In February of 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation that cut all funding for abortion-providing health centers, namely Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has been the source of a lot of controversies surrounding the abortion issue. Ohio allocated roughly $1.3 million to other federally qualified health centers, health departments, as well as other non-abortion providing healthcare providers.
A bloc of female democrats has introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Patty Murray introduced the Senate’s version of the bill as well. The bills primary aim is to repeal the Hyde amendment.
What Does This Bill Entail?
This bill was originally introduced in 2017 under the same name but has now been reintroduced. The bill suggested that “No woman should have the decision to have, or not to have, an abortion made for her based on her ability or inability to afford the procedure.” and calls for the federal government to “ensure coverage for abortion care.” Furthermore, it said that state and local governments could not restrict abortion coverage. This is a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”.
The Hyde Amendment
The EACH Woman Act also aims to repeal the Hyde Amendment. This law prevents the use of federal funds for abortion, with the exception of cases where the mother’s life is in danger. However, with the largest provider of abortion services Planned Parenthood receiving 500 million in federal funding each year, there have been questions as to how well this law has been followed.
But this new bill proposed by the Democrats would clear the air. If EACH passes, pro-lifers will have to pay for the abortions they oppose to greatly. Repealing the Hyde Amendment was part of the Democrat Party’s 2016 platform.
In 2017 the Republican-controlled Senate attempted to pass a bill that would make the Hyde Amendment permanent, as stated by former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. However, the bill died in the Senate.
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One of the most controversial issues in the United States is abortion. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortion and this is a part of the abortion discussion.
Some praise Planned Parenthood as being heroic in defending women’s health. Yet many are unaware of Planned Parenthood’s dark past and secrets. Perhaps if the people were informed on the evil within this organization they would be skeptical to give over 500 million in federal taxes to Planned Parenthood. The myth that abortion is only 3% of services is terribly misleading.
Before we get into its history, it is important to realize the nature of Planned Parenthood’s funding. Pro-lifers must pay millions to prop up an organization that goes against their own values and morality. Stance on abortion aside, it adds insult to injury to make people fund the largest abortion provider in America while they oppose it.
By Ian Brzeski | United States
Disclaimer: When I refer to Republicans and Democrats, I’m not talking about every single person who aligns with the Republican or Democratic party. Rather, I am talking about their platforms as a whole as well as their “leaders” and hypocritical followers.
Both the Republican and Democratic platform are hypocritical in every sense of the term. Whether it is their agenda or on specific topics at hand, they allow themselves to fall onto multiple contradictions and fallacies in their arguments. For example, Republicans and Democrats both display hypocrisy when it comes to the issues of guns and immigration. Republicans are quick to push their agenda against illegal immigration when an illegal kills somebody because, according to them, illegal immigration allows those who like to murder and rape people to enter the US. They argue that if we had stronger deportation measures and a border wall, then many individual citizens such as Mollie Tibbetts would still be alive. Democrats are quick to push their agenda for gun control when a shooting happens because, according to them, guns and gun owners are dangerous and often kill many people. They say how if we had more gun control, then many of the victims in the mass shootings would still be alive such as the students who passed in Parkland.
Republicans defend guns by saying that Democrats are just trying to push their agenda when a horrible tragedy such as a mass shooting happens. Republicans say it is vile and disgusting how Democrats would try to push their agenda on gun control instead of showing respect to the victims. They claim that it is a societal problem and not a gun problem. People kill people; guns do not kill people, and besides, people are just going to get guns regardless.
Democrats defend illegal immigration by saying that Republicans are just trying to push their agenda when a horrible tragedy such as the murder of a girl from Iowa happens. Democrats say it is vile and disgusting how Republicans would try to push their agenda on stronger borders instead of showing respect to the victims. They claim that it is a societal problem and not an illegal immigration problem. People kill people; illegals are not the only people who kill people in this country.
Republicans and Democrats make the same argument when substituting the word(s) “guns” with “illegal immigration.” Who knew that the majority of Republicans and Democrats are not that much different? They use the same argument on various issues. They even both bash each other on how they portray their stances. To an extent, the parties also fall subject to the slippery slope fallacy when describing how guns/illegal immigration are the causes of the death of various people.
The slippery slope fallacy is a logical fallacy that implies that a small action will lead to a much more significant action with enormous consequences. Saying that having less secure borders will lead to more murders is a solid example of this fallacy and the same goes for saying that the sale of firearms will lead to more murders.
Who is the Bigger Hypocrite?
Most Republicans are bigger hypocrites than the Democrats. They claim to support small government except for when it comes to:
- The wall across the Mexican border
- The Space Force
- A stronger governmental police force
- A massive military
- Military parades
- The War on Drugs
- The War on Terror
- Trump regulating social media
- And many more
The only difference with the Republicans and the Democrats here is that they disagree with what should be funded by the government. For every government program defunded by Republicans, another government program is funded that fits the Republicans’ agenda. At least the Democrats openly admit that they are for a bigger and stronger government.
Democrats could just as quickly say the phrase “Taxation is theft,” and it would still have the same meaning when Republicans say it. Establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans are the same; they are all pro-war and pro-big government hawks. Obama openly says he is against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and then proceeds to bomb more countries than any of his predecessors. The Republicans claim to be for smaller government and pro-life, yet when Senator Rand Paul introduces a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, the bill does not pass despite Republicans having the majority in the House and the Senate. Does this sound like a small government platform?
The fact of the matter is that the majority of the Republicans preach a pro-liberty position, but their actions and ideas say otherwise. However, not every single Republican is one of these establishment politicians. There are still few Republicans out there who stay true to their pro-liberty and small government agenda, such as Senator Rand Paul, Rep. Thomas Massie, Rep. Justin Amash, and Austin Petersen to name a few.
Stuck in the Same Cycle
Regardless of who is in charge, the government still become stronger, taxes and spending increase, and our national debt continues to grow. We have a “pro-liberty” president who keeps fighting the war on terror, keeps funding the war on drugs, has the notion that tariffs are good for the economy, and now wants to start printing money to get us out of our national debt. Nothing of recent has changed regarding the United States. Voting Republican or voting Democrat will be practically voting for the same person the majority of the time. Not voting for a third party because you are afraid that it is giving away a vote to the “rival” candidate may be one of the worst excuses to use because either way you are most likely voting for big government establishment hawks.
As a result of this two-party system and hypocritical nature of the parties, the government continually grows into a stronger, more coercive force that inhibits on our personal freedoms to make decisions for us. Thinking that voting third party is a waste is a dangerous ideology. We will never see a real change by always voting in these establishment candidates. We will have the same problems that we continuously complain about, nothing will get changed, we will continue to stay in the same cycle that we have been going through, and people are too blind to realize this.
Republicans and Democrats have the false sense that they are pitted against each other. There are other options out there, and people need to realize that. People need to stop voting based on parties and need to start voting based on principle. Watch a debate between Republicans and Democrats, and it is easy to see that the discussion just turns into a name calling blame game. It is one of the most pathetic things a person could ever see. Their arguments have no real substance or conviction, and they always seem to attack the person as an individual and not their ideas.
“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers” – Socrates
Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter. We are always going to be stuck in a never ending cycle if people do not stop blindly following party positions. It does not matter whether you identify as a Conservative, Progressive, Libertarian, or Socialist. Do your research and vote for who you think is going to bring about the most significant possible change to our crooked establishment system. Don’t vote for somebody based on their party or if they are a lesser evil, vote for somebody you believe in.
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By Ethan Suquet | United States
In a recent video for PragerU, the founder of Live Action, Lila Rose tore into Planned Parenthood in possibly one of the best attack videos in modern times.
Lila Rose wastes no time in calling out Planned Parenthood on an absolute fraud that many people have bought into, the idea that Planned Parenthood is a healthcare provider. As Lila Rose eloquently states in the video, the goal of a healthcare provider is to preserve lives while Planned Parenthood does the opposite by ending the lives of the unborn.
As she points out Planned Parenthood claims to hold a leadership position in providing healthcare for women yet when a woman goes to Planned Parenthood for a service such as adoption, the response received by many women is a simple “Google it.”
It’s one thing for this organization to end innocent unborn lives through the horrid practice of abortion but do they have to add insult to injury by lying about it? The answer is no of course, but at least now in modern times, through the internet, we have a greater ability to expose them for the lies that they tell to stay in business.
To further expose them, Ms. Rose picks apart the lie that abortions are only a small percent of what Planned Parenthood does. The truth is that the way Planned Parenthood wraps this lie in a blanket of truth is the way they count services. To give an example, let’s say a woman walks into a planned parenthood facility, before the abortion she wants to be sure that she’s pregnant, so she gets a pregnancy test, then once its confirmed that she’s pregnant she gets an abortion and on the way out to make sure she doesn’t have to come back she gets birth control. By the logic of Planned Parenthood this is three distinct services, so abortion is only 33% of what they do even though everything they did was related to the abortion.
To further illustrate this point in her video for PragerU, Ms. Rose cites text from National Review.
“It would be like Major League Baseball saying they sell 20 million hot dogs, but only play 2,430 games, so baseball is only .012% of what they do.” This is obviously extraordinarily dishonest, but there is likely no length to which Planned Parenthood is unwilling to bend the truth to maintain their organization.
Their motivation for spreading these falsehoods, aside from keeping their business, is keeping their taxpayer subsidies. It is federal law that no taxpayer money may be spent on abortion, yet through the deception that there is a wall of separation between their abortion services, yet they still receive more than $500 million a year in money from the federal government, money which can easily be used to help their organization perform more abortions.
To finish off the video, Ms. Rose points out that “Planned Parenthood’s biggest enemy isn’t conservatives or religious people. Its biggest enemy is truth.”
To watch the full PragerU video click the link below