Focusing heavily on abortion is not a good political selling point for Planned Parenthood, and its leaders know it.
So, desperate to keep its nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding each year, the No. 1 abortion group in the nation has been using the issue of birth control to drum up support.
In hyperbolic terms, its leaders claim that if Planned Parenthood is defunded and the Affordable Care Act repealed, women will no longer have access to birth control, and the government will rule over women’s bodies.
These claims are wrong in many different ways, not the least of which is that the defunding effort is prompted by Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, not birth control.
The Blaze columnist Matt Walsh pointed out that abortion advocates also are contradicting themselves when they argue that the government should stay out of the bedroom but also fund what’s going on inside it.
Liberals insist that contraception be provided to them dozens of different ways — through federal mandates, at schools, at free clinics, so on and so on — and if they fail to take advantage of these entitlements, abortion clinics must be maintained with tax money as an Option B. They want us to subsidize the drugs that make it possible for them to have frivolous sex, and subsidize the institutions that violently destroy the children that may still be conceived as a consequence of that frivolous sex. They want us intimately involved, it seems, every step of the way. The only thing they haven’t asked us to do is foot the bill for the lingerie and the motel room.
That was a crude and gross joke, they’ll tell me. Well this is a crude and gross situation. It’s crude and gross that they make their personal contraceptive methods into a matter of public concern even as they say it’s nobody’s concern but their own. Liberals are right now in a state of panic that the contraception mandate and Planned Parenthood funding may go away at once. If they weren’t shameless hypocrites, they’d be rejoicing. Freedom, finally! They want us out of the way, out of their bedrooms, their sex lives, their bodies, yet they’re sent into an apocalyptic panic at the thought that they just may get their wish. Might that indicate that it was never really their wish at all?
I would love nothing more than for their sex lives to truly be none of my business. But as long as you’re using my money, it will be my business how it’s spent. Don’t like it? Then get your hand out of my wallet and take charge of your own affairs. You’ll be better off, trust me. We all will.
Birth control is readily available without Planned Parenthood, Walsh noted; and the abortion group’s own reports indicate that it has been focusing more on abortion and less on other services in the past few years.
In addition, Congress plans to give the tax dollars that currently go to Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups to community health centers to ensure that women have access to quality, comprehensive care. These health centers outnumber Planned Parenthoods by about 20 to one, offer a wider variety of health services than Planned Parenthoods, including birth control, and don’t do abortions.
The real issue surrounding this defunding effort is not birth control, though Planned Parenthood would like the public to think that. It’s the group’s abortion practices that Americans are concerned about. Planned Parenthood aborts more than 320,000 unborn babies every single year, and it has been caught in numerous scandals, including sexual abuse cover-ups, potentially illegal sales of aborted babies’ body parts and Medicaid fraud.
Planned Parenthood has been focusing on birth control because it knows the public won’t support its main agenda – abortion.