This has been especially true in the fight to deprive PP of tax payer funding. They do so much good! If funding is stopped, women will be thrown under the bus!
William McGurn in his Main Street column in today’s Wall Street Journal asks Who’s the Extremist now?
First he notes that it has been leaked, by democratic aides, that President Obama refused to yield any ground on PP funding as he negotiated with House Speaker John Boehner on a budget. The president was going to let the government shut down rather than see PP defunded.
McGuren writes (Excerpt):
Surely it tells you something about who the real extremists are that an up or down vote is deemed a concession. In an appearance at a rally before the deal, Mr. Schumer vowed that any bill taking taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood would “never, never, never” pass the Senate. In the normal way of doing things, it wouldn’t even have come up for a vote.
Most Americans, it is probably safe to say, have no idea that we are talking about an organization that performed 332,278 abortions in 2009—one abortion every 95 seconds. Planned Parenthood counters that no federal dollars go to abortion, but Americans are not stupid. They know money is fungible.
As for serving pregnant women, that would be worth some congressional attention too. Planned Parenthood’s own numbers show that more than 97% of pregnant women it treated were given abortions—against fewer than 3% who received nonabortion services such as adoption or prenatal care.
Thanks to Mr. Boehner, we’ll at least have a democratic debate on this subject instead of a backroom fait accompli. And thanks to the way this deal was struck, we have a reminder that it was the Democratic president and not the Republican speaker who stood on ideology when he decided that it was worth shutting down the entire federal government to protect Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer dollars.
Read the article here (warning: it might be behind a subscription firewall)
I would happily vote for a Democratic candidate that was brave enough to fight for the right to life and cut their PP umbilical cord.
Unfortunately, I just don’t think that is going to happen in my lifetime. For the record, it remains to be seen how Pro life Republicans really are.
Voting none of the above is always an option.