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The real question is why, with many other important issues to deal with, is Congress focusing once again on abortion? Roe vs. Wade was decided 40 years ago, and we are still wasting time talking about an issue that is the law.
After the Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976, 39 years ago, federal funds can not be used to fund abortion. It seems to me that the issue is an emotional one, raised by Republicans more worried about re-election than protecting life. The same Congressmen and women who repeatedly raise abortion as an issue ignore the needs of the living. Under any definition of “life”, the unborn is “alive” no more than 9 months. Once a baby is born, for the next 70-90 years it has “life”, but that seems unworthy of protection. The funny thing is that as more people are born who need the government’s help, and as the Democrats try harder to help them, theGOP generates more and more people who willl vote against them.
- In 2013, 14.3 percent of households in America (17.5 million households, approximately one in seven), were “food insecure”. That means that over 17 million people in the United States were hungry.
- In 2013, there were 45.3 million people in America living in poverty.
- Racism in America seems to grown by the day, without any hope of resolution. We continue to treat the symptoms, but not the underlying problem.
- Crisis in the Middle East seems to be escalating, instead of subsiding.
- The United States is no longer the world’s largest economy.
- The national debt is already unsustainable.
- The United States is ranked among other countries:
- 14th in education
- 2nd in ignorance about social statistics, such as teen pregnancy, unemployment rates, and voting patterns.
- 33rd in internet download speed
- 24th in literacy
- 17th in educational performance
- 11th in fourth grade math performance
- 6th in fourth grade reading
- 16th as the most desirable country in which to be born
- 12th in age of first sex education
- 3rd in human development
- 8th in scientific researchers
- 10th in bullied teenage females
- 23rd in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment)
- 7th in knowing how to avoid pregnancy
- 54th in education expenditures
- 72nd in girls going to grade school
- 85th in boys going to grade school
- 9th in home internet access
- 15th in tertiary (college and university) graduation rates
- 12th in college faculty to student ratio
- 8th in expenditure on education
- 4th in money spent per student on secondary education
- 6th in adults aged 20-24 enrolled in college
- 26th in employment growth for women
- 26th in employment growth
- 95th in private high school students
- 17th in medical graduates
- 1st in female science students
- 1st in foreign students attending college and universities
- 10th in teachers’ salaries
- 33rd in acceptance of the theory of evolution
- 134th in government commitment to education
- 15th in literacy
- 14th in college graduation
With these indicators of a country in decline, why are we spending so much energy and time on a 40-year-old issue?
Here are the facts about Planned Parenthood:
- In 2014 Planned Parenthood received state and federal government funds of $528.4 million dollars.
- Non-government sources of funding in 2014 accounted for #305.3 Million dollars.
- Only 3% of all services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortions. Federal funds are NOT used for abortions.