Blackburn, Vitter: C’mon, you know you’re paying for abortions, right?

posted at 4:31 pm on January 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Wait — you mean the Hyde Amendment isn’t working?  We have been told for years that even though we give millions to Planned Parenthood every year — last year, it was $542 million — for “family planning,” none of that money actually funds the abortions at, er, the largest abortion-provider chain in the nation.  Two Republicans in Congress explain the math behind this shell game, and propose a solution to it:

Perhaps the single most egregious example of this disconnect is the forced taxpayer funding of abortion that is now the law of the land. That’s right: Taxpayer funds are used every day to promote and enable abortions in this country. Washington’s insistence that it’s prohibited is a big lie. What’s worse is that Americans’ hard-earned money not only helps sell abortions, it also helps big abortion businesses make big profits.

Planned Parenthood performed a record 333,964 abortions last year, almost 1 million in the past three years. Last year, federal taxpayers gave Planned Parenthood a record $542 million, which is an 11 percent increase over the past two years. Planned Parenthood receives 45 percent of its revenue from Uncle Sam. Abortion mills are dependent on the federal taxpayer to pay for their overhead and countless items necessary for them to take innocent human lives.

To put the numbers in perspective, consider that every 94 seconds, Planned Parenthood performs an abortion. In that same amount of time, the federal government gives Planned Parenthood more than $1,600.

The first question should be why PP needs to get 45% of its revenue from the federal government at all.  Abortion isn’t illegal, and neither is contraception or other forms of family planning — which, by the way, are available at many places that don’t also do over 333,000 abortions a year.  If these services are that popular, let PP’s business model sink or swim without the government funding it.

The calculation in the last part of the excerpt makes the current business model obvious.  If PP gets $1600 from taxpayers in correlation with every abortion it performs, it becomes very difficult to believe that the first doesn’t fund the second.  Money is fungible, after all, and even though PP claims it applies that funding to other purposes, we are still supplying cash that subsidizes their core business.

Vitter and Blackburn are introducing legislation to end the spigot of taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood:

That’s why we’ve introduced legislation, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, in the U.S. House and Senate that would help end this de facto taxpayer funding of abortion. Our legislation would stop the Department of Health and Human Services from providing Title X grant money to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood until they certify they won’t provide and refer for elective abortions.

Instead, we should use taxpayer funds to promote important options that unite all Americans, most notably adoption.

For those unfamiliar with the term, Title X refers to the Medicaid program that funds family-planning programs, including contraception.  That funding goes back decades, and is one of the reasons that a lack of access to contraception didn’t even make it as a mention in the CDC’s 20-year study on unwanted pregnancies, let alone as a cause of any significance. Barack Obama and his campaign successfully demagogued about a “war on women” based on opposition to mandates on employers and schools to give away contraception and sterilization services for free, but no Republican has seriously proposed even a reduction in Title X funding.

Nor are Vitter and Blackburn, although I’m sure the media will report it that way.  The bill would make Planned Parenthood and any other entity that performs or refers for abortions ineligible, but the benefit can be used at clinics where that’s not an issue, or other retailers who sell the products.  Combined with Bobby Jindal’s proposal to make birth-control pills available over the counter, it would effectively bypass PP and starve them of federal funding to subsidize abortions, and also the argument for it as necessary for “family planning.”

Of course, Congress tried doing something similar during the ObamaCare debate.  The Stupak amendment would have put the Hyde amendment into statutory law rather than budgetary language, but in the end the declared pro-life Democrats settled for a meaningless executive order.  It’s time to put real teeth and permanent status to the bar on funding abortions through federal tax dollars.

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If you weren’t raped and you aren’t destitute and in danger of dying, pay for your own bloody sexual habits.

MelonCollie on January 25, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Over time there has been many things the government has spent money on that I haven’t agreed with. I have come to the conclusion after serious reflection that there is ultimately one solution to this quandary. I am acting on this solution and will soon not be supporting this spending in a real way. Gone will be the theft by force of my silver and gold. This and other spending may continue as I am almost certain it will. Unabated. I will not be supporting it.

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I’m for it.

I have learned that if you argue againt abortions on moral grouds you are marginalized as a religious zealot.

If you argue against it on fiscal gounds you get called an uncaring immoral crusader against women and minorites.

You really want to upset an ardent pro-abortionist? Demand a police report be filed for the cases of abortions for rape and incest that are to be funded by taxpayers. Their heads explode just about every time.

DanMan on January 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I wish these two jokers cared as much about the massive amounts of money the government spends on entitlements and the military.

Armin Tamzarian on January 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

PP provides a…uh…unique form of pre-natal care. Unless you want to punish women with babies, you should support federal funding for PP.

#WarOnWymmin
#BattleOfLadyParts
#FlukeTheWorld

CorporatePiggy on January 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

The Hyde Amendment only applies to HHS spending and specifically Medicaid. It doesn’t prevent funds in any other department or program from being used for abortion.

A narrow law that is easily cirumvented.

SteveMG on January 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

If you want to murder a child, pay for it yourself. The blood is on your hands not the taxpayers………..

crosshugger on January 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

I consider Abortion to be murder. No matter what your opinion on the issue, however, no one can deny that abortion is the violent destruction of a valuable form of human life.

For myself, I would outlaw abortion across the board, and bring the full hammer of the law down upon anyone who participates in it. Many folks cry that there must be some exception for rape or incest, but that overlooks the fact that an innocent life will still be butchered.

Our Constitution demands that every person be given a right to trial before a jury of our peers, of a right to council, of a right to present a defense and to see the evidence against us, to be able to face our accuser. Yet, the innocents slaughtered through abortion receive no such protection. They are human, and as such should be given every right granted to each of us.

We would be outraged if a cop decided to just murder some criminal, or someone he considered to be breaking the law. Yet the unborn have no such outrage on their behalf.

It must stop.

TKindred on January 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM

What chafes me almost as much as the murder of the unborn is that $542 million in TAXPAYER CASH goes to a Democratic Party Advocacy Group.

BigAlSouth on January 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM

And the sun rises in the East. Planned Parenthood could not exist without the Federal monies. They certainly couldn’t afford to sustain the lifestyles of the professional abortionists.

MikeinPRCA on January 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM

It must stop.

TKindred on January 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Couldn’t agree more.

search4truth on January 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Margeret Sanger was racist scum and PP is her legacy, killing minority babies in far greater percentages than whites.

Slade73 on January 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I remember that Scott Brown ran heavily on saving Planned Parenthood.

Even more so then funding CPB, the government funding PP shows we have a spending problem – and most of the Republicans have no desire to address it either. Why did this survive 2004 when the Reps controlled the Congress and Presidency?

18-1 on January 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

This story deserves more attention than it’s getting.

Catholic Hospital claims fetuses aren’t people.

SnarkVader on January 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

There are 55 million reasons why God is not blessing America anymore. 55 million innocent voices asking god… How long before you avenge our deaths. How much longer before God quits giving us time to repent of our evil and change our ways, before he decides it’s time to avenge those innocent voices.

SWalker on January 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM

PP is just another money laundering scheme for democrat campaign contributions. They hand out 1/2 Billion in taxpayer money to get a couple million back in their campaign coffers.

HumpBot Salvation on January 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I think the thing I find most confusing about abortion is, if it isn’t life, then why a need to extinguish it?

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I think we might ought to moderate the approach we take. No federal funding is very acceptable to a majority of the nation (probably by a lot). Going ballistic does push away the millions of otherwise consevative women who have had abortions and do their best to bury their guilt. Anger is one of the best methods to do so.

DanMan on January 25, 2013 at 5:16 PM

a baby killing racist would probably get killed in prison – in the free world we give them millions of dollars

Slade73 on January 25, 2013 at 5:23 PM

You really want to upset an ardent pro-abortionist? Demand a police report be filed for the cases of abortions for rape and incest that are to be funded by taxpayers. Their heads explode just about every time.

DanMan on January 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Done it. Never pretty. I tell them I’d demand a paternity test and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. That goes over real well with the folks who would bump rape conviction sentences up to equal those for murder…

ROCnPhilly on January 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Does something like say…the NRA get federal funding???

BigWyo on January 25, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The 49ers are working on their game plan while the Ravens are worried about the gender confused, haha, sweet! go Niners!!

Dollayo on January 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

This story deserves more attention than it’s getting.

Catholic Hospital claims fetuses aren’t people.

SnarkVader on January 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

IF HotGas ever even broaches the subject – Ed Morrissey will get that one – and he’ll promptly and handily explain it all away with some legal loophole excuse or some such.

He surely does loves him some Catholic Church.

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM

IF HotGas ever even broaches the subject – Ed Morrissey will get that one – and he’ll promptly and handily explain it all away with some legal loophole excuse or some such.

He surely does loves him some Catholic Church.

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Well, the headline is certainly salacious, but the truth is much more mundane. The lawyers representing the Catholic hospital are arguing not on the basis of Catholic tenets, but on federal and state law. Since the state & federal laws refuse to bestow “personhood” on anyone not born alive, then the unfortunate deaths of the twins in utero cannot be used as a basis for claims of loss by the father. It’s simply an argument of defense based upon the prevailing law(s). I don’t like it, but it is what it is, and the hospital has every right to decide a legal case on the basis of extant law.

TKindred on January 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM

How about the GOP, that refuses to deal with the very social issues that have allowed the cunning Godless left to steal the very heart and soul of once free citizens, calls this what it is:government complicity in racial genocide.
The number alone, if put before any objective judge, would require frog marching at the highest level. Unfortunately, it is the unborn black children that are being frog-marched off into eternity by our government complicity in the Margaret Sanger genocide mills ensconced with taxpayer’s money, in nearly every inner-city, within easy distance for any pregnant woman.
But, what’s the difference?

Don L on January 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

TKindred on January 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM

The Catholic Church has emphatically stated throughout the history of legalized abortion that Life starts at conception.

Now when they stand to lose a few bucks out of their bloated gold stuffed coffers in Vatican City due to their own incompetence and abject failure – the Catholic Church self-servingly claims a fetus is not a Human Life.

Because Man’s Law has allegedly got their back and it is ostensibly to their earthly benefit.

*sheesh*

Talk about being hoisted by your own petard!

Satan most certainly is the supreme Master of Deception. And boy oh boy — hasn’t the Catholic Church repeatedly deceived us ALL over the centuries. Fancy that.

“Quoniam punitio non refertur primo et per se in correctionem et bonum eius qui punitur, sed in bonum publicum ut alij terreantur, et a malis committendis.”

“For punishment does not take place primarily and per se for the correction and good of the person punished, but for the public good in order that others may become terrified and weaned away from the evils they would commit.”

~Catholic Church – 1578 – Directorium Inquisitorum [Handbook for Inquisitors]

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 6:26 PM

The Catholic Church stands as the rock of Christianity. Those who have left know how to find their way back, and it would be wise to do so, for Satan may be found building the foundation for every Protestant denomination.

It’s called the Catholic Church because it is the universal church, the one faith and doctrine of Christ’s teachings. Everything else is heresy, but in the great nation, you are most welcome to follow Satan’s urgings all you wish.

But the Vatican will keep the light burning for you, so that you may find your way home.

TKindred on January 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

The Catholic Church stands as the rock of Christianity. Those who have left know how to find their way back, and it would be wise to do so, for Satan may be found building the foundation for every Protestant denomination.

It’s called the Catholic Church because it is the universal church, the one faith and doctrine of Christ’s teachings. Everything else is heresy, but in the great nation, you are most welcome to follow Satan’s urgings all you wish.

But the Vatican will keep the light burning for you, so that you may find your way home.

TKindred on January 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Wow.

Talk about convenient.

So, since your church now says ‘a fetus is not a Human Life’ when they’re being sued in the Court of Mortal Man, do you also concur? I mean – you must have previously concurred that a Life begins at conception because that’s what somebody in the Catholic Church told you to believe when they weren’t being sued. Right?

Ya know – tell it to the souls of the victims of Catholicisms terrorism and tyranny over their 600 years+ reign of terror, torture, and execution during the Catholic Inquisition – and in the present to all the little boys who had their innocence stolen from them by Catholic Priests all across the entire world – and the Vatican who has done everything in its earthly power to render those young victims’ suffering and agony moot and their coffers as untouched as they could manage after the ensuing civil suits.

Today, right now at this very moment, as a matter of Fiscal Convenience – a fetus is NOT a Human Life according to the Catholic Church.

How conveeeeeenient. I don’t recall any Satanized contemptible Protestant denominations ever doing any of those things. Ever. Certainly, none of those Satanized contemptible Protestant denominations that I am aware of claim a Human Fetus is not a Human Life, either. For any reason.

Only the Catholic Church has and does. And – because they want to save money. I guess saving souls kind of fell by the wayside, eh?

Again I say with a crystal clear conscience and utter conviction – Satan most certainly is the supreme Master of Deception. And boy oh boy — hasn’t the Catholic Church repeatedly deceived us ALL over the centuries. Fancy that.

You might do well to do some soul searching of your own before it is too late.

Because just like Islam – all Muslims may not all be murderous blood-thirsty terrorists – but they’re still a member anyway and as such they give tacit approval for such horrific actions and they fully condone the teachings and those actions of their faith.

You certainly seem to stand by yours just as ardently despite the fact that big money and man’s law trumps God and God’s law in the Catholic Church.

You better hurry. Time is running out every second.

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

PP,just follow the money.

docflash on January 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I can understand this argument, but can’t it be taken to extremes?

Tax cuts will go to things we don’t like.

Mister Mets on January 25, 2013 at 7:46 PM

If PP gets $1600 from taxpayers in correlation with every abortion it performs, it becomes very difficult to believe that the first doesn’t fund the second.

These are pro-abortion zealots we are talking about.
-they don’t have (or pretend not to have) a basic funtional knowlege of math
-they don’t understand the concept of fungibility
-you are using logic. Leftist tend to argue with emotion not logic.

The first question should be why PP needs to get 45% of its revenue from the federal government at all. Abortion isn’t illegal, and neither is contraception or other forms of family planning — which, by the way, are available at many places that don’t also do over 333,000 abortions a year. If these services are that popular, let PP’s business model sink or swim without the government funding it.

First, they don’t agree with free market principles. In their world nothing survives without tax dollars.
It has nothing to do with their business model and everything to do with their lobbying model. They get tax money from the politicians; they donate money to the politicians; the next year they get more money from the politicians. How else do you explain an 11% increase to ANY entity when we are overspending by a trillion dollars a year.

Your question should be applied to everything in the federal budget. Make every department, organization, agencies demonstrate the absolute NEED for every penney they are asking for.

hopeful on January 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

The Catholic Church stands as the rock of Christianity. Those who have left know how to find their way back, and it would be wise to do so, for Satan may be found building the foundation for every Protestant denomination.

TKindred on January 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Take your pathetic accusations, your laughable claims, your idolatrous worship of Mary, your holey doctrine, your scandals of abused alter boys, and be gone.

The blood of thousands of martyrs calls out against your wretched ‘church’, some of them burned at the stake for daring to translate God’s word into their own language. (Can’t have us reading it for ourselves, right liberal? That might teach us things that aren’t in your rubber-stamp doctrine) And had you the power you did in the aptly-named Dark Ages, I have no doubt such horrors would resume.

You will garner nothing but laughter from anyone who hasn’t been utterly brainwashed since childhood. Be GONE, I say.

MelonCollie on January 25, 2013 at 8:01 PM

There is NO reason for the federal government to fund Planned Parenthood.

All of the country’s healthcare issues have been solved by Obamacare. PP needs to make do with what insurance pays, just like everyone else.

malclave on January 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

It was a hideous legal tactic by the hospital’s lawyers, actually.

It’s garnered some attention, which is a step in the right direction:

http://www.archden.org/index.cfm/ID/9767

DRPrice on January 25, 2013 at 8:27 PM

I wish these two jokers cared as much about the massive amounts of money the government spends on entitlements and the military.

Armin Tamzarian on January 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The government has no business paying for abortions. Period.

Fiscally, our problem is that we spend money on all kinds of things the government has no business in. Defense at least is a valid function of government. Welfare is not really a valid function of government, but it’s going to be very hard to roll back. When the government has been requiring people to “pay in” to a program, it’s nearly impossible to then turn around and refuse to “pay out.” Still, the more we can divest of pointless welfare and push people to get actual jobs, the better.

But taking taxpayer money to kill babies for the convenience of irresponsible men and women is completely indefensible. There should be no debate. The fact that they’ve been getting millions for generations to do something that half the nation objects to as essentially murder says tons about just how corrupt even a constitutional republic can be.

If you really care about fixing the debt, then our nation needs to quit spending money on things that are not valid functions of government. We’ll probably have to peel entitlements back program by program, but we can cut out taxpayer money for abortions without degrading the government one inch.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Dear SDTom and Meloncollie,

If you were as interested in the terrorism and callous indifference displayed by Protestant denominations towards everyone NOT a Protestant, you would take back your postings and weep in shame.

Ever since their arrival in the New World, Protestantism has been the root cause of mass murder, forced conversions, illegal seizure of lands, and infamous pograms against Jews, Catholics, and immigrants of all stripes. Pretty much following the Islamic model in all things.

Catholic priests were working WITH native Americans while Protestants were forcing conversions, and killing those who didn’t go along with that idea.

So, yeah. You are entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts.

And by the by, I am NOT Catholic. I renounced Christianity when I realized that Jesus was no more the Son of God than you or I or anyone else, He was a Jew, a Rabbi, and that the major tenet of Christianity was thus a lie. I became a Pagan, and have found comfort within my choice. However, I still know history and understand how evil has influenced Martin Luther and thus forced the schism with the true Christian Church.

Respects,

TKindred on January 26, 2013 at 4:05 AM

So, yeah. You are entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts.

You wouldn’t know a fact if it kicked you in the Obama with a steel-toed boot.

And by the by, I am NOT Catholic. I renounced Christianity when I realized that Jesus was no more the Son of God than you or I or anyone else. I became a Pagan, and have found comfort within my choice.

Ah, so you’re an apostate who either likes to shill for the religion you spit on. How amusing. Or rather, how sad.

However, I still know history and understand how evil has influenced Martin Luther and thus forced the schism with the true Christian Church.

Three lies for the price of one.

Respects,

TKindred on January 26, 2013 at 4:05 AM

You deserve no respect and you give none, liberal heretic. You deserve nothing but derision.

I hope you were actually converted and not just dragged to church all those years to act like a trained monkey, as sadly happens to many Catholic children.

MelonCollie on January 26, 2013 at 7:54 AM

You are so lovely when you are mad, and oh so mistaken with your vitriol.

But if it gives you comfort, and helps assuage the guilt of your heresy, then more power to you.

V/R

TKindred on January 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM

But if it gives you comfort, and helps assuage the guilt of your heresy, then more power to you.

V/R

TKindred on January 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Whatever helps you sleep at night, aspostate troll.

MelonCollie on January 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

If these services are that popular, let PP’s business model sink or swim without the government funding it.

I don’t care if the services are popular or not – the federal government has no business spending money on it! Why is the federal government even involved in any of this? So they can grow the state and have it control every aspect of our lives. Just get the government out of it altogether! No corn subsidies, no PP subsidies, no Winnebago subsidies, no nothing subsidies!

GWB on January 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me; That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Jesus wept…

pannw on January 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

TKindred on January 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM

He is the Son of God, suffered and died for your sins and defeated death, rising body and soul, so that you and I might live.

Don’t take my word for it; look at some of the evidence He left.

http://www.shroud.com/heraseng.pdf

http://miraclerosarymission.org/lanciano.html

http://www.shroud.com/guscin.htm

Please believe.

pannw on January 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

…Since the state & federal laws refuse to bestow “personhood” on anyone not born alive,…
TKindred on January 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Then how was Scott Peterson convicted for murdering his unborn child?

Big John on January 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM

This story deserves more attention than it’s getting.

Catholic Hospital claims fetuses aren’t people.

SnarkVader on January 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

By Colorado law — the law of Caesar — they are absolutely right.

That said, as Catholics, they should never have advanced that argument at all — as it runs completely counter to all their faith teaches.

unclesmrgol on January 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

You will garner nothing but laughter from anyone who hasn’t been utterly brainwashed since childhood. Be GONE, I say.

MelonCollie on January 25, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Hmm. It only worked for Jesus.

unclesmrgol on January 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

You certainly seem to stand by yours just as ardently despite the fact that big money and man’s law trumps God and God’s law in the Catholic Church.

You better hurry. Time is running out every second.

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

It’s as if 1500 years of faith and tradition never existed for you.

As for me, I went to Mass this morning, as I do most Sundays. In Mass today, we learned about how the coming of Jesus and His teachings are the fulfillment of God’s promise to us — tied together fittingly by three readings — two from the Old Testament and one from the New.

At least we don’t have to depend on informing our consciences by reading something originally put together by people we dispise — as you do.

unclesmrgol on January 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

He surely does loves him some Catholic Church.

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM

There is no excuse — the attornies for the hospital have used an argument which sits well in Caesar’s court but not at all well in God’s.

If you read the last part of the article, you find that the Bishops of Colorado have issued a letter finding extreme fault with the argument which was advanced by the hospital and promising a complete review of the case. The lawsuit may not have been won in Caesar’s court, but it will be won in God’s.

I’m on travel right now and am sitting in my hotel room in Aurora, CO. I normally go to church in Los Angeles and rarely, in the prayers for the faithful, is abortion brought up, but here in Aurora, at St. Pius X Church, abortion and the death penalty were both brought forth via prayers for the faithful this day not just once, but three separate times. If proof by example is anything, the teachings and feelings at Mass here are consistent with the teachings of Jesus — and, by extension, with the interpretation of Scripture represented by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

unclesmrgol on January 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM