Planned Parenthood has no right to public funds

Former Denver media critic turned blogger Jason Salzman writing for the Huffington Post laments the potential de-funding of Planned Parenthood, writing “Losing federal funds could force Planned Parenthood nationally to turn away hundreds of thousands of low-income men and women, who rely on the organization’s clinics for basic health services like cancer screenings and birth control, according to Planned Parenthood. In many parts of the country, particularly in rural areas, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for some Planned Parenthood patients to get health care elsewhere, resulting in serious health impacts, according to Planned Parenthood officials.”

This sort of liberal trope, that only the federal government can possibly fund Planned Parenthood is deliberately intended to whip up emotions using one of the most common fallacies seen from the left: the fallacy of Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief. Put succinctly, this fallacy amounts to a “The sky is falling” claim predicated on predictions of dire consequences that will occur if wrong-thinking people don’t immediately surrender to Planned Parenthood propaganda.

Of course the reality is that refusing to provide $400 million in public funds to Planned Parenthood because it will not cease and desist from using some of that that money to perform abortions on the public’s dime won’t “force” Planned Parenthood to do anything. Planned Parenthood is a private organization that has no right to public funding if the public doesn’t want to grant it, which the election of Donald Trump seems to indicate is the case.

But what denying public funds actually means is merely that Planned Parenthood will need to look elsewhere for funding, such as finding liberal donors like George Soros or Hillary Clinton to contribute, or it could use its own money to ameliorate those “serious health impacts” for poor people. But it won’t. It will close clinics and deny services and then falsely blame the Trump administration because this is not about money, it’s about politics.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to become independently funded by charitable donations or private grants, it wants to continue to stick its snout into the public trough not because it needs the money but because it is part of a progressive plan to normalize publicly-funded abortion as a “right.”

No matter what one’s personal opinion may be on the subject of abortion, taxpayer-funded abortion is, and always must be subject to the will of the people, who need not feel any guilt for denying funding to any cause they don’t wish to support, no matter how plaintive or alarmist the demands for public funds might be.

Planned Parenthood is perfectly capable of providing the same levels of service nationwide that it provides today on its own dime if it chooses to do so. But it won’t, it will try to shift the blame to Trump because it’s politically expedient and advantageous to do so.

The taxpayers who are being dunned to pay for Planned Parenthood’s abortion services should keep this in mind and should not only reject these specious arguments but should demand that Planned Parenthood fund its own services using existing free-market principles and by appealing to those who can financially support their programs voluntarily.

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