I am most perplexed by the mainstream pro life organizations that are celebrating the house passing legislation that defunds planned parenthood. Yes, this effort is in the right direction, but as of today, planned parenthood is totally funded and is still killing babies. So, in essence, nothing has changed, yet one would not know that by the excitement and ‘Champaign corks’ being popped over the past several days. There is a big difference between legislation proffered and legislation signed into law and enforced. Until planned parenthood is dead and buried, it is alive and well, and killing babies without abandon.
This is where the naiveté of the pro life movement is showing itself. Good intentions are not the same as results, and the pro lifers are celebrating style over substance. For those that have been in this battle for decades, we have seen this before, and if Boehner and company don’t go to the ‘mat’ for this cause, it will die in the Senate, and one more time, the ‘pro life Republicants’ will go to their constituents and sell failure, as ‘keeping our campaign promises’. This is the time we as a movement ought to be building the biggest bonfire and stoking the heat, not sitting back and celebrating a non win as if it is a win.
It is at these times that I wonder if the pro life movement has any clue as how to fight this battle. The time to celebrate victory is when we actually win, and won we have not. Are we that used to losing that even proffered legislation brings out the red carpet? These are mere morsels and we need to stop with this desperation game and accepting gestures as completions and demand that our politicians actually keep their word and do what they were elected to do. Defunding planned parenthood is a no brainer, and the pro lifers should be on the offensive, and make the liberal Democrats prove their side in defending the slaughter of innocent children. There ought to be graphic pictures everywhere around the Capitol now and it is our job to show the people how grisly legalized child killing is.
Will the pro life movement step up to the plate and do the job they need to do in order to ensure victory? So far, it seems they have taken a back seat to activism that will continue to apply heat to these people. Too many times in the past, these elected officials have turned tail and betrayed the cause, citing lame reasons and fallacious ‘procedural’ practices in Congress. These people then get re elected with the promise to do more of the same, and more of the same is exactly what we are given. It is time for these officials to stand up and do what is right in the eyes of God and for the babies.
The Congress can force this issue. The congress holds the purse strings, and as such, doesn’t need Obama’s approval to get this done. Boehner and company should go through with letting the government shut down. Heck, the country will run better and save a lot of money at the same time. A shutdown will also bring this debate to a head, as people’s pocketbooks will be involved and many will actually pay attention for the first time in their adult lives. But getting back to the planned parenthood issue, Boehner and company will have absolutely no excuse if they don’t follow through on this. And we need to hold their feet to the fire.