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The government should defund The gvmnt should keep funding
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Should the government defund Planned Parenthood?

This is about role of government and government overreach as well as abortion

The government should defund

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The gvmnt should keep funding

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Planned Parenthood, as a private organization, should not be funded by government, but rather by private citizens.

For those who interpret this as indicating a stance on abortion, the abortion thing is irrelevant.

The Federal Government should not be involved in funding any medical insurance or medical care (except the VA, because that is part of a contract between the government and people who enlisted in the military.) This is far beyond the scope of what the government can do effectively or cost effectively.

Nor should the government be involved in free handouts of any kind, whether to any charities, businesses, banks, universities (except the national military academies, which are federally run,) individuals, or other countries. The national government is 21 Trillion dollars in debt, so it is unconscionably irresponsible to give money away when we have 21 Trillion dollars of prior financial obligations.

Now, at the state level, it is a different story. Support of various organizations (except businesses) within a state can make sense, depending on the solvency of the state government. Health care, housing, universities, social services are all within the purview of the state. More to the point, voters in that state have a better chance of controlling what their tax dollars buy for them, and ensuring the needs particular to the state are decided by them, not by the most populous states (California, New York, or Texas.)

Side: The government should defund
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Should the government defund Planned Parenthood?

Hello Y:

I support Medicare for all.. Women's health is INCLUDED in that..

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Side: The gvmnt should keep funding
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Since when is saving lives (of even ACTUAL babies), questionable spending?? People deserve health care no matter WHO they are! Isn't it the Christian thing to do?? Evangelicals should be leading the pack to care for the sick! What would Jesus do??? The hypocrisy of the right on this matter is unfathomable! WHY would the American Government defund a health care facility?? (Because the religious right TOLD them to!!) To HELL with you all! Jesus, if you are listening...…….

Side: The gvmnt should keep funding
marcusmoon(578) Clarified
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Hi Al.

Evangelicals should be leading the pack to care for the sick!

I agree with you on this sentence. Charity, kindness, sacrifice for the good of others is an important part of their beliefs. Moreover, it is a critical part of being a member of a community and of being a member of society.

However, there is only virtue in giving of your own money, possessions, time, and opportunities. The minute you are giving someone else's money to help others, you have stopped being generous.

The hypocrisy of the right on this matter is unfathomable! WHY would the American Government defund a health care facility??

What is so hypocritical about acknowledging that government does things poorly, and should be kept out of people's private lives? Health care, marriage, sexual preference, what farmers grow, etc. are none of the government's business.

Those who believe the services Planned Parenthood provides are good things, and who believe that organization does these things effectively should be free to support it. Likewise, those who disagree should be free not to.

By the same token, those who believe the services the NRA provides are good things, and who believe that organization does these things effectively should be free to support it, and those who disagree should be free not to.

Speaking only for myself, I have a problem with people in Congress funneling money to private organizations like Planned Parenthood, the NRA, etc., all of which contribute to campaigns, take sides in elections, and do all manner of things that create clear conflicts of interest.

Side: The government should defund
AlofRI(2562) Clarified
1 point

We agree on many things. I cannot agree on libertarian "freedom of about everything" with a tiny government whose hands are tied. Chaos.

I'm still a democracy fan and a government of, by and FOR the people. I don't mind paying taxes, I just want my money's worth out of them and THAT includes having a "kitty" that the whole country benefits from. We must weed out the crooks and those that are getting the most should pony-up the most.

Side: The government should defund
BillOreilly(26) Disputed
-5 points