We haven’t forgotten Planned Parenthood’s alleged crimes.
That is the message the House of Representatives sent Thursday in voting to pass H.J. Resolution 43 to disapprove of the Obama administration’s effort to undermine state efforts to defund the country’s largest abortion chain.
Two years ago, undercover citizen journalists exposed Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the trafficking of fetal body parts. Higher ups at the organization were caught on tape haggling over prices for parts like eyeballs and livers and doing so over forkfuls of food and sips of wine and often with macabre humor, joking about funding a Lamborghini or laughing over the remains of “another boy,” to quote abortionist Savita Ginde in one video.
After a special congressional committee spent over a year investigating the revelations, the Senate Judiciary Committee referred Planned Parenthood to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation at the end of last year.
Things have only gone from bad to worse for the chain, as recent videos filmed by Lila Rose and her organization, Live Action, caught Planned Parenthood staffers in abortion centers across the country admitting to some variation on, “Uh, we don’t provide prenatal care,” to quote one staffer, and affirming that they only do ultrasounds if for the purpose of determining the age of a baby set for death row.
They even got a hold of a picture of an actual award given to one Planned Parenthood center for “exceeding abortion visits” in the first half of one fiscal year as compared to the year prior, showing that they do in fact use abortion quotas to help drive their bottom line.
These grotesque revelations no doubt are contributing to the steady American disdain for taxpayer funding for abortion: A poll released last month found that solid majorities in all the major 2018 battleground states oppose continuing to fund the country’s largest abortion provider, and would be less likely to vote for a senator that would.
These issues played out front and center in the election, with President Trump pledging to make the Hyde Amendment permanent and with Congress set to strip the abortion giant of the roughly half a billion dollars they receive annually in taxpayer dollars.
Planned Parenthood's claim that none of that tax money goes to abortion is about as believable as their now-discredited claim that they provide women with mammograms, jokingly referred to as their “mammosham.”
Congress instead proposes to send those dollars to the countless women’s health clinics across America that don’t perform controversial abortions, but do provide what Planned Parenthood staffers admit they don’t actually provide: prenatal care.
Shaking its death rattle on the way out, the Obama administration passed a midnight regulation that would prevent states from taking actions of their own to send funds away from abortion centers and towards actual women’s health clinics.
In the wake of the Planned Parenthood videos, almost half of all states had attempted to do just that. Some were blocked by the courts, but all efforts were toppled by the unelected officials at the Department of Health and Human Services.
The House’s vote to override that executive overreach is emblematic of where the people are, namely that they support commonsense laws that give the people the right to send their hard earned dollars towards clinics that help women, not abortion centers that slaughter innocent children for profit.
The Senate should follow suit and give back the power to the people to fund authentic women’s health.
Ashley McGuire is a senior fellow with The Catholic Association and the author of the new book, “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female” (Regnery Publishing, 2017). McGuire has appeared on CNN and its international affiliate, CBS, FOX, PBS, EWTN, and the BBC, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, among others.
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