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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Judges Protect Planned Parenthood

It has been well-established for three decades that the Constitution does not require taxpayers to pay for abortions. In recent years, a half dozen states have passed laws to cut off taxpayer funding to the biggest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood. But virtually none of these laws has gone into effect because federal courts have interfered with state sovereignty and invalidated these laws.

Indiana, for example, has had a law for some years to prohibit spending taxpayer money on abortions, but lots of taxpayer money still goes to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood. So the Indiana Legislature passed a new law to cut off the flow of money to abortion providers. The new law prohibited state agencies from sending state funds to "any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed."

It seems obvious that the people of a state should have the right over how to spend their own money. But in October the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down this Indiana law, with the result that taxpayer money continues to flow to a Planned Parenthood group. Planned Parenthood of Indiana had argued in Court that it would have to lay off some employees and close some of its clinics if Indiana cut off its taxpayer funding. But so what! Layoffs are an everyday occurrence for many businesses. The people of Indiana, through their elected Legislature, should have the right to decide how to spend their own money. No one, not even Congress or the federal courts, should be able to interfere with state sovereignty over how the state spends its own taxpayer money. This is one more example of supremacist judges trying to write their own biases into the law.

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