My Tax Dollars!! Rargh Eleventy!

So, in the discussion I’ve been reading about the Susan G. Komen foundation’s awful decision to pull their funding from Planned Parenthood, someone commented that it was wrong to make people contribute to abortion through tax dollars when they have a religious objection to it. Not sure where that came from, because Susan G. Komen is not the government, but maybe they just wanted to go off on how they don’t like it that there is federal funding for Planned Parenthood (which very specifically doesn’t go to abortion).

My initial response is that pretty much everything our government does is going to be against somebody’s religion. None of the Quakers I know are getting tax breaks because they’re opposed to war. Nor do I get to choose not to pay the salaries of the Congressmen who obstruct anything that might help poor people.

Also, taxes don’t actually pay for abortion except in really rare cases where a woman has been raped and qualifies for medical assistance. The argument is that giving any money to Planned Parenthood is paying for abortion because that frees up money for them to do more of that.

But by that token, the government should not give money, even for worthy and good causes, to groups that do something someone somewhere has a religious objection to. Which is everybody, what with religions being varied and mutually contradictory. So I guess we should just stop doing any kind of government grants for education or health or poverty, for fear that the money that pays for these things might go to someone who had an abortion, or is gay, or took the Lord’s name in vain one time. Kids with cancer? Screw em—our sense of religious purity is way more important. And government employees and contractors probably do things that violate other people’s religions on their own time, so we should close the schools and police stations and let our infrastructure rot rather than giving people money that they might spend on gambling or condoms or something.

Taxes just can’t, in any kind of rational system, work like that. I mean, if you ignore the bit about government employees where I get way too sarcastic, I suppose we could allow grants for a specific purpose to organizations that do nothing but that purpose. Like if there’s a state grant to feed the hungry, it has to go to an organization that does only that. Not a church, or a charity that also does other things, because someone might have religious objections to those other things.

So Planned Parenthood could split itself up into several different organizations. And a church that wants to do charity stuff that there might be grants available for could spin off a specific little non-profit. This would be highly inefficient and a colossal waste of money, and as a result people who are being helped currently would not be. And people would still bitch about Planned Not Dying of Cancer’s ties to the evil abortionists at Planned Parenthood.

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4 thoughts on “My Tax Dollars!! Rargh Eleventy!

  1. Alexie says:

    And even if tax dollars were going to abortion, the proper answer would be: so what? Abortion is legal. it’s a medical procedure that can be life saving. And for those who use it ‘frivolously’, well guess what? While it’s legal, they are fully within their rights to do so, and far better they get proper medical care than the alternative. So for as long as it’s legal, and people need to access it, it should be fully funded. If you don’t like that, work to make it illegal.

    • KellyK says:

      Also all true. I’d also add, before working to make it illegal, go talk to someone who remembers the pre-Roe days and ask them about coat hangers and teenage (or younger) rape victims and see if that’s still something you want to do.

      • Alexie says:

        When I was in hospital for cancer, the doctors discussed pregnancy with me. One told me horror stories about women who had to have abortions because they were about to undergo chemotherapy and the drugs would either destroy the baby or give it severe deformities, but the treatment was so urgent it couldn’t wait. They reiterated over and over that I shouldn’t get pregnant, I think because they dread dealing with that scenario. They had ALL had to face it, so it’s not that uncommon. Whenever people talk about abortion, particularly late term abortion, it’s always presented as young teenage girl who couldn’t control her sexuality, or selfish lifestyle woman, whereas there is a very real role for abortion as a medical necessity.

      • KellyK says:

        You’re right, a lot of people have this “slutty, irresponsible woman” story in their head and they totally ignore the fact that there are many medical reasons for abortion. (One of things that made me rethink my previous pro-life position was a mental health condition that would’ve made getting pregnant a bad idea, if not nearly as problematic as getting pregnant when you have cancer.)

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