“Ideology”: Should It Shut the Government Down?

Posted: April 8, 2011 in In The News
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By now we have all likely heard about the possible government shut-down tonight at midnight.  Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader says that “the only thing holding up the agreement is ideology.”  He accuses the Republicans of having “drawn a line in the sand” over ideological issues unrelated to the budget.  (See http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/07/harry-reid-concedes-that-a-shutdown-is-likely-blaming-gop-ideological-provisions/.)

Ok, wait a second.  Ideological issues “unrelated to the budget”???  Really???  Our federal government gives about $363 milliion (yes MILLION) a year to Planned Parenthood.  This, according to news stories, is one of the Republicans’ holdouts.  They want to eliminate this handout for free abortions and cut it from the budget.  Does the federal money for Planned Parenthood go to abortions?  Yes.  At the very least, it frees up their own money for abortions, despite their best claims.  So, is abortion an “ideological” issue?  You could say that.  But how, HOW is this “unrelated to the budget”?  We dish out $363 million a year to the largest abortion provider in the nation but that’s not related to our budget. 

Why is Sen. Harry Reid the Majority Leader?  I think I agree with the Representatives demanding his resignation if he cannot figure out how $363 million relates to our budget.  Note, also, that the large majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars going to fund abortion.  (Among other polls, see:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107204574472921151318650.html.  One significant quote from this article states:  “A Rasmussen poll released last month showed that only 13% of Americans want the health-care reform bill to use tax dollars to fund abortions.  A Pew Research Center poll two weeks ago showed that support for legalized abortion has dropped to its lowest level in years to 47%, down from 54% last year.”)

In addition, it’s not just the people who want to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding who are holding out on an ideological issue.  It’s also the people who refuse to cut their funding who are holding out just as much.  There are always two sides to an ideological issue.  So, Sen. Harry Reid, blame yourself for holding out on an ideological issue that IS related to the budget. 

Finally, I hope you agree with me that saving lives (by de-funding Planned Parenthood) is worth shutting the government down over.  I pray that the Republicans will hold out on this one and not cave in.  If you’re curious about Planned Parenthood and what they do with abortion visit www.liveaction.org.  You’ll find the article 38.4% of Planned Parenthood’s 2009 “Health Center Income” is from Abortion especially interesting.

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  1. Terrance H. says:

    It’s good to see young people sticking up for the unborn. I thought I was the only one using WordPress. LOL.

    • Paul Sorvino says:

      My friend got raped when she was 15 and ended up being pregnant, without planned parenthood’s abortion she would have had to raise the baby by herself because her parents were both dead. Also, if you are a poor single mother and your doctor tells you that your baby will be severely disabled it may be impossible for you to even raise the child. Let God punish those who kill the unborn, there are a million religions out their stop thinking your is the only relevant one.

      • First, I’m very sorry about your friend…that’s a horrible thing that happened to her. And I’ve never said I believe girls who are raped or others who are unable to raise a baby alone should have to. I do think, however, that their baby should not be killed because of the father’s crime or because her mother is unable to take care of her. That’s what adoption is for…there are sooo many people out there who want to take a baby who was conceived through rape or who want to care for a disabled baby. Just because we can’t take care of someone doesn’t mean we should kill them. If we applied that reasoning to any other human being, we’d be in big trouble. For example…I can’t take care of my five year old anymore because I got in a car accident and am confined to a wheelchair…does that give me the right to kill my five year old? Or, I have an elderly parent but I don’t have the money to take care of them…can I kill them? Obviously, if those scenarios were true, people would say no, you can’t kill those people! So in all reality, our views on the unborn children come down to whether or not we view them as people. If they are human beings, we can’t kill them. And although in all reality only one religion can be relevant (and of course I believe it’s salvation through Jesus Christ), this is not a religious issue. Otherwise, you must believe that the law against murder is a religious issue. And it’s not. It’s just common sense and humanity not to kill another innocent human being.

  2. elizabeth deland says:

    amen! keep it coming.

  3. Heidi says:

    Planned parenthood needs to stop being funded by our tax dollars. if people want to fund it on their own then let them have their freedom to do it but don’t impose my tax dollar to kill innocent babies and ruin women’s emotional, physical and spiritual lives.
    You are doing a great work. God is so proud of what you do to save these innocent lives.
    Thank you
    Heidi

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