Letters to the Editor

Time to defund Planned Parenthood over its terrible practices

In this July 28, 2015, photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. Texas announced Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, that it was cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue, potentially triggering a legal fight like the one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana.
In this July 28, 2015, photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. Texas announced Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, that it was cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue, potentially triggering a legal fight like the one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana. AP

Infiltrate: To gain entrance or access surreptitiously. (Collins English Dictionary)

After I moved to a university city in central Virginia, I read in the local newspaper that Planned Parenthood was making arrangements to open an abortion clinic in town. Since I was a newbie and not known as a pro-life activist, I decided to infiltrate their meetings.

I gave them my mother's maiden name. What I heard there and saw there solidified my pro-life beliefs. Behind doors, PP is not the benign, caring group they want the public to love and support.

Did I introduce myself when I entered the room, "Hi, I'm so-and-so, and I'm a pro-life activist who wants to see what the real Planned Parenthood is like?" Silly, isn't it?

When Mitt Romney was secretly videotaped saying some things that may have ruined his chances of becoming president, did that person reveal herself at the private meeting? Of course not. Do CIA agents tell the enemy who they are before beginning to spy on them? Again, you know the answer.

Yet the Bradenton Herald recently ran a lengthy article filled with quotes from Barbara Zdravecky, CEO of the local Planned Parenthood, on how deceptive it was of the Center for Medical Progress to film their unknowing employees discussing in graphic detail the selling of aborted baby parts. My question for her is, "Why did they candidly discuss this practice if it isn't true?" And not just once or twice, but in 10 videos!

Ms. Zdravecky gets paid a healthy salary to obfuscate the truth; it is time for us, the voting public, to recognize PP for what it is -- in her word, a "brand." As I write this, more and more state legislatures are making solid statements against Planned Parenthood by voting to defund them.

Kathleen Richardson

Bertram, Texas

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