Ray Stevens – We The People

Planned Parenthood And “Obscene Profits”

“In April, the annual report for Planned Parenthood Federation of America revealed that the abortion giant had a total income of $1.02 billion—with reported profits of nearly $115 million. Taxpayers kick in more than $336 million worth of government grants and contracts at both the state and federal levels. That’s a third of Planned Parenthood’s budget. And what market-distorting results do we get for those government incentives? In 2006 alone: 289,750 abortions. Oil execs, tobacco execs, banking execs, pharmaceutical company execs and baseball players have all been hauled up before Congress for highly publicized whippings by crusading lawmakers. But the executives of Planned Parenthood have escaped government scrutiny and public accountability for their predatory behavior, dangerous medical practices, deception and deadly windfall… For whatever reason, Washington has turned a blind bipartisan eye to this bloody, government-funded business—and pro-life, limited-government conservatives in the Beltway have gone along with subsidizing it. ‘Obscene profits,’ indeed.” —Michelle Malkin

Source:  The Patriot Post

Prescribe ‘the pill’ at middle school? **UPDATE**

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly.

I am still in shock after reading this story. I can’t believe some of the things that happen in our country today. Did any of you know that in Portland Maine it might be possible for middle school age girls to get birth control pills (and/or other forms of birth control) without their parents knowledge? I have a middle school age daughter so this hits home to me.

Students who have parental permission to be treated at King Middle School’s health center would be able to get birth control prescriptions under a proposal that the Portland School Committee will consider Wednesday.

Although students must have written parental permission to be treated at Portland’s school-based health centers, state law allows them to seek confidential health care and to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive, Belanger said.

This has not been approved yet but once it is (if it is) then any student whose parents give permission for him/her to be treated at the school heath center will have birth control made available to them without having to get permission from their parents. Remember, these are middle school students (ages 11-14). How many of us want to allow our children to make medical decisions on their own? I sure don’t!! The state of Maine seems to think that minor children have a right to privacy or confidentiality. Do you?

“I’m personally fine with it, but I know some parents might not be,” said Jennifer Southard, wife of City Councilor Edward Suslovic, who has two daughters at King. “I think information and access are good things. I would hope my children would come to me, but some students might not have that option.”

This woman has two kids in the school that is proposing to do this. What is her reaction? She is fine with it….she is fine with her minor daughters making medical decisions without her knowledge. I am stunned. I almost don’t know how to react to this. She “hopes” that her children would come to her but she is okay if they don’t. She is okay with not knowing what her medical situations (birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy tests, flu shots, etc.) her minor daughters may have had. I am not okay with this. I can’t imagine how any parent who loves their kids can be okay with this.

Belanger said health center workers encourage students to tell their parents about their health center experiences, but by law they cannot compel students to do so or inform parents without the student’s consent.

This is not good enough. The health centers should be contacting the parents every visit the child makes to the health center. The parents consent should be obtained before any and every (excluding emergencies, of course) medical procedure, test, or consultation.

What do you all think? Is this something that should be expanded to the rest of the country or have they gone too far in Maine? I vote that they have gone WAY, WAY, WAY, WAY too far.

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Update: Oct. 18, 2007

As expected. The program was approved. Can you believe this attack on parental rights. Click here to read the story. Why did they decide to do this?

After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow allow one school’s health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11.

Rather than deal with the problem, rather than make the tough decisions, rather than trying to teach kids that they should not be having sex that young…what do they do? They take the easy road. They basically say “kids are going to do it anyway so we might as well help them to do it safely”. That is an action taken in fear!! They are unwilling to take a stand for right and wrong. As long as we continue to have people who think like this our country is in real trouble. It is time we as Christians stand up and take back our country….and it starts with a commitment to prayer. I call on everyone who reads this to pray for God to send a revival to our country. Only then can we eradicate this kind of thinking.