IRS Tyranny Included Pro-Life Groups, No Tax Exemption Unless Letter Sent Promising to Not Protest Against Abortion-Giant Planned Parenthood (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on May 19, 2013
You taxpayer dollars hard at work… it’s beyond deplorable to discover that the Internal Revenue Service has been such a vigilant, vicious watchdog for abortion-giant Planned Parenthood.
Those who still believe the lies purporting that the IRS scandal is limited to a few rogue “going off the reservation” low-level IRS employees in Cincinnati need to start paying attention.
Unless those Ohio employees magically have the clout to try to suppress a pro-life organization in Iowa…
IRS to pro-life group: Send letter pledging not to protest Planned Parenthood to get your tax exemption hotair.com/archives/2013/…
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) May 16, 2013
IRS-Planned Parenthood Connection: Report: IRS denied tax-exempt status to pro-lifers on behalf of Planned Parenthood washingtonexaminer.com/report-irs-den…
— Not afraid 2 be Free (@kmita3) May 17, 2013
— PolitixGal (@PolitixGal) May 16, 2013
Reported by Washington Examiner, Report: IRS denied tax-exempt status to pro-lifers on behalf of Planned Parenthood:
IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status to two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama during the last election.
“In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent ‘Ms. Richards’ told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood,” the Thomas More Society announced today. “Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.”
Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama in 2008 and 2012.
IRS “Explain how all your activities, includingprayer meetings held outside Planned Parenthood, are considered educational as defined”
— KGarrison (@kgarrison) May 19, 2013
Remember that time Bush used the IRS to target Planned Parenthood and the ACLU? Yeah, me neither.
— Razor (@hale_razor) May 10, 2013
It was a record-breaking year in 2012 for taxpayer-funded abortions and huge profits for Planned Parenthood. The organization not only has the iron-fisted protection of the IRS, but it received $542 million from American taxpayers.
This tweet was sent yesterday by the legendary country and Southern rock singer and fiddler Charlie Daniels:
Wonder what Obama’s reaction would have been if the IRS had targetedCAIR and other Islamic groups or PlannedParenthood
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) May 18, 2013
From Radio Fox News, IRS Told Pro-Life Group Not to Picket Planned Parenthood:
The Internal Revenue Service allegedly told an Iowa pro-life group they had to sign documents promising not to protest or picket Planned Parenthood and they told a Texas pro-life organization they had to promote abortion, according to documents obtained by Fox News.
“The IRS was concerned about advocacy,” said Sally Wagenmaker, special counsel to the Thomas More Society. “The (agent) said picketing and protesting is not allowed.”
She said the IRS’s role “should only be to determine whether organizations fit the section 501(c)(3) test for ‘charitable, religious, or educational’ qualification, not to inquire about the content of prayers, protests, and petitions.”
It’s high time that the IRS be called to account for its workers’ potential to trample on our constitutional rights, through such ostensibly innocuous means,” Wagenmaker said – hinting that this may only be the tip of the iceberg of IRS abuses.
An IRS spokesman said they would look into the cases.
Wagenmaker was representing Coalition for Life of Iowa and Christian Voices For Life of Fort Bend County, Texas. Both groups were seeking tax exempt status. Their requests were eventually granted but only after they sought legal help from the Thomas More Society.
In 2009 the Coalition for Life received correspondence from the IRS raising questions about their prayer activity – specifically outside Planned Parenthood clinics.
“You then asked … to have all Coalition Board members sign a statement that the coalition will not ‘picket’ or ‘protest’ outside of Planned Parenthood or similar organizations and will not ‘organize’ others to do so,” Wagenmaker wrote in a letter to an IRS representative known only as “Ms. Richards.”
Wagenmaker said the IRS’s demand was clearly a violation of the pro-life group’s constitutional rights.
More on the IRS targeting from Hot Air:
Most have assumed that the obstructionism on the application from conservative groups came because the IRS assumed that they would get involved in politics, but the laws on 501(c)4s don’t prohibit that, as Mary Katharine explained yesterday. Their purpose and work has to be primarily for “social welfare,” but that can take on any number of forms.
In this case, though, there wasn’t even a pretense of suspicion about electioneering. If this is true, then the IRS was actively attempting to intimidate a pro-life group into curtailing its perfectly legal activism. In fact, protests against Planned Parenthood by this group would be exactly the kind of “social welfare” protected by an exemption. This not only infringed on the group’s free-speech rights, but also its religious liberty, at least indirectly.
In another similar case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for charitable tax-exempt recognition of Christian Voices for Life, questioning the group’s involvement with “40 Days for Life” and “Life Chain” events. The Fort Bend County, Texas, organization was subjected to repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.
“The application of Christian Voices for Life clearly indicated that the organization qualified as a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3),” stated Sally Wagenmaker. She added, “The IRS seemed to be intent on denying or delaying tax-exempt status based upon the organization’s pro-life message, rather than any legitimate exemption concern, through its exhaustive, cumbersome questioning. The implication that Christian Voices for Life somehow intended to engage in illegal activity was insulting.”
This past week, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill, questioned the IRS about targeting pro-life and conservative groups. The IRS rep would not say that it’s wrong for the government agency to demand records of members’ prayers.
Last year, Michelle Malkin wrote a searing historical article about the racist roots of Planned Parenthood — here are the first few paragraphs posted at Townhall, ‘To Stop the Multiplication of the Unfit’:
If you aren’t creeped out by the No Birth Control Left Behind rhetoric of the White House and Planned Parenthood, you aren’t listening closely enough. The anesthetic of progressive benevolence always dulls the senses. Wake up.
When a bunch of wealthy white women and elite Washington bureaucrats defend the trampling of religious liberties in the name of “increased access” to “reproductive services” for “poor” women, the ghost of Margaret Sanger is cackling.
As she wrote in her autobiography, Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 “to stop the multiplication of the unfit.” This, she boasted, would be “the most important and greatest step towards race betterment.” While she oversaw the mass murder of black babies, Sanger cynically recruited minority activists to front her death racket. She conspired with eugenics financier and businessman Clarence Gamble to “hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities” to sell their genocidal policies as community health and welfare services.
Outright murder wouldn’t sell. But wrapping it under the egalitarian cloak of “women’s health” — and adorning it with the moral authority of black churches — would. Sanger and Gamble called their deadly campaign “The Negro Project.”
In other writings, historian Mike Perry found, Sanger attacked programs that provided “medical and nursing facilities to slum mothers” because they “facilitate the function of maternity” when “the absolute necessity is to discourage it.” In an essay included in her writing collection held by the Library of Congress, Sanger urged her abortion clinic colleagues to “breed a race of thoroughbreds.” Nationwide “birth control bureaus” would propagate the proper “science of breeding” to stop impoverished, non-white women from “breeding like weeds.”
If you missed it the first time, check out this FCBZ post from April 2011:
Planned Parenthood Is Democrats’ “Golden Goose,” All American Taxpayers Have Made Political Donations to Dems for Past 16 Years — Thanks, Conservatives!
It is now 18 years.