Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's president, addresses an audience during an event Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H., during which Planned Parenthood endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. The endorsement by the group's political arm marks Planned Parenthood's first time wading into a presidential primary. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

If the GOP Continues Funding Planned Parenthood, Christians Should Defund the GOP

They told us to give them the House and they’d repeal Obamacare. We did that in 2010. Then they said they needed the Senate. We gave them that in 2014. Then they needed the White House. We got that for them in November 2016.

Now they say they’ve hit a snag because Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, a hack appointed by Harry Reid (D-NV) in 2012, ruled that provisions of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill prohibiting taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood violate the Byrd Rule. That rule, named after the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-KKK), subjects non-budgetary provisions of bills to filibustering, thereby requiring 60 votes for passage rather than 50-plus-Pence. And what differentiates “budgetary” from “non-budgetary” provisions under the Byrd Rule? Aside from MacDonough’s whims, not much.

Now that we’ve voted Democrats out of the House, Senate, and White House, where do we go to vote out the Democrats’ Senate Parliamentarian? Nowhere, because she serves at the pleasure of the Senate’s majority leader.

Which raises the question of why the current majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) won’t replace her as Trent Lott did in 2001 when he canned the left-over Democratic parliamentarian. Or simply overrule her, something he and Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, are lawfully entitled to do.

McConnell won’t because MacDonough provides additional cover for his sabotage of efforts to end Obamacare. We may soon witness McConnell and other Republicans use a rule named after a dead senator from the Democrats’ Klan wing as a reason for failing to repeal Obamacare. After all, we can’t kill Obamacare, McConnell will soon tell us, if replacing it means funding abortion, right?

But even that Hobson’s choice is illusory. Inauguration Day was over six months ago, but the tax dollars keep a flowin’ to Planned Parenthood. My bet is that, by summer’s end, our “Republican” Congress will still be fully funding both Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.

It’s the latter that is especially illuminating. As The Blaze’s Matt Walsh aptly pointed out a few days ago, Republicans are worried about the political consequences of millions of new Medicaid recipients losing their new benefits if they eliminate Obamacare, but don’t have to worry about a similarly intense pushback if they eliminate Planned Parenthood funding. So why don’t they?

Good question.

Walsh answers it by explaining that, in reality, Republicans simply don’t care about abortion. I’m a big fan of Matt’s, but he’s got this one wrong. GOP leaders care very deeply about abortion, at least as an issue, because it’s a sure-fire moneymaker and vote getter, and has been for four decades. Kill abortion and you kill the golden goose funding much of the post-Reagan Republican Party. The Party has acquiesced on gay marriage, civil rights for transvestites, and government sanctions for anyone who’s not on board with either. America’s abortion mills need to churn at the same gruesome capacity as crematoria did in German-occupied Poland in 1943 because if they don’t, the Party loses its last remaining scheme to defraud Christians out of their money and votes. The trick is to keep the whole racket going rather than end abortion or even reduce its frequency.

Sometimes, prominent Republicans let the cat out of the bag, as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) did after the 2012 elections when he declared that, regarding abortion, the party should “leave the issue alone.” Except when Republicans need money, then, of course, shout about it from the rooftops.

The ongoing Obamacare clownshow demonstrates to Republican voters just how badly they’ve been defrauded by party leaders over the last seven years regarding promises not only to end Obamacare, but also taxpayer funding of abortion.

There are Republicans in Congress who truly oppose abortion and deserve our support. But when you know that the party as a whole that you’ve put in power allows your money to fund abortions, at what point does your continued support of that party make you an accomplice to murder? If the Obamacare and Planned Parenthood farces play out as expected, true Christians need to give serious thought to limiting their political contributions to only individuals with a proven track record of honoring God rather than giving to a party with a proven track record of betrayal and deceit.

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Matthew Monforton

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