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.