In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, John McCormack reminds us that “defunding Planned Parenthood will do little to curb the regime of abortion-on-demand in America. Abortion is a lucrative business.”
McCormack is right. Planned Parenthood is only one provider of abortion-on-demand, and besides that, PP would not go out of business anyway.
So, though defunding of Planned Parenthood is a first-step—and I would argue, their defunding is the bare minimum that must come out of this cultural tempest raised by the release of the videos, McCormack says that more must more must be done. He writes that there are “at least three more important pro-life priorities” — summarized here:
“First, the Senate needs to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban almost all abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy (20 weeks after conception). Such a ban would be the first national law to protect the life of any human being not yet born. …if we can’t save the lives of infants old enough to feel pain and survive outside the womb, we won’t save any lives.
“Second, Congress should move to cut off subsidies for abortion under Obamacare. The Hyde amendment blocks direct federal funding of abortion under Medicaid, but it does not apply to taxpayer-subsidized Obamacare plans sold in states that haven’t passed their own laws prohibiting elective abortion coverage under Obamacare.
“Third, and most important of all, is the fate of the Supreme Court, which hangs in the balance in the 2016 election. By the end of the next president’s first term, four sitting justices will be over the age of 80.”