Who better to finish off Fox News' Tuesday anti-choice propaganda blast at Planned Parenthood than Bill O'Reilly, an aging Catholic male who uses his show as a conduit for "pro-life" fanaticism and platform from which he engaged in a crusade against an abortion doctor who was later murdered by a "pro-life" fanatic? For his efforts in demonizing Dr. George Tiller, dubbed a "baby killer" by O'Reilly, Bill earned a "courage award" from the hate group, the FamilyResearchCenter. The wealthy O'Reilly is also vehemently opposed to Planned Parenthood, an organization providing health care for low income women. Despite Bill's prediction, Planned Parenthood hasn't been defunded; but the anti-choice lobby is indefatigable in its efforts to do so especially given the Planned Parenthood's 2012 level of government funding. Bill O'Reilly provided a happy ending to Fox's Tuesday lie-a-palooza with more of the same!
O'Reilly set the message, about "aborting babies at taxpayer expense," on an ominous note about a "disturbing situation that may be a violation of federal law." He discussed how the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal dollars from funding abortion because "many people believe abortion is morally wrong." (Of course, many people don't!) In a totally ROFLMAO moment of irony, anti-choice zealot O'Reillly accused "pro-choice zealots" of trying to get around the Hyde Amendment by using Planned Parenthood. His proof - an increase in federal dollars to Planned Parenthood between 2001 and 2011. After stating this organization has said that it doesn't use federal dollars for abortion, he opined "that's hard to believe." Taking a page from the pro-life playbook, he expressed bewilderment that there were so many abortions and so few adoption referrals. (Hey Bill, we've been in recession lately and when folks are living on the margin, they don't need more babies!!!!)
Despite the FACT that abortion services are only 3% of Planned Parenthood's services, Pope Bill declared, in the lexicon of the anti-choice crazies, that Planned Parenthood is "an abortion mill." (Hey Bill, Our local PP only does abortions on Saturday - hardly a "mill.") He accused them of "conning" the taxpayer with a "blatant ruse." He urged congress to check into the funding of Planned Parenthood because it could be "a gross violation of federal law.
After his Talking Points he spoke with Cristina Page, the author of "How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America." Using facts and figures, she told him that his "accounting," regarding Planned Parenthood, was wrong and that the organization is a health care provider. He insisted that non-abortion services are cheap while abortions are expensive. When she tried to rebut him, he patronizingly lectured her about the cost of abortion. There was rich irony when O'Reilly, who had no basis on which to make his accusation, asked her how she knew that no taxpayer money was going towards abortion.
He lectured her about the need for an "audit" which she said would be an offensive attack on a safety net provider. Bill didn't understand why it would be a problem. He wouldn't let her finish and lectured her some more on the "need for honest accounting." While not respecting her position, he demanded to know if she respected his anti-choice views and accused her of "dodging the question" and not wanting to know if Planned Parenthood is violating the law. He reinforced his message, that Planned Parenthood might be circumventing the law, with a comment that both Democrats and Republicans would want an audit to make sure that "money isn't going over there which is a violation of federal law."
Planned Parenthood, along with every other entity that receives federal monies, is routinely audited. It also has its own audit. This segment was just more advancement of a pro-life agenda and one for which Bill received praise from one of Lila Rose's website writers who urged O'Reilly to continue his jihad. And while Bill whines about how much money is being given to Planned Parenthood, in bad economic times, he has no problem with bloated defense contracts and other really big ticket items which cost taxpayers far more than an organization that keeps women healthy and, by providing birth control and abortion, helps them to better themselves, economically. As Jon Stewart says, Bill O'Reilly is full of shit!