“The real reason that the right-wing extremists in Congress orchestrated this outrageous government shutdown,” added Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), “is to try and defund Planned Parenthood as part of their ideological assault on women’s health care.”
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) explained, “This is a war on women. They’re trying to inject their politics and their religion into local family planning.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) insisted that defunding efforts were “nothing more than an opportunity for the right wing in the House to sock it to women.”
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called it a “very dangerous situation” for women. Pelosi told reporters: “It’s degrading to women.”
And Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) described Republican efforts as a “vendetta” against women, insisting, “Behind each of these Republican proposed cuts, there are thousands, maybe millions of people who would be hurt.”
Remember when liberals called for civility?
And remember, too, when President Obama referred to “tax cuts for the wealthy” as the Republicans’ “Holy Grail?” Well, taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood appears to be the Democrats’ Holy Grail. As Obama and Republican Speaker John Boehner battled over a budget compromise, Obama drew a line in the sand on Planned Parenthood, snapping: “Nope. Zero. John, this is it.”
The room fell silent. Obama had hoisted the Holy Grail.
You’d think from Democrats’ reaction that taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider was Article 1 of the Constitution, an inalienable right in the Declaration, a sacred political covenant with taxpayers, anchored in the writings of Jefferson and Madison and Locke and Adams, etched in cement at the base of the Washington Monument.
It’s preposterous that America has run so far aground that we even seriously entertain directing taxpayer dollars to the nation’s largest abortion provider. The “right” to an abortion had to be read into the Constitution, at the exclusion of sections (the 14th Amendment) guaranteeing a right to life. Abortion was read into the “right to privacy,” three words which don’t exist in the Constitution.
It took Democrats a while to get there, but, finally, almost a century after the start of the Bolshevik Revolution and Margaret Sanger’s organization, they’ve arrived at where the Soviets and Sanger found common ground. They indeed act as if, as Sanger said about Stalin’s Russia, “birth control … is part of the regular service of the government.”
The saddest thing is that neither they, nor their supporters, nor America, seem to comprehend the outrageousness of their position.
Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, and author of the book, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.” His other books include "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism" and "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century."