By Jonathon Van Maren
The last few months have brought quite a few pro-life victories right across the United States. Iowa passed a fetal heartbeat abortion ban. South Dakota passed a bill requiring abortionists to tell women that abortion kills a human being—which is an undeniable fact. And last week, Mississippi passed a 15-week ban on abortion 75 to 34, and Governor Phil Bryant says he’ll sign it: “As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child,” he wrote on Twitter.
Good work is also being done on the federal level. It appears Planned Parenthood is about to lose funding for its repulsive sex-ed programs. The Trump Administration looks set to reject UN attempts to call abortion a “human right.” And of course, the judges being appointed by the Trump Administration are consistently excellent, with some judicial watchers saying that these appointments could help the courts skew right for over a decade or more.
So I don’t want to seem like I’m complaining, but I have to say that I saw red when I saw a CNN exclusive story earlier this month announcing that Planned Parenthood would be targeting 8 states during the 2018 midterms and spending over 20 million dollars to help pro-abortion Democrats win vulnerable Senate seats and governorships. Their targets will include Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. This $20 million came after the $4.5 million Planned Parenthood spent on governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey last year.
Now, Planned Parenthood has every right to campaign for the politicians they want to put in power. The Susan B. Anthony List knocked on a million doors for Trump leading up to the election, and it is probably no exaggeration to say that the pro-life vote handed Trump the presidency. But yet, despite much rhetoric from the Republicans, Planned Parenthood was again funded in 2018 to the tune of over half a billion dollars. In their latest annual report, they show that they received nearly $544 million in taxpayer funding while simultaneously boosting profits by over $21 million dollars—and performing more than 320,000 abortions.
Every election year, Republicans talk about defunding Planned Parenthood. And with every budget, they refund an organization that is dedicated to defeating them and is mobilizing massively to defeat them. Think about that for a moment: In February, the Republicans handed Planned Parenthood another half a billion dollars. In March, Planned Parenthood announced that they will be spending over $20 million to defeat Republicans. This is the organization that the Republicans cannot find the courage to take on.
This is not only spinelessness—this is suicidal spinelessness and political stupidity in the face of an organization has been caught blood-red-handed selling baby body parts and breaking the law in every other way. If the Republicans can’t find the guts to defund Planned Parenthood because it destroys children, perhaps they will find the guts when they realize that Planned Parenthood plans to spend the next two years destroying Republican careers.
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3 thoughts on “The Republicans hand Planned Parenthood $500 million as it prepares to spend $20 million to defeat Republicans”
Any politicians allowing that to happen, have made a deal with the devil. They’ve sold their souls for the love of money and power, and the most evil corruption. What they are doing is the same as what every evil government has ever allowed to do to it’s own people. God’s judgement will be very severe against the United States. If they’re not defeated, the clock will be winding down for the United States. The whole world will be witness to the power of God and his judgement, if this evil is allowed to take place.
I’ve often thought the Republican Party’s anti abortion stance really derives from its affiliation with the religious right. However, if they ever played that card, there is very little left for the religious right to vote for. In short, the Republicans use defunding Planned Parenthood and pay lip service to the pro life movement to appeal to single issue voters, while simultaneously harming those voters with almost every other policy they have. Nevertheless, the religious right votes (R) because the Republicans say they will defund Planned Parenthood. This gives the Republicans 0 incentive to be actually pro life or to actually do anything on that file.
Just look federally right now – the Republicans control the House of Congress, Senate and White House. They can do literally anything they want. And they do nothing pro life. Instead, as you point out Jonathon, they actually do the opposite and fund Planned Parenthood.
In fairness, Planned Parenthood does more than abortion, offering oncological, gynecological and general healthcare services to individuals in need of those services, but still, Republicans promised to defund it. It didn’t happen. Why not? Because the Republicans didn’t want to. Why didn’t they want to? Take a guess. I think they like stringing along the single issue voters.
As an aside, I should back up my claim that Republican policy does not align with the religious right, except for being ostensibly pro life. Republicans do not support helping the poor by refusing to tax those who have to give to those who have not. Republicans do not support healing the sick, instead leaving each person at the mercy of a profit motivated insurance company. Republicans do not support health care for needy children (CHIP). Republicans do not support assisting the poor (already talking about social security cuts to balance out the trillion dollar deficit the tax cut has caused). Republicans do not support finding currently legal ways to reduce abortion, instead focussing only on fighting the law as it currently stands. Republicans do not support finding humane ways to deal with illegal immigrants, instead separating families on a whim. Republicans do not seem to actually support Christian values, family or otherwise.