Do you remember when the vast majority of Republicans running for election in 2016 were outraged by videos showing Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts for money? Those were good times. Most of them were using the #DefundPP hashtag on their Twitter accounts. They were aggressively and unambiguously proclaiming that if the GOP can retain control of the House and Senate and elect a President who won’t veto them, they’ll get Planned Parenthood defunded.
Two years after the election, they didn’t do as they promised. They didn’t even really try. Now, their failure is on clear display in an article by Emily Zanotti, Tweeted by our EIC:
Politicians only do what their constituents desire when we continue to apply pressure. If we let off, they ignore any promise that doesn't affect them directly. Case-in-point: #DefundPP. Two years of GOP majority gave us this… @realDailyWire @emzanotti https://t.co/zaJ9U5dzqP
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) January 22, 2019
That’s right. The results of GOP control of the House, Senate, and White House are that Planned Parenthood is still being funded by the federal government and were able to be even more prolific at taking the lives of preborn babies than they’ve been since President Obama’s first term.
As we’ve talked about before, defunding Planned Parenthood is not a path through which we will end or even reduce abortions. If anything, it will increase their own funding because their fundraising machine will use their defunding as a way to get much, much more money from their progressive supporters. But that’s unavoidable. We must defund them because our tax dollars should not be used in this manner, period.
Fighting abortion is not a political battle that can be won through defunding, but it does galvanize both sides to address the cultural and scientific components of the base. When that happens, I firmly believe we can move American society towards a dramatic reduction in the number of abortions that occur.
Campaign rhetoric will not stop Planned Parenthood. We need action. We must change the culture in a way that frowns upon abortion. Until then, defunding is important. It should have been important when the GOP had control.