In the aftermath of a shocking undercover video (see below) showing a Planned Parenthood official talking about selling the body parts of aborted babies, there has been a renewed push to defund Planned Parenthood by cutting the $500,000,000+ that the organization receives annually from the federal government.
What makes this push unique is that not only is the Republican base calling to defund Planned Parenthood, but congressional leaders are as well.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is leading the charge in the Senate, announcing that he will "demand a vote" to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
So far four videos have been released and Planned Parenthood has learned the hard way that they may not be invincible. The first two videos showed two top Planned Parenthood officials negotiating a price with undercover reporters. The third video was an interview with a StemExpress employee. StemExpress is the company that buys organs from Planned Parenthood. Both the third and fourth video included footage of the extraction procedure of fetal organs.
Planned Parenthood is currently arguing that they are only receiving compensation and not payment. The problem with this argument is that rather than charging a flat rate for the specimen (a.k.a. the corpse of a pre-born child), they are charging per organ recovered from the child. If StemExpress wants just the heart the cost is $75, but if they want the heart and the liver it is $150. StemExpress is in the clinic and does much of the extraction, they should not be charged per-organ. The videos are irrefutable evidence that Planned Parenthood is breaking the law.
Iran Nuclear Deal
For all concerned this is a bad deal for democracies worldwide. As Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu stated, ""The alternative was to dismantle Iran's nuclear program before dismantling sanctions, [to the current deal]. That was the original American position, it was a good one."
And So It Begins....
The first indication that things would not go well for religious liberty this week was when the White House for the first time in her history was used for a political purpose. In years past the buildings in Washington D.C. have always been viewed with respect and above the petty political battles, whether the Supreme Court, the Capital, or the White House. After the Supreme Court decision, the White House was lit up in rainbow, to celebrate.
Shortly after the decision several county clerks resigned their position. In Montana a man applied for a second marriage license citing the marriage case. Already a Catholic School was sued for following their religious precepts.
A gay teacher sued Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia because he was fired from the position of band director. He claimed discrimination based upon sexual orientation. The school has stated that they were just following the teaching to the Catholic Church. The teacher claims that the school's hand book did not require adherence to church doctrine or living, but the school points out that such adherence should be a logical conclusion of working with a school.
This is only the beginning. Churches will likely lose their tax exempt status. Religious Universities and Colleges will lose their ability to receive government funding - the GI Bill, or student loans, because of this many will close down. Some will possibly loss their accreditation. Religious business will have to close down, stop participating in weddings, or comply. Religious charities will find themselves in trouble. Hospitals and Adoption agencies will find themselves under pressure to comply or close down. Already a religious business has closed down because they refuse to participate in homosexual weddings, and thus have closed their business to all weddings. Businesses that do some work with weddings may be able to survive, but the businesses that mostly revolve around weddings will most likely close their doors. As one former Christian print shop manager told me if he still owned the business all of the preset wedding invitations and wedding planning guides would have gone into the dumpster on June 26 at 10:05am. A Print shop can survive without doing weddings but a photography business likely cannot.
Although this may be sound depressing the fact is that the Church has weathered worst troubles before. We will survive this. In the past the Church has overcome impossible odds. We can overcome this as well. The West has survived tests before our civilization can do so again.
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