The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "subsidy" as "a grant by a government to a private person or company
to assist an enterprise deemed advantageous to the public."
In other words, when government wants more of
something, it often looks for excuses to spend your money to get it.
This is why it is alarming to see the conclusions
of a recent study on federal spending conducted by the Government Accountability Office. The study showed that over the past
seven years, organizations which are in the abortion business have spent nearly one billion dollars in federal subsidies on
a common goal: increasing the number of babies aborted.
To clarify, over the past seven years, Washington D.C.
has been subsidizing abortion providers like the "Planned Parenthood Federation of America" to the tune of one billion
dollars. Washington's policymakers have decided that the immoral act of abortion is worth funding as "an enterprise
deemed advantageous to the public."
The flow of federal funding to these organizations must be stopped.
Rather than furthering a public good, abortion sends the message that life is cheap and expendable. The sanctity of
life must be protected. We cannot cheapen it by allowing it to be disposed of because it is viewed as an inconvenience.
Sadly, our taxes are being used to ensure that this perverse "pro-choice" message is not falling on
deaf ears. Planned Parenthood, the recipient of $657.1 million over the past seven years, reported performing over 305,000
abortions in 2007 alone. For comparison purposes, I checked to see how many adoptions this so-called "reproductive health
care" organization sponsored in the same period.
The answer: a mere 4,912.
grisly priorities are clear. The numbers tell the tragic tale.
Like many Americans, I believe that each human
life is a sacred gift from a benevolent God who shaped each of us in His image. Not only does the violent act of abortion
serve as an affront to He who gave us this gift, but it also serves to diminish our common humanity. Abortion is not an enterprise
which is advantageous to the public. Rather, it is an immoral act that harms us all, and it should not be subsidized by the
This is why I am joining with my colleague, Rep. Mike Pence, in an attempt to prohibit taxpayer
funding of organizations, like Planned Parenthood, that are actively engaged in the business of abortion. We have introduced
legislation, HR 614- The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, that would ensure that the funding streams that have provided
nearly one billion dollars to these groups over the past seven years would be cut off.
America is being consumed
by increasing levels of public debt, and tough spending decisions will need to be made to get it under control. One item we
should certainly eliminate is the billion dollar subsidy for organizations that are engaged in snuffing out the very lives
of the most innocent. *******
Steve King was first elected to Congress by the people of Iowa's Fifth
District on November 5 th, 2002. As a husband, father, and small business owner, Steve King was compelled to seek political
office as he witnessed the intrusion of government into the daily lives of average citizens like himself.
recognition from his colleagues for his leadership and conservative principles, Congressman King was selected to chair the
powerful and legendary Conservative Opportunity Society in 2006.