Federal Judge Orders Utah to Fund Planned Parenthood
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. – Thomas Jefferson
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. – Benjamin Franklin
U.S. District Judge Dee Benson has signed an order prohibiting the State of Utah from cutting off funds to Planned Parenthood. The preliminary injunction prevents Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Department of Health Executive Director Joseph Miner or any other state employee from “de-funding or denying funds” to Planned Parenthood (PP) on “impermissible constitutional grounds.” In summation, a federal judge has ordered the State of Utah to continue funding Planned Parenthood, period.
Judge Benson’s order is the result of a lawsuit filed by PP challenging Governor Herbert’s authority to defund the abortion mill. The architects of death argued that federal tax dollars earmarked for PP cannot be withheld because to do so would violate PP’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Only a progressive organization founded by a eugenicist would argue that murdering babies is an exercise of freedom of speech. The abortion mill asserts that the State of Utah is violating its Fourteenth Amendment right by withholding its property, tax dollars, without due process. How are tax dollars the property of PP?
The argument presented by PP is ludicrous, but it is the modus operandi of progressives in that they lend lip service to the U.S. Constitution to make it appear that they have a viable argument, but in the end PP knows its argument is not rooted in anything other than a need for tax dollars to maintain its existence. In the end, PP knows its argument is irrelevant because it can depend on the tyranny of fed gov bureaucrats and judicial activists who take their marching orders from progressive politicians to ensure that it can continue to drink from the public trough.
Governor Herbert and the State of Utah are facing a dilemma because the tax dollars in question are federal tax dollars packaged as grants for redistribution to PP, and Utah is responsible for sending the money to PP. Why would Utah ever agree to funnel money to Planned Parenthood? The answer is simple. Utah like every other state depends on federal tax dollars to fund various budget items.
Progressives have done a masterful job at getting states and individuals hooked on federal tax dollars. Progressive politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. are the equivalent of drug dealers selling a highly addictive substance that will lead to permanent dependency. The State of Utah could refuse to send the money to PP, but the response from the Obama administration will be to threaten to cut off federal tax dollars to Utah. The mere threat of halting the redistribution of federal tax dollars to a state is usually all it takes to get the state to conform to any edict the leviathan foist upon it as its master.
The redistribution of federal tax dollars is the most powerful tool progressives have to control the states; federal tax dollars are not free. Every penny the tyrants in D.C. redistribute is wrapped in regulations designed to realize a Godless, amoral political agenda that has as its end the extermination of states’ rights and individual liberty for the collective.
Utah can be the first to challenge the authority of a tyrannical federal court system and ignore the judicial activist’s order to fund PP, or it can come to heel so it can continue to receive the tax dollars the leviathan redistributes to transform America into a progressive utopia replete with abortions and abortifacients.