Big Abortion Needs Big Government: The Case for Defunding Planned Parenthood

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

If we want to reduce the abortion rate, we must stop funding Planned Parenthood with tax dollars, writes Dr. Michael New:

Last week, ten pro-life leaders signed an open letter to Congress urging them to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Time is of the essence. Through the reconciliation process, simple majorities in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate can defund Planned Parenthood. However, the 2017 reconciliation bill expires at the end of the month. So far, 2017 has been a good year for pro-lifers. Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court. President Trump expanded the Mexico City policy which prevents federal foreign aid money from going to organizations that perform abortions. That said, defunding Planned Parenthood remains an unfulfilled objective.


The case for defunding Planned Parenthood can be neatly summarized into one sentence, “Big Abortion Needs Big Government.” Some history is instructive. The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision effectively legalized abortion on demand in 1973. Between 1973 and 1980, the U.S. abortion rate nearly doubled. There are a variety of reasons for this sharp increase. However, one important factor is that for most of this time, abortion for low-income women was subsidized by federal Medicaid dollars.

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