By the end of September, when fiscal 2011 ends, House Speaker John Boehner must answer a simple yet profound question: Will he lead a Republican-controlled House of Representatives in enacting government funding bills for fiscal 2012 that allow tax dollars to flow to a group that kills an average of 910 unborn babies per day?
Boehner ought to say: No way. Case closed.
Because Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution says that "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law," a voting majority of the House has veto power over federal spending items.
If the appropriations bills for fiscal 2012 prohibit the president from taking taxpayers' money and giving it to a group that does abortions, the president cannot do it.
But will the Republican-majority House, led by Boehner, exercise that authority when it enacts the bills to keep the government running after Sept. 30?
In this fiscal year, Boehner caved -- and permitted funding of Planned Parenthood.
In 2009, according to a fact sheet Planned Parenthood posted on its website, the group aborted 332,278 babies.
Had Planned Parenthood's abortionists worked seven days a week for all 12 months of the year, they would have needed to slice and suction 910 babies every day to amass that death count.
Had Planned Parenthood's abortionists worked 24 hours a day on every one of the 365 days in the year -- including Christmas, Easter and the Fourth of July -- they would have needed to terminate about 38 babies per hour to kill 332,278 in a year.
That's one dead baby every 95 seconds.
Surely, there are few institutions on earth that can match Planned Parenthood's pace in dispatching human lives. It is a true champion of death.
The group is also a true champion of government largesse.
In its organizational fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009, Planned Parenthood took in $1.1 billion in total revenue, according to its most recent annual report. Of that $1.1 billion, $363.2 million came from government grants and contracts.
In February, Planned Parenthood spokesman Tait Sye told Bloomberg Businessweek that 90 percent of this $363 million came directly from the federal government or from Medicaid, a federal-state program. That means Planned Parenthood received about $326.7 million from the federal government and Medicaid in 2009, a year it averaged 910 abortions per day.