Many debates have surprisingly simple resolutions if we would just step back and identify the priorities. We would often find that two supposedly separate issues can easily be merged into one solution.
Such is the case of the Senate battle involving a bill to fund research in the fight against the Zika virus. Democrats are currently fighting it because, while the bill would allocate $40 million to community health centers to assist in this endeavor, it does not send funds to one of the Democrats’ favorite social agenda provider, Planned Parenthood.1
Their support for the organization which kills 300,000 unborn babies annually is legendary.2 In a way, it’s not surprising that they are willing to hinder Zika research in favor of one of their pet projects.
Their argument is that Planned Parenthood can provide contraception which would prevent the creation of any babies which might display the damage caused by Zika. However, those willing to accept the use of artificial means to prevent conception do not have to be reliant on Planned Parenthood.
Step Back to See the Resolution
The debate can be boiled down to two aspects. On one hand, we have a potential health calamity which has numerous health impacts including birth defects. On the other, we have an organization which receives $500 million in federal subsidies annually and whose primary mission/ source of income is the indiscriminate killing of unborn babies.
This becomes simple: stop giving the $500 million of taxpayer money to the killing organization and apply it to the $1+ billion needed to prevent the suffering of babies and their families as a result of the Zika virus.
Sure, we’ll hear how Planned Parenthood might not be applying the $500 million directly to abortions. But what this subsidy does is free their other financial assets to the killing processes and go to the bottom line of the anti-life organization.
Not convinced? Here’s an analogy. Suppose there’s a Senate bill written to fund orphanages, especially those who have children with special needs. In this theoretical case, let’s say the Mafia also had a medical arm through which it launders money via medical device companies.
Would these pro-Planned Parenthood individuals be willing to allocate federal funds to these Mafia-sponsored medical companies. After all, the money is not going directly to their criminal activities.
Does anyone NOT see the serious moral problems with such an arrangement?3
Case closed, no federal funds for any organization engaged in first-degree killing regardless of the other activities it may be involved with.
1 – “Finally, and probably most importantly, Senate Democrats are upset that the Zika appropriations bill does not allocate funding for Planned Parenthood, arguing that it leaves women without care options. But, that’s not true. The bill allocates $40 million for community health centers that are more plentiful and offer a wider range of care, plus $6 million for the National Health Service Corps and $95 million to the Social Services Grant Program that can distribute funds for preventive care to the most at-risk areas. It is simply not the job of the federal government to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider, and it is unconscionable that Senate Democrats would block funding aimed to help protect pregnant women and babies because their friends at Planned Parenthood don’t get a cut.” “Roby: Democrats are blocking Zika funding because Planned Parenthood doesn’t get a cut,” by Martha Roby, http://yellowhammernews.com/politics-2/roby-democrats-blocking-zika-funding , 8/7/2016.
2 – “Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions and received $553.7 million from U.S. taxpayers during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, according to its most recent annual report.”
“Although it saw 200,000 less patients and provided 11 percent fewer services than the previous year, its taxpayer subsidy increased by nearly $25 million.”
“Abortions are down from 2013, when the industry performed 327,653 abortions.”The stability of Planned Parenthood’s abortion count – between 324,000 and 334,000 since 2008 – is remarkable, given that national figures for abortions have been in a nosedive since 2008,” the National Right to Life Committee noted. ‘They have dropped 13 percent in just three years.’” From “Planned Parenthood reveals its 2014 stats: 323,999 abortions, $553.7 million from US taxpayers, by Ben Johnson, https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/planned-parenthood-performed-323999-abortions-and-received-553.7-million-fr, 1/4/2016.
3 – Here come the objections! “Abortion is legal.” Concentration camps in Nazi Germany were legal, too… So much for blind faith in fallible human court systems.