Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers still receive taxpayer funds despite efforts by many states, Capitol Hill, and the Trump administration to put an end to it. The amount has been reduced, but it has not been eliminated completely. This is a travesty in light of a recent report that they are planning to spend at least $45 million to defeat President Trump and other Republicans.
Think about that. This is an abortion provider, which should already negate the forced funding by taxpayers. But even if we disregard that aspect for a moment, what can possibly be the justification for taking taxpayer funds regardless of the taxpayer’s political affiliation and give it to an organization that uses it to attack a single political party? Those who argue, “Taxpayer money isn’t used for campaigns” is being disingenuous. Setting aside specific dollars for health services relieves the ability for other money to be used for political purposes.
This is wrong, and blatantly so. If an organization wants to spend some of the money they raise on political campaigns, that’s perfectly fine. But they shouldn’t be getting taxpayer money to replace the political money they spend. This is such a common sense notion that it’s unfathomable laws don’t exist prohibiting such activities.
And yet, here we are…
NPR reports this will be the billion dollar abortion group’s “largest electoral effort yet.” In 2016, Planned Parenthood spent more than $30 million in a failed attempt to elect pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Kelley Robinson, executive director of the superPAC Planned Parenthood Votes, said the $45 million is just an initial projection, but they hope to spend even more.
She told NPR that their top priority is to defeat Trump and push the U.S. Senate into the control of pro-abortion Democrats. This would prevent pro-life lawmakers from confirming any more judges to the U.S. Supreme Court who could overturn Roe v. Wade.
“The stakes are higher than ever, and our donors and our supporters understand that very clearly,” Robinson said.
Even pro-abortion donors should be upset by this. People supporting Planned Parenthood financially do so with the understanding they are helping fund women’s healthcare. That may include abortions (though killing a human seems to be antithetical to the concept of “healthcare,” but that’s a whole different discussion), and that’s understood by those who contribute. But to have those funds redirected to the tune of $45 million is an insult to those donating. If they wanted to donate to political campaigns or PACs, they would have done so.
It’s bad enough that many taxpayers are forced to pay for “healthcare” provided by Planned Parenthood. To force Republicans to pay taxes that are then used to attack their own candidates adds insult to injury.
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