January 18, 2011
Funding Be Halted?
By Mike McManus
year Planned Parenthood affiliates were responsible for 324,000 abortions,
more than a quarter of America’s 1.2 million abortions.
the taxpayers, subsidized those abortions with $363 million in government
grants. That’s more than $1,000 per abortion! Curiously, however, the funds
do not pay directly for abortions, but for family planning services and
That’s a lot of overhead!
the bipartisan No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act, was introduced this
week to permanently prohibit taxpayer subsidies. It will be introduced as
H.R. 3, which underscores the high priority new House Republican leaders are
giving to the bill.
Dan Lipinski, a Democrat from Illinois, is the leading co-sponsor of the
bill with Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. More than 150 Members of Congress
will join them.
Conference of Catholic Bishops quickly backed the first statutory ban on the
use of federal funding for elective abortions.
are two reasons for this legislation.
important, the $1 trillion Obamacare legislation had numerous known and
surreptitious ways to funnel federal taxpayer funds to abortions. The
President said he would sign an Executive Order to continue the Hyde
Amendment’s historic ban on such funding. But it would be much better to
enact such a ban as law.
“When you have a policy against abortion funding that has to be implemented
through over a dozen different riders on different appropriations bills,
something (funding abortions) always gets through,” said Richard Doerflinger,
associate director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
adds, “To guarantee that taxpayers are never forced to pay for abortions and
the innocent unborn are protected, we must make this longstanding ban on
federal funding for abortion permanent and government-wide.”
related bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Pence with 122 co-sponsors. “It is
morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion,” he said, “It is also
morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans
and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad. The largest abortion
provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal
the odds the bills will become law?
stand a very good chance. People are fed up with the outrageous
overspending. Planned Parenthood falls into that category,” asserted Wendy
Wright, President of Concerned Women for America.
evidence, the House voted 245-189 to repeal Obamacare. “Today’s vote to
repeal the pro-abortion health care law is the first step in rescinding the
greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade,” asserted the Susan B.
Anthony List, a pro-life group.
Doerflinger predicted passage in the Senate “will be tougher.” Last year
there were 45 pro-life votes in the Senate and five or six additional
pro-life Senators were elected. He commented, “That gets us within shouting
distance of a majority, but not the 60 votes needed for a filibuster.”
other hand, Catholic bishops have an ace in their hand to play. If Obama
were to agree to statutory language prohibiting abortion, he would pick up
Catholic support for his health care bill. Interestingly, the
Smith-Lipinski bill would allow federal funding of abortions in cases of
rape, incest or if the life of the mother were in question.
bill likely to win support would improve the conscience protection for
health care workers, so that no one could lose a job for refusing to
participate in an abortion.
Wright made a surprising charge about Planned Parenthood on a PBS show with
Gloria Feldt, former president of the group: “Planned Parenthood is
aggressively requiring their affiliates to do a minimum number of
angrily denied the accusation.
haven’t worked for Planned Parenthood in five years,” Ms. Wright responded.
She noted that Abby Johnson, who directed a Planned Parenthood affiliate in
Texas in 2009, made the charge in her new book, “Unplanned.” Mrs. Johnson’s
boss told her, “You have to find a way to get your abortion numbers up,” to
After having two
abortions herself, and eight years with Planned Parenthood, she quit and
began working for the Coalition for Life. If asked what is her most
persuasive argument why an unwed woman should have the baby, she responds:
“What do you think would most disappoint your parents: to find out
that you had gotten pregnant, or to learn you had taken the life of their
This is a new day for pro-life activists!