In her unrelenting patronage of Planned Parenthood, Rekha Basu attacks Gov. Branstad for a new provision, recently approved by the Iowa Legislature, that allows him to review the state’s public funding for abortions. She paints herself as an advocate of young girls who are victims of incest [“Poor Women Become Tools in a Political Game,” June 23].
Where is Basu’s outrage over Planned Parenthood’s well-documented history of collecting money for abortions and delivering young girls back into the hands of their abusers without reporting anything to the police? Or undercover investigations that revealed Planned Parenthood employees, including one here in Iowa, urging statutory rape victims to change their age?
The new Medicaid reimbursement does not prevent any of the abortions from happening. It is simply a review of what the state will approve or disapprove using taxpayer dollars for reimbursement.
Iowans are sick of sexual predators hurting our children. If this additional review leads to more questions about why an incest or rape case was not reported to the police, that can only be good for the women of Iowa.
We know Planned Parenthood cannot be trusted to do the right thing.
[ Jenifer Bowen is executive director, Iowa Right to Life, Des Moines. This letter appeared in the Des Moines Register yesterday.]