Rand Paul Leads Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

Mitch McConnell wants to keep taxpayer money flowing to Planned Parenthood. Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul thinks it’s way past due to cut their funding completely.

Senator Paul tried attaching two amendments to a highway spending bill – one that would have defunded Planned Parenthood and the other that would have allowed military personnel to arm themselves on bases – but McConnell wouldn’t allow it. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Paul isn’t going to take no for an answer. Breitbart reported:

He is…currently circulating a petition to go around the Senate leaders and force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood anyway. Paul is calling pro-life leaders to join him in this crusade, and some pro-life leaders are already whispering that this may be the perfect time to strike at Planned Parenthood. If he succeeds, it would of course be a massive rebuke of McConnell’s leadership of the GOP majority in the Senate—and that it’s even come to this is extraordinary considering that McConnell and all Republicans nationwide just last year campaigned on the promise that giving Republicans the GOP majority in the Senate would mean the place would run differently from the way it ran under Reid’s leadership and Democratic control.

Planned Parenthood gets over $500 million a year in taxpayer funding.

Senate sources also say that in addition to Paul’s effort to go around McConnell for a vote to defund Planned Parenthood, more damning videos—like the ones showing the organization’s executives sought to sell baby body parts for cash or for a Lamborghini sports car—may be coming, though it’s unclear when the videos will come out.

Whether you think that abortion should be legal or not, you should agree that just because something is legal doesn’t mean that it should be taxpayer-subsidized. They’ll call themselves “pro-choice,” but it’s not a choice to taxpayers when the government funnels tax revenue into an organization like Planned Parenthood. We’re forced to pay taxes, and some of those tax revenues help fund abortion clinics. That’s not okay. Liberals wouldn’t like it if an organization like the Family Research Council were getting a large portion of its funding from taxpayers, and rightfully so. It should be no different for any other organization.