Kathryn Lopez

The common ground we stand on is that we actually do care about women's health, and most of us are not "pro-abortion." A Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus in December found eight in 10 Americans favoring significant restrictions on abortion. There's a reason Planned Parenthood doesn't use the word a lot in its public literature.

Former Komen exec Handel suggests some serious congressional oversight is in order. Too bad the White House is in the pocket of Planned Parenthood, because an administration that has made anti-bullying a cause, headed by a president who talked a lot about "transparency" when he was in the Senate, could be quite the natural leader here. Instead, a congressional hearing -- not exactly a firing squad -- would likely be characterized as an attack on a bastion of women's health. But isn't it long past time? Isn't our financial situation miserable enough? Aren't we alarmed at statistics such as 41 percent of pregnancies in New York City ending in abortion?

We've been lousy stewards of taxpayer money, of life, of liberty -- just ask the small businessmen fighting the government's abortion-coverage insurance mandate; consider the religious schools and hospitals and other religiously affiliated services whose futures are uncertain because of the regulation, crafted by the same radical crowd that vilified Komen.

We need to face facts. And an honest look at Planned Parenthood -- what it is and what it's doing -- shouldn't be a fundraising action item for political factions but a moral responsibility. The organization has shaped our public debates about women and children for much longer than the life of Roe v. Wade. That's not healthy. Informed citizens who want something better for our money and civic life should be insisting on it.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.