The Governor of New Jersey has done something that will no doubt bring howls of outrage from the usual suspects (cue Carlton Veazey) but which is long overdue. He has used his veto pen to strike a blow for life. According to LifeNews:
After the New Jersey state Senate defeated an attempt to override the decision of Gov. Chris Christie to cut off state taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood abortion businesses, the first facility run by the national abortion giant is closing.
The Cherry Hill Courier Post newspaper says a Planned Parenthood facility located on Haddonfield Road and operated by Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey will close down.
PP-SNJ stands to lose as much as $160,000 in taxpayer funds because of Christie’s decision and the upholding of his veto. With the closing of the Cherry Hill center, Planned Parenthood customers seeking abortions or other “services” must go to PP centers in Camden, Bellmawr, and Edgewater Park.
Parenthood of Southern New Jersey president Lynn Brown told the newspaper, “We are in think mode and creative mode and we are doing all that we can to try and salvage to see as many people as we need to see.”
“We all know it’s strictly ideological,” Brown said of the funding cuts to the abortion business. “This is a very frustrating and perplexing time for us.”
Cry me a river. Christie saw an opportunity to score a trifecta and he took it. He saved the state some money that desperately needed to be saved; he made a pro-life statement; and he concretely deprived one of the most odious organizations in America of enough of its lifeblood to shut down one of its death factories. Undoubtedly, some women will go to one of the others, but the lack of a close facility may result in some seeking a different way to deal with a crisis pregnancy.
It’s incredible to think that, despite the Hyde Amendment on the federal level, Planned Parenthood’s biggest source of income is the taxpayers. According to National Right to Life:
PPFA took in over $1 billion in revenues from all sources in the fiscal year running July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. Over a third, nearly $350 million, came in the form of “Government Grants and Contracts”—your tax dollars and mine.
Private donors were responsible for nearly a quarter with “Contributions and Bequests” totaling $244.9 million. “Health Center Income” was the biggest source of revenue (see above) with “Other” bringing in an additional $68.9 million.
Even more striking is this, from Life Decisions International:
PPFA’s income for fiscal year 2006-2007 was $1.018 billion (up 11 percent from 2005-2006), with nearly one-third coming from taxpayers. This “not-for-profit” entity ends virtually every fiscal year with tens of millions of dollars in “excess revenue over expenses” (known to most people as “profit”). The “excess” for 2006-2007 alone was $114.8 million.
Another way to look at this is that Planned Parenthood–an allegedly “non-profit” organization–makes a tidy profit every year (more than 10% of revenues, 3-5 times what those evil insurance companies make) that is made possible by what you and I contribute toward its bottom line.
I’ve said before that federal funding for abortion was not as important as the question of whether abortion is legal at all, and that I wasn’t so sure how effective a strategy it was to focus on keeping the Hyde Amendment in place. I still think that, but I will make an exception: anything that can be done to deprive Planner Parenthood of its blood money is fine by me. Way to go, Governor.