By Maurine Proctor
What if I told you that 423 taxpayer funded abortion clinics could be open for business virtually overnight! No, this is not courtesy of Obamacare, it’s courtesy of the military. If the annual appropriation bill for the Department of Defense (DOD), aka the military, passes the Senate in its current form, that will be exactly what happens.
On May 27, 2010, Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) offered an amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee to strike the current law (Section 1093(b) of Title 10 of the US Code) which prohibits both DOD facilities and funds to be used to perform abortion, except in cases of the life of the mother, rape or incest. This amendment, which passed in committee by a vote of 15-12, will open the way for taxpayer funded abortions in all domestic & overseas military facilities.
Interestingly, we already have clue as to how this is going to be received by military medical personnel, as it’s been tried before. When President Clinton allowed abortions in military facilities from 1993 to 1996, all military physicians (as well as many nurses and supporting personnel) refused to perform or assist in elective abortions and in response, the administration sought to hire civilians to do abortions. If the Burris amendment were enacted, not only could taxpayer funded facilities be used to support abortion on demand, but resources could also be used to search for, hire, and transport new personnel simply so that abortions could be performed.
On Wednesday July 14th, Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) and Rep Gene Taylor (R-MS) and 180 other congressman, sent a letter to the Senate & House leadership expressing their deep concern about the Burris amendment and urging them to reject the language. Please call your senator and urge them to reject any language in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2011 (HR 5136) which would change current law regarding abortion access.
Senate Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-339-6102
Already Here-Taxpayer Funded Abortions
Remember all the public uproar about the allowance of taxpayer funded abortion in Obamacare? For a time on every news station the abortion prohibitive “Stupak amendment” & Represenative Joe Wilson’s infamous “you lie!” during President Obama’s speech to congress, were synonymous with Obamacare. Well, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reveals we may not need Obamacare before we have taxpayer funding for abortion, we’re already there!
The report shows that from 2002-2009, six organizations which provide or promote abortions received over $1 billion dollars in federal funding! The largest abortion provider in the country, Planned Parenthood, alone received over $650 million!
According to the GAO report “expenditures in this report may understate the actual amount of federal funds the selected organizations and their affiliates spent.” While currently federal policy legislates that taxpayer funds can not be used directly for elective abortion, by federally funding these organizations we expand their facilities and influence and allow them to use the donations that would ordinarily go toward administrative and program costs to instead be diverted to providing abortion services.
It is particularly appalling that during a time of economic recession and a $13 trillion national debt, over $1 billion of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars would be used to support the abortion industry.
Here is a list of the organizations that received federal tax money 2002-2009:
Planned Parenthood Federation of America: 657.1 million
International Planned Parenthood Federation: $93.8 million
Advocates for Youth: $8.7 million
Guttmacher Institute: $12.7 million
Population Council of the United States: $284.3 million
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: $1.6 million
The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Maurine Proctor, is a graduate of Harvard University, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Meridian Magazine, and President of Family Leader Foundation. She has written and edited several books, worked for The Chicago Sun-Times and is an award-winning documentary writer and producer.