Influential Conservative Media Owner Thinks GOP Is 'Dead Wrong' in Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood
Breaking from the typical GOP talking points, the billionaire conservative owner of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Dick (Richard Mellon) Scaife wrote that the Republican-led vote in the US House to defund Planned Parenthood is "dead wrong." Scaife says that 90 percent of the organization's work focuses on preventing unintended pregnancies that can lead to neglected and abused children. And he says:
In Pittsburgh and across America, Planned Parenthood offices help people to make better decisions about whether to have children. They help to arrange adoptions for women or couples unable to raise a child but unwilling to end a pregnancy.
Most of their clients are poor Americans who cannot afford birth-control measures that cost as much as $1,500 a month.
Of the 10,000 to 12,000 people who use local Planned Parenthood services, about 20 percent are teenagers, half are ages 20 to 30 and the rest older than 30.
Of course, no one wants teenagers to get pregnant. Yet far too many do -- and they need reliable, honest advice about what to do next. For many of them, Planned Parenthood is the only reliable source of that advice. For many others, Planned Parenthood is the only safe, reliable source of counseling to avoid getting pregnant in the first place.
If not for Margaret Sanger's vision and bravery, many poor Americans would have no place to turn for birth-control measures and counseling or for other health-care services.
To take that away makes no sense.
Scaife's position seems like a definite break from his conservative cohorts and slightly shocking considering that he's well-known as a funder of right-wing organizations, including American Enterprise Institute, Newt Gingrich's GOPAC, Heritage Foundation and it's been reported that the Charlotte Observersaid in 2003 that he had contributed to Children Requiring a Caring Community (now Project Prevention), which pays people addicted to drugs to be sterilized or receive long-term contraception.