Belongs to’ Abortionists and Planned Parenthood

Hillary Clinton said her historic presidential campaign “belongs to” Planned Parenthood “staff” and abortionists.

“I’m grateful to the entire Planned Parenthood family. You made this campaign your own,” the Democratic presidential nominee said at a speech before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, D.C., on Friday. After specifically referencing the 1,000 volunteers who showed up for a Planned Parenthood training event in Pittsburgh last month, she continued.

“It belongs to the staff, the donors, and to the providers,” she said.

She specifically mentioned Dr. Amna Dermish, an abortionist in Texas who was caught on video laughing as she said that removing a baby’s skull and brain intact is a goal she would “strive for.”

Clinton also singled out Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, making a muffled reference to the mounting difficulties she faces as Planned Parenthood has become the center of multiple state and federal investigations into possible fetal organ trafficking. (Read more from “Hillary Clinton: My Presidential Campaign ‘Belongs to’ Abortionists and Planned Parenthood” HERE)

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Hillary’s First Stop as Nominee – a Planned Parenthood Abortion Conference

Hillary Clinton’s very first campaign event since becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee will be a speech for Planned Parenthood, America’s number one abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood has endorsed Clinton for president saying she would “always defend” taxpayer funding for the organization, according to a press release by the Susan B. Anthony List. The abortion organization receives over $500 million in federal funding every year and accounts for one-third of all abortions in the U.S.

In response to the news, the Susan B. Anthony List called Clinton’s visit “revealing”:

“It’s revealing that Hillary Clinton’s first major stop as the Democratic presumptive nominee would be to Planned Parenthood, the leader of the deep-pocketed abortion industry. Clinton has put abortion at the center of her campaign and has said the ‘unborn person has no constitutional rights.’

“What Clinton does not realize is that on the issue of life, the majority of Americans – including majorities of young people and women – stand with us, not her. Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion and support a compassionate limit on abortion after five months. She has staked out her turf far outside the mainstream. We welcome this opportunity to engage and expose her, confident the American people will reject her abortion ideology at the ballot box.”

It’s actually quite fitting that Clinton, who is currently under “criminal investigation” for her use of a private email server, will be speaking in support of Planned Parenthood, an organization recently under investigation for their alleged illegal sale of baby body parts.

In contrast to Clinton’s attendance at a pro-abortion Planned Parenthood conference, conservatives are defending religious liberty at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event. The event, Road to Majority 2016, will run through Saturday, June 11th. (For more from the author of “Hillary’s First Stop as Nominee – a Planned Parenthood Abortion Conference” please click HERE)

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Your Money Is Going to Planned Parenthood Whether You Like It or Not

Whether you’re a painter, pastor, lawyer, or laborer (pro-life or pro-abortion), you work for Planned Parenthood. A portion of every paycheck goes to the world’s leading abortion business through the federal and state taxes allocated by your elected representatives and the unelected bureaucrats they empower.

For the fiscal year ending in June 2015 (just before the Center for Medical Progress videos were released), over $550 million of your hard-earned tax dollars went to Planned Parenthood.

But the states are taking the lead to end this forced partnership with “Big Abortion” and redirecting those funds to providers that better serve women and families.

Since the authenticated Center for Medical Progress videos were released showing Planned Parenthood officials bartering over the prices of baby body parts, 15 states have taken action to end or limit its taxpayer subsidies.

Here are just a few examples of what state legislatures and governors have done:

New Hampshire canceled over $600,000 in annual state grants to Planned Parenthood.

Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas moved to exclude Planned Parenthood from the states’ Medicaid programs “for cause,” citing its waste, abuse, and potential fraud and the evidence of violations of the law and ethics demonstrated in the Center for Medical Progress videos.

Wisconsin and Arizona have slashed the Medicaid reimbursement for certain drugs for entities like Planned Parenthood that receive them at artificially low rates under a federal government program, denying them windfall profits and making those funds available to more women and families.

Ohio, Florida, Utah, and Wisconsin have also eliminated Planned Parenthood from other federal and state grant programs administered by the state.

These actions have potentially eliminated tens of millions in annual taxpayer subsidies going to Planned Parenthood. This represents a small part of the hundreds of millions that it receives, but it is a solid start. And these efforts may at least cut into the $59 million in “excess revenue” the abortion outfit reported last year alone.

States have fought to defund the abortion industry before, but never has the effort to rid American taxpayers of their compelled support of Planned Parenthood been more purposeful and effective than the past several months.

Even Congress has heard the call to stop the flow of taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood. Just five years ago, an effort to defund Planned Parenthood garnered only 42 votes in the Senate. But moved by the evidence against Planned Parenthood and the fact that other providers are simply better public health options for women and families, in January, Congress actually placed a bill on the president’s desk slashing Planned Parenthood’s access to our tax dollars.

The bill wasn’t perfect, and it was of course vetoed by President Barack Obama, but the progress is real. A different president, one not beholden to an entity that alone has spent tens of millions of dollars to elect him and others who will defend their access to the public trough, would make the difference.

But just as the states are not waiting on Congress to pass laws limiting abortions after five months, when the unborn child can feel pain, they are also not content to wait on Congress to finally stop their citizens’ tax dollars from going to the abortion industry. Governors and state legislators have worked to redirect our tax dollars away from the abortion industry before, but in the last 10 months they have shown a new leadership that should encourage pro-lifers and any advocate of federalism.

No one ever said that eliminating taxpayer subsidies to the abortion market leader and a key political friend to Democratic candidates would be easy. Planned Parenthood has sued several states, and the ultimate success of some states in defunding it may rest on the election of a pro-life president who will support their authority to make their own decisions about their state Medicaid programs.

But the results of the last 10 months should give us hope that this is a fight we can win. We don’t have to keep sending our hard-earned tax dollars to support a billion dollar abortion business. And the leaders in that fight are outside the beltway. (For more from the author of “Your Money Is Going to Planned Parenthood Whether You Like It or Not” please click HERE)

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Planned Parenthood Wants to Make Pro-Life Undercover Investigations Illegal in California

Abortion supporters and opponents are attacking a bill Planned Parenthood claims is needed to protect abortionists and their patients from harm, but which its critics claim is an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech. Describing the Center for Medical Progress’s expose of the abortion industry as a “series of reckless and malicious videos as part of a national smear campaign to spread lies about Planned Parenthood,” the head of California’s Planned Parenthood chapters claimed the new bill would close the legal “loophole” that allows it.

The bill, called AB [Assembly Bill] 1671, does not mention abortion or abortionists but covers “health care providers,” which it defines broadly. It seems tailored to prevent pro-life investigators from engaging in the same tactics taken by undercover investigators of all stripes, including journalists investigating other industries. It passed a state committee 14-6, with all Democrats on the committee in support.

Sponsored by Los Angeles assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, a prominent Planned Parenthood supporter, AB 1671 adds to the existing law against eavesdropping a law making it illegal to “disclose or distribute the contents of the confidential communication without the consent of all parties to the confidential communication unless specified conditions are met” — including the consent of the person being recorded. It would also “make it a crime for any person to aid or abet any person in the commission of those offenses.”

The punishment for a first offense would be a fine of up to $2,500 and/or imprisonment for up to 3 years.

The Less Transparent Planned Parenthood

“For years, undercover journalists have documented Planned Parenthood employees covering up for sex traffickers, failing to report child sexual abusers and trafficking in baby body parts,” said Live Action founder Lila Rose, who has herself gone undercover to investigate abortion providers. “Rather than be more transparent with the public, Planned Parenthood wants to make it a crime for the media to publish evidence that it might be doing something illegal.”

AB 1671 is opposed by multiple media groups, with the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) calling it “an unconstitutional restriction on speech.” CNPA has been joined by California Broadcasters and the Motion Picture Association in its opposition. A pro-abortion investigative reporter described the bill as “an attack on all First Amendment rights.”

Rose said that since taxpayers provide nearly half of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenues, the organization should be subject to more, not less, transparency. The public “has a right to know that its money isn’t being used to break the law or commit abuses,” she declared. “This bill puts Planned Parenthood’s interests ahead of the First Amendment, its clients, and the public, and it would keep evidence of illegal or abusive activity hidden from nearly everyone’s view.” (For more from the author of “Planned Parenthood Wants to Make Pro-Life Undercover Investigations Illegal in California” please click HERE)

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Facebook Censored Videos Exposing Planned Parenthood Sales of Body Parts in Trending Topics

On the first Sunday morning political talk shows since the Facebook trending topics scandal broke, the major network Sunday shows and CNN’s State of the Union (with NBC’s Meet the Press preempted for a Barclay’s Premiere League game) failed to cover or debate this reported suppression of conservative stories by the social media behemoth.

Meanwhile, both of the news media-centric shows (CNN’s Reliable Sources and FNC’s MediaBuzz) devoted segments to the scandal that the tech site Gizmodo exposed on Monday morning.

Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter reserved a full segment to discuss what he deemed was something that “should alarm and impact everyone in media, despite your political persuasion” since, in his mind, Facebook has become “the most powerful name in news.”

As for why, he explained it’s “[n]ot because Facebook does any actual reporting, it doesn’t, but because it is the single biggest social network on the planet, growing bigger every day” and “where hundreds of millions of people see lots of links to news.”

Stelter noted the pushback from Facebook and particularly a post from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from late Thursday night before welcoming on Kelly McBride of the Ponyter Institute and The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway (who was given the inaugural Noel Sheppard Media Blogger of the Year Award last year). (Read more from “Facebook Censored Videos Exposing Planned Parenthood Sales of Body Parts in Trending Topics” HERE)

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This State Just Passed a Bill to Permanently Defund Planned Parenthood

maxresdefaultThe state of Kansas is likely to permanently prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal family planning funds administered within the state.

A bill to prevent the abortion provider from accessing that revenue stream passed both houses of the state legislature: 87-34 in the House and 32-8 in the state Senate.

Although such funds have been cut off by annual budgets dating back to 2011, the new measure would make the prohibition an ongoing state policy not requiring annual reauthorization.

A second bill also approved on Sunday night would make it illegal for midwives “to perform, induce or prescribe drugs for an abortion.” It passed the Senate unanimously, 40-0, and cleared the House by a vote of 115-7.

Some had said the prohibition was unnecessary, since midwives do not usually perform abortions. However, Kansans for Life noted legal language that could be interpreted as giving midwives such ability. Current state law defines a midwife as someone who provides services “associated with a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy.” (Read more from “This State Just Passed a Bill to Permanently Defund Planned Parenthood” HERE)

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