Thursday, July 8, 2010

ORTLS takes Brooks to task

Maybe if 12th Congressional District candidate and Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks lived in the district she wants to represent, she'd know their values.

A recent press release from the Ohio Right to Life Society smartly highlights how Brooks' belief system has placed her in a position where any claims to "fiscal prudence" must be repudiated.

An October 14, 2009 Columbus Dispatch article indicated that Brooks voted to “squeeze” $50,000 out of the county budget for a grant to Planned Parenthood to teach sex education to Columbus kids. Brooks, at the time of the vote, indicated that Planned Parenthood had been a regular recipient of grants from the county.

Brooks’ campaign website claims that she has “a reputation for strong fiscal prudence.” However, if she thinks “squeezing” money out of a tight county budget to pay an abortion-provider to teach kids about sex is the best use of public funds while folks struggle to make ends meet, what will she do if she has a say about the huge federal budget?

Strategically speaking, this focus on fiscal irresponsibility is a smart tactic. Without question, this midterm election is first and foremost about the economy and government spending. That fact isn't lost on ORTLS.

The ORTLS goes on to make sure we recognize the overreliance on taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood's existence.

A recent General Accounting Office report indicated that six abortion-providing or promoting organizations received more than $1 billion in federal funding between FY 2002-2009. By far the most funding, $657.1 million, went to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates, who performed 305,310 abortions in 2007.
With its overeliance on government grants, Planned Parenthood might as well be a subdivision of Obama's Department of Health and Human Services. Of course, I'm not quite sure where the destruction of life fits under that of HHS' domain.

But it doesn't end there.

A recent study brings up an important question of where these taxpayer dollars are going:
According to an American Life League review of Planned Parenthood's annual reports, the organization received more than $2 billion in federal grants and contracts between 2002 and 2008. A June 16 Government Accountability Report, however, found that the organization spent just $657.1 million of taxpayer money in the same time period.
If the ALL analysis is accurate, it seems Planned Parenthood must be held accountable for the discrepancy.

Or maybe since Paula Brooks is such a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood, she can look into it for us.


  1. A. "Maybe if 12th Congressional District candidate and Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks lived in the district she wants to represent, she'd know their values." Maybe if you lived here you'd be able to comment appropriately on our values as well.

    B. "If ALL analysis is accurate." Helluva a statement. Cherrypicking must me your second job besides talking points from Kasich because you picked two completely biased studies examining bits and pieces of an organization that provides much more than abortions.

    Planned Parenthood also provides testing for STD, PAP smears, sex education that also includes abstinance, and birth control for women AND men. NO FEDERAL MONEY GOES TO ABORTIONS IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. It's the law of the land. It doesn't happen no matter how many times you attempt to make the connection.

    Additionally, comprehensive sex education has been EMPIRICALLY proven to be more effective to reducing unwanted pregnancies, abortion rates, STD rates, the spread of HIV much more than abstinance only FEDERALLY FUNDED education. A few sources in credible medical and research journals can be found here at a non-partisian, non-judgmental, full of professionals organization:

  2. Wow. Way to really get into the meat of the post.

    A. The fact remains that Paula Brooks is NOT a resident of the
    12th Distict AND is running for office. Our dear DJTablesauce is just a (somewhat) humble blogger.

    B. Planned Parenthood, dispite its propaganda and cheerleaders, IS the nation's largest abortion provider. Per the Dispatch, Ms. Brooks found a way to get $50,000, out of a tight budget, to PP. If she is proud of her support, both fiscal and otherwise of PP, I encourage her to run on that in her quest to represent the 12th distric.

  3. Wow - way to pick and choose facts over rhetoric.

    RE: Paula Brooks residence - if it's not an issue per the Constitution or BOE/SOS, it's a non-issue. And honestly, if DJTablesauce is so hot about people commenting or working for an area that someone doesn't live in, he should practice what he preaches.

    Don't like abortion, don't have one. If conservatives want to constantly trumpet the mantra "less government" and "keep your hands off my guns" or even adopt some of the "TEA" party's tennets, then apply it to MY body as well. You can't have less government in citizens' lives while at the same time demanding legislation governing permissions over someone's body.

    Keep your laws, ideas, and opinions out of my discussions about MY body and with MY doctor. One service offered by a group does not negate the other obviously and empirically proven services they provide.

    If you truly believe that the government should be smaller (as the author of this blog and you in your comments purport), then I encourage you to support candidates who propose less intrusion in your lives.

  4. Struck a nerve?

    Paula is out of touch with the district she doesn't live or not and like it or not, it will become a campaign issue.

    Look, I'm not an anti-abortion zealot, but I will not support the "my body, my choice" mantra either. Outside of a handful of circumstances, your "choice" begins a conception. IOW, personal responsibilty.


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