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Planned Parenthood goes to war against Mitt Romney

Barack Obama may be losing most of America, but he can count on the fervent support of the extremely well-heeled abortion industry.  Its political coffers are stuffed with cash, from both the sale of services and compulsory taxpayer subsidies.  There’s no way Planned Parenthood will allow taxpayers to turn off the money spigot. 

Remember, the Democrat Party was prepared to shut down the entire government, including a halt to military pay, to protect Planned Parenthood subsidies during the last debt crisis.  When the Susan G. Komen Foundation threatened to cut off their cash, heads rolled.  You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask of the old Lone Ranger, and you don’t mess around with Planned Parenthood’s revenue stream.

(I’ve always thought that song was odd, because if you tug on Superman’s cape, nothing bad will happen to you.  He’s just going to ask you to stop, or perhaps gently advise you to release his cape before he takes off, to avoid injury.  Threatening Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer loot is more like tugging on Batman’s cape.)

Just a day after Live Action showed the world that Planned Parenthood is totally cool with “gendercide” – the selective abortion of health baby girls, up to five months into pregnancy, because the parents really wanted a boy – the Godzilla of abortion providers announced a million-dollar TV ad campaign attacking presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Life News offers a preview:

The ad buy targets Romney’s previous comments saying he would “get rid” of federal taxpayer funding for the abortion business and Planned Parenthood indicated the ad buy would target places like West Palm Beach, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; and voters in northern Virginia.

“When Mitt Romney says ‘Planned Parenthood — we’re gonna get rid of that,’ Romney is saying he’ll deny women the birth control and cancer screenings they depend on,” the ad’s narrator says. “When Romney says, ‘Do I believe the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade? Yes,’ he’s saying he’ll deny women the right to make their own medical decisions. And when his campaign can’t say whether he’d support equal pay protections … Romney’s putting your paycheck at risk.”

Answering a question from CNN affiliate KDSK of St. Louis, Romney listed a series of programs he would cut or eliminate as president in order to reduce the federal deficit.

“You get rid of Obamacare, but there are others,” Romney the station. “Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I would eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, both excellent programs, but we can’t afford to borrow money to pay for these things.”

You tax serfs need to get it through your thick skulls: you’re not allowed to “get rid of” compulsory taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood.  That’s what “compulsory” means, you know.  It doesn’t matter if the government is tumbling into total fiscal meltdown, or many Americans find Planned Parenthood’s activities morally objectionable.  Their hand will be forever in your wallet. 

I’d joke about how this principle can be found floating in the “penumbras and emanations” of the Constitution, but Planned Parenthood funding actually transcends the Constitution, which is much more subject to electoral will.  The Constitution also has a quaint obsession with the notion of “states’ rights.”  Your state had better not get any big ideas about refusing to pay Planned Parenthood, either.

Of course, Planned Parenthood’s political operatives will seek to paint Romney’s pro-life views as “extreme,” even though they are shared by a fast-growing majority of Americans, across the partisan divide. 

Planned Parenthood’s political and funding machine is a great example of the corruption inherent when Big Business fuses with Big Government… although strangely enough, passionate critics of Big Business never mention this particular example.  The Planned Parenthood defense mirrors the way Big Government protects its flab from reformers: if you oppose any aspect of what PP does, you “hate women” or are an “enemy of women’s health.” 

All of the many dollars pouring into this massive, billion-dollar company – which also receives $487 million in government contracts and taxpayer subsidies – melts into a vast financial slush.  According to its defenders, every dollar taken away is a dollar pinched from “women’s health,” while no particular dollar goes to abortions or political campaigns.

Well, two can play at that game.  Every nickel of that $1.4 million ad campaign against Mitt Romney can be portrayed as a dollar extracted from Romney supporters by force, using exactly the same logic that says all of Planned Parenthood’s money is somehow tied to “women’s health.”  The fusion of identity politics, mission creep, and compulsive force is always ugly.  So are demands for obedience, at the expense of conscience.

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    Planned Parenthood is where poor people go to get the shot, pill etc. so they DON’T go on welfare and turn our country into China. They also screen for breast cancer and other cancer. They save the already living and our economy, from the poor and young students trying to get an education that so many women have argued about not having that right hundreds of years ago!