Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.
Pro-life groups suggested this week that the federal government had spent over $1 billion to fund abortion since 2002. However, federal law prohibits any funding of abortions. As with many issues, word choice by political advocacy groups make a difference.
CitizenLink chose the following headline for a story on a Government Accounting Office (GAO) report on six organizations selected by pro-life legislators for audit: "Government Report Confirms Nearly a Billion Tax Dollars Funding Abortion."
As CitizenLink states, from 2002-2009 the federal government awarded grants "to six pro-abortion abortion organizations and their affiliates." The government gives research, education, and other grants to organizations that may perform abortions as one of their other services. It does not, however, fund abortion services.
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said that the government "is a major shareholder in the international abortion business" and has given over a billion dollars to organizations that "make it their mission to slaughter unborn babies by dismemberment, decapitation, and deadly chemicals." Perkins urged support for the Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would prohibit any federal funds going to organizations that perform elective abortions.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said, "The GAO report is one more piece of conclusive evidence showing that, while Planned Parenthood claims to offer women choices, it only offers one: abortion."
The GAO report lists each of the grant programs and how much each organization was granted. The report states ...