Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., dropped a truth bomb on an audience of pro-life conservative Christians last week when he revealed that Republican congressional leadership refused to take up legislation to defund Planned Parenthood because “we might win.”
Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference last week, Paul described how his 2018 amendment defunding Planned Parenthood was rejected by GOP leadership because they wanted Democratic votes for a massive spending package.
“We still lose in the legislation,” Paul said. “Sometimes we lose because the people who come to you and give you lip service and say, ‘Oh I’m pro-life, I’m pro-life,’ and then they don’t seem to vote that way.”
Last year, I tried to attach to a spending bill a prohibition to have any money spent by Planned Parenthood. You know what happened? They sat me down, and one of the senior Republican senators said, “We cannot have the vote today.” I said, “Why?” He said, “We might win.”
There were audible gasps in the audience when Paul told his story.
“You have Republicans that are more concerned with spending money than protecting the unborn,” Paul told the audience.
Being pro-life in name only is a problem that’s not exclusive to politicians. Recall that in 2015, when conservatives were fighting to defund Planned Parenthood after the Center for Medical Progress exposed the abortion giant’s reprehensible practices, National Right to Life remained silent and stood by as GOP leadership killed the effort.
Rand Paul is speaking to a bigger problem than one failed effort to defund Planned Parenthood. Ruling class interests in Washington D.C. don’t want Planned Parenthood defunded, and right now those ruling class interests run the Republican Party. Pro-lifers need to pay attention.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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