August 3, 2015

Without Planned Parenthood funding, the State still grows

By In Blogs, C.Jay Engel

Pro-life libertarians (which I would consider to be the consistent libertarian position) and other pro-lifers in general are rightly aghast at the revelation of the Planned Parenthood trafficking of murdered baby’s body parts.  Most online readers and those who pay attention on social media know what is going on in this horrible situation and I don’t need to cover it again. I’d be preaching to the choir.

The point I wanted to make here was found in an article I read over at LifeNews.com (h/t Chris Latch for the link).  In the legislation that would have defunded Planned Parenthood (the legislation failed today), we discover (in the words of the article) that:

Not only does the bill de-fund Planned Parenthood, it takes the taxpayer dollars that had been slated for the abortion business and sends them to legitimate women’s health care. The bills transfers funding from Planned Parenthood and sends it to agencies that provides for women’s health services including relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals.

The bill cites state and local health departments, federally backed community health centers and other providers of health services to women who might get the money instead of Planned Parenthood. In fact, there are over 9,000 non-abortion health centers that provide the same or better women’s health care services as Planned Parenthood.

I’m all for murder (abortion) being considered a crime. And like all other murders, it should be criminalized at the state level (no self-respecting conservative or libertarian would call for the UN to declare murder a crime at the global level– we’d obviously recognize the centralized power-grab).  And Planned Parenthood itself, being built upon taxation and the immoral means of political decision making, is not only unconstitutional, but is also an unethical breach of property rights.  Thus, it should simply not exist to fund abortions in the first place.

But the fact of the matter is, that in cheering for various GOP politicians to defund Planned Parenthood, it is easy to forget that these folks don’t actually have much of a problem with the Federal Government spending the money or increasing in its size and scope.  We must always remember, that beyond the good goal of defunding one program, there lies the reality that politicians have a desire, not to return that money to the taxpayers or take the opportunity to cut down on spending, but to fill the pocket books of some other lobbying group or government recipient.

And thus the State always grows.

My point isn’t to be the debbie-downer who is never happy with incremental progress (because I am), my point is simply that we must remember the nature of the Federal Government.  What we would really desire to see is legislation that defunds Planned Parenthood and then doesn’t reallocate that money to increase some other government expenditure.

It is quite saddening (but an every day occurrence) that the defunding of an evil program is the means toward more socialization of other programs.

We may laud the defunding of Planned Parenthood and pray for the ending of legalized murder, but in Washington, not all is what it seems.  There is zero case against the State being made from Washington.  And the money sloshes back and forth from one program to the other.

Be wary. Always be wary.

Written by C.Jay Engel

Editor and creator of The Reformed Libertarian. Living in Northern California with his wife, he writes on everything from politics to theology and from culture to economic theory. You can send an email to reformedlibertarian@gmail.com