Office of Representative Johnathon Grant
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Craig Daniels is a Fake Pro-Lifer
Craig Daniels recently released a Press Release talking about so-called "Real Pro-Life" measures. Of course, you know that once he starts off with the "real" pro-life rhetoric, it means he isn't actually pro-life but doesn't want to alienate the many voters here in our great region who are, or who just don't want to fund murder themselves. This is an interesting political tactic, but I know the Midwestern voters will see right through it.
First, I want to start with Craig Daniel's lie: abortion only counts for 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's budget. Now, I'm not even sure where he gets this statistic from, because the source he linked in his press release relates to services, not budget. It does say 3 percent by "Abortion" so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he misspoke. This claim, that only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's services are abortions, has been debunked repeatedly, even by left-leaning news outlets like the Washington Post. Planned Parenthood deflates their abortion percentage while inflating others by counting every interaction a woman gets while going to Planned Parenthood for an abortion a "service". As Alexandra DeSanctis put it in January 2018,"Take an example. A woman walks into a Planned Parenthood clinic. She takes a pregnancy test, meets with a counselor, and chooses to have an abortion procedure. While she’s there, she also receives an STI test and a breast exam and is handed birth control on her way out the door. Planned Parenthood would count each of these “discrete interactions” — six in total — as a service, so abortion would be only 16 percent of that woman’s visit." This is hardly a reliable statistic, and yet Daniels still relies on it for the crux of his argument against defunding Planned Parenthood, even as he touts himself as a "real" pro-lifer.
Want some real perspective on Planned Parenthood's services? Once more, according to Alexandra DeSanctis,"Take an example. A woman walks into a Planned Parenthood clinic. She takes a pregnancy test, meets with a counselor, and chooses to have an abortion procedure. While she’s there, she also receives an STI test and a breast exam and is handed birth control on her way out the door. Planned Parenthood would count each of these “discrete interactions” — six in total — as a service, so abortion would be only 16 percent of that woman’s visit...As the most expensive procedure provided, abortion underwrites a huge portion of the group’s bottom line. Surely this is why the national organization routinely imposes abortion quotas on its regional affiliates and rewards clinics that exceed their abortion targets."
If you really want to see the importance of abortion to Planned Parenthood, ask none other than Cecile Richards, their President. She said that the choice to have an abortion was Planned Parenthood's central mission. That is what Craig Daniels is really supporting. He only postures as pro-life, but he doesn't actually want pro-life policy, because then Planned Parenthood wouldn't donate millions of government dollars to his party anymore.
Daniels also seemed to imply that I support making women suffer/die because they made a mistake. This isn't true.
1) I support saving the life of the mother.
2) I support funding pregnancy crisis clinics and adoption centers to help with the mothers who got unexpectedly pregnant and can't afford a child. I do not support ripping apart an unborn baby, causing great suffering to that innocent child. The child did nothing to deserve that or bring that on themselves.
Daniels also says that Roe v. Wade established autonomy over one's own body. If it did, then it obviously didn't do it correctly. If the Court did affirm bodily autonomy, then (a) why do Democrats insist on involving public funds in abortion and other bodily medical products, which necessarily reduces bodily autonomy, and (b) why do unborn children not have a right to their own body? They do. They have a right to life just as the rest of us do. That is a right the US is founded on, but the founding ideals of the US, such as limited government and the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as well as freedom of speech, seem to have been lost on our Democratic friends in Congress over the years.
Now, Daniels does get a couple things right, to his credit. He doesn't advocate for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or the mother's life. I completely agree. Let's actually make that happen. He also wants to expand and simplify adoption services. I completely agree. Let's reroute the 500 million dollars Planned Parenthood gets a year to better adoption services.
Mr. Daniels is trying to have it both ways: pro-life and pro-choice. I recognize that he is trying to appeal to moderates. But he is wrong in his justification and approach. Even moderates can support defunding Planned Parenthood. After all, they make a healthy profit already, and they have high and increasing overall revenues. More importantly, the moderates recognize that when the government takes a good, hard-working evangelical's money and sends it to Planned Parenthood, they are involving that person in something they are completely against, against their will and with no accountability. There could be a case made for emergency abortions, like ones in which the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother, but we need to set up a separate system for that, not one that just hands over half a billion dollars to Planned Parenthood a year. Forcing hard-working Christians, Muslims, Jews, or someone just against the procedure, like Daniels himself professes to be, to fund it with their money is wrong, and I know the people of the Midwest recognize that.
As Senator from the Midwest, I will fight to expand and improve adoption services. I will fight to allow the good people of the Midwest to stop funding abortion against their own will. That is my promise to you.