Editorial: United States congress debates defunding Planned Parenthood

Staff Editorial

Politics before morals or morals over politics, that is the question for modern day thinking.

Take the defunding of Planned Parenthood as the latest dilemma. Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million dollars per year in Federal Funds, according to CNN. From that fund, none of the money is supposed to be used for abortions due 1976 Hyde amendment which put a ban on federal funding for abortions.

However, three percent of their services are related to abortions, which would amount to around 9,565,700 abortions during the year of 2014, according to the United States Census Bureau.

There are state investigations going on, separate from the federal government, to see if this law has been broken in Indiana, Missouri, and Massachusetts. So far no wrongdoing has been uncovered, but it is up to the Federal Government to make sure that the American taxpayers are being spent wisely.

Recently, videos of an alleged abortion funded by Planned Parenthood have serviced and many are appalled. The video has caused many allegations that Planned Parenthood is engaging in harvesting and selling fetus body parts.

“I dare Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” said Fiorina during the latest Republican debate. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table: its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain. This is about the character of our nation.”

Former secretary of state and Democratic Candidate hopeful, Hillary Clinton shot back a response in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor and the anchor of The Situation Room.

“I think we should be clear that Planned Parenthood has served to provide health care necessary for millions of women,” Clinton said. “I think it deserves not only our support, but continued funding from the federal government.”

In response to the above claim, Planned Parenthood said those videos showed a miscarriage and not an aborted fetus.

The defunding of this organization will also lower health services for women who may not be able to afford the care. Exams for breast cancer, cancer screenings, pelvic exams and contraception will all be affected in this budget cut.

Planned Parenthood may give women cancer screenings, but when it comes down to having about 9,565,700 lives lost just in 2014, is it worth it? With the money that is being taken away from the current program, should come a new program that encompasses the health exams and cancer screenings.


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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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