Before I say another word that might come across as persnickety, I am so grateful to our United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for their continued vigorous efforts against HHS violations of religious freedom in the health care reform mandate. 100% grateful, supportive and encouraged for they know the bigger picture, and if they say it’s time to fight back, then fight back I will. Bring it!
This is really for anyone who is just waking up to this issue, because I remember the day I woke up and I was perturbed that no one explained it me before. They probably had, I just didn’t listen. So, if you are at all curious about the title, then for goodness sake, listen!
This hit me like a brick the first time I heard it, and it’s a point that needs to be grasped.
Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed into law the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act, amending the Public Health Service Act. Repeating the important part:
This means that our tax dollars have already been used, currently at about $330,000,000 per year, to fund whatever Planned Parenthood does. There’s never been a restriction on the use of those funds for contraception. They says there’s been a restriction on the use of those funds for abortion, but that is meaningless. There are no little labels on each dollar bill that magically guard the “federal dollars” from funding abortion as if they had some kind of ability to poof into non-existence if they go into an “abortion-only” bank hole. Anyone with a family/personal budget knows that it matters not how the money is allocated. A budget is a budget.
The real question is where does the money out go. Ever wonder about that? Who does Planned Parenthood pay? They pay to maintain their buildings and equipment, they pay to buy their contraceptives which they turn around and sell, they pay their salaries. The blood money circulates through our system over and over again.
So yes, folks, what it really means is that as participants in this U.S. (and world) economy, we’ve been forced to violate our conscience for a long time. My entire life actually.
What do we do? We still unite and do what the bishops tell us to do. This isn’t a time for picking apart the past. This is a time for action. If you are hesitant because it doesn’t seem like this loss of freedom is that big of a deal, realize that it is and it took a long time to get here. Thus, it will take time to set things right again. We are part of a bigger picture, a story that was already in the making and that will go on after us. But on our watch, let it not be said by our children and grandchildren that we were blind and did nothing. Support and pray for our bishops. Look to them for guidance.
May I suggest a little remedy. I pray for protection for our family’s tax dollars, a personal plea that each and every Trasancos tax dollar somehow, graced and guided by the Holy Spirit, finds a way to draw a soul closer to Heaven. They may not have little labels, but I imagine that they have little wings of sanctification flying them around the economic system with a blessing.