I’ve run across a pair of companion pieces today, and when that happens, it’s time to write a blog post to tie some things together. First up, a friend of mine has run some numbers and shown how Planned Parenthood does, in fact, use taxpayer funds to provide abortions. Federal law prevents them from doing so, and Planned Parenthood says they don’t use federal dollars for abortion, but come on. Do you expect an organization that specializes in the mass killing of the unborn to tell the truth about money? Nah. Me neither.
My take has always been that if Planned Parenthood doesn’t use taxpayer funds directly for abortions, then taxpayer money frees up other money to do their abortions. Either way, as my friend illustrates, very nearly half of Planned Parenthood’s funding comes from the federal government, and abortion is the centerpiece of their very existence, and I have a hard time believing that federal funding and abortions aren’t mixed.
Second, a story that has appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the Shelby County Commission has approved $115,000 for Planned Parenthood to provide condom distribution. It’s not good enough for the health department to take on this role. Planned Parenthood has to have its hand out. (And you thought Planned Parenthood was all about “women’s health.”)
At any rate, a curious paragraph appears midway through the story:
Turner, a Planned Parenthood board member, said he was personally upset by some of the language used by another citizen opposing the funding, including comparisons of the abortions by the group to the “black Holocaust” of slavery.
Now, I don’t know if you know anything about Planned Parenthood’s history, but it was founded back in the early 1900’s by a lady named Margaret Sanger. Like a good progressive, she was an avowed racist and eugenecist whose goal, among others, was the eradication of the black population. Given that Planned Parenthood today targets the black community disproportionately, Margaret Sanger would be quite smitten with the organization she began.
I was actually thinking earlier today about a blog post comparing abortion to slavery, so imagine my surprise when I read the above paragraph. I took it as a sign.
Like slavery during its time, abortion is the evil of our time. Ending slavery was a messy affair, just as ending abortion will be a messy affair. I’m not saying it will require another Civil War, but the politics is going to be ugly. Step one is defunding Planned Parenthood, which President Trump and a lot of other Republicans have promised to do. And Democrats squeal like stuck pigs when you propose ending public funding of Planned Parenthood.
It took awhile, but Democrats eventually came around to our way of thinking regarding slavery. We can now all agree that slavery was an evil that had to end. My desire is that Democrats will similarly one day come around to our line of thinking regarding abortion as an evil that must end. The irony is that Democrats are hailed as the party of African-Americans when for two hundred years Democrats have fought to maintain evil institutions that have victimized African-Americans. Republicans have consistently fought against these evils, but we’re somehow targeted as racists. I’ve never understood this.