Paul Broun’s hypocrisy on black children

Yesterday, on the floor of the House, one of Georgia’s leading mossbacks, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, (R-GA), gave a speech denouncing Planned Parenthood and professing to care about black babies lost to abortion. I wish I believed that Broun cared about black babies, but I know better.

In an earlier post, I wrote about the sort of hypocrisy Broun and others are up to on abortion:

If those same activists were concerned about the welfare of children once they emerged from the womb, I’d be more willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. There are, certainly, some among anti-abortion activists who campaign dutifully on behalf of poor children — notably the clergy of the Catholic Church.

But, generally speaking, there’s a glaring contradiction in the ideology of anti-abortion proponents: They are passionate about the fetus but indifferent — if not hostile — to actual babies who need a generous social safety net. The same voters who protest Roe vs. Wade usually oppose traditional welfare for poor women, government-funded health care benefits for impoverished children and housing subsidies for poor families. Indeed, among the programs in the crosshairs of GOP budget-cutters is Women, Infants and Children (commonly known as WIC), which provides nutritional supplements to pregnant women and their babies.

That’s not the end of the illogic embedded in anti-abortion activism. Here’s where it gets really frustrating: Conservatives refuse to endorse the widespread use of contraceptives, which would lower the abortion rate. Republican budget-cutters have also targeted family planning programs, and conservatives continue to paint Planned Parenthood, which delivers a host of reproductive health services to women, as the devil’s handmaiden.

That simply makes no sense. Nearly half the pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and about four in ten of those unintended pregnancies result in abortions, according to the highly respected Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit dedicated to reproductive health and improved family planning. It stands to reason, then, that helping women to gain access to reliable contraceptives and to use them appropriately would reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions.

Brown’s paternalism is showing.

—— Cynthia Tucker

158 comments Add your comment

Silent Majority

February 18th, 2011
4:13 pm

You and I have something in common, an adopted child. I shudder to think that my fine 22 year old son could have been aborted. Thank God for common decency. What do you feel when you think your child might have been aborted?

Mia

February 18th, 2011
4:22 pm

I totally agree, Cynthia. Pro-life advocates seem to lose interest once that child comes to full term. What happens to those children born of poor mothers or mothers who are emotionally, mentally, physically-ill-equipped to raise a child? Those children become wards of the state or worse they are in homes where they are abused.

I tune out most Pro-lifers unless they have also state a willingness to see to the welfare of the fetuses they want to save.

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February 18th, 2011
4:24 pm

Cynthia:

And neither do you.

A soul is a soul

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February 18th, 2011
4:26 pm

Mia:

“I tune out most Pro-lifers unless they have also state a willingness to see to the welfare of the fetuses they want to save.”

If every pro-lifer in the U.S. met your criteria above it still wouldn’t justify the killing of an unborn child. That’s what you pro-deathers fail to realize.

Kamchak

February 18th, 2011
4:28 pm

Stonethrower

February 18th, 2011
4:32 pm

And away we go………………………..!If abortion is murder then all these folks (politicains included) who divorce and remarry are living in adultrery which is also a sin. Don’t pick what is acceptable in your eyes and castigate folks who don’t share your belief.

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February 18th, 2011
4:34 pm

Stonethrower :

Based on your “logic” jaywalkers should receive the same sentence as murderers.

Good grief !

ctucker

February 18th, 2011
4:35 pm

Silent@4:13, I’m delighted that K. chose to put her baby — My baby — up for adoption. But I spend more time thinking about what kind of life she would have had if no one had stepped forward to adopt her. I’ve lost touch with K. Her phone has been disconnected; she’s moved from her last address. That suggests to me she lost her job. I can’t imagine what kind of life my child would have had under those circumstances.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

February 18th, 2011
4:35 pm

P.S.

Yes ……… adultery is a sin.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

February 18th, 2011
4:37 pm

” I can’t imagine what kind of life my child would have had under those circumstances. ”

Better than being torn limb from limb in the womb I’ll wager.

Try sitting around this evening as you look at her and imagine that.

Stonethrower

February 18th, 2011
4:43 pm

Not my logic but what the book says if you read it. Book never mentions jaywalking.

Liberal Hypocrisy

February 18th, 2011
4:43 pm

Once again CT you get stuck on race since you view life through a “racial prism”.

Congress is trying to defund Planned Parenthood. I have no opinion about abortion. That being said I still do not want my tax money subsidizing someone else’s abortion.

CT if you really care about race instead of being an ideologue you would focus on the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, and her belief in eugenics. Also, you might want to focus on Margaret Sanger’s colleague’s. At a March 1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, a speaker warned of the menace posed by the “black” and “yellow” peril. The man was not a Nazi or Klansman; he was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), which along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood.

Sanger’s other colleagues included avowed and sophisticated racists. One, Lothrop Stoddard, was a Harvard graduate and the author of The Rising Tide of Color against White Supremacy. Stoddard was something of a Nazi enthusiast who described the eugenic practices of the Third Reich as “scientific” and “humanitarian.” And Dr. Harry Laughlin, another Sanger associate and board member for her group, spoke of purifying America’s human “breeding stock” and purging America’s “bad strains.” These “strains” included the “shiftless, ignorant, and worthless class of antisocial whites of the South.”

There are many more ugly facts about Planned Parenthood.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 18th, 2011
4:46 pm

Life is so very valuable to protect in the womb until birth, but if that life is is a member of the Islam faith, Scout Zero is pro-death for that life at the instance of birth. He imagines the deaths of millions of the Islamic faith nightly…but that is okay because his “God” told him it was good.

So much for “Pro-life”.

AmVet

February 18th, 2011
4:47 pm

The cons are passionate about their ideas.

But no one can say they are pragmatic in their approach.

If there is a disease to be found, their “cure” will almost always be worse.

Kamchak

February 18th, 2011
4:48 pm

Congress is trying to defund Planned Parenthood. I have no opinion about abortion. That being said I still do not want my tax money subsidizing someone else’s abortion.

Planned Parenthood is about more than abortions.

Why do you hate poor women and children?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 18th, 2011
4:52 pm

Planned Parenthood health centers includes federal funding for birth control (a variety of options), cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care.

Class of '98

February 18th, 2011
4:54 pm

Like most conservatives, I’m not against social safety nets, I’m against people who pop out one baby after another knowing that the “safety nets” will pay all, or most, of their bills.

It’s not the safety net I’m against. It’s the abuse of safety nets I’m against.

Mike K.

February 18th, 2011
4:54 pm

@Kamchak
“Planned Parenthood is about more than abortions.
Why do you hate poor women and children?”

That’s a dumb argument. Planned Parentood is also “about” abortion. By your line of argumentation, Planned Parenthood supporters hate unborn children. Why do you think Planned Parenthood supporters hate unborn children?

Kamchak

February 18th, 2011
4:57 pm

The operative term Mikey-poo is “unborn.”

Mike K.

February 18th, 2011
4:59 pm

@Kamchak
“The operative term Mikey-poo is ‘unborn.’”

What does that mean – that you think they don’t hate children, just unborn children?

Liberal Hypocrisy

February 18th, 2011
5:00 pm

@Kamchak
“Planned Parenthood is about more than abortions.
Why do you hate poor women and children?”

Does Planned Parenthood really care about poor women and children?

Planned Parenthood’s income break-down for 2006-2007 fiscal year
PP clinic income: $356.9 million
PP Government grants and contracts: $336.7 million
Total profit: $114.8 million
Total income: $1.02 billion

Why should tax money go to Planned Parenthood with the current gov’t deficits? They make a profit. If you want an abortion go pay for it yourself or be smart and buy/use some type of contraceptive.

Kamchak

February 18th, 2011
5:01 pm

Why do you hate poor women and children, Mikey-poo?

ctucker

February 18th, 2011
5:05 pm

Liberal Hypocrisy@4:43, Please read before you rant! Paul Broun is the person who injected race into the abortion debate, for heaven’s sake

Keep up the good fight!

February 18th, 2011
5:07 pm

Liberal…utter nonsense…you do realize that Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a 501(c)(3)? There are no shareholders nor are “profits” distributed.

Kamchak

February 18th, 2011
5:09 pm

Why should tax money go to Planned Parenthood with the current gov’t deficits?

Why are you just now whinging about deficits when Cheney said that Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter?

…or be smart and buy/use some type of contraceptive.

Only you can decide what is best for you. And we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss all of your birth control options with you and help you get the birth control you need.

Thanks for proving my point.

Liberal Hypocrisy

February 18th, 2011
5:10 pm

CT, I did read. All Paul Broun said is that is Planned Parenthood proportionally aborts more black fetuses as compared to the general population and he is correct. You interpreted that through your racial prism as racist since he said black

Percentages of U.S. Females, Age 15-44, Broken Down by Race (According to 2000 U.S. Census)

Whites: 64.7%
Blacks: 12.3%
Hispanic or Latino: 12.4%
Other: 10.6%

Percentages of U.S. Women Who Obtained Abortions, Broken Down by Race (According to Center of Disease Control, 2004)

Whites: 54.1%
Blacks: 38.2%
Other: 7.7%

No rants here. Just the facts.

Keep up the good fight!

February 18th, 2011
5:13 pm

Abortion services represents 3% fo the 2007 budget of Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s receipt of federal funds through Title X, a $327 million program founded in 1970 that covers family planning and reproductive health. By law, Title X funds can be spent on family planning and contraception but not on abortion services

ctucker

February 18th, 2011
5:14 pm

Liberal Hypocrisy@5:10, You must not have read the post since you claim I mentioned “racism.” Did not. Never even suggested racism. Paternalism, yes. Racism, not necessarily.

Thulsa the Doom

February 18th, 2011
5:15 pm

Exactly how does Cynthia tie in the conservative’s respect for the sanctity of life with Republicans being meannies because they want people to raise their own kids? Its 2 different things. Just because you want people to assume a little responsibility and actually take care of their own kids doesn’t make you anti-child.

Keep up the good fight!

February 18th, 2011
5:22 pm

36% of Planned Parenthood’s total services is providing contraceptives.
31% testing and treating sexually transmitted infections
17% cancer screening and prevention.

Liberal Hypocrisy

February 18th, 2011
5:23 pm

CT, I never said you mentioned racism. Your blog insinuates racism by its title “Paul Broun’s hypocrisy on black children” and it seems the only reason you are focusing on Paul Broun is because he mentioned black children while addressing the House. You have a history of focusing on race to either divert and detract from the real subject in your blogs and commentary.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

February 18th, 2011
5:24 pm

Ya’ll can have this over the weekend.

I’ve had my say before and actually I get a little queasy reading some of your responses.

Adios !

Thulsa the Doom

February 18th, 2011
5:25 pm

2 million parents waiting to adopt. If abortion was illegal and these poor women were to have children they couldn’t really afford then they could always give the gift of life to a childless couple that would love to adopt- problem solved.

Something also to think about is that the country is becoming increasingly non-white and more and more hispanic. Having lived in Hispanic countries south of the border I can tell you abortion is illegal in every one of them. As the 2nd and 3rd generations of Hispanics become more prosperous their conservative values will also come out- especially in the voting booth. And I can tell you that these people are NOT abortion friendly. If you don’t believe that then just take a loot at the abortion stats above.

What Goes Around Comes Around

February 18th, 2011
5:29 pm

Obviously, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, (R-GA) cares more about the unborn and not the children who are in need of assistance (food, clothing, a decent home, health care, a good education, etc.) Let us take care of the living and not dictate to others what to do with their bodies. They will have to answer for their actions.

The bible says:
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.”

What Goes Around Comes Around.

Keep up the good fight!

February 18th, 2011
5:29 pm

Doomy Something also to think about is that the country is becoming increasingly non-white and more and more hispanic. Having lived in Hispanic countries south of the border I can tell you abortion is illegal in every one of them. As the 2nd and 3rd generations of Hispanics become more prosperous their conservative values will also come out- especially in the voting booth. And I can tell you that these people are NOT abortion friendly. If you don’t believe that then just take a loot at the abortion stats above.

Translation: Fear! More white babies needed! or maybe more black babies or liberal babies?

Dingy

February 18th, 2011
5:31 pm

tsk tsk cynthis smucker…you wear that name well..smuck…

Keep up the good fight!

February 18th, 2011
5:31 pm

Has anyone asked the Republicans how this is jobs related? Where are the job bills?

Martin the Calvinist

February 18th, 2011
5:33 pm

I think you are painting conservatives with a broad brush Ms. Tucker. I and my wife have two children but we don’t plan on anymore. We use birth control and I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t have a problem if others use it. In fact, if you are having sex for the sake of having sex, you ought to use some form of birth control. Where it doesn’t become a choice is when you do become pregnant. It is a baby, a human being, I don’t understand how anyone can consciencely kill another human because some one doesn’t want a child. I really believe that is cruel. If a pregnancy occurs, it’s God’s will.

Planned Parenthood should be completely defunded by the gov’t. Period.

FSUnole

February 18th, 2011
5:34 pm

Yea cynthia..you should read what teh Word of the Lord say, but i am pretty sure that you don’t care..coming from they hypocrite taht you are when you were on with chris matthews and injected race into the discussion..you are the hypocrite..

isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

Thulsa the Doom

February 18th, 2011
5:36 pm

Keep up the ignorant fight,

What? You translated Fear out of that? You aint too bright if you somehow interpretated fear in that statement. Try working on your reading comprehension skills and reading what someone is actually writing as opposed to what you wish they were writing and implying. In no way did I imply any fear over the rising Hispanic birth rate. You simply inferred it on your own because that’s the groupthink that you are brainwashed with.

The point I made is that as the country becomes more Hispanic that the country likewise will tip the balance more and more towards being anti-abortion. If you knew anything about Hispanic culture which you clearly do not then you would know that. Go back to wallowing in your ignorance ma’am.

Liberal Hypocrisy

February 18th, 2011
5:37 pm

@Keep up the good fight! 5:31 pm

“Has anyone asked the Republicans how this is jobs related? Where are the job bills?”

Where have you been? This is about deficit spending, budgeting and the national dept! Plus did you not see those hidden footage from the Planned Parenthood clinics where the workers were freely willing to work with a supposed pimp of underage girls to get them contraceptive and abortion services.

Pay attention and get your nose out of that People, US or National Enquirer magazine.

Keep up the good fight!

February 18th, 2011
5:43 pm

Liberal–nonsense never really stops does it? It just finds a new name

…Republicans promised to focus on jobs…this is jobs how?

But for the matter at hand….sorry, I dont trust edited footage…Remember the ACORN lies.

NO Federal MONIES are spent for abortion. That is the law.

TnGelding

February 18th, 2011
5:46 pm

Mossback? A new one for me. But should we be impugning others?

No doubt he’s more concerned about the fetus than the child.

Keep up the good fight!

February 18th, 2011
5:48 pm

As for deficit fighting, the Pence Amendment only denies Title X funds to Planned Parenthood….it does not cut those funds from the budget. The Pence Amendment has NO budget impact.

Aquagirl

February 18th, 2011
5:48 pm

“If a pregnancy occurs, it’s God’s will.”

Considering how a lot of those unwanted pregnancies get started, I didn’t know god resided in the back seat of cars or bottles of Jack Daniels.

VietVet

February 18th, 2011
5:55 pm

To all you Bible believers, pious hypocrits, the Bible never prohibits or even uses the word “abortion.” It’s not there. Anti-abortion is your religion, not God’s. You want to preach to sinners, try preaching to the Evangelical Christians, who divorce more than any other religious group in America. Jesus never uttered a word against homosexuality or abortion, but did say divorce was a sin. Your word against God, again. Bonus question, what religious affiliation has the least divorce, and therefore is most true to the teachings of Jesus – atheists. Truth hurts and you can’t handle it.

Kamchak

February 18th, 2011
6:00 pm

I was standing in a checkout line at the __________ store behind this fat __________ lady with __________ kids, and all the kids were wearing $_____ – ____________ while the mom was constantly talking on her cell phone. In her buggy I saw __________, __________, __________ and __________ and she then pulled out ____________ to pay for it. I’m sick and tired of my hard earned money to pay for this woman’s __________ while I have to do without. Oh yeah, I’ll bet she owns a gazillion inch TeeVee.

Just thought I’d get that out there.

Thulsa the Doom

February 18th, 2011
6:06 pm

VietVet,

Jesus never mentioned abortion because it was unheard of back. It was a nonissue because it was a given that if you were pregnant you simply had the baby. Your statement is one of the dumbest I’ve ever read on here. And I’ve read some doozies. Does your mind actually believe that Jesus would be pro-abortion? You cannot possibly be that stupid?

Edith

February 18th, 2011
6:07 pm

Dr. Broun say he is for pro-life legislation, like high risk pools, but he didn’t even put them in his proposed health care bill, he presented to Congress last year. Why should the nation trust any legislation he proposes?

Mike K.

February 18th, 2011
6:21 pm

@Kamchak
“Why do you hate poor women and children, Mikey-poo?”

To play your infantile little game, please show me where I said I hated poor women and children?