Democrats 'Pro-Choice' on Abortion? Not a Chance

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Democrats 'Pro-Choice' on Abortion? Not a Chance


You could say Sens. Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly faced a tough choice on Thursday’s vote about taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider. But for Democrats, there is no choice on abortion anymore. You simply do what the abortion lobby tells you to do.

Every Democrat voted against Sen. Rand Paul’s amendment to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood, which as Paul explains, “ends the lives of 320,000 babies every year. That’s about 900 babies every day.”

That's also one out of every three abortions performed in the United States each year.

The abortion giant, funded by liberal elites who share its dedication to thinning the population of “unwanted” babies, rakes in more than $400 million of your money every year. The official line is that none of that $400 million pays for any of those 320,000 abortions. But the fungibility of money makes this one of the most obvious and odious pieces of political casuistry. Federal dollars force all taxpayers to keep afloat a business, the core purposes of which are to abort unborn people and lobby Washington to pay the people who do it.

If principle held sway, one could not explain why Donnelly and Manchin, who claim to be moderate centrists, would take such an extreme position. It is extreme to argue that everyone who pays taxes should be forced to subsidize the biggest practitioner in this most controversial of industries. About 60 percent of the public opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. A clear majority of voters in Indiana and West Virginia, the states that Donnelly and Manchin represent, believe abortion should be illegal in most cases. You’d think centrist senators could meet their voters in the middle and be pro-choice on both abortion and on funding the abortion industry.

Donnelly used to vote that way. Before 2016, he repeatedly voted against federal funding for Planned Parenthood. So, what happened?

Only Donnelly can see into his own conscience, but it’s pretty obvious, if you’ve watched the Democratic Party change in recent decades. …

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