Funds to abortion provider Planned Parenthood called main hurdle in budget talks

By James Oliphant and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Chicago Tribune

Democrats complain that Republicans want to let states redirect federal money away from abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood and eliminate $317 million from the funding program. Republicans insist spending levels, not policy issues, are the sticking point.

Why are the Republicans blamed for this when it is the Democrats who are more interested in keeping taxpayer funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider than in seeing that the paychecks keep going to the members of our military? No, the federal money for Planned Parenthood doesn’t pay directly for abortions, but it frees up their other money to do so. If this were not the case, then why are the pro-abortion folks fighting this cut–the equivalent of pocket change in the budget–so hard? Just who’s being ideological, anyway?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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