If you think Republicans are adamant about ending funding going to Planned Parenthood, definitely think again. Although Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is trying to do just that, he is being met with stiff and stubborn resistance from his fellow Republicans.
Paul, who is also an eye doctor, introduced an amendment to discontinue government money going to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The bill was submitted to the Senate appropriations package for Defense, Health, Human Services, and Education.
“Planned Parenthood ends the lives of 320,000 babies each year,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “That’s about 900 babies every day. Planned Parenthood receives over $400,000,000 of taxpayer money.”
Those numbers are truly staggering. And you’d think Republicans would be eager to drastically reduce those horrible statistics. But no. And why not? It’s because, according to Paul, ending Planned Parenthood funding would at the same time end money going to other areas. And Paul believes Republicans are unwilling to do that, which means Planned Parenthood funding would continue.
“The government with a wink and a nod tells us that Planned Parenthood doesn’t spend the money on abortions, but everybody knows that the taxpayers really are cross-subsidizing Planned Parenthood’s abortion bills,” the Kentucky senator added.
In his usual no-nonsense style, Paul went on to suggest the Republican Party was complicit with their Democratic rivals in keeping taxpayer-funded abortion ongoing.
“The Republican leadership has filled the amendment tree to block my ‘defund Planned Parenthood’ amendment,” Paul stated. “But how could that be? Surely Republican leadership does not favor abortion funding.”
Why, oh why, would Republicans be twarting Paul’s plan, when they claim to be pro-life? Paul has a simple explanation, and it revolves around their mixed-up spending views. Paul said Republicans would prefer what he calls “bloated government spending more than they care about Planned Parenthood.”
Paul also pointed out that the appropriations bill exceeds spending caps by $100 billion. Bloated indeed.
“Big-spending Republicans fear that blocking funding from Planned Parenthood would derail their plans to greatly expand the welfare-warfare state,” the senator said.
Paul’s amendment could definitely lead to some intense struggle in the Senate — not just with the usual rivals, but now with Paul’s fellow Republicans.
By blocking the Kentucky senator’s attempts to stop taxpayer money from funding the de facto execution of the unborn, Republicans have made it painfully clear how far they are really willing to go to fight for their rights.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter