Down with Planned Parenthood: Defund the immoral industry

Kat Shambaugh, Features editor

In the aftermath of the recent Planned Parenthood scandals, defunding the business stands as a major problem in the US Congress. With the argument comes a number of factors and a large amount of emotional appeal, but it needs one less emotional and more logical.

In the hopes of transparency, I want to make it clear that I am a member of the Catholic church, and my faith as well as my worldly experience does influence my opinion on abortion. That said, this opinion, and the debate overall, does not concern the morality of abortions. Those who support Planned Parenthood tend to fight all of their battles with emotional appeals. This battle cannot rely on pathos; it must be fought with logos.

Republican taxpayers want to defund Planned Parenthood because they refuse to pay for abortions. In simple terms, they do not want to pay for services they do not believe in. This makes sense; even if one does support abortions, can one support forcing someone else to pay for them if that person finds them morally incorrect?

The problem hinges on Planned Parenthood’s organizational structure. In the opinion of most conservative Republicans, they will defund the healthcare organization if it does not change the structure.

I am not one to point out flaws without suggesting a solution so I cannot leave it there. A solution brought up by Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, and recently put into place by his state of Texas, consists of one idea: Planned Parenthood can receive its taxpayer funding as usual if it completely cuts off its abortion services.

Planned Parenthood claims in their 2013-2014 Affiliate Medical Services Data that abortion accounts for only three percent of their overall services. Not taking into account the accuracy of the statistic or its exemplification of the ease of swaying statistics to one side, if it stands, then cutting off the services should prove easy.

Now just because Planned Parenthood cuts its abortion services does not mean they lose the income that they gain from that. They can create a new business that does solely abortion services, which will not receive taxpayer funding. Therefore, Planned Parenthood’s women’s health services continue on with taxpayer funding, while the abortion services remain unfunded. Besides, Planned Parenthood does not exactly need the funding for their abortion services as they are making money off of selling fetuses anyway.

This move also allows the less morally challenged parts of their business, including women’s healthcare services and STD testing, to shake off the stereotype of America’s number one abortion provider.

While splitting their business comes with a significant cost, the financial outcome of continual funding for 97 percent of their business should outweigh it. Furthermore, as a non-profit business that does not pay to shareholders and focuses all income on their own business, they have more resources available for ease of split than other for-profit businesses.

Defunding Planned Parenthood does not mean taking funds from all of its services. Nevertheless, it must take into account that taxpayers paying for what they do not believe in will never be acceptable, especially not in a country that favors freedom over all else.