The abortion industry attacks pro-life leaders in some bizarre and twisted ways.
This week, the Planned Parenthood branch in Nebraska criticized pro-life Gov. Pete Ricketts for working to defund them of taxpayer dollars. It did so by bringing up Ricketts’ opposition to a mandatory motorcycle helmet bill.
Ricketts’ new budget proposal includes a plan to defund abortion groups by disqualifying them from Title X tax dollars. The money would be redirected to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care but not abortions.
Planned Parenthood blasted the plan in a statement this week, implying that Ricketts is a hypocrite when it comes to bodily autonomy.
Planned Parenthood said roughly 8,000 Nebraska residents could lose access to its health care services, even though the federal money in question doesn’t subsidize abortions.
“How ironic that the governor would make this announcement on the same day that the Legislature spent hours debating Nebraskans’ right to make decisions about our own bodies when it comes to motorcycle helmets,” said spokeswoman Meg Mikolajczyk.
“It’s absurd that Gov. Ricketts and his allies don’t agree with the Constitution that bodily autonomy should also apply to health care decisions.”
Either abortion activists do not understand the problem or they choose to avoid it. Ricketts and many other pro-life lawmakers support bodily autonomy in lots of different ways. Their problem is not with what a woman does with her own body but what she does with someone else’s: her unborn child’s.
An abortion destroys a living, unique human being in the womb, often after his/her heart begins beating. Defunding abortion providers is one way politicians help protect unborn babies from brutal abortion deaths.
“Nebraska is a pro-life state, and the state’s budget should reflect those values,” Ricketts said earlier this week when he announced his plan. “This year, I am recommending that the legislature revise the state’s distribution of federal Title X healthcare funds to ensure that no funds are used to subsidize abortion. Thanks to action by Congress, Nebraska can now take new steps to protect unborn life by ensuring that these dollars are not used to fund abortion.”
In 2015, a Nebraska newspaper reported that Planned Parenthood receives as much as $90,000 in taxpayer funding per year from Nebraska. It found that taxpayer funding accounts for 11-18 percent of the total funds for the abortion giant in the state.
Under Ricketts’ plan, the money would be redistributed to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care but not abortions, and outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities nation-wide by 20 to one.