May 9, 2011; Source: Washington Times | If you can't go through a door, find a window. In this Washington Times editorial, Joel Hesch, a law professor at Liberty University, demands to know what salaries the executives and “abortion doctors” of Planned Parenthood are making. He says that since the taxpayers are footing a third of the bill for these clinics, the salaries should be public.
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NPQ is as offended by outrageously high nonprofit salaries as the next one but this editorial simply uses the archetype/specter of the highly compensated public servant to pile on to Planned Parenthood. I wonder when the sector will stand up as one and say these kind of specious politically motivated attacks disguised as accountability raids are indefensible and unacceptable? Hesch writes, “Although technically [Planned Parenthood] cannot use this money to perform abortions, it clearly relies heavily on public funds to run the entire organization, which pays high salaries to doctors performing abortions . . . Wouldn’t the public like to know whether Planned Parenthood needs the $350 million in taxpayer funds just to provide lavish salaries in excess of a quarter-million dollars for its doctors performing abortions?”—Ruth McCambridge