This is in response to an Aug. 4 letter that couldn't had have a more misleading headline, “Hoosiers stand with Planned Parenthood.” Actually, Hoosiers don't stand with Planned Parenthood at all.
Planned Parenthood's own Indiana clients have been leaving them in droves, according to the abortion business's own data. Further, Hoosiers continue to elect men and women who pledge to defund Planned Parenthood of tax dollars. In the last 15 years, Indiana Democrats supportive of Planned Parenthood's abortion agenda have lost the governor's office, every statewide office and the second, eighth and ninth congressional districts. Northeast Indiana's own Rep. Jim Banks just promised at a town hall, “I will continue to support efforts to defund federal funding of Planned Parenthood. I believe it is absolutely immoral that our tax dollars would go to an organization that would perform abortion.”
I hate to break it to Planned Parenthood supporters, but petitioning pro-life Sen. Todd Young had no effect on the Senate's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Sen. Young voted for the repeal-and-replace measure, which also would have defunded Planned Parenthood and redirected the money to abortion-free health clinics.
The letter to the editor writer touted numbers of those supporting Planned Parenthood. The truth is, the local pro-life community outshines those numbers any day. Last month we had 120 high school and college students give up their weekend to attend our pro-life Life Defenders camp at University of Saint Francis. This fall we expect 700 at our fundraising banquet. In January, more than a thousand will brave the cold to march for life through downtown Fort Wayne, as we've been doing since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973.
If Planned Parenthood would just separate its abortion business from other health services, then this whole funding conversation would be moot. But they won't do that, because ending the lives of unborn children is too important to their bottom line.