Yesterday the US Senate voted to pass H.J. Resolution 43, undoing Obama's executive order that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood. It was a split vote, with the Vice President breaking the tie. Last month it passed the House by a 230-188 vote split. It now heads to President Trump's desk. This bill does not cut Planned Parenthood funding in and of itself; rather, it allows states to do so. A number of them have already passed such defunding measures.
A little "aside" for my #nevertrump friends. You do realize that if you had your way, states would still be forced to fund Planned Parenthood, don't you? Deep down in your hearts, aren't you glad you didn't have your way? Let this be a lesson to you. As additional examples arise, I will be pointing these out to you!
Getting back to the main point of this post, state governments now take back control of their Title X funds and they now have the option of denying funding to the largest baby-killing racket in the nation, if not the world. I hope many states seize that opportunity. Alas, other states are infested with anti-life liberals and progressives. My home state of Maryland is one of them. I wrote last Saturday of the effort underway by pro-baby-murder politicians to fund Planned Parenthood. In that piece I also wrote of the de facto cooperation with these progressives that the Maryland Catholic Conference intends to give them. I speculated as to the cause(s) of the MCC's despicable stance, wondering if funding for some of their pet "social justice" goals hung in the balance. The video released by Michael Hichborn now causes me to fear that the reasons for MCC's lack of actions may be even more perfidious.
Deal Hudson had an article published today in Newsmax entitled "Catholic Bishops Caught In Conflict Of Interest Over Immigration". In the fifth paragraph down, we see that Catholic Relief Services received over $400 million from the Obama administration in 2016. In Obama's first year, he increased CRS funding by over $120 million. Hudson also mentioned that Planned Parenthood received approximately the same amount from the feds; he mentions it as a coincidence but maybe it's more than a mere coincidence.
So what does Catholic Relief Services have to do with Maryland Catholic Conference? Well, they're both headquartered in Maryland. CRS is directly controlled by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the MCC takes many leads from the USCCB. Six years ago, the USCCB did lobby for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. This month it was utterly silent regarding H.J. Resolution 43. Why the change?
The video below is that of Michael Hichborn giving a talk at the "Bringing America Back To Life" summit held in Cleveland earlier this month. The title of his talk is "Catholic Charities And The Culture Of Death". He details how Catholic "social justice" groups (under control by the US hierarchy) have compromised their missions to the point of participating actively in the Culture of Death. He focuses heavily on Catholic Relief Services. Pay very close attention to the 15:55 mark, when he reveals how CRS actually partnered with Planned Parenthood. Just how close have the tentacles of Planned Parenthood gotten into the inner sanctums of the US Catholic establishment? Can this be some explanation of the inaction of both the USCCB and MCC regarding the various battles over Planned Parenthood funding? To my readers: what, if anything, have your state Catholic Conferences been doing about your states' funding of Planned Parenthood? Please advise via the comments box.
If you have one of those lenten rice bowl things and have been dropping change into it, please empty it and give that money to an organization that is fighting for the Culture of Life.
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