Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses before speaking during a Planned Parenthood Action Fund membership event, Friday, June 10, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Defunding Evil

We live in a culture where the clear line that should exist between right and wrong has been blurred and culture has trouble calling anything “good” or “evil.”

But whether we want to acknowledge them, right and wrong, good and evil do exist. It’s not up to us to decide if they do or do not. They are the affects of a plumb line that existed long before man walked the earth and will exist long after we are gone.

Of course there are those that will say the above is nonsense. They are, as Tozer writes:

. . . the relativists who like to show that there are no fixed points in the universe from which we can measure anything. They smile down at us from they lofty intellectual peaks and settle us to their own satisfaction by fastening upon us the reproachful term “absolutist” . . . [However] They prove their soundness by living their lives according to the very notions of reality which they in theory repudiate and by counting upon the very fixed points they prove are not there. . . Their ideas are brain deep, not life-deep.

We face a lot of life deep questions in our culture today. How we handle human life should not be one of them. Specifically, abortion. Or, more directly, the killing of babies. I think one of the greatest inventions in the life debate has been the introduction of 3D sonograms. For years the pro-abortion crowd tried in vain to win the argument that babies were just fetuses. Then along came 3D sonograms that showed us that, no, these were people, albeit tiny ones.

The largest, single abortion provider in America today is Planned Parenthood. There are those that will make the argument that they are a valuable resource for women who cannot afford basic healthcare. I beg to differ. Two years ago, research was released by various conservative organizations showing the inconsistencies in this argument. There are 665 Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide compared to 13,540 local health clinics. Yet through these 665 clinics Planned Parenthood doubled the number of abortions it provided between 2000 and 2011, jumping from 15% of the total number of abortions in American to 32%, or 333,964 total.

At your expense.

From Planned Parenthood’s Wikipedia page:

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, total revenue was US$1.3 billion: non-government health services revenue was US$305 million, government revenue (such as Medicaid reimbursements) was US$528 million, private contributions totaled US$392 million, and US$78 million came from other operating revenue.

The number that should jump out at you is the $528M. That is money generated from your tax dollars.

Now, Planned Parenthood will argue that no government funding is used for abortions. They are correct. However, the $528M they received from us allows them to not only keep the lights on at their clinics, it pays for a lot of overhead so that they in turn can pay for abortions and the doctors’ time who perform them from the private contributions side. It’s the age old rob Peter to pay Paul routine.

Which is why I cheered when I read the news that South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed an executive order to stop giving any state money to doctors or groups affiliated with giving abortions.

“There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women’s health and family planning services without performing abortions,” McMaster said in a statement. “Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”

Why is this taking place? Because back in April President Trump signed a bill that allowed states to deny funding to Planned Parenthood’s non-profit arm. I think those that have read my posts here and comments elsewhere know that I have been and am mostly skeptical of Trump, but let’s give that man credit when it is due. He has unleashed the states to act as they choose when it comes to funding or defunding Planned Parenthood. It’s federalism in action.

What remains to be seen is how many more states follow South Carolina’s lead.

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Drew Ryun

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