Defunding Planned Parenthood: A cultural debate
Although people have the right and liberty to access it, Planned Parenthood is yet another item on the list that doesn’t need or deserve government funding – and has a whole lot of baggage.
Planned Parenthood, which currently receives more than $360 million from taxpayers each year, is targeted for defunding after an amendment introduced by Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) was passed in the House of Representatives.
The defunding attempt comes in the wake of more undercover reporting revelations from Live Action, a pro-life organization founded by Lila Rose when she was a student at UCLA. Over time, Planned Parenthood employees across the country have been caught covering up statutory rape and underage prostitution rings, giving out misleading medical and scientific information, and advising potential STD carriers to donate blood as a cheap way to get tested.
Furthermore, the intention of Pence et al is “to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions,” as H.R. 217 reads. The outrage to this might be summed up in the rhetorical question, aren’t abortions lawful?
There once was a lawful practice that some believed necessary to prevent their households from collapsing. It was a matter of money – a service the economy in some places had become dependent upon. It was a matter of privacy – a person was entitled to acquire it and not have their use of it infringed upon. It was a matter of culture – if you saw a problem with it, you didn’t have to buy into it, but to call it wrong exposed you to ridicule by advocates armed with popular science, financial woes, unemployment concerns and fashion.
Eventually the lawful practice was made unlawful, and a Constitutional amendment was made to help ensure that those harmed by it would never be taken advantage of again.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m referring to race-based slavery in the United States of America.
Ironically, the Fourteenth Amendment initiated to protect black citizens has since been cited in making lawful yet another practice that is perceived to be necessary on grounds including economy, privacy and culture.
Like race-based slavery, abortion is based upon the premise that one subject at stake is dependent upon that service to live life to the fullest, and the other subject at stake is not fully human. (Hauntingly, the issue of race appears even currently in the abortion debate, considering that nearly 60% of black babies in New York City were aborted in 2009.)
Our contemporary human rights issue has another twist. Besides the question of the nature of human life (something that historically and scientifically should not be a question), the womb wars spawn from an endless Querelle des Femmes, the feud to define the nature of woman…
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Margaret Sanger once wrote that encouraging large families was the “most serious evil of our times”.
In case you were wondering, that’s our “crazy” mother. 😉