Planned Parenthood has been the focus of the pro-life movement for years now – and for good reason. The nation’s largest abortion chain has been caught in undercover videos aiding and abetting sex traffickers, taking donations to abort black babies, covering up statutory rape and child abuse and harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies. Yet Planned Parenthood gets over half a billion a year from taxpayers.
Yet the U.S. Senate did something unprecedented and historic, breaking a barrier once thought to be impenetrable: they voted to defund the abortion provider of a hefty chunk of the taxpayer funding they have been getting for years. And by doing so, set up a definitive blueprint on how to use reconciliation to do it again since President Obama has promised a veto.
Planned Parenthood is up in arms of course, making comments in the press that would have Americans believe that women will no longer have access to birth control and cancer screening and that this is all a political rouse. Planned Parenthood is wrong. There are thousands of federally funded health centers that provide the same or similar services Planned Parenthood does but without doing abortions, and because of the Senate vote, that money will be redirected to them.
For too long taxpayers have been forced donors to Planned Parenthood. Many of these same taxpayers are desperately trying to pay off their student loans. Others are trying to pay their bills and put food on the table. And yet they are forced to send money to a corrupt organization who betrays women and their families on a daily basis, not to mention makes a habit of misusing and abusing taxpayer funds.
President Obama has already said he will veto any bill that takes money away from his beloved Planned Parenthood. After all, he did ask God to bless them. But Obama leaves office in a year and the nation will have a new president.
Every election it seems is touted as the most important election in history. Indeed, elections are historically important but at this juncture, at this moment in time, and with a Congress that hopefully keeps a pro-life majority, this particular election will be crucial for women, their preborn babies, and their families.
It will be this election that determines if the next president will take what the Senate has done by using reconciliation to rightly strip Planned Parenthood of a majority of taxpayer dollars and sign that into law. It will be the next Congress and the next president to immediately make their mark on history and support and empower women, instead of tearing them down by funding an organization that places a price tag on every client that walks through their door.
Planned Parenthood has already announced they will be spending upwards of $20 million next year to elect a president whose strings are as easy to pull as Obama’s have been. They want nothing less than to force every taxpayer to fork over their hard-earned dollars to pay for their utility bills, their rent, their overpriced birth control and pregnancy tests and yes, even indirectly funding abortions.
The Senate just paved the way to halt that funding and it will be up to the next president – and the voters that put him or her there – to make sure defunding Planned Parenthood is at the top of their agenda in January 2017.