By Jenifer Bowen
The Des Moines Register recently ran a news piece slamming Mitt Romney’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood (“Why it matters,” Oct. 25). Planned Parenthood should be defunded. Here’s why:
• Planned Parenthood duplicates services offered by county health. With overhead costs, this is an inefficient use of taxpayer funds.
• Planned Parenthood pressures Title 19 low-income women to donate for services and charges for pregnancy tests and other services that can be obtained at other clinics for free.
• Planned Parenthood’s billing is questionable. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which also manages Iowa, was recently dropped from an Oklahoma Department of Health program because of Planned Parenthood’s “high cost per participant, along with faulty billing practices.”
Here in Iowa, Planned Parenthood still faces a $28 million Medicaid fraud lawsuit by a former Planned Parenthood manager. Among the allegations: Planned Parenthood purchased birth control packets for $2.98, then billed Medicaid $35 for those packets.
• Planned Parenthood has a history of dishonesty. Earlier this year, the Register quoted spokesperson Shelby Cloke saying that Planned Parenthood received $8,000 from the Quad Cities Susan G. Komen organization for services including “low- or no-cost mammograms.” Planned Parenthood does not have, nor has it ever provided mammograms, here in Iowa or anywhere in the U.S. President Obama repeated this falsehood in the presidential debates.
Planned Parenthood’s “abortion prevention” claim is a sham. Here in Iowa, Planned Parenthood has expanded abortion locations from seven to 16 in the past four years and now aborts an average of 13 Iowans a day.
• Planned Parenthood is biased, spending millions to defeat mostly Republicans. According to OpenSecrets.org, Planned Parenthood has already spent $45,000 in 2012 in Iowa alone against one Republican candidate.
Mitt Romney is right to demand the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
[This letter appeared in this morning’s Des Moines Register. Thanks to Jenifer Bowen, executive director, Iowa Right to Life, for permission to reprint it at Quiner’s Diner.]