There are many who are positioning the fight over Planned Parenthood as different types of battles. Some say it’s government versus women, the so-called “war on women” that Republicans are allegedly waging. Others say it’s Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice with the future of abortion law hanging in the balance. Still others look at the divide among lawmakers and conclude that it’s right versus left with the Democrats wanting to fund it and the Republicans wanting to defund it.
All are partially correct but mostly wrong. This is a fight about criminal activity. It’s a battle over whether or not the United States government is willing to continue to fund an organization that has been publicly questioned over morals and inquired about from a legal perspective. We don’t have all of the answers. We need the answers before we can decide whether they are worthy of taxpayer money or not.
It’s for this reason that the fight is about good versus evil. There’s a distinction that should be noted: we’re not saying it’s about right versus wrong. In that debate, one’s perspectives on abortion come into play. Whether one believes that it’s right or wrong is not the question. Have they taken taxpayer money and used it to break the law? People who are on the side of good and lawfulness, regardless of their political affiliation or perspective on abortion, will want to know the answer before continuing to fund this organization. Those on the side of evil would fund without prejudice and willfully ignore the allegations without investigating them.
Am I accusing people supporting Planned Parenthood funding of being evil? No. Good people can be swayed to do evil things based upon their values. Just as many support Planned Parenthood regardless of their potential criminal activities, others would support conservative institutions if they were accused of breaking the law. If a conservative organization such as National Right to Life received federal funding and videos were released demonstrating that they may have broken the law, everyone with a conscience should demand defunding while an investigation is performed. Even though they might match a conservative ideologically, our values would demand that we probe first before continuing with funds.
The same should be the case with Planned Parenthood. The allegations are serious and the video evidence is compelling enough to demand an inquiry. Citizens paying half a billion dollars in taxes to fund the organization have a right to know the truth about whether they are breaking the law or not before we give them another dollar. That’s not political. It’s lawful. If you are pro-choice and believe in two things -the quality of work that Planned Parenthood does for women and the sanctity of law in the United States – then you should not be opposed to defunding. In fact, you should be demanding that the organization be defunded as quickly as possible and that an inquiry is made because you’ll want one of two things: the truth to come out in favor of Planned Parenthood or the reassignment of the funds to an organization that helps women without breaking the law.
It’s okay to be pro-choice and pro-lawfulness at the same time. It’s time to put the politics aside in this issue and discover whether or not Planned Parenthood is breaking the law or not. Blind support is dangerous.