In the General Assembly debate over the budget, Republicans say no funding should go to abortion provider Planned Parenthood, while Democrats insist they should be funded with taxpayer dollars.
The fact is, what the Democrats suggest is illegal -- unconstitutional. And that's just the beginning of the questions the people of Colorado should be asking about Planned Parenthood and how they're skirting -- or violating -- the law in so many ways.
1. ILLEGAL TAXPAYER FUNDING
In 1984, Colorado voters passed Amendment 3, prohibiting "direct or indirect" taxpayer funding of organizations which perform abortions. In 1988, Colorado voters rejected a reversal of this constitutional amendment. So twice, Colorado voters have said they don't want their tax dollars funding abortion -- they felt so strongly about this that they wrote the prohibition into the Colorado Constitution!
Planned Parenthood has since created a subsidiary to get around the funding ban -- one organization does abortions, and the "taxpayer funded" one doesn't. But they still share costs for facilities, management, various other overhead. It's still taxpayer money going "indirectly" to fund abortions, even if they are theoretically separate, so it's still illegal. Democrat governors in Colorado have ignored the Constitution and provided funding anyway. Never forget, money is fungible.
2. ILLEGAL NON-REPORTING OF SEXUAL ABUSE
In 2002 and 2003, Texas-based Life Dynamics conducted a sting investigation covering every Planned Parenthood clinic in the country, including 27 in Colorado. They found that Planned Parenthood was systematically covering up incest and child predators. The exhaustive evidence can be listened to at "www.childpredators.com", where transcripts are also available.
Colorado, like most other states, requires health care officials to report suspected sexual abuse to the authorities. When older men bring a girl for an abortion -- someone young enough to be their daughter -- without a mother present, it is suspicious. Perhaps not all, but surely some of these cases are fathers who want to cover up that they're having sex with their own daughters. Yet, there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood has ever reported these cases, as they are required to by law.
3. ILLEGAL COLLABORATION WITH CHILD PROSTITUTION
Live Action sting: prolifeaction.org/hotline/2011/ppnewjersey/
4. ILLEGAL VIOLATIONS OF STATE LAWS
Live Action: http://liveaction.org/mona-lisa/phoenix-az
5. ILLEGAL ABETTING OF HATE CRIMES