Where Do You Stand?

ExposePlannedParenthoodBus As I write this, two buses are motoring across America. This morning, the "Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood Tour", led by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave and Live Action President Lila Rose, set out from Des Moines, Iowa, to thank Members of Congress who supported Congressman Mike Pence’s efforts to stop subsidizing Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider, with taxpayer dollars.

Yesterday, Planned Parenthood leaders announced a bus tour of their own. As Jill Stanek reported:

"Planned Parenthood leaders revealed yesterday that they, too, are planning a hot pink bus tour to seven of the same stops, on the same days  — a half hour before SBA List and Lila are scheduled to begin their rallies.”

PlannedparenthoodHotPinkBus Well, folks, this is democracy in action. What we have here is an excellent opportunity for both sides of this divide to make their cases and reveal who they are. It's also an opportunity for us voting, taxpaying citizens to evaluate the sides (which are utterly irreconcilable, by the way) and make a choice.

To learn more about the work of Planned Parenthood, I recommend a live webcast tonight at 9pm EST. It's called "For Such A Time As This." Christians and Jews may recognize in that name the allusion to Queen Esther, whose intervention averted the genocide of the Jewish people in ancient Persia. To register for the webcast, click here.

As you listen to the debate, keep one thing in mind. The point of contention is not whether or not Planned Parenthood should be allowed to continue doing what it does. The point of contention is whether or not the taxpayers will continue to help pay for it. As of today, Planned Parenthood as been the recipient of more than $62 million of taxpayer money in 2011. That amounts to about $6.2 million/week, or $11/second so far this year. And they have aborted nearly sixty thousand children. That amounts to about 6,000/week, or about one every 96 seconds.

Handsfeet Planned Parenthood has created a website where supporters can state that they "Stand With Planned Parenthood." I made my choice clear last week in this forum in A Matter of Trust.

Where do you stand?

2 thoughts on “Where Do You Stand?

  1. I have always understood life to begin at conception so ending that life through abortion should be considerred equivalent to murder. I do not believe we should use tax dollars to fund abortion.

  2. To answer your first seoqtiun, briefly, health related facility is not the same thing as health facility. A more complete answer is because there are two different categories in the statute, and rules of statutory interpretation state that when you have two separate terms in one statute, they mean two separate things. If the drafters of the Zoning ordinance had intended for health related facility to mean the same thing as medical clinic , they would have used the same term for both items. They did not. They used two. One is medical clinic with a definition of what constitutes a medical clinic and which does not require a special use permit. The PP clinic provides medical services and fits the Zoning Ordinance’s definition of medical clinc.The second (the one you are referring to) is a sub-use category on Table 1 of the statute, and is more fully stated as Social Service Agencies, Charitable Organizations, Health Related Facilities, and similar uses when not operated for pecuniary profit. The statute does not provide a definition for these terms, however, you are correct, those items do require a special use permit.And of course it stands to reason that some things require public hearings, but I have yet to see a podiatrist being forced to undergo a public hearing before opening a clinic.

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