Oct. 16, 2007
Charlotte Allen, writing in The Weekly Standard, on the empire that is Planned Parenthood:
Whether the federal government ought to be in the business of subsidizing birth control, which, except in cases of rape or abuse, is a matter of individual voluntary decisions about one’s sex life and desire for children, is a good question. Whether people should have an automatic “right” to subsidized birth control under Medicaid, to be paid for indefinitely out of other people’s federal taxes, is another good question. Those are matters for a long-term policy debate. The more pressing question is whether the federal government should continue to subsidize, to the tune of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars a year, an organization, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, that derives a heap of its revenues from abortions, has sustained a demonstrably poor record on reporting suspected sex crimes against underage teenagers—and has a mountain of cash to boot. What about the taxpayers’ right to choose?