By Scott Tibbs, June 22, 2010
Last week, I spoke at the Bloomington City Council meeting against funding for Planned Parenthood. For the eleventh time since 1999, Planned Parenthood has gone before the Bloomington City Council to request a handout. Every time PP has requested a handout, the city council has fallen in line and given them the taxpayers' money. This has come from the John Hopkins fund every year, except for the grant they got from the community development block grants in 2000.
This year, the city council had over $400,000 in requests, and $200,000 to distribute to various social service agencies. Despite the limited funds and the fact that the need far outpaced the available money, the city council decided once again to give scarce social services monies to an organization that on its most recent annual fiscal report admits that it made a profit of $85 million. This is a political endorsement of Planned Parenthood, nothing more.
I would prefer that the city abolish the social services fund, and allow all residents to make their own choices about which organizations to support. If the city is going to have a social services fund, it is a cynical debasement of the process and a slap in the face to more deserving organizations to give money to Planned Parenthood simply to make a political statement about "abortion rights." As I said last week, the city councilors should be ashamed of themselves.
This year, the city council has gone beyond the misuse of social services funds for political purposes to actively subsidizing crime. In their application, Planned Parenthood says that there are 14,930 "women" between the ages of 13 and 44 who are in need of publicly funded contraceptives.
Now, why would 13 year old girls "need" publicly funded contraceptives? It is illegal for someone to have sex with a 13 year old, and contraceptives only serve to cover up the sexual abuse of these girls. We should not be providing these girls with contraceptives, we should be finding the men who are abusing these girls and put them in prison. Planned Parenthood is publicly stating that they will be aiding the sexual abuse of children. And the Democrats on the City Council gave them taxpayer money to do it.
It should not be a surprise that Planned Parenthood is publicly announcing that they will be aiding in criminal activity. After all, it has only been a year and a half since a Planned Parenthood employee in Bloomington was caught on tape trying to cover up the sexual abuse of a 13 year old girl by a 31 year old man. This is the organization that is fully supported by the Democrats on the Bloomington City Council.
It is generally understood that those who aid in criminal activity are guilty just as the criminals themselves, so it is reasonable to say that the Democrat-dominated Bloomington City Council is now a criminal organization.