NC lawmaker: Planned Parenthood ‘getting wealthy on murder for hire’

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:12 EDT
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A North Carolina Republican responded to a Planned Parenthood email by calling it a “bloody, indecent, immoral organization,” that was “getting wealthy on murder for hire,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The healthcare organization “deals out nothing but deception, death, personal devastation, and moral degradation,” Rep. Larry Pittman (R-NC) wrote. “Never will I agree to give that bloody, indecent, immoral organization one penny. I will not be satisfied until it is outlawed.”

The Huffington Post reported the email by Pittman, a member of the state Health and Human Services Appropriation committee, was in response to a May appeal by Planned Parenthood. The committee would later vote to to cut off the group’s funding. The organization subsequently received a federal grant allowing it to maintain operations.

In a reply to both Planned Parenthood and his fellow committee members, Pittman called it “a murderous organization … getting wealthy on murder for hire.” On Monday he told the Journal he had “sources” telling him it spent 75 percent of its money on abortions.

“To say that they would try to reduce the incidence of abortion is like saying a baker would go around trying to get people to stop eating bread,” he added.

As ThinkProgress notes, abortion services account for three percent of Planned Parenthood’s services. Its clinics in North Carolina offer contraceptive services to more than 61,000 women.

In January, Pittman sent the entire state General Assembly an email calling for hangings to be reinstated as “a deterrent to crime,” including “abortionists” alongside rapists, murderers and kidnappers as people who should be targeted.

[Planned Parenthood sign photo by Steve Rhodes via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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