Donald Trump and the Republican party are in the driver’s seat, and may well just run rough shot over the millions of women who turned out to protest the inauguration of the new president. This past week, Trump took a shot at abortion by signing the Mexico City Policy executive order, which bans organizations that perform abortions from receiving any U.S. federal funds.
Pro-choice activists immediately slammed Trump for this move, and have become evermore fearful that he may deliver on his campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood. While the Hyde amendment limits funding for abortion in the U.S., some worry that it is only a stepping stone to completely defunding women’s health organizations, many of which provide for low income women who otherwise wouldn’t have access to birth control, cancer screenings, prenatal care, and health advice from qualified professionals.
The Trump-led federal government may well have plans to defund Planned Parenthood, so while marching in the streets may be fun for a day or two, liberals need to have a backup plan. No federal funding doesn’t have to mean no Planned Parenthood. In fact, it would actually take only pennies a day to keep these clinics open to all women who need them.
Consider that millions of women participated in the marches across the U.S. last weekend. The numbers can’t be exact, but if we use round numbers, we could say that 5 million women are outraged by Donald Trump and stand with Planned Parenthood, which receives around $500 million each year from the federal government.
If each woman who supports Planned Parenthood gave $100 a year, or $8.33 a month, or 27 cents a day, that would make up any federal funding that is lost. If women really care about this, then put up the money. A whole 27 cents a day from 5 million women would make up what the feds give away in tax money.
The great thing about this is that it is voluntary. The government stealing from Americans via taxation and then giving it over to Planned Parenthood (with strings attached) is much worse than 5 million women donating 27 cents a day. Is it asking too much of women to support Planned Parenthood by actually giving to it? We’ll see.