Is it time to investigate Planned Parenthood?

Maggie Gallagher says yes, and so do a group of activists who will protest in front of Planned Parenthood’s Washington DC’s offices tomorrow. The group of black pastors and pro-life activists will demand a probe into PP’s fundraising and operational practices after a series of undercover investigations discovered purposeful evasion of child-abuse reporting regulations — and a disgusting acquiescence to the worst kind of race-baiting in order to secure donations:

Planned Parenthood likes to think of itself as above all reproach — a champion of women’s rights and also (as its annual report claims) the nation’s “social justice movement.”

But this week, in front of Planned Parenthood offices at 1108 16th St. NW in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, a group of black pastors and pro-life activists (joined by two GOP congressmen) will demand a congressional audit of what the group alleges are a pattern of racist practices, funded by taxpayers, at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.

Planned Parenthood’s latest trouble began when a feisty pro-life student magazine called Planned Parenthood offices in seven states, posing as an openly racist donor seeking to make sure his check could be earmarked to abort “a black baby.” The resulting phone conversations are horrifying listening.

Take a listen for yourself:

Maybe the organizers at PP can live with themselves by redirecting the money elsewhere. For instance, Planned Parenthood has a goal to spend $10 million this year through its PAC, influencing voter decisions to keep their favored candidates in office. After listening to this, which candidate wants to accept that kind of support? In fact, opponents of such favored candidates should demand that they answer for this kind of despicable, conscienceless fundraising.

And it wasn’t just some part-time telephone operator at one office enabling racists to reduce the black population. This happened at four different offices, and these calls involved management. It recalls the original mission of the founder of PP, Margaret Sanger, who encouraged birth control of “dysgenic” populations and “racial hygiene”. (Interestingly, though, Sanger believed that abortion killed life and opposed it, preferring contraception.)

Planned Parenthood receives millions in federal funding. In 2006, various PP groups received over $13 million in federal grants; in 2005, the amount went over $16 million. Why does the federal government send grant money to groups exploiting racist appeals to cull donations for abortions in minority communities? Perhaps Congress should ask itself that question.