As of this writing, the Federal government is yet to enter shutdown mode, but it appears likely to happen. But what is forcing the left to dig in their heels is not so much a demand for more spending (though it is), but a commitment to fund the abortion industry. As CitizenLink reports, it all comes down to life:
Life advocates have been pushing lawmakers to support spending bills only if they contain four key provisions to: defund Planned Parenthood; reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which prevents federal funds from going to international groups that promote or perform abortions; defund the pro-abortion U.N. Population Fund; and stop government-funded abortions in Washington, D.C.
But, interestingly, amid all the demands to slash the budget here or there, whether or not the abortion industry will be defunded is not up for consideration:
Actually, Planned Parenthood defunding is not on the table right now. The current bill which would prevent a government shutdown only funds the military and other government branches but contains (among other things) a rider fixing the provision Democrats passed last Congress forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions in DC.
So, we’re talking about a few million (maybe) that is preventing the left in Washington, D.C. from keeping the lights of government in the ‘on’ position? C’mon!
But, the reality is that the abortion industry knows what is at stake and they can feel the tide turning against their dirty business. Give up a little of mother’s milk now and, they understand, it’s only a matter of time before the whole deck of cards comes crashing down. As Jordan Sekulow observed yesterday, it has them in a nonsensical panic:
Planned Parenthood itself has clearly become desperate. One spokesman for the abortion provider decried, “If we are defunded, America’s emergency rooms will be overrun” — this from an organization that provides only one “emergency” medical service, abortion.
The same politicians that have argued that we should put social issues behind us are staking the entire federal budget on abortion funding. This issue is not even about abortion “rights” — it’s about how federal taxpayer dollars will be spent.
So, why would the abortion industry be so demanding? Why entrench themselves here? Maybe the better question is, have they met their Waterloo?
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Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.