Letter: Why does Planned Parenthood need taxpayer support?
October 6, 2015
To the Editor:
A Fortune 500 company was doing a search for a new chief financial officer. The president, at the end of each interview, asked the prospects: "What is two plus two?" The guy that got the job answered "What do you want it to be!" This is called "Creative Accounting".
Planned Parenthood only spends "3 percent of their budget on abortions" – check it out. It is all over the internet. Look closely and you will find that the source for this information is always from Planned Parenthood's annual report.
Congress gives about $500,000,000 (half a billion) of our tax money to Planned Parenthood every year but with the stipulation that none of it can go toward abortions.
So what would you expect of their chief financial officer? Would any labor or materials or office space or overhead for encouraging a woman to have an abortion be included as an abortion expense, or creatively labeled as "interviewing related expense?" Might the CFO create a "processing expense account" to hide other abortion-related expenses? Would it follow that the CFO might use such Creative Accounting to work around the congressional mandate?
Certainly the millions that Planned Parenthood brings in from the sale of fetal tissue and body parts is appropriately labeled so as to aid the charade. One wonders how the generous donations to the "progressive" political candidates get into the equation?
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