How to Stop the Merchants of Death
People have seen plenty of articles on why abortion is wrong. It’s time now to put forth plans on how to stop it. Pro-lifers have to move past the myopic vision of focusing on the courts as a way to end abortion. If we want to stop the slaughter of millions of unborn children, then we need to come up with a strategic vision that includes the courts, law makers, and individual action. What should pro-lifers do first? Go after Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the world, and it is also one of the most vile and repulsive organizations in existence. The history of this nefarious group should not surprise anyone who knows the evil of abortion. Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1946, which represented her racist views. Those on the left often try to dismiss conservative criticism of Planned Parenthood by saying that only 3% of their functions are abortions. But that is a terribly misleading statistic. There are roughly 1.2 million abortions a year in the United States. How many abortions does Planned Parenthood perform that are only 3% of their functions? According to their own admissions, they perform over 300,000 every year, meaning that they perform over one fourth of abortions in America.
Now, let’s get down to the numbers. Their annual report also notes that their budget/assets are a little over $1 billion. David Schmidt from Live Action has crunched the numbers on how much of Planned Parenthood’s budget comes from abortion. In 2009, Planned Parenthood made $404,900,000 in revenues from their services; $155,506,104 came from abortion. This just deals with their revenue. How much money do these people get from the government? In the same year they made over $400 million dollars in revenues, the government gave them an additional $360 million. Although by law Planned Parenthood cannot use federal funds to perform abortions, it frees up a lot of their oversight costs. The rest of their insidious funds come from pro-abortion donators and grants by organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
What does all of this mean for pro-life activists who want to end abortion? To borrow a phrase from James Carville, “It’s all about the money, stupid.” We need to actively work with policy makers to bring about the destruction of Planned Parenthood, which would be the first step in abolishing the abortion industry. They are the largest abortion providers and their elimination would mean a serious blow to these merchants of death.
There would need to be a two-step process in cutting funding. The first should be obvious: Congress needs to pass a bill instantly defunding Planned Parenthood, not only now, but for the foreseeable future. The bill would need to have provisions making it illegal for the government to fund Planned Parenthood ever again. This first step will cut at least a third of their funding from them.
The second step would need conservatives to be a little craftier. They should pass a law that states no abortion provider can charge more than $100 for one. Liberals cannot oppose the legislation because it would show their own hypocrisy. The left rants and raves about how they want more access to “family planning” for women in the country. However, with the staggering cost of this “minor procedure,” how can the left not want abortions to be cheaper? If an abortion only costs $100, then more women can afford to have a “choice.” This may seem nonsensical, but just look at the previous numbers. The average cost for a Planned Parenthood abortion is $468; with only $100 for each abortion, it would decrease their revenues from $155 million to just over $30 million. In total, that means Planned Parenthood would lose almost half a billion dollars from their budget. Does anyone seriously think this death factory could continue operating at its current level if it loses half its budget?
I understand that this plan may appear impractical or bizarre, but this is how pro-lifers need to start thinking about the issue. We can no longer just go about chipping away at abortion laws through the states; that will take far too long to end the atrocity. A new strategy is in order, and pro-lifers need to seriously start thinking outside the box. The March For Life, though laudable, doesn’t actually do anything to end abortion or really bring awareness to the issue. Pro-life activists should put forward a comprehensive plan of war against abortionists to finally bring an end to the greatest moral problem since slavery.
Treston Wheat :: Georgetown University :: Washington, DC :: @TrestonWheat