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January 19th 2010 @ 10:33 am

“Only an accounting procedure”
Boxer admits Senate’s ‘abortion compromise’ nothing more than legislative sleight of hand

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, has admitted to a national news agency that the so-called abortion compromise in the U.S. Senate’s proposed healthcare bill will actually do nothing to stop federal funding of abortions and amounts to nothing more than a clever accounting trick.

Boxer, who played a prominent role in brokering the ‘compromise’ in behind-closed-doors meetings with Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska (who insisted on the abortion provision to obtain his yes vote), came under withering attacks from her longtime pro-abortion supporters following the inclusion of the Nelson provision.

Boxer, who has received a 100% approval rating from groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood year after year since her election to the Senate in 1992, had been a featured speaker at an abortion-rights rally in Washington, D.C., just weeks before she became involved in the ‘abortion compromise.” Following her decision to agree to the Nelson language, groups like the National Organization for Women, the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and the National Institute for Reproductive Health issued blistering criticism of the senator. National Institute for Reproductive Health president Kelli Conlin said the Senate bill “has sold out women” and described its as “"unconscionable."

But not to worry, Boxer told McClatchy News Service. Boxer, reported McClatchy, “said it’s only an ‘accounting procedure’ that will do nothing to restrict [abortion] coverage.”

A committee made up of House and Senate members is scheduled to begin meetings soon to try to iron out differences in the two bills. The bill passed by the House contains the Stupak Amendment, which imposes ironclad restrictions on federal funding of abortions. Political observers have predicted the House abortion provisions will be stripped from the final bill because it otherwise would not pass the Senate.

In the meantime, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged all Catholics to contact their federal legislators urging them to adopt a bill with strong prohibitions on government-funded abortions. All parishes in the US have been asked by the bishops to include an insert in their parish bulletins regarding the issue.

“As Congress negotiates a final health care bill, the insert encourages Catholics to contact their Senators and Representatives, urging them to keep longstanding restrictions against federal funding of abortion and full conscience protection in the legislation. If these criteria are not met, Catholics are asked to urge Congress to oppose the final bill,” said a Jan. 11 USCCB press release.


Errata
Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo left off CalCatholic’s list of executive pay

On Jan. 11, California Catholic Daily published the story, “How much do you make?” The story revealed that California’s Planned Parenthood affiliates pay their executives exceptionally well, with excellent benefits.

In compiling the list, California Catholic Daily inadvertently failed to include Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo in Concord. Below is information from that affiliate.

Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo, Concord
Calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2007)

Heather Saunders Estes, President and Chief Executive Officer
Salary: $171,214
Benefits: $7,894
Total Compensation: $179,108

Holly Delaney, Chief Financial Officer
Salary: $152,167
Benefits: $7,894
Total Compensation: $160,061

Mitzi Sales, Vice-president for External Affairs
Salary: $112,486
Benefits: $7,894
Total Compensation: $120,380

Phyllis Schoenwald, Vice-president for Medical Services
Salary: $107,907
Benefits: $7,894
Total Compensation: $115,801

Stacy Gardner, Vice-president for Fund Development
Salary: $103,904
Benefits: $7,894
Total Compensation: $111,798

Total number of other employees earning more than $50,000 per year: 65


Hand over fist
While crying poverty, most California Planned Parenthood affiliates show dramatic increases in assets over last five years

(Editor’s note: This is the second in an ongoing series about the finances of the nine Planned Parenthood affiliates in California. Unless otherwise noted, the information comes from IRS Form 990, an annual report required by the IRS for tax-exempt non-profits. Check back periodically for a new installment in the series.)

Since the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, most Planned Parenthood affiliates in California have shown substantial growth in net assets, according to federal tax statements. The considerable increase in assets came despite repeated appeals to the state legislature for financial relief, as the abortion providers claimed they were turning away thousands of patients for lack of funds.

The growth in Planned Parenthood net assets came despite massive spending on their part to defeat three parental notification initiatives during the same time period. Planned Parenthood spent $5.5 million toward the defeat of Proposition 73 in 2005, $6.4 million toward the defeat of Proposition 85 in 2006, and nearly $9.3 million to defeat Proposition 4 in 2008.

Below is a breakdown of the growth in assets of Planned Parenthood affiliates based on figures from the 990s on file with the IRS. Net assets, as defined by the IRS, include inventory, land holdings, investments, accounts receivable, cash on hand, non-interest-bearing checking accounts and interest-bearing savings accounts.

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
2002: $12.7 million
2007: $45 million
Net increase: $32.3 million

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, San Jose
2002: $45.8 million
2007: $73.7 million
Net increase: $27.9 million

Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties
2002: $11.7 million
2007: 20.7 million
Net increase: $9 million

Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo, Concord
(Calendar year ending Dec. 31 of each year.)
2002: $14.7 million
2007: $22 million
Net increase: $7.3 million

Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties
(Calendar year ending Dec. 31 of each year.)
2002: $19.3 million
2007: $25.9 million
Net increase: $6.6 million

Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
2002: $14 million
2007: $20.2 million
Net increase: $6.2 million

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, San Francisco
2002: $15.5 million
2007: $17.5 million
Net increase: $2 million

Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley
2002: $1.6 million
2007: $2 million
Net increase: $400,000

Planned Parenthood Six Rivers, Eureka
(Information for this story was not available from an IRS Form 990. The data comes from Planned Parenthood Six Rivers’ 2007-2008 annual report. Six Rivers is the smallest of the nine Planned Parenthood affiliates in California – and the only one to show a loss.)
Total revenues: $2,740,653
Total expenses: $2,790,081
Net loss: $49,428

-Camille
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