The Huffington Post laments that after Gov. Rick Perry signed the bipartisan HB2 into law today, Planned Parenthood reports that it will now close three of its operations in Texas. Clinics in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin will now shutter.
How can this be, if only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s business is abortion services?
LiveAction looked into Planned Parenthood’s “3%” claim in 2010 and determined that about 36.7% of Planned Parenthood’s income comes from its abortion business. NPR looked into it and their number comes up at about 10%. Neither, obviously, is anywhere near Planned Parenthood’s claim of 3%. A thorough audit of Planned Parenthood’s records is evidently in order, as its public statements on this and a host of other issues have turned out to be misleading or false. For instance, Planned Parenthood claimed that increased regulation would deprive women of mammograms. But Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms.
The closing of these clinics tells us something else as well. In 2011 the Texas legislature cut Planned Parenthood off from state funding, as the organization had come under accusations that it mixes its public and private funding. Taxpayer dollars are banned from being used to fund abortion services. Mixing funds would violate that ban.
The fact that HB2 is now being blamed for closing these three facilities strongly suggests that Planned Parenthood is guilty of the fund mixing charge.
An additional fact worth noting is that when a new EPA regulation forces a power plant or coal-based industry to shut down, no one on the left bats an eye for the jobs lost or the lost business. But pass a modest bill that enjoys bipartisan support, is sponsored by women, and is designed to improve standards in Planned Parenthood’s clinics, and Planned Parenthood itself is a billion dollar corporation that has been caught in numerous scandals while it enjoys corporate welfare, and the vast majority of the left fight the new regulation with every tool at hand. Including, at least in Austin last week, jars of feces.