Add another onerous regulation to the list of Obama executive actions Trump will have to countermand on January 20.
Yesterday, Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule designed to thwart the growing list of states that are trying to defund Planned Parenthood. Under current law, every state gets Title X grant funding to subsidize women’s preventative health care, such as screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted infections. Thirteen states have taken steps to ensure that such funding only goes to general hospitals and not clinics dedicated to baby killing as a side hobby, such as the ones run by Planned Parenthood. I don’t know any women who go to Planned Parenthood to get a mammogram, but Democrats use that as a political human shield to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars. To that end, Obama’s HHS promulgated a rule barring states from taking steps to “prohibit an entity from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.”
Let’s get something straight here: to begin with, it’s scandalous for taxpayers to fund a private organization that performs a procedure regarded as murder by half the country. Even those who call themselves “pro-choice” should at least respect the moral issues involved to the point that the taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund it. It’s even worse that Obama has continued to force federal funding for this private organization even after it was revealed that they were harvesting and trafficking baby organs. To now take this immorality a step further and block individual states from cutting off state funding is beneath contempt.
Where are the sanctuaries for taxpayers who don’t want to fund murder?
It demonstrates once again that, far from limiting the practice to being “safe and rare,” these people champion and glorify butchery in the mold of the ancient practitioners Moloch. The mantra of “safe, rare, and legal” has morphed into “leave no publicly-funded abortion behind.”
A moral system, legal structure, and Constitution turned upside down, inside out
There is also another important juxtaposition to observe in this case. The same liberals who champion sanctuary cities and suggest that Congress cannot force states to simply cooperate with federal immigration law — now believe that HHS can force states to fund a private organization under investigation for harvesting baby organs! Where are the sanctuaries for taxpayers who don’t want to fund murder?
Unfortunately, the courts have already gotten in on the abortion industry.. In nearly every circuit, they have forced states to fund Planned Parenthood. They believe the 14th Amendment not only creates a right to an abortion, but that, together with the First Amendment, it creates a positive right for a private organization under criminal investigation for trafficking baby parts to secure taxpayer funding. Meanwhile, the same courts that believe the refusal to publicly fund a private criminal enterprise with taxpayer funding is tantamount to blocking First Amendment rights — support taking negative action (imprisonment or fines) against private business owners who don’t service gay weddings or transgenderism is the highest order of mankind.
As I’ve noted in the past, the juxtaposition of the judicial perversion as it relates to Planned Parenthood and private religious organizations is breathtakingly appalling:
Viewed together, according to the federal judiciary, a private organization has the right to taxpayer funding, even if it is violating the conscience of half the taxpayers funding it, yet a private organization does not have the right to merely mind its own business and run its organization according to its conscience. Put another way, a person can be granted standing in a court to sue for the right to demand services from a private entity and force the business to violate the conscience of its owners, yet a taxpayer lacks standing to sue against funding for anti-conscience and criminal activities being funded with public funds.
As it relates to this specific executive action on state funding for Planned Parenthood, the solution is simple. The Trump administration must commit to blocking it from day one. Additionally, Congress, at a minimum, must zero out all federal funds for Planned Parenthood in the spring budget bill. Finally, they must pass legislation kicking the federal courts out of the abortion issue altogether, or at the very least, strip their jurisdiction over state laws regulating abortion clinics.
Come January 20, the excuses for Republican inaction on Planned Parenthood must come to an end.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.