On Friday the House voted 241-187 to defund Planned Parenthood, and shortly after we posted this news on our Facebook page a man named Domingo commented: “How appropriate: 187 voted against defunding. 187 is the police code for homicide.”
This is beyond ironic.
Let’s remember that this was not a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to ban abortion on demand.
This was not even a vote to ban late term abortions or, more extreme still, a vote to guarantee medical care for babies that survived abortion attempts.
This was as basic as it comes: a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, something that has been way too long in coming but now cannot be avoided in the aftermath of the release of the Planned Parenthood videos, videos that can only be called ghoulish and barbarous.
Trafficking in baby parts for profit.
Sipping drinks and enjoying dinner while talking about selling the livers of aborted babies.
Medical trays filled with tiny arms or eyes or legs and doctors talking about how much money they can make off of this fetal harvest.
These are monstrous acts rightly compared with the Nazis’ medical use of the brains of children they euthanized in mental hospitals.
Yet 187 representatives, almost all of them Democrats, would not vote to defund Planned Parenthood.
During Wednesday night’s presidential debate, Gov. Chris Christie claimed that, “[Hillary Clinton] believes in the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts…in a way that maximizes their value for sale for profit…It is disgusting, and the American people need to hear it. We shouldn’t be fighting with each other. She’s the real opponent. She’s the real problem.”
Note carefully those words: “the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts.”
This is what Planned Parenthood does so well.
There are plenty of other alternatives for women’s health care – about 13,540 of them, to be precise, as seen clearly in a graphic produced by the Alliance Defending Freedom and Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education arm of the Susan B. Anthony List.
Why not redirect the government’s funding to these clinics if the real issue is caring for our country’s women? Could there be more to the story?
According to a 2012 report on LifeNews.com, “government grants and funding to Planned Parenthood in the last reported year 2009-2010 was $487.4 million—and so far $12 million from the non-profit has been given to re-elect President Obama. That’s right. This organization that cares so much about your cervix cares more about it’s [sic] proverbial booty.
“Never before has the abortion provider spent so much money in an election, reports say.”
Could it be as simple as recognizing that Planned Parenthood and the Democratic Party are in bed together?
Perhaps so, but I believe it’s even worse, transcending finances and political allegiances.
It’s the mutual embrace of a culture of death, a degrading of baby’s rights in the name of women’s rights, an embrace so deep that the 2012 Democratic Party Platform opposed “any and all efforts to weaken or undermine” a woman’s “right” to have an abortion, calling for ongoing federal funding for the termination of beating little hearts in the safety of the mother’s womb.
In light of this, it is not at all ironic that 187, the number of those voting against the defunding of Planned Parenthood, is the police code for homicide.
May those 187 be remembered for their covenant with death (unless they have a change of heart), and may a rising culture of life reveal the depravity of their vote.
This is hardly a matter of politics.
It is a matter of life and death.
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