Letter to the Editor: Taxpayers shouldn’t fund Planned Parenthood


I recently wrote to our senators, Mark Warner and Tim  Kaine, concerning Senate Bill 1881 defunding Planned Parenthood of America. I stated my tax dollars should not be used to fund the grisly practice of harvesting children’s body parts for sale. I further stated this practice is reminiscent of SS doctor Josef Mengele’s experiments and organ removal from children at Auschwitz. Both senators replied with standard form letters in an attempt to justify their actions.

Sen. Kaine: “Planned Parenthood has more than 750 health centers across the country, including seven in Virginia.  These health centers provide a wide range of health care services; more than 90 percent is preventive, primary care, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception and screening for cervical and other cancers.  For these reasons, as Governor, I fought to retain funding for Planned Parenthood because I believe it is in the best interest of our nation to take steps to promote preventive health care such as cancer screenings, breast exams, and HIV testing, as well as to reduce the occurrence of unwanted pregnancies.”

Sen. Warner was a bit more militant: “There are multiple investigations underway to determine if there has been wrongdoing, and I believe that it is a mistake to allow these offensive, though heavily edited, videos to be used as a pretext to launch political attacks designed to deny women access to the important health services like cancer screenings, birth control, and well-woman exams.”

On Sept. 29, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards testified before Congress. She stated: “There aren’t any Planned Parenthood clinics, I believe, to the best of my knowledge, not any have mammogram machines at their facilities.”

Could it be our two senators are ignorant on what they vote on or is there an ulterior motive? You be the judge.

John J. Gwyer, Bentonville

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