Don’t pay your taxes if Congress defunds Planned Parenthood, feminist and abortion activist Gloria Steinem told a women’s group on Thursday.
Reuters reports Steinem said she is worried about the future of abortion because of in-coming President Donald Trump. Trump promised to sign a bill to defund Planned Parenthood as long as it continues to do abortions and to appoint pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Steinem said abortion activists should consider tax resistance if Congress defunds the abortion chain of its half a billion in taxpayer dollars.
“In this case, we can say ‘I’m sending the part of my income tax that should go to Planned Parenthood, I’m sending it directly to Planned Parenthood. Come and get me,’” she said during a panel discussion hosted by Donor Direct Action, of which Steinem is a founder.
The report continued:
Steinem said she is heartened by a renewed energy among women’s rights advocates since the Nov. 8 presidential election, such as a planned women’s march on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump takes office.
Whether the pro-abortion activists will match the crowd of pro-life individuals who attend the March for Life a few days later seems doubtful. The peaceful, pro-life march typically brings hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers to the streets of D.C. in January, to march for the rights of unborn babies.
Historically, abortion activists have not had been able to match the strong, grassroots support of pro-lifers. Back in 2010, pro-abortion leader Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, expressed concern after seeing the huge crowds at the March for Life.
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“There are so many of them, and they are so young,” Keenan said at the time.
Though Planned Parenthood is reporting a huge number of donations in response to the recent election, it’s questionable if it has enough grassroots support to continue its massive abortion operation without taxpayer funding. Its CEO alone makes close to $1 million. And abortion groups own polls indicate that young, pro-abortion individuals are not as enthusiastic or active in the cause as young pro-lifers.
Meanwhile, pro-life pregnancy centers – some largely and many solely funded by private donations – are expanding, offering pregnant and parenting women resources and encouragement to help them choose life for their babies.