America is in a budget mess. Big Government leftists have expanded federal subsidies and entitlement programs beyond the capacity of the public fisc to contain them, and the budget is ready to pop like a worn-out party balloon
Over the years, politicians in the House and Senate got so accustomed to treating taxpayers’ hard-earned money like a slush fund that they began throwing money at their own pet projects, even when those projects were opposed by a majority of taxpayers.
A case in point is Planned Parenthood, an organization that claims to be dedicated to things like “reproductive health” and “fundamental right[s],” but whose name is synonymous with abortion on demand. As former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson explains, abortion represents 98% of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women.”
And if you wonder how many Planned Parenthood abortions we’re talking about, recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics put the number at approximately 324,000 abortions for calendar year 2008— nearly 27% of all abortions performed in the U.S. that year. By 2009, Planned Parenthood was killing the innocent with such efficiency that a child was aborted in one of its clinics every 95 seconds.
Yet as bad as this is on the surface, it’s even worse when we look at Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding and realize they received $363 million in government grants and contracts during the 2008-2009 fiscal year alone. In other words, an organization whose central service to pregnant women is the killing of the innocent was subsidized by various arms of our government to the tune of $363 million.
Think about it this way: If we consider the years of subsidies Planned Parenthood has received, it’s no stretch to say it’s built an abortion empire by picking the pockets of the American people.
Although Planned Parenthood has consistently contended it doesn’t use federal monies to perform abortions, its argument is a shallow one. Even if the $363 million it received in 2008 wasn’t used for abortions directly, it certainly freed up other monies that were, which means the subsidies are actually propping up the abortion provider.
As Ken Blackwell, fellow at the Family Research Council, put it: “Giving taxpayer money to organizations that promote and provide abortion, even if the money is not used for that purpose, frees up other funds for abortion purposes and gives the government’s stamp of approval to its abortion-related activities.”
The bottom line: Planned Parenthood gets a portion of every dollar that taxpaying Americans are forced to send to the federal government. Whether those Americans support abortion or oppose it matters not, as the federal government is no respecter of persons. This is a travesty that cannot end soon enough.