As the nation approached a budget deadline at the beginning of December, one of the nation’s foremost pro-life organizations called on President Donald Trump to fulfill his promise to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
In a letter to Trump, Live Action president Lila Rose thanked him for his progress on pro-life initiatives but urged him to address Congressional funding for Planned Parenthood before Democrats take their House majority in 2019.
“Planned Parenthood takes the lives of 900 innocent preborn children every day,” Rose wrote. She also explained how taxpayer funds allowed Planned Parenthood’s donors to direct their money towards political aims:
“Taxpayers fund nearly 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s budget, allowing it to keep its doors open so its abortionists can commit over 320,000 abortions every year. While taxpayer dollars don’t fund political campaigns directly, the over $500 million a year taxpayers are forced to give the abortion group allows Planned Parenthood’s donors to direct their contributions to its political arms and political agenda. Planned Parenthood’s focus is abortion and political gain, not women’s healthcare.”
While defunding seemed unlikely given Trump’s focus on immigration, the letter served as a reminder that Republicans squandered their chances at removing federal funds from an organization that aborts more than 320,000 unborn children every year.
Trump has effectively defunded Planned Parenthood through Title X grants and the Mexico City policy but earlier this year, he also approved a spending package that continued funding the abortion giant — despite the pledges he made during the 2016 campaign.
Of the many procedures that Planned Parenthood performs, it also utilizes surgical abortions for women in the second trimester of their pregnancy. The brutal procedure involves literally tearing an unborn child to pieces and crushing its skull.
Watch a doctor explain the procedure below:
But the president had bigger priorities as he warned Democrats he would be willing to shut down the government over funding for a southern border wall.
That was perhaps his most prominent campaign promise and one that seemed even less likely to receive Congressional approval after Democrats’ victory in November’s midterm elections. A focus on the border wall also seemed strategic as thousands of migrants — including potential gang members and criminals — approached the southern border.