Recent exposes involving Planned Parenthood and its support of abortions for underage girls have ignited a political firestorm among social conservatives and breathed life into a nation-wide campaign to eliminate taxpayer funding for the “family planning” organization.
Pro-life members of Congress also have introduced legislation to bar government subsidies for abortions and – with narrow exceptions – health plans that cover abortions. State lawmakers around the country are pushing to ban or to put strict limits on such procedures as well.
Coincidentally, January 22nd marked the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court infamously ruled there is a “right” to abortion. But there is a distinct difference between having the ability to do a thing and having the right to do it.
Hopefully, the recent reading of the Constitution on the floor of the U.S. House prompted some Americans to actually read the document for themselves, many no doubt for the first time. Of those who did, I hope they noticed something very important: that among our three co-equal branches of government, Congress is the “first among equals.”
In fact, the Constitution gives Congress more power than the Presidency or the Judiciary – including the Supreme Court – and allows “We the People,” through our elected representatives, to nullify the decisions or rulings of the other branches of government. In other words, the Supreme Court does not have – nor was it ever intended to have – the final say in what becomes the “law of the land.” So despite the fact it has ruled there is a “right” to abortion, “We” can say “no!”
Unfortunately, it would require an enormous outpouring by abortion opponents to give even the hardiest of conservatives in Congress the political will to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling. It may take a bit less courage to eliminate taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and similar groups. And it would make a significant difference.
An expanded and somewhat different version of this article is posted on my website at … http://harrybeadle.com