As the 2014 election season wears on, two things are clear: Democrats and abortionists are continuing to wage a taxpayer-funded War on Women, and Republicans are too scared to stop them.
The Colorado Senate race is just one example of this dynamic. Recently, Senator Mark Udall's (D-CO) ally, Planned Parenthood, ran an ad targeting Udall's GOP opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, on contraception. Likewise, Udall ran an ad accusing Gardner of wanting to ban contraception.
Gardner's response was a full-fledged retreat from his previous pro-life positions. First, he placed an ad saying he no longer backed a personhood amendment to the Constitution because of the beliefs of Coloradoans. More recently, he wrote an op-ed promoting over-the-counter access to "the pill," despite its abortifacient potential.
If Udall and Gardner really want to help woman, they should stand together against Planned Parenthood and its half-a-billion dollars in annual taxpayer funding -- not support the nation's leading abortion company.
And it is an abortion company, as shown by Slate's Rachel Larimore in May 2013. To quote Larimore: "So yes, abortion is central to what Planned Parenthood does....As compared with the nearly 334,000 abortions that Planned Parenthood provided in 2011, 28,674 women received prenatal services. And 2,300 were referred to adoption agencies."
Each year, tens of thousands of unborn girls are killed in the Planned Parenthood abortion mills. Planned Parenthood says it committed 333,964 abortions in 2011, and just over 327,000 in 2012. Each one of these abortion grievously harmed a pregnant woman, and killed an unborn person. According to my calculations, in 2014 Planned Parenthood will kill more than 153,000 unborn girls, or six percent of the girls who would otherwise be born this year.
Think about that. One of every sixteen girls who would have been born in 2014 will see her life ended by a Planned Parenthood employee.
But it's not just abortion. Taxpayer dollars purchase access to the morning-after pill, which the World Health Organization considers a Class-1 carcinogen -- as harmful as cigarettes. Other risks include greater chances of glaucoma, blood clots, and even death for women who use contraceptives. And some so-called "contraceptives" are actually abortion drugs, such as intrauterine devices.
The call for defunding Planned Parenthood has been largely relegated to pro-life circles since the failed effort in 2011. However, it's not just pro-life principles that should bring about a change in public policy. As shown by the pro-life group Live Action, Planned Parenthood hires people who regularly overlook state laws on rape. In multiple cases, Live Action's undercover videos found employees who were guiding minor girls to hide their rapes for the sake of Planned Parenthood's profit. One counselor in Indiana even advised a girl to get an abortion in another state to avoid parental consent laws.
Live Action also found that some Planned Parenthood employees are willing to assist sex traffickers. Several of Live Action's videos show undercover agents posing as a pimp and a prostitute being told how to hide evidence of sex slavery.
Deception of women looking for non-abortion services is also part of the Planned Parenthood agenda. In 2011, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said that defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to "millions of women in this country...[losing]... their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning – you know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer." However, the organization's own website notes that Planned Parenthood merely refers women for mammograms.
Unethical, but not illegal, is how money from four undercover Live Action agents claiming to be donors was accepted solely for aborting black babies. And sex-selective abortions were encouraged for profit by employees at several clinics.
The 2014 elections are just a few months away, and Republicans look likely to take the Senate and hold their majority in the House. Will they listen to Republican voter preference for life, and work to speak the truth about what taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood do to women, both born and unborn?
Or will they be like Gardner, and flinch when the opportunity arises to stand against death and destruction?
A version of this piece was originally published by Aleteia.org.