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Opinion

Funding of Planned Parenthood must stop

It's time we as taxpayers take a long hard conscientious look at how our tax dollars are spent. The funding of Planned Parenthood must stop. It is a crime to think that Planned Parenthood holds itself out to be an organization that helps women. It is an abortion business receiving $1.1 billion tax dollars with $63 million left over after expenses. Planned Parenthood gets one-third of its annual budget from taxpayer funding, and it performed a total of more than 650,000 abortions in just 2008 and 2009 (the last years for which figures are available).

Planned Parenthood has adamantly opposed laws in nearly two dozen states that require clinic staff to show a woman a sonogram before the abortion takes place. So much for supporting informed choice.

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Congress cannot consider itself an effective steward of taxpayer money if it continues to give millions of federal dollars to an organization that deliberately deceives the public.

Congress must do the right thing and vote to cut the funding.

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Mary Terziu


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