There is a movement afoot to strip Planned Parenthood of millions of annual taxpayer dollars. One of the leaders in this effort is Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., whom I mentioned last week as being a chief cog in the effort to halt activation of the Fairness Doctrine, which Democrats hope to use to stifle conservative talk radio.
Rep. Pence, a rising star in the Republican Party, this week offered an amendment to the House appropriations bill (H.R. 3043) that funds the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, to prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding Planned Parenthood’s abortion efforts.
Sadly, the amendment was defeated, 189-231.
I’m praying that down the road, we will be able to stop Planned Parenthood from receiving our tax dollars while performing a quarter of a million abortions annually.
Planned Parenthood is America’s leading abortion provider and receives a staggering $65 million annually through Title X, the domestic family planning program.
The present bill would actually increase Title X funds to $311 million and would mean approximately a $15 million increase in funds going to Planned Parenthood, reports American Life League, which has for years been at the forefront of the battle to halt funds going to Planned Parenthood. American Life League President Judie Brown stood shoulder to shoulder with my father in many pro-life battles through the years.
“Last year alone, according to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, it received more than a third of its nearly $1 billion budget from government grants and contracts,” said Rep. Pence. “And again, according to its own annual report, Planned Parenthood performed more than a quarter of a million abortions last year alone.”
He says it is wrong to ask millions of pro-life Americans to fund the leading abortion provider in the United States.
Mr. Pence also points to news reports that indicate allegations of serious legal violations by Planned Parenthood clinics, including false reporting of information, dissemination of misleading advice and some of the organization’s counselors failing to report cases of sexual abuse and statutory rape.
We must continue this battle.
Planned Parenthood did receive bad news recently with the passage of a new law, signed by Missouri’s governor, that keeps the organization out of the state’s schools.
Finally, I want to remind readers about the anti-Christian tactics Planned Parenthood has utilized. At Christmas, the organization has sent out “holiday cards” bearing the idiom, “Choice on Earth,” a direct reference to the biblical phrase “Peace on Earth,” which was used to describe the miraculous arrival of Jesus Christ in human form.
Further, the Rev. Mark Bigelow, pastor of the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport, N.Y., and a member of the Clergy Advisory Board for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, defending this phrase, wrote in a letter to Bill O’Reilly, host of the Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor”: “… one thing I know from the Bible is that Jesus was not against women having a choice in continuing a pregnancy.” That’s an astounding statement. I urge every pastor to ensure that their congregations know this is the legacy of Planned Parenthood.
I wonder if Rev. Bigelow ever read Psalm 139:13 (“You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb”). This verse wonderfully illustrates that Christ is active in our lives from our very beginnings. Verse 14 continues: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” We are indeed living wonders, touched by God from the onset of our existence. The God of the Bible would certainly not condone abortion!
I believe it is an offense of our government to require Christians who embrace this Scripture to be compelled to fund an organization that is so reckless with precious life.
The defunding amendment has failed. But in its stoppage, we have seen a brighter spotlight aimed at Planned Parenthood – and we have seen a pro-life hero arising in Rep. Mike Pence.
I urge readers to visit Rep. Pence’s website and drop him a note of thanks and encouragement as he champions the rights of the unborn in our nation.
Please also continually pray that our nation will elect leaders who will stand against the powerful abortion industry so we can turn back the modern holocaust of the unborn in America.
Broadcast note: This Sunday, readers are invited to tune into “The Old Time Gospel Hour” broadcast as Thomas Road Baptist Church Pastor Jonathan Falwell delivers the sermon, “Facing Our Jericho.” The broadcast airs at 11 p.m. on the ION Network and Family Net, at 8 a.m. on Sky Angel and at 10 a.m. on Daystar TV (all times Eastern). The program also airs on many local stations around the country at various times.
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