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.
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