As I write this, two buses are motoring across America. This morning, the "Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood Tour", led by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave and Live Action President Lila Rose, set out from Des Moines, Iowa, to thank Members of Congress who supported Congressman Mike Pence’s efforts to stop subsidizing Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider, with taxpayer dollars.
Yesterday, Planned Parenthood leaders announced a bus tour of their own. As Jill Stanek reported:
"Planned Parenthood leaders revealed yesterday that they, too, are planning a hot pink bus tour to seven of the same stops, on the same days — a half hour before SBA List and Lila are scheduled to begin their rallies.”
Well, folks, this is democracy in action. What we have here is an excellent opportunity for both sides of this divide to make their cases and reveal who they are. It's also an opportunity for us voting, taxpaying citizens to evaluate the sides (which are utterly irreconcilable, by the way) and make a choice.
To learn more about the work of Planned Parenthood, I recommend a live webcast tonight at 9pm EST. It's called "For Such A Time As This." Christians and Jews may recognize in that name the allusion to Queen Esther, whose intervention averted the genocide of the Jewish people in ancient Persia. To register for the webcast, click here.
As you listen to the debate, keep one thing in mind. The point of contention is not whether or not Planned Parenthood should be allowed to continue doing what it does. The point of contention is whether or not the taxpayers will continue to help pay for it. As of today, Planned Parenthood as been the recipient of more than $62 million of taxpayer money in 2011. That amounts to about $6.2 million/week, or $11/second so far this year. And they have aborted nearly sixty thousand children. That amounts to about 6,000/week, or about one every 96 seconds.
Where do you stand?