Planned Parenthood

Abortion and Insufficient Outrage

In fiscal year 2011, Planned Parenthood completed 333,694 abortions. Other services (Family Practice Services, Adoption Referrals) only accounted for 57,529 of the services provided by the non-profit agency. I wish I could say congratulations are in order; quite the opposite actually. For an organization that often claims abortions are only a small percentage of its services, Planned Parenthood sure does perform a lot of abortions. The increasing infanticide performed by this organization is shocking yet culturally normal.

What makes Planned Parenthood’s record worse is the fact that in the same year, they received $542 million from government sources. Or should I say, from taxpayers’ pockets, whether they support abortion or not. That’s $1,622 for each abortion. It’s one thing to oppose legalized abortion. It’s another to be forced to pay for a procedure with which you morally disagree. We live in a society where taxpayer funded murder is common place and inescapable. Unfortunately, no amount of protesting or marching has seemed to change that.

What we truly need to combat abortion is a cultural change. The March for Life and picketing outside abortion clinics are great, but are unable to place a large dent in the crystalized culture which allows abortion to be the norm. We need a combination of activism and cultural education if we want to eradicate legal abortion and forced taxation. Large businesses like Hobby Lobby have been in the news lately for refusing to pay for the Obamacare contraception mandate, and for good reason. Anytime someone is forced to do something which violates their religious and moral belifs, outrage is necessary. However, where’s the outrage for the thousands to babies murdered by abortion? Where are the “appreciation days” for women’s clinics which refuse to perform abortions or pro-life agencies? They exist, but culturally are unfortunately far less relevant than days designed to support businesses with chicken sandwiches or delicious fries. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully in support of backing businesses who refuse to stand up with liberal policies, but the lack of similar outrage regarding abortion is shocking. Even if someone is apathetic towards the practice of abortion itself, I can’t see why outrage about the fact that its funded partially by taxpayers is not larger.

NewAmyLutzIconThis is why the answer is cultural, in this case. I find abortion shocking and disgusting, but what I find more shocking is its position as a cultural norm. We’ve become a society that no longer values life because the culture of death is so prominent. Complacency is not an option when thousands of abortions take place each year, at the taxpayers’ expense mind you. We need to become a nation that once again values life and its fragility. This starts in the home where parents must teach their children to value life and understand that “you only live once.” No, I don’t mean YOLO, which emphasizes recklessness and disregard for morals. I mean understanding that you only have one life to live and it’s important to value every second as a moral, upright person. Be grateful, in 2011, 333,694 babies were denied that chance.

Step one in starting to revolutionize the culture is to defund Planned Parenthood. Trust me, they’ll be fine. I hate to admit it, but there are enough liberal feminists out there to keep the organization running for a while. However, when people have the choice to give money to Planned Parenthood, don’t you think it’s more likely that they will put their money where their heart is? The remainer of the fight, and the majority of it, takes place on the cultural front. Like I said, this starts with the family. Take action as an individual to value your own life and teach others to do the same. We can only hope that this ripple will change the culture of death once again into a culture of life.

Amy Lutz | Saint Louis University | @AmyLutz4

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  1. John
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:51 PM

    I’m not going to say much about your fallacious and annoying post.

    i just think it’s funny that someone so conservative and so proud to be “different” has a photo of herself in Times Square.

    I’m sure all the gays and abortion-seeking hussies around you are glad you contributed to their economy and wages!

    Yay hypocrisy!

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  2. Trilby
    Jan 23, 2013 - 06:24 PM

    Shouldn’t a shift on abortion also include pro-lifers getting behind Obamacare? Studies have indicated that Obamcare will prevent anywhere from 40-70% of abortions in the U.S. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/10/05/free-contraceptives-reduce-abortions-unintended-pregnancies-full-stop/

    Why aren’t pro-life activists pushing for greater access to health care, maternal health, and contraception? All these measures would reduce abortion in a meaningful way, and is much more promising than simply defunding Planned Parenthood.

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    • Jim Prokop
      Jan 27, 2013 - 01:34 AM

      Trilby, again, you have it right. The so-called to right to lifer’s really don’t care a white about unwanted pregnancies (in my opinion)they spout the same inane crap-ola about reducing taxes and rewarding the 1% for their efforts as well as fighting senseless wars. What they are really concerned about is THEIR own salvation and nobody else’s. Someone has been able to convince them that: -you bet-this will do it. God is really mad about this and will take it out on them and their family if they don’t….Oh, and ya we must preserve those Jesus killing Jews because the newest belief is Jesus will return only to Israel and won’t do so unless…You can hear this crap-ola preached all over the south and on TV daily. So sad. Need to get a life.

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      • John
        Feb 14, 2013 - 11:52 PM

        Perfection.

        Also, can we talk about how Obama was supposed to make abortions “skyrocket”? and in actuality, abortions went down in 2009, his first year in office?

        I LOVE SCARE TACTICS, GREAT ARTICLE AMY!

  3. *enchante*
    Jan 23, 2013 - 08:51 AM

    I notice in the picture of women, they all LOOK UNDER 40 years old. I also notice they are wearing pink. Although abortion doesnt count for all breast cancer diagnosis. It counts for some. When a woman conceives, the breast goes theu a change. Today is the 40th year and human pregnancy is 40 weeks or three seasons of the year…i just wonder how many siblings those women lost nevermind children conceived.

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  4. Christopher Rushlau
    Jan 22, 2013 - 07:10 PM

    I don’t think you’re being sincere.
    Here’s my test.
    You can relax about the culture of death. Once Israel wipes out the five or six million Palestinians it currently administrates directly, world peace will come.

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    • McPat
      Jan 22, 2013 - 10:18 PM

      Cause that’s exactly what Israel is doing *rolls eyes*

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  5. Bayard
    Jan 22, 2013 - 04:30 PM

    Do you have any basis for believing the number of abortions nationwide would go down if PP is defunded?

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    • McPat
      Jan 22, 2013 - 10:23 PM

      I would guess no, but generally, govt-sponsored programs that don’t have money see a sharp decline in services provided. If you can’t pay someone(s) to do something(s), they won’t.

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      • Chelle
        Mar 20, 2013 - 02:58 PM

        Except PP’s abortion services are not government funded, so its wrong to assume they would go down. If anything, abortion rates may go up because the only things that prevent abortion is sex education – something government funds do support.

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