Monday, April 4, 2011

Gov. Palin on defunding Planned Parenthood (Updated)

“Taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortion”
In cooperation with the Susan B. Anthony List, Sarah Palin has released the following statement regarding the defunding of Planned Parenthood:
“The greatest fiscal challenge facing our country today is our government’s dangerously unsustainable debt and its practice of deficit spending. Whatever side you’re on in the abortion debate, surely you can see that our taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortion at any time, let alone these hard economic times. And yet that is what has been happening with the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider, which is awash in scandal after revelations of its dishonesty with the American public. They receive an average of $1 million taxpayer dollars per day; and regardless of what they had promised the public in their campaign ads, new investigative reporting shows that they are not really using our tax dollars to provide women with mammograms and other real health care services. It’s simply freeing up funds that they can then invest in their primary money-making endeavor: abortion. Planned Parenthood doesn’t really offer women who find themselves in less-than-ideal circumstances any real choice. They don’t show women that they have the power, capability, strength, and love within themselves to choose the blessing that is life. They don't explain the resources that are available to parents who want to give their child life. They don’t show them that adoption is a beautiful choice too. What they offer is not true empowerment or 'choice' or women’s health care. I join Rep. Mike Pence and others of conscience and common sense who are leading the charge to end the taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. We recognize that not only is our country buried under Mt. McKinley-sized debt, but that the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. Surely the individual resources of a generous country can come to the aid of women in need without the taxpayer funding of abortion.”
h/t: Team Sarah

Update: Via Human Events, Tony Lee comments:
Palin provided this statement on April 1, and it shows considerable political savvy. She cites Pence's strong work on the subject, links social conservatism to fiscal issues, something Huckabee has effectively spoken about in the past in Iowa and Bachmann has touched upon in recent speeches. She touches upon adoption options, and her visceral passion and concern for this issue leaps off the statement. Palin has spoken in front of many pro-life groups, including a very well received appearance before a group in Indiana. Her personal testimony, having herself walked the walked on this issue regarding her son Trig, makes her views on life issues more powerful, and will make her a formidable contender for the hearts of the pro-life electorate in the GOP primary should she choose to run in 2012.
- JP

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