Where is the Popular Support for Defunding Planned Parenthood?

The head of Planned Parenthood spent yesterday justifying her organization’s providing of abortions to a skeptical House Oversight Committee.  Conservative members of Congress grilled her about subjects ranging from her $600,000-a-year salary to her determination to turn Planned Parenthood into a “kick-butt political organization.”

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The hearing went on for almost five hours, but there is one particular claim she made which should anger conservatives across America: that Planned Parenthood is an organization people like.  How could somebody claim popular support for a group of people that deals in body parts from aborted babies?  She must be lying, right?

The shocking thing is that she isn’t.  Americans have not yet woken up to what is going on in their midst, and even these recent videos have not changed that.

The Wall Street Journal, a long-standing home of conservative thought, put it bluntly this week with this headline: “Planned Parenthood Emerges Unscathed From GOP Attacks“.  The article goes on to note that:

At a time when Republicans have been calling for cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood and threatening to shut down the government to do so, the new poll found that a strong majority of Americans — 61% — oppose eliminating funding, while 35% support a funding cut off.

…even among people who want to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, only 27% favored forcing a government shutdown to accomplish the goal.

Conservatives have simply not made the case to the public at large that taxpayer money should not go to lavish salaries and organizations that provide abortions.  When we try to understand why political maneuvers to stop this funding constantly fail, we must reflect on this fact.  Much more work needs to be done to convince the American people on this issue, and only after this task is complete can we hope to convince their elected leaders to follow the path of valuing the dignity of all life.

The entire video of the House Oversight hearing can be found below:

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