New Townhall Article: PP Lives for Corporate Welfare, Not Women’s Healthcare

I’ve penned a new column up at Townhall.com after several months of a hiatus. Below is an excerpt:

At a recent donor retreat in Southern California, libertarian billionaire Charles Koch derided corporate welfare by saying, “Business leaders (must) recognize that their behavior is suicide, that it is suicide long term. To survive, long-term, they have to start opposing, rather than promoting, corporate welfare…This means stopping the subsidies, mandates and special privileges for business that enriches the haves at the expense of the have-nots.”

Mr. Koch’s call to end corporate welfare rings true for Planned Parenthood, the “family planning” corporation that received $528.4 million in federal funds according to its most recent annual report.

Planned Parenthood has been caught, yet again, engaging in ghastly acts as documented in a series of investigative videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). As a result of CMP’s videos, elected officials from across the country have vowed to investigate and/or strip Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars. This led to the U.S. Senate holding a vote to defund Planned Parenthood last week –only to fail as Republicans couldn’t garner the 60-vote threshold to make it a reality. Previously, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood back in 2011.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

Congress Will Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood Today

The United States Congress is expected to hear a vote on defunding abortion giant Planned Parenthood today. Here’s more context behind this vote from Fox News:

The Republican-controlled Senate is set to vote Monday on halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood, a fast response to the series of unsettling videos exposing the group’s little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.

The measure is not expected to pass because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the other 53 Republican senators will need support from several Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold, with some moderates on both sides still apparently undecided.

However, the effort appears to be another step in the effort by pro-life groups and others to restrict abortions and undermine Planned Parenthood, which provides health services, family planning and abortions in clinics across the country.

As a result of the ongoing investigations into Planned Parenthood and this forthcoming vote to defund Planned Parenthood, my sister and I compiled a video up at Counter Cultured several days ago spotlighting Millennial support to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding. Below is the video:

It’s already been featured on American Mirror, RedState, Hayride, Right Wing News, Red Alert Politics, while being mentioned by Susan B. Anthony List and March for Life.

Urge your Congressmen and Senators to vote to defund Planned Parenthood by tweeting #DefundPP, #DefundPlannedParenthood, and #PPSellsBabyParts. Although it’s not expected to pass, let’s pray and hope Congress does something right for once–despite reluctant Democrats and feckless Republicans.

New Counter Cultured Article: Free Market Should Punish Planned Parenthood

I’ve penned a new article up at Counter Cultured today. Below is an excerpt:

A new investigative video from the Center for Medical Progress has implicated Planned Parenthood for selling dismembered baby organs.

The video features prominent abortionist Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who serves as the national senior director of “medical services” at Planned Parenthood. She gloats about the “demand” for fetal livers, “intact hearts,” and lower extremities. (How sick and twisted is that?) Below is the video. Warning-be prepared to be disgusted:

Given Planned Parenthood’s bloody track record, it’s imperative to strip this big government entity of federal funding and watch them fail in the free market.

Planned Parenthood is notorious for its anti-life policies that are borderline eugenics. The organization, which bills itself as a “pro-woman” family planning entity, receives billions in taxpayer money to perform abortions. A March 2015 report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that Planned Parenthood received $1.5 billion in taxpayer money for the 2010-2012 period:

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Also linked at Right Wing News.

New Townhall Column: Online Abortion Class Demeans Free Thought at University of California

I’ve penned a new column for Townhall.com. Here’s an excerpt:

The University of California (UC) system is one of the most reputed institutions of higher learning here in the United States. Boasting 10 campuses stretching from Davis in Northern California to San Diego in Southern California, the UC system is historically regarded for molding future leaders and pioneers. Unfortunately, intellectual diversity and tolerance of differing opinions are concepts largely absent in the UC system today.

UC-San Francisco (UCSF)—UC’s medical school—is one of the first universities offering a free online course on abortion. The free six-week course is titled “Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications.” It is taught by Dr. Jody Steinauer, a noted pro-abortion OB/GYN and former president of Medical Students for Choice. The course started on October 13 and will conclude on November 24. It is open to the public for enrollment.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

New Counter Cultured Article: Be an Individual in the Era of Big Government

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today titled “Be Classic in the Era of Big Government.”

Here’s an excerpt:

I was recently listening to MKTO’s megahit “Classic” for some inspiration. While this song is centered on love, it can be applied to anything. If you haven’t heard the song, below is a sample of the song’s lyrics:

You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
It’s love on rewind,
Everything is so throwback-ish (I kinda like it, like it)
Out of my league
Old school chic
Like a movie star
From the silver screen
You’re one of a kind living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic

While government may not have direct involvement in every cultural phenomenon, its promotion of paternalism and complacency is greatly seen in pop culture, religion, business, and politics today. It’s better to be classic, or independent-minded, than a conformist in an era marked by invasive big government.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Celebrate An Unconventional Labor Day Today

I have a different interpretation of Labor Day, which I hope many of you share.

Instead of glorifying unions, why not honor those who truly labor for or have labored for us?

First and foremost, mothers were patient enough and brave enough to deliver us into this world and spend countless years raising us, especially with the help of fathers. (Be grateful for your mommas!)

Second, we should use this day to commemorate the lives lost to organized labor a la communism, especially those in Asia, Africa, Cuba, and former USSR. (This figure totals over 100 million.) Although my late maternal grandpa was lucky to survive 18 months in one of Stalin’s gulags, the effects of forced labor left him distraught, broken, and fearful of the world. (Equal sharing of misery shouldn’t be celebrated.)

Lastly, honor workers/laborers (small business owners, their staff,etc) who work diligently to ensure that millions don’t feel the negative effects of high regulations and those who work diligently in the name of competition–not force. (My dad has done more as a general contractor for nearly 30 years by bringing so much joy to his clients.) Whether you own or work for a business like a restaurant, start-up company, etc., don’t discount the labor of love encouraged by free enterprise, innovation, and ingenuity.

Happy Labor Day!

New Townhall Column: Privatize Abortion

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com called “Want to Privatize Abortion? Privatize It.”

Here’s an excerpt:

The Left’s favorite holiday has thankfully come and gone.

As Americans filed their taxes this year, many were astonished to discover certain medical expenses now qualify for tax deductions. When going through the list, one can find birth control pills and abortion listed. The IRS form reads, “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion.” Is human life so expendable it can be written off? For a movement that begrudges tax deductions, this is ironic and equally alarming.

Undoubtedly, the Obama administration is favorable to the abortion lobby and eager to fund them through our taxpayer dollars—even though most Americans oppose it. For example, new healthcare plans under Obamacare contain an “affordability tax credit” that covers elective abortions. Heritage Foundation notes:

“For the first time, the federal government will provide an ‘affordability tax credit’ to millions of low-income and middle-income individuals and families to help subsidize the purchase of health plans on the exchanges.[2] By allowing health insurers that sell plans on many state exchanges to cover abortion while remaining eligible for federal subsidies, Obamacare opens new avenues for federal funding of abortion coverage. These federal tax credits could facilitate the purchase of health plans that cover elective abortion for millions of Americans who did not have such coverage previously.”

Due to the gruesome nature of abortions and our skyrocketing national debt, our country can afford to save more lives and save more money, respectively, by privatizing Planned Parenthood and similar entities.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

UPDATE:

Mentioned in RedState’s The Vine: “Sadly, while films in support of life are in financial need, those who have chosen death received a tax break when they filed taxes earlier this month. The news by Gabriella Hoffman at TownHall that the government offers a tax deduction for abortion explains why abortion providers don’t need to offer coupons anymore. As Hoffman explains, despite the fact that most Americans do not support government-funded abortion, the abortion industry would never survive without government handouts.”