March 11, 2011

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Let’s stop tolerating what goes on at Planned Parenthood

Don’t let the demonstrations at the legislature and recently introduced pro-life bills distract us. The topic of abortion has risen to the forefront of the national news in recent months and weeks, and it hasn’t been because of what is going on at the Capitol.

Beginning in early February, abortion providers were thrust into the limelight for two reasons.

First, a series of undercover videos showed a willingness by several Planned Parenthood facilities to turn a blind eye to sex trafficking and potential sex abuse. These videos show a shocking pattern of cover up, and a callous disregard toward the abuse of women by the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

Here in Indiana, similar videos were recorded more than a year ago by Live Action documenting Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s willingness to cover up statutory rape, offer inaccurate medical information and help guide teenagers across state lines to circumvent Indiana law.

Second, seven pro-choice employees at a reproductive health clinic in Philadelphia were arrested and charged with murder after dead newborns were found in the basement. The clinic, run by abortionist Kermit Gosnell, was described by authorities as a “house of horrors” because of the carnage found there.

Just last week, it was announced that the crimes were so horrendous that prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Gosnell.

The worst part of the story from Philadelphia, however, was that state health officials charged with overseeing the abortion industry in Pennsylvania apparently hadn’t inspected the facility since 1993—despite the deaths of two women from botched abortions.

And now, just like the characters in The Wizard of Oz, we are told to pay no attention to what is happening behind the curtain. Planned Parenthood of Indiana is trying to distract us from what they are doing in their facilities with a staged rally downtown and letters to the editor in our state’s newspapers.

“Choice” and “reproductive rights” are fancy words, but they don’t hide the reality of what is being done and hidden behind closed doors at Planned Parenthood.

Indiana taxpayers should not be subsidizing an organization that performs abortions, promotes teen sex and hides the exploitation of children from their own parents. In fact, we shouldn’t even be tolerating these actions.

- Marc Tuttle, President, Right to Life of Indianapolis

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