Should tax dollars pay for abortions? If you are one of the 60% of Americans who say “no,” you have an opportunity to stop a part of the tax flow to the abortion industry.
Here’s how: Title X is a federal grant program funded by taxpayer money. Unfortunately, some of that taxpayer money funds abortion clinics and services. Planned Parenthood stands as the largest abortion provider in the nation and receives more than $50 million per year from Title X funding.
Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed a new “rule” which prohibits Title X funding from supporting abortion providers. The new rule, also known as the Protect Life Rule, requires a physical and financial separation between Title X money and abortion clinics. It proposes regulations similar to the “Reagan rules,” upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 in Rust v. Sullivan. The rule seeks to
“ensure compliance with, and enhance implementation of, the statutory requirement that none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”
In short, the rule makes sure that abortion providers do not receive Title X taxpayer money. HHS will take public comments until July 31, 2018. After reviewing the public comments, HHS will decide on a final ruling.
In response to the proposed rule, the abortion industry continues to mislead the public with statements that such a rule endangers “healthcare.” Stopping taxpayer money from funding abortion under Title X does not endanger “healthcare” as defined as caring for patients. It does, however, endanger the taxpayer money train which has been supporting Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers for far too long.
Cutting Title X funding to Planned Parenthood would remove approximately $50 million of their current $500 million government stipend. They have over 1.6 billion in assets. They can afford it. They can’t, however, afford the brand damage resulting from a Title X cut. As public opinion shifts, their business model begins to crumble. And the lie that women must have a “right” to buy their product suddenly becomes exposed as a crony falsehood.
Consider the semantics games they play. “Reproductive healthcare” sounds like healthcare for reproduction. In reality, it means ending a woman’s reproductive process. This is not healthcare, it’s abortion. And it is neither healthy nor caring.
“Women’s rights” sound like rights for women, but they really mean the created “right” of women to end the life of their offspring. Is that a right? Is it even morally right?
Many abortion advocates claim, “Our bodies are our own.” But does it not follow that our bodies are our own responsibility and not the responsibility of the government?
What the HHS Title X comment period means to the regular person is this: HHS says Title X tax money shouldn’t fund the abortion industry. If you agree, tell them. If you’ve ever wanted your voice to be heard on taxpayer funding to the abortion industry, now is your chance to have direct input. Every comment will make a difference in the final ruling.
The public comment period ends on July 31, 2018.
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More than ever before, young conservatives face persecution on their high school and college campuses for their beliefs. Risking grades, academic advancement and putting career options in jeopardy, a generation of courageous young conservatives display moral courage to think for themselves, despite the consequences.
In early June, young conservative women gathered at Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit to hear from women like Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Loesch and Kellyanne Conway along with thought leaders like Professor Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro. Turning Point USA stands as the largest and fastest growing student organization dedicated to fighting socialism and defending free-market principles. Founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk (at 18 years old), the organization has grown to over 1,300 chapters across the country with student training of over 5,000. TPUSA’s Communication Director, Candice Owens, famed for Kanye West’s tweet, “I love the way Candice Owens thinks,” boldly defends conservative principles and articulately rejects the promotion of “victim mentality” for women and minorities.
The conference room swelled with several hundred young women excited about the future of conservatism and their place in it. Their questions revealed not only the high stakes for being a conservative but their courage to stand for principles despite the consequences.
One young women asked about how to start a club, knowing that doing so could adversely affect her chances for admission at an elite university. Another girl said that she wore a conservative T-shirt to school and her entire town has boycotted her parents’ business. Some have endured physical violence. Another mentioned that a person at her school posted a suggestion on Facebook that she commit suicide. It received 500 likes.
The difficulties of growing up in this political climate have become increasingly intolerant, vengeful and hateful. No longer being bullied solely by their peers, young conservatives face persecution by teachers, administrators and a culture which seems stacked against them.
However, these young women display a different type of resiliency. While no research can define every individual in a generation, some trends are worth noting. Generation Z, the post-Millennial generation born between 1995-2010, comprises those age 8-23. According to Forbes, this generation tends to be more fiscally conservative and entrepreneurial with 72% of high school students desiring to own a business. They value both independence and independent thinking.
This perhaps accounts for the many young women at the TPUSA conference who described their conservative “conversion” which occurred after reading and listening to reasoned arguments. They are not afraid to “come out” publicly as conservatives.
Though the media long to portray Gen Z as gun control advocates in the mold of David Hogg, they conveniently ignore the conservative voice, Kyle Kashuv, another Parkland shooting survivor, who counters the gun-control lobby with reasoned arguments for the 2nd Amendment.
In addition, Kendall Jones, a former college cheerleader and avid hunter, spoke about how, at the age of 19, she became one of the most cyber-bullied teens in the world for posting pictures of her hunts on social media. Kendall has endured death threats and “Kill Kendall Jones” hate pages, emerging as a model of how to be unmoved by the opinions of others.
Thinking independently has less to do with age or generation and more to do with raw courage, bravery and conviction. Yet in any generation, a remnant remains to speak up, stand up and shape up society. The young women at Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit pay a high price for their beliefs despite physical, social and cultural abuse. The courage of these young conservative women who think for themselves and stand up for their beliefs should be admired, applauded and emulated. Their courage should inspire all conservatives turn our faces to the wind and stand boldly for the enduring principles of liberty and freedom.
Originally published on Patriot Post, July 12, 2018.
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