WIC site links poor to Planned Parenthood

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WASHINGTON — The federal government, already a generous financial backer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, also is referring poor women to the Web site of the country's leading abortion provider.

The Internet site of the Women, Infants and Children Learning Center (WIC) includes a link to Planned Parenthood in its health care section, it recently was revealed. The link apparently was first reported by Dawn Eden, a pro-life, pro-abstinence blogger who also is a consultant for the Family Research Council.

Planned Parenthood, which recorded nearly 290,000 abortions at its affiliates in 2006, surpassed $1 billion in annual revenue for the first time last year. It received more than $336 million of that total in grants and contracts from the federal and state governments.

WIC's link to Planned Parenthood's Web site exists "because a hefty chunk of the $5 billion in taxpayer funds for the program" goes to PPFA, Eden wrote in a July 24 post on her weblog, The Dawn Patrol.

"Granted, the federal money that pays Planned Parenthood to serve WIC clients technically does not go towards abortions," she wrote. "But any money given to Planned Parenthood by the federal government keeps the organization's lights on and its paychecks coming, enabling it to spend its $115 million surplus on expanding its abortion business. And does anyone doubt that Planned Parenthood will attempt to impress upon a pregnant WIC client that it can make her un-pregnant if she wishes?"

WIC, which is administered under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helps provide food and health care to low-income women, as well as children under the age of 5.

Some pro-life members of the House of Representatives are urging the elimination of federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Several representatives gave speeches on the House floor calling for defunding of the organization.