This week’s hot topics (in no particular order):
- Never-ending race-based police brutality (and denial of it)
- Call for extraditing the dentist that killed Cecil the lion
- Planned Parenthood funding
- Meek Mill v. Drake
I’m gonna talk about #3.
Amidst the histrionics on both sides, I’m having a hard time finding numbers.
This is my.. rudimentary start…
Planned Parenthood received $360 million in federal funding. That’s $360,000,000.
If only 1% of that went towards abortions, that means, it would be $3,600,000 … which is still $3.6 million. (Although I believe it’s 3% so.. let’s round to $10 million).
About 50% of federal revenues come from income tax. (nationalpriorities.org)
so $5 million of federal revenue goes towards abortions.
I know that seems really tiny. I know PP’s services are more than just abortions. I’m pretty sure no one’s going to shut them down.
But, my $0.02 is this.
I’m working at a school that focuses on our community. I don’t think we could do so much within our community if we were a huge federal organization (like TFA). I don’t know if “scale” is always the best when human well-being is in question. If we truly care about family planning, early pregnancies, relationship abuse.. I really do think it should be more localized. When organizations get huge, that’s when you get the callousness and depersonalization (which might be why we saw people sipping wine and discussing baby parts — let’s not decry the footage, the WHOLE thing is available online if you think it’s doctored). So, if PP were defunded, I wouldn’t mind. I’d keep working where I’m working, go down the pipeline, and figure out how best to PREVENT these things in the first place and how best to SUPPORT with long-term well-being in mind.
This year, an estimated 640,000 babies were aborted (less than 1% due to rape). Eeks. Since PP began, almost 7 million (7,000,000) babies have been aborted. (http://www.numberofabortions.com)
Sure, to some a fetus is a “cluster of cells”, but let’s be real. Anybody who took high school biology knows we’re ALL a cluster of cells. Cell > Tissue > Organ > Systems > Body #amirite? haha.
So again, it comes to the question of personhood and when that begins. The line is getting grayer and grayer as people are now able to abort late-term pregnancies.
I get that we all have a right to our own body… but I’d like to quote a friend here (who’s currently pregnant):
I have a right to my own body. I DO NOT understand why I have a right to HERS. I support and am thankful for a woman’s rights to health, safety, and happiness. It kills me that those rights are not extended to the little one inside of me, and that I, her mother, am granted the right to take that away.
For me, the main mind-boggling part is it really just SEEMS like it has to do with *want*. If the baby is *wanted* the baby is a boy/girl. If the baby isn’t wanted, it is a fetus/parasite. That just seems so contradictory and unfair… that someone’s future could be determined by whether or not he/she is wanted. Especially since data shows that there are many reasons for abortions – but only about 1/8 have to do with health risks.
Couple that with data that seems to show that abortion locales are predominately located in low-income, minority neighborhoods, and that females are more likely to aborted than males……. To me, this is where human rights truly come in and where I think I could give a voice to the voiceless.
This is why – even though I know many of my friends/contacts on social media would disagree with me – I’ll still pipe up when I can. At the end of the day, I can’t just go with what others tell me and what the Bay Area would deem popular (I used to support PP too). There is too much at stake for that.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Deitrich Bonhoeffer
PS. Things that bug me
- Reading invectives hurled at people who want their federal tax dollars to not go towards abortion. Or just the fact that right now, people are using clever and humorous ad hominem, slippery slope, and strawman arguments…
- Planned Parenthood’s power and political clout
- This article reflects a majority of my views but speaks with so much vitriol, I wasn’t able to share it on Facebook for fear that people would focus on the bones and miss the meat (aka throw the baby out with the bath water).