Advice for Planned Parenthood to Balance Their Budget By

Here is a remarkable study in contrast.

Dys Welcomes PCC Reps to WV Senate

Last Thursday, while the Family Policy Council of West Virginia was ushering representatives from Pregnancy Care Centers (PCC) across West Virginia onto the floor of the West Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate, Planned Parenthood was about 1.5 miles uptown protesting the U.S. House of Representatives’ move to defund Planned Parenthood.

Downtown, 134 lawmakers took the time to affirm the life-saving, women’s health-loving, family-supporting work of the thousands of staff and volunteers who support their local PCC (maybe you call them Crisis Pregnancy Centers).

Uptown, supporters of an unfettered abortion industry dodged the rain and the use of the word “abortion” except to point out how mean “anti-abortion” people were and how Planned Parenthood – who performed more than 330,000 abortions in 2009 – does not use Federal Funding to perform abortions (note how they never deny doing them, just not using your tax dollars to do it).

I feel sorry for PP, what with all the scandal and proposed cuts in funding!  So, I’m offering them some advice to help them tighten their budgetary belts and, while I’m at it, put a few fallacies to rest.  So, here’s what I might tell Planned Parenthood if I were their budget analyst:

First, don’t miss the forest for the trees.  You’re still a money-maker, baby. Let’s assume the PP execs are right and you don’t use the $363 million, a subsidy you receive annually, to perform abortions.  That leaves $800 million (approximately) leftover for you to be able to provide your self-styled, “life-saving” family planning services.  Look, I don’t mean to say that it won’t hurt to lose $363 million of my $1.1 billion annual budget.  But, I think I might be able to trim a few things to make it work.  Don’t you?  But, seriously, you still have $800 million annually!  You can assemble a dream team or film the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy – TWICE every year - with that kind of cash!!

A video grab at Charleston rally for abortion industry with ironic sign.

Second, sell more product, trim the fat. If, as you tend to argue, you would like to make abortion “safe and rare,” then what’s the problem?  This should be a blessing in disguise for you!  Less money = abortions are more rare + abortion still legal = you’re happy, right?

But, then again, if I were looking to trim areas of my budget, perhaps I’d start with the most cost-intensive portion: salary for abortionists and anesthesiologists, medical equipment rental, etc.  The average cost for an abortion is $468.  Multiply that times 330,000, and we’re looking at real money (I’ll do the math for you, it’s: $154,440,000).  But, if you insist on performing abortions, ok, do more of them – they just won’t become rare.  But, abortion is your product, so sell more.  You see, your problem is that business for you is down and you have a whole warehouse full of product that you just can’t move.  Well, it’s a bummer for your bottom line, but it’s a wonderful thing for babies.

If you can’t move your product, then do with less.  Trim abortions . . . er . . . product sales by half each year, and you have an immediate savings (in the 10-figure range) by simply allowing children to be born.  Indocrinate . . . er . . . Teach them correctly and, in about 20 years, they’ll start paying back on your investment.

Plus, I would wager about 1/3 (if not more) of your budget, PP, goes to salaries and facilities.  Close down a few abortion mills . . . er . . . clinics, trim Cecile Richards’ $385,163 salary (and, while we’re at it, cut the position of “VP for Contraceptive Enterprise.”  What kind of position is that anyway?), and force a pay cut across the board. . . er . . . utilize your legions of volunteers more heavily, and you’re realizing some huge savings.

That doesn’t even begin to touch the sensible earnings you should be making off of the multi-million dollar trusts and other investments they should have made by now.  Or, did you leverage your entire stock against increasing the number of abortions?  Hmmm.  Better get your marketing team on the phone.  Sounds like your “safe and rare” message isn’t matching reality in the board room.

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Justin Bieber and “The View” Don’t Share Views

By Nathan A. Cherry, 02/28/2011

Martinsburg, WV – I think I have talked more about Justin Bieber in the last two weeks than I have…ever. But, this is worth mentioning as the young pop-star continues to attract fans of his music, and his values. We’re impressed when Tim Tebow shares his values publicly and boldly. Then again he’s an adult football athlete. There’s something about him that should scream “bring it on” to critics. But Bieber is a 16 year old kid, a kid whose personal views could sink his career – it’s happened before. And yet he is unafraid and unapologetic to those that disagree.

Leave it to the ultra-liberal hosts of the “The View” to rip a young man and his views apart on national television.

The hosts of the liberal daytime show decided that his comments in a recent Rolling Stone interview needed to be discussed on their program. Perhaps this should be a compliment to Bieber that the hosts chose to center on his remarks; welcome to the political spotlight Justin!

But as troubling as it is to me that these ladies would feel the need to vilify a young man for sharing his personal views – views shared by the majority of Americans no less – their response to his views are ludicrous.

The Rolling Stone interview asked Bieber about his thoughts on pre-marital sex and abortion. He shared his views saying “you should just wait” to have sex until you are in love (hinting at an abstinence view) and “I really don’t believe in abortion…It’s like killing a baby.”

These are logical, common, reasonable responses that any rational thinking person could easily respect as a commonly shared personal view. And yet, the hosts at “The View” (aka The “liberal” View) just could not respect Bieber and his views.

The New York Daily News carries comments by the hosts:

“When asked about situations in which women become pregnant after being raped, Bieber said he believed ‘everything happens for a reason,’ but noted, ‘I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.’
As guest co-host
KaDee Strickland pointed out, ‘He won’t be in that position because he cannot give birth. He doesn’t have a choice like that,’ she added. ‘He’s a 16-year-old boy, as I understand it. That’s a very hot-button thing to be talking about.’ Joy Behar said Bieber’s ‘everything happens for a reason’ comment is ‘really insulting to people who have been raped or victims of incest. There is no ‘reason’ for that.’”

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Urge Congress to Stand for Marriage

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 342 for and only 67 against.  The U.S. Senate voted 85 for and only 14 against to defend marriage as one man and one woman.  President Bill Clinton signed that bill into law.  Since then, 31 states have defined marriage as between one man and one woman in their state constitutions, 40 states have a state version of DOMA.

On Wednesday, President Obama unilaterally declared DOMA to be unconstitutional an directed his Department of Justice to cease the enforcement of this duly passed law.  In so doing, this administration has given activists a free shot at redefining marriage.

But, the good news is that the House of Representatives may intervene to defend laws that it has passed, including the Defense of Marriage Amendment. At a minimum, this intervention would fill your representative void left vacant by the President’s decision.

Please use the form below to contact your congressman or congresswoman.  Politely urge them to intervene to defend marriage before the Federal courts.  We also encourage you to contact Speaker of the House, John Boehner, with the same message.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Ridiculous Statement from Nancy Pelosi on Planned Parenthood

By Nathan A. Cherry, 02/25/2011

 

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Martinsburg, WV – There are times when someone says something and you just shake your head and wonder what sort of alternate reality they inhabit. Of course, it should come as no surprise to hear that Nancy Pelosi has recently made such statements. She seems to have a penchant for making statements that are completely out of step with the American people; and have no common sense value whatsoever.

Relating to the push to defund Planned Parenthood of all federal tax money, she offered a tid-bit of backward thinking by saying the movement to defund Planned Parenthood “put women and children last.” What?! Planned Parenthood Logo

Oh yes, she said that. Ms. Pelosi believes that Planned Parenthood is an organization that seeks to help women and children with quality health services. She no doubt believes the rhetoric of PPFA and President Cecile Richards that PP holds itself to the highest standards, complies with all state and federal laws, and seeks the well-being of women and children. Right…and I’m the tooth fairy.

Maybe Ms. Pelosi missed the videos released by Live Action showing PP workers attempting to cover up an underage sex-trafficking ring and help the underage, illegal immigrant girls’ pimp skirt the law. It didn’t happen once, it has happened, so far five times! So much for compliance with state and federal laws! Will someone please tell Ms. Pelosi she can watch those highly disturbing undercover videos here? Or maybe she wants to read this story of the PP worker that tried to force a raped 14 year old to have an abortion.

Maybe we should look at some stats from Planned Parenthood to see all of the “good” they are doing. Lifenews.com has posted some eye-opening stats that should clear up any misconception about PP.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engage Family Minute – Feb 24

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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Department of Justice, President Stops Defending DOMA

U.S. Attorney General informs Congress it will no longer  defend marriage as between one man and one woman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— On Thursday, February 23, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., said in a letter to Congressman John Boehner that President Obama has directed his administration to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, before Federal courts, effective immediately.  The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, through its president and general counsel, Jeremy Dys, released the following statement:

“Government should encourage strong marriages.  The people of West Virginia have a right to expect that laws duly passed by Congress and signed into law by the President will be defended by his administration.  It is clear that this administration will not prevent the redefinition of marriage in West Virginia.  The West Virginia Legislature should protect every West Virginian’s right to vote on the definition of marriage.  Simply stepping aside to allow activists a free pass to redefine marriage through an unaccountable judge is not the leadership every citizen has a right to expect from this administration.  It is clear that this administration wants to launch West Virginia (and states like West Virginia) into a legal chaos that will result in the redefinition of marriage, even against the 86% of West Virginians who believe marriage is only between one man and one woman.”


The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization that advocates for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.

www.familypolicywv.com

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Obama on Planned Parenthood: “Um…Well…”

By Nathan A. Cherry, 02/23/2011

Martinsburg, WV – It’s no secret that President Obama has been called the most pro-abortion president in the history of the United States. All one has to do is take a quick look at his policies to see that he has helped advance abortion in greater ways than any of his predecessors. So when the nation’s largest abortion merchant, Planned Parenthood, was recently caught aiding investigators posing as operators of an underage sex-trafficking ring, one would think the response from the president would be swift and direct. Not so much.

Lifenews.com recently posted a video interview with President Obama and NBC 12 in which the president was for the first time forced to answer questions about Planned Parenthood and the recently released undercover videos.

Watch the short response the president gave to question of whether Planned Parenthood should be defunded:

Lifenews.com posted comments from pro-life bloggers Jill Stanek and Thomas Peters regarding the president’s answer to the NBC 12 question. The most interesting thing both bloggers had to say was that it appears the president is distancing himself from Planned Parenthood. Why would President Obama distance himself from a group that he has helped many times during his term as president, a group that has worked tirelessly to advance the radical abortion agenda of Obama and pro-abortion advocates? The comments by Stanek and Peters are printed below and worth reading.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Justin Bieber and Abby Johnson Share Common Interest

By Nathan A. Cherry, 02/22/2011

Martinsburg, WV – I am, admittedly, not young enough or cool enough to know much about Justin Bieber or his music. But I have to say that as of today I am a big fan of his (the person, not his hair – what’s up with the bucket head?).

The new edition of Rolling Stone magazine features an interview with the 16 year old world-wide pop star sharing some candid, mature opinions on tough issues. The opinion making waves across the nation is that Justin Bieber is pro-life!

When asked what he believes regarding abortion Bieber said “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby?”

Yes, Justin, it is just like killing a baby. He went on to discuss the topic further, commenting on abortion in cases of rape with the rock mag. Then discussed his view of sex outside of marriage and gave the impression that he is pro-abstinence.

Bieber’s pro-life admission is a bold step for a young man that is so popular all over the world. But many are hopeful that his views will influence the millions of young people that look to him as a role-model.

Scott Fischbach, who heads the pro-life group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, has long believed Bieber was pro-life because so many young people are choosing life after seeing the effects of abortion, as well as the images and ultra-sound pictures. He was quoted in a Lifenews.com article saying:

“Honest and frank talk from Justin Bieber about life issues is awesome and will hopefully encourage more young people to join the cause of life. Poll after poll show that younger people are pro-life and now Bieber joins those majority ranks. Gone are the days when pro-life artists and performers needed to hide or keep their pro-life views out of the public.”

In other exciting pro-life news of the last few days Live Action Films, the group operated by Lila Rose, has announced the addition of former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life superstar Abby Johnson.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engage Family Minute – Feb 22

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PRESS RELEASE: Tennant Receives EMILY’s List Endorsement, Ignores Majority of West Virginians

Sec. of State Natalie Tennant

Pro-life leaders question if candidate will represent the views of West Virginians or scandal- ridden abortion industry.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Late last week, EMILY’s List – the nation’s largest pro-abortion political action group – endorsed West Virginia’s Secretary of State Natalie Tennant for Governor.  The endorsement leaves pro-life West Virginians wondering whether she would, if elected, represent them, or a scandal-ridden abortion industry.

“Proponents of abortion invest millions in politicians that they expect to steer millions of taxpayer dollars into the abortion industry,” said Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the FPCWV.  “We encourage Sec. Tennant to show that she truly wishes to represent the people of West Virginia by rejecting this endorsement and refusing further funding from the abortion industry.”

In a joint letter sent last week to each candidate running in the special election for governor, leaders from West Virginians for Life and the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) challenged lawmakers to sign the, “Vote for Life” Pledge.  The letter, signed by Karen Cross and Jeremiah Dys, also urged the pro-life community in West Virginia to commit to voting only for a candidate who refuses the millions of dollars the abortion industry offers to many candidates today.  Thus far, Natalie Tennant has not signed the “Vote for Life” Pledge.

This endorsement confirms rumors that EMILY’s List, a multi-million dollar, out-of-state political action committee, had met with at least one candidate in the race for governor.  In the 2009 – 2010 election cycle, EMILY’s List raised spent more than $38 million dollars to elect pro-abortion candidates across the country.  Along with NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry has spent more than $184 million over the past decade to advance their agenda.

Planned Parenthood, which performs more than 300,000 abortions every year and is heavily subsidized by taxpayer dollars, has recently been the center of an undercover investigations revealing their complicity in human sex trafficking, covering up statutory rape, and encouraging racially motivated abortions.

Voters throughout West Virginia may sign the, “Vote for Life” Pledge at www.FamilyPolicywv.com/Life.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization that advocates for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.

www.FamilyPolicyWV.com

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.