To hear the Left speak, should Congress decide to federally defund Planned Parenthood- a $500 million per year venture- women’s health in the United States will seriously deteriorate. This is the most hypocritical and ridiculous argument ever proposed in the non-existent “war on women” theme espoused by the abortion death cult. Amid disgusting videos of Planned Parenthood laughingly discussing the disposition of fetal body parts, this industry has exposed themselves for what they are: an organization with absolutely no regard for human life and one that places convenience over everything else.
Let’s dispense with the nonsensical rhetoric that the GOP is trying to outlaw abortion or, as Warren stated on the floor of the Senate, “return to the 1950s or 1890s.” Roe vs. Wade is not going anywhere nor are legally obtained abortions regardless of the reason. Planned Parenthood is free to continue providing abortion services just as they do now with or without that federal funding. Other clinics are free to open and operate and do the same. Nothing in this proposed legislation prohibits this. It remains the law of the land, via the Hyde Amendment, that no federal funds for abortion can be provided to any health care center whether run by Planned Parenthood or not. Nothing changes, only who gets those funds. In short, like it or not, abortion is likely here to stay. However, that does not infer that the federal government, through funding, should condone the practice. Congress, whether under control of the Democratic or Republican Party, regularly renews the Hyde Amendment every Congress and the language is inserted into every appropriations bill.
If we take Planned Parenthood at its word (which is dubious), only 3% of their “business” is abortion. But by providing them with $500 million annually, that frees up other sources of their money to provide the abortion services. No matter how you look at it, abortion is big business to Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, they view abortion as a business, not the slaughter of innocent human life.
The Left has circled the wagons around Planned Parenthood by obfuscating the issue- a tactic common to the Left. First, they insist that Planned Parenthood provides a vital service and exists in areas where there is no access to women’s health care. That is plain bull. There are over 9,000 community health centers run by private entities or states that serve considerably more rural areas. Planned Parenthood clinics, by contrast, are situated in urban centers or big cities. Sometimes, they compete with these other community health centers for women’s health. Further, by concentrating themselves in population centers, there is a greater chance their clientele will be minority. That would be in keeping with their original founding purpose. Lest we forget, Margaret Sanger who founded what became Planned Parenthood, was a racist and a eugenicist. The Left likes to ignore that past.
Second, the accusations that the videos which revealed them for what they are selectively edited is inconsequential to the discussion. So what if they were? Does that mean that these Planned Parenthood people did not say what they did, or that they regard fetal life as nothing but a piece of meat from which they can profit? Was it a “sting” operation? Who cares. If one thinks that way, then sting operations run by the government should result in automatic acquittal and police should not sit on the side of the road with radar to catch speeding motorists. They said what they said; no one put those words in their mouths.
Third, some say that trafficking in fetal body parts is no different than the government funding stem cell research or the like. In essence, the ends justifies the means since these fetal organs and body parts could lead to cures of other diseases. That opens a serious moral issue and one that experts in medical ethics have grappled with for years with no resolution. Their argument goes: if it is going to be legally aborted any way, then why not put it to use? That is probably the most disgusting argument and one that exposes the Left’s view that the fetus is simply “tissue” or a “mass” no different than a tumor or unwanted wart. It is a belief and a policy that a fetus is not human life worthy of protection. Consider the following: my daughter recently had her wisdom teeth removed. The dentist explained the procedure, the likely pain and swelling afterwards, possible complications and had her sign informed consent forms. They scheduled the procedure for a week later. That is the procedure for four teeth. Yet the Left complains when a state requires a 24 or 72 hour waiting period for a medical procedure like abortion? There is more informed consent for removal of a carbuncle than there is for killing innocent human life. And the Left trots out silly arguments like those cited above?
Planned Parenthood and their Leftist allies like Hillary Clinton and [mc_name name=’Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’W000817′ ] should be ashamed of themselves for their rank hypocrisy. Clinton expresses “concern” over the videos, then releases a video of talking points fed to her by Planned Parenthood. [mc_name name=’Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’W000817′ ] dares stand on the floor of the Senate and accuse the Republican Party of a war on women’s health. Kudos to those two Democrats who voted with the Republican majority on this issue and shame on [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000360′ ] for voting with the Democrats. He deserves to lose the election in 2016 since electing a Democrat from Illinois will obviously be no different than reelecting Kirk (McConnell changed his vote to “nay” as a procedural maneuver to re-introduce the legislation later).
And what is the fate of the legislation now that Congress is set to vacate Washington for a long August recess? Some have noted that it could be attached to a government funding bill which could lead to a government shutdown of some sorts. I say go for it! Put the Democrats in the unenviable position of choosing funding the government over life. Have Obama veto any such legislation even though that $500 million will go to community health centers that provide greater women’s health services to more people in under-served areas with greater overall outcomes than Planned Parenthood. The government should not be in the abortion business directly or indirectly by funding the greatest provider of abortions. And they certainly should not be involved in any entity that traffics in fetal body parts.
One caveat: Republican leadership in the House and Senate really has no stomach for this fight. They would rather pay the lip service but wish the whole thing would go away. They are so fearful of the Democratic meme of a war on women that they are like paralyzed opossums in headlights when it comes to real, tangible action. [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ], should they back down on this issue, do not deserve to be in Congress. Human life trumps politics any day of the year. Given their history in other areas, this writer does not expect much from them. Here exists a real opportunity to use the one power Congress has- that of power of the purse- in an area of vital concern while in no way damaging access to women’s health services.