There has been quite a lot of controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood (PP) lately. The debate has been whether or not taxpayer dollars should be given to PP in light of the truly abhorrent amount of abortions they perform. Americans are starting to ask, "Is it right to ask individuals to give their own hard earned money to fund something they find morally reprehensible?"
Allow me to be really frank on this issue: There is no reason, no rationale, no argument that anyone can make to convince me that taxpayers should provide funds to PP. I've seen all the bleeding hearts post on Facebook and complain in the media about how many good things PP does and how it deserves my support. "Thank you for cutting off funding to cancer screening programs in order to prove you are pro-life," read one of those trendy memes floating around online. Essentially, I'm being told not to mind the hundreds of thousands (324,008 in 2008) of abortions they perform each year because they provide cancer screenings. Call me crazy, but I think the fact that Planned Parenthood performed 26% of America's abortions in 2008 is solid grounds for a pro-life individual to consider not giving money to them.