The recent budget battle between Democrats and Republicans highlighted the difference between the two parties. The Democrats side with the permissive, anything goes, social agenda, such as pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, while the Republicans are socially conservative and traditional. One of the biggest fight during this budget battle was the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS. The Democrats held firm in not taking any funding away from these organizations. As I mentioned in my last post, they would rather cut military or social security spending rather than deny Planned Parenthood, NPR or PBS any taxpayer funding. In other words they would rather shut down the government than de-fund these organizations.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, William McGurn has a fascinating column titled “Who’s the Extremist Now,” regarding this battle for Planned Parenthood de-funding; McGurn quotes Democratic Senators Schumer who said “Republicans in the House are making a goal-line stand on women’s health, which has nothing – nothing to do with the budget.” Senator Patty Murray of Washington chimes in ” what they are saying is that if you want to keep the federal government open, you have to throw women under the bus.” Senator Harry Reid kept insisting that the only thing between a shutdown and a deal was GOP social ideology.
I want to see if I understand this correctly. Planned Parenthood funding is a social ideology for Republicans and not Democrats who are totally intransigent on the issue? I don’t get it. The Democrats have powerful allies in the main stream media, most of whom agree with them. One night last week I was watching the ABC Nightly News; reporter Jonathan Karl was interviewing a Republican Congressman about this issue. The tone of his question was, you mean you’re going to shut down the government just because of Planned Parenthood funding? As if the Democrats were neutral of the issue. The duplicity is breathtaking.
The Wall Street article I mentioned earlier has some more astounding statistics that most Americans, I believe, are unaware of: Planned Parenthood, in 2009 alone, performed 332,278 abortions. All of them innocent human beings that science agrees are fully human. The United States averages about 1.3 million abortions per year, this means that Planned Parenthood performed 25.5% of all abortions. additionally, the article states that of all the Planned Parenthood clients, 97% receive abortion services, while only 3% do not.