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Ben Boychuk

is associate editor of City Journal, where he writes on education and California politics. Previously, he served as managing editor of the Heartland Institute's School Reform News and the Claremont Review of Books. He is also a former editorial writer for Investor's Business Daily and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. Reach him at

Boychuk writes a weekly column for the Sacramento Bee and Scripps-Howard News Service. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the New York PostNational Review Online, the Korea Times and newspapers across the United States.

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Taxpayer funding should be ended 

By BEN BOYCHUK 

Manhattan Institute’s City Journal
P
lanned Parenthood shouldn’t get one more dollar of taxpayer support. Not even one more dime. Planned Parenthood is in the abortion business. Part of the business model apparently involves selling intact organs from aborted babies. The videos released by the Center for Medical Progress show top Planned Parenthood executives discussing how best to extract fetuses to ensure their organs are suitable for sale.

It’s unclear whether Planned Parenthood’s clients realize they’ve consented to “donate” their unborn children’s remains. It’s ghastly business in any event.

The $1.2 billion national organization receives more than $500 million in government funds. Federal dollars are not supposed to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s abortions directly. So what? Money is fungible, and other services it provides — referrals for breast cancer screenings, pap smears and the like — are also offered by other, considerably less blood-stained women’s health care providers.

Planned Parenthood’s most strident defenders insist the videos are a selectively edited “hoax,” and what the executives are shown discussing is perfectly legal, anyway. In fact, the videos are not a hoax — the unedited versions are freely available online. And abortion’s partisans cannot defend the morality of negotiating prices for fetal organs, so they’re left to mere legalisms and euphemisms such as “fetal tissue.”

Sorry, but euphemism will not do. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior abortionist shown in the first video, casually describes over a salad and a glass of red wine how she uses an ultrasound to make sure she extracts the baby with its vital — and most marketable — organs in one piece.

People who are genuinely on the fence need to pay heed to what Planned Parenthood’s executives do and say in private. Dead babies shouldn’t be commodities to be traded like pork bellies. And taxpayers shouldn’t have to boost Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. 

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