Do most Americans really support federal funds going to Planned Parenthood?
That’s what the results of a recent poll seem to suggest at first glance, but a deeper analysis of a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that Americans’ support for Planned Parenthood dropped significantly following the release of videos that unmasked the organization’s organ-harvesting scheme.
At first blush, it seems that Americans overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood:
Seventy-three percent of respondents said they supported federal funding for an unnamed group to provide women’s health exams, 69 percent backed federal dollars for prenatal services, and 59 percent were in favor of it for contraception. Both Democrats and Republicans polled supported federal funding for the services.
But pay attention to the wording of those questions. Neither Planned Parenthood nor abortion are specifically mentioned, thus the seemingly overwhelming support is not really for Planned Parenthood specifically as much as it is for women’s health care services in general, including prenatal care and contraception – NOT abortion.
But then the results get more interesting once Planned Parenthood is specifically mentioned in the questions:
Overall, 54 percent supported federal funding of Planned Parenthood, and 26 percent opposed it. But 44 percent of respondents who saw the videos said they now have a more negative view of Planned Parenthood, compared with 34 percent who said their views were unchanged.
“I just don’t think they ought to receive my money that I pay in taxes,” said Kathy Scholl, 66, a Republican from Iowa Park, Texas.
After the videos were described to poll respondents, 39 percent said Planned Parenthood should not receive government funding and 34 percent said federal dollars should continue.
So two things are going on in these results:
1. A lot of Americans haven’t seen or heard about the undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the prices of aborted baby organs. One video details how Planned Parenthood harvested organs from a live baby.
2. A majority of Americans oppose Planned Parenthood when they do know about those videos.
In short, the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover videos are a game changer for Planned Parenthood. It’s not surprising at all that Planned Parenthood has taken to bribing reporters into silence by giving them awards for “media excellence” for their non-coverage of the scandal. And it makes sense that the group would fake their own website hack in order to paint abortion opponents as dangerous extremists, and then solicit a few donations from their error page.
It also shows why the virtual mainstream media blackout on the entire ordeal is one of the worst abuses of journalistic integrity. Seventy percent of Americans don’t know about the videos or about Planned Parenthood’s organs-for-cash scheme. So it makes sense that a slight majority would be initially supportive of some of the things the organization does.
The media’s silence on the topic is lulling Americans into supporting an organization that they don’t even realize has been running a cash-for-baby-organs scheme. It’s clear that the undercover videos have the potential to drastically change public perception on Planned Parenthood and abortion, which is exactly why Planned Parenthood and its allies are so desperate to suppress any and all coverage of the gruesome videos.