A couple of weeks ago, Tony Perkins and FRC Action, the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, had a live broadcast called “Time to Act: How big government is fiscally and morally bankrupting America,” with pro-life and pro-family leaders talking about the current fiscal situation and its inextricable link to the moral compass of this great nation. The liberals would have you believe that government is where morality lies. It doesn’t. There is nothing more immoral than taking money from hardworking Americans by force and spending it foolishly on duplicative programs and unconstitutional efforts. On top of that, the debate around funding for Planned Parenthood and National Public Radio underscores the immorality of the government.
Prior to the Clinton administration, if you were going to take Title X funding for “family planning,” you couldn’t perform abortions in the same building. Health services and abortion services had to be separate. The funding had to be separate. It has never been legal to use federal funds for abortion services. In the Clinton administration, there was a commingling of funds and buildings, and you know what happens if you commingle money in your own checking account. Money gets spent on the wrong things.
Why does this matter today? In the fight to restore fiscal sanity, it came to light that hundreds of millions of dollars were being paid to Planned Parenthood for women’s health services. Through her undercover work with Live Action, Lila Rose found that Planned Parenthood routinely subverted the law to provide abortions to underage women and seemed to have no conscience regarding women who are abused physically, mentally, or emotionally. Planned Parenthood seems to just want to perform abortions. As presidential hopeful Herman Cain said, “Planned Parenthood doesn’t do any planning, other than to abort the baby.”
If it is true Planned Parenthood makes most of its money on abortion procedures, and in fact it is the largest abortion provider in America and probably in the world, then let it rework its profits from abortion to provide the other health care services for women that are so important.
In the run-up to the budget “compromise,” many ridiculous comments were made. I thought in the wake of the Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords’ shooting, we were supposed to be civil. However, many Democrats in Congress accused Republicans of wanting to do women harm. But the most outrageous statement was by Harry Reid, senator from Nevada and majority leader. One of the evil top 1%, he said, “Republicans are asking me to sacrifice my wife’s health, my daughter’s health, and my nine granddaughters’ health. They’re asking me to sacrifice the health of women in Nevada and across America. I won’t do it.” Unbelievable.
Social conservatives were dealt a blow with the separation of the defunding of Planned Parenthood and NPR from the 11th-hour compromise to keep the government open last Friday. However, Congressman Mike Pence said it best: “I cannot bring myself to be critical of a basketball player that gets two-on-one all night. I can’t bring myself to be critical of John Boehner, who was squared off against the White House and liberals in Congress who couldn’t accept a 2% budget cut and who dug in and were willing to shut down the government to continue to send a million dollars a day to the largest abortion provider in America.” He went on to say on ABC’s “Top Line,” “Let me explain. I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it. I also think it’s morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use [them] to fund abortion providers.”
Mike Pence introduced budget amendments to defund Planned Parenthood as well as legislation that would take funding away from Title X providers who also provide abortions.
In the compromise, stand-alone measures will be voted on regarding Planned Parenthood and National Public Radio. NPR has gone on record as saying they don’t need federal money to operate, but Planned Parenthood have organized large protests on Capitol Hill, and its supporters are invigorated. Pro-life Americans are ready too. They are the majority in America today, and among college-age women for the first time since the ’70s, a majority characterize themselves as anti-abortion.
So, as we have done since the passage of Roe v. Wade, we will continue to fight to protect life. Some say social conservatives need to take a backseat to the fiscal issues in this county. I say they are linked. There will be days where we lose the battle, as we did on Friday. And there will be days when we will have to take the battle to the hearts and minds of the American people. Because we’ve suffered a setback in the debate on Planned Parenthood, do not step away from opportunities to talk about the sanctity of life, adoption, and other “planned parenthood” options with those you meet. In the end, we will win this battle, whether it is in the halls of Congress or in the hearts of Americans.
We must get our fiscal house in order, and that’s why we can’t afford to fund any program that can fund itself or is outside of our values. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi likes to talk about the morality of things like Planned Parenthood, but she’s got it wrong. It’s immoral to continue to fund with federal dollars an organization like Planned Parenthood, and it is worth the fight.