published Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Welcome shutoff of funds

There is ample room for debate about what the federal government should or should not fund. But we can think of no justification for Washington to spend tax dollars on Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions.

Planned Parenthood has gotten massive funding from taxpayers -- many of whom find its "services" reprehensible. So it is commendable that as part of a recent spending bill, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut off Planned Parenthood's federal funding.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood say it does not use federal money to perform abortions. But that's just a shell game. Federal money that Planned Parenthood uses for other purposes frees up its non-government resources for abortion.

And recently, a manager at a New Jersey Planned Parenthood clinic was shown on video "advising" a man and a woman who had posed as traffickers of underage girls. Among other things, the manager told the couple that girls under 15 should not admit their ages because of the reporting requirements it would trigger. What the manager should have done was call the police about the possible abuse of young girls!

But even if you somehow believe that Planned Parenthood does worthwhile work, there is no reason why taxpayers should be required to fund its activities. Many Americans consider the killing of unborn babies through abortion unconscionable. They should not be forced, directly or indirectly, to subsidize such horrible acts.

It is good that the House voted to end that funding. The Senate should follow suit.

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fairmon said...

I agree. I want none of my tax dollar to fund abortions. If tax money is used to fund abortions sterilization of both parents, if the male can be identified, should be required. The number of unplanned pregnancies would drop dramatically. The same applies to free delivery for those on welfare. Educated and successful couples practice pregnancy prevention while the welfare dependent proliferate and increase in number.

February 23, 2011 at 4:01 a.m.
librul said...

But I suppose to spend a trillion dollars killing millions of adults and children (including pregnant women) in illegal and immoral warfare is "vital to our national security" and the government giving away billions of our tax dollars in no-bid contracts to support those wars shouldn't bother us a bit, right?

$75 million for Planned Parenthood vs. $533 BILLION for the Pentagon. Heck, one F-18 costs 20% more than what was allocated to Planned Parenthood to support ALL their services.

Hypocrisy anyone?

February 23, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.
EaTn said...

Right winger-- one who supports human rights from conception to birth.

Left winger-- one who supports human rights from birth to death.

February 24, 2011 at 7:04 a.m.
holdout said...

Not hypocrisy when we want both cut.

February 24, 2011 at 8:54 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

This is a typical knee-jerk right-wing response from this editor. Like so many fervent, self-righteous anti-abortionists, he lacks the capacity to see the gray area when it comes to a woman's reproductive health. Planned Parenthood has done an inestimable amount of good for women who would not otherwise have access to reproductive services, and it has actually prevented many unintended pregnancies and potential abortions. Cutting funding for Planned Parenthood would be extremely short-sighted, deleterious, and inhumane.

February 25, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.
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