Near the end of July, Florida became the eleventh state to investigate Planned Parenthood (PP) and its affiliates. Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Times newspaper reported that four of the sixteen, Florida PP chapters have been cited for violations. Florida’s investigating arm in this matter is the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The low number of violators would seem to suggest that the furor generated over the PP videos is merely smoke and mirrors. Not so fast my friend, the devil is in the details.
Three of the four, Florida, PP chapters cited for violations were guilty of performing abortions in the second trimester. This happens to be the key, time period in the pregnancy for acquiring baby livers, hearts, thymus, and so forth in the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Florida’s AHCA cited the fourth PP chapter for poor record-keeping practices with respect to the disposal of fetal remains (aka aborted babies). I seriously doubt that this news report pleased the powers that be within Planned Barrenhood. It is one more thing for their public relations department to attempt to explain away.
Basically there are two ways to view this report from the Tampa Bay Times. One has to do with saying that citing four out of sixteen PP chapters does not warrant all the recent fuss. Another perspective is to say that four out of sixteen is too many even though it works out to only twenty-five percent. In my humble opinion, the second view is the more realistic one. It shows that PP and its affiliates do engage in spurious practices. This does not help their cause rather it only weakens their already tenuous position.
There is one more thing to mention, too. Three days ago, the United States Senate blocked a Federal bill to defund PP at the national level by a vote of 53-46. For now, the issue lies dormant on Capitol Hill until the Fall. It must be noted that three states have removed funding for PP: New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), and Louisiana (LA). The latter two states were the first while NH joined them one or two days ago. Granted, there are forty-seven more states to go, and some of them will continue to funnel money into PP’s coffer irrespective of their shady practices.
Somehow I cannot escape the notion that my country stands at a crossroads regarding PP and our “partnership” with them for the lack of a better word. We can no longer play dumb about what takes place in their facilities. No matter how much we might want to close our eyes, or desire to wish this issue away, it remains like yesterday’s garbage. In times likes these, the true character of a nation and its people comes into focus. My prayer is that we will do the right thing. We will stand with God and uphold his word by protecting the dignity of the unborn. On this note, I will close with the following passage penned by King Solomon:
“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (Proverbs 24:11-12, ESV).