In response to my question about Live Action’s funding, Schear said that, Lila Rose’s anti-choice activism began with a grant from Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute, which has been training young right-wingers for leadership roles for more than 30 years. The grant funded Rose’s newspaper, The Advocate, which she still publishes. I recently attended one of the Institute’s breakfast meetings with news-makers; the speaker was Tim Phillips, president of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the astroturf group founded and chaired by David Koch. Phillips, you see, is a graduate of the Institute, as are many right-wing luminaries.
More recently, Rose has gained the support of the Gerard Health Foundation, which supports anti-choice groups, many of them Catholic. In 2008, Rose won one of the foundation’s coveted “Life Prizes”. That year, a total of $600,000 was divided between seven recipients. The foundation is funded by the trust of Raymond Ruddy, a former executive with Touche Ross and Maximus, on whose board of Maximus he still sits. Maximus describes itself as providing operational services to the U.S. government, and foreign governments. (Isn’t government bad, bad, bad? Aren’t foreigners bad, bad, bad? Guess not when you’re making big bucks off of them.)
On the [conference] call [organized by MMFA], Cecile Richards [of Planned Parenthood] urged progressive bloggers to spread the word that Planned Parenthood’s clients desperately need the health care provided to them by Planned Parenthood clinics, explaining that for many of the women who come in for basic gynecological services, Planned Parenthood provides the only health care they receive. Media Matters Executive Vice President Ari Rabin-Havt announced that his organization will continue be on the trail of Live Action, debunking the organization’s claims, and focusing on its methods.
Considering that MMFA receives a lot of its funding from Soros, and that it was one of the numerous lefty orgs that tried to cover that up before the lid got blown off all of their relations and the jig was up, that’s pretty rich. But it’s not about the funding of Lila Rose, and they know that.
It’s about an organization that seeks, as did ACORN, to perpetrate fraud in the service of ideology. In many states, social workers, police, clergy, teachers and veterinarians have a duty to report suspected animal cruelty on the part of their “clients.” It is starkly starkers that Planned Parenthood would not blow the whistle on apparent child trafficking, and it’s beyond insane that any outfit with the kind of federal funding that they receive should expect that it can flout the law. Indeed, this episode demonstrates that Planned Parenthood has been operating without sufficient government oversight, much like Kermit Gosnell’s Little Shop of Horrors. (Related: CDC buries “abortion surveillance” report)
Planned Parenthood supplies gynecological services to women who otherwise wouldn’t receive them? Great. That still does not exempt them from their legal responsibilities, or, as a matter of public relations, obviate a need to demonstrate fundamental humanity.
As far as the MMFA indignation, spare me: anyone who’s so cavalier about human dignity doesn’t deserve a hearing on this issue. The sting is the “sicko” part of this? Really? (read the entire name of the Alternet URL to see what the original title was)