Abortion will always be a controversial subject. The defunding of Planned Parenthood should not be. Any organization accepting federal funding should be staying out of politics, as by receiving federal funding, an organization is no longer representing its employees, shareholders, etc., but representing all of the United States. Planned Parenthood is doing just the opposite.
Planned Parenthood receives upwards of $500 million each year from the US government, yet continuously finds itself intertwined in politics and has become extremely partisan. According to the Center for Responsible Politics, in the 2014 election cycle, Planned Parenthood spent over $580,000 in contributions to different candidates, of which 100% of the candidates were Democrats. More recently, in the 2016 election cycle, the organization spent upwards of $650,000 in political contributions, with 96% of endorsed candidates being Democrats, and just 1% of them Republicans. As the 2018 Midterms approach, Planned Parenthood only continues to increase its influence in political races. The organization has already spent over $300,000 on Midterms (99% Democrat, 0% Republican) and recently launched a campaign, along with numerous other liberal organizations, aiming to get people to vote Democrat in November’s election. The liberal coalition highlighted by Planned Parenthood will target infrequent voters in Michigan, Florida, and Nevada to vote Democrat and plans to roll out $30 million to accomplish this goal.
As every election cycle passes, Planned Parenthood only continues to show their harsh political bias, investing taxpayer money into races that most Americans don’t care about and into candidates only half of American supports. This needs to stop. Planned Parenthood should be focusing on its said goals in its mission statement, but instead continues to play politics.
Until Planned Parenthood stops using taxpayer dollars to partisanly influence political races, the federal government should stop giving the organization money. Just imagine the outrage if the Supreme Court or CIA started to use their funds to help one party win elections. Or if the NRA actually received government funds? If we give Planned Parenthood a pass for its role in politics, what’s next? Where do we draw the line on assumingly non-partisan government agencies immorally influencing elections?
Planned Parenthood should not necessarily be defunded for its role in the abortion debate, but for its active role in politics. Planned Parenthood continues to attack the concept of American democracy by playing politics and this is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter if you are pro-life or pro-choice, the state of Planned Parenthood’s government funding is no longer an issue regarding abortion. Instead, the organization’s use of government funds has forced every American to question whether they want government-funded organizations using taxpayer money to actively influence political races. And for every American, the answer to that question should be a resounding “No.”
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