“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish” – Mother Teresa
Last week, House republicans voted to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. We applaud this decision. Will it hold up in the final deal-making of the budget process? Who knows, but for now it is a good sign.
My opposition to planned parenthood funding is quite simple. First, funding an entity that provides abortion services is the same as funding abortions – with federal dollars. Why? Because money is fungible. planned parenthood can argue all they want that “none of the federal dollars are used to provide abortions” – but this is nonsense. The federal dollars may well be used to fund all other activities, allowing all of their private contributions to fund the abortions.
It’s no different than state lotteries used to “fund education”. The states may well take all lottery profits and divert to education – but they take the other money that previously would have gone to education and divert it to other functions. (The only reason the lottery would necessarily increase education funding is if lottery proceeds exceed the total education allotments.) So, the legislators will argue that the lottery funded education, not other programs. Yet we know that the lottery increased funding for all those other programs.
Beyond this, I oppose funding of planned parenthood, or any such organization that is not related to defense of life, liberty, property, and fundamental human rights. The purpose of the government is organized defense of individual liberties. By funding any organization outside those confines, the government (which is “the people”) have usurped authority over the individual and decided of their own benevolent will what the people ought to do with their resources. It is insipid. It elevates one group of people (first the majority then the elected) to the role of judge-of-the-law rather than doer-of-the-law (see James 4:11).
Apparently the bill also included defunding of National Public Radio – another move I commend. These are small gains from a financial standpoint and will in no way balance the budget. But they recognize that the government is out of money and has no business funding frivolous things outside their purview.