Sometimes it’s the most casual of comments which give the most insight.
That happened on Monday as the world was combing through the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the American Health Care Act (AHCA); House Republicans’ attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as “Obamacare.”
While many focused on the potential increase in the number of uninsured the proposed legislation could have, others focused on what the sudden removal of federal funding for Planned Parenthood would do. The nation’s leading abortion provider receives about a half-billion dollars from American taxpayer through a variety of government programs annually and is estimated to perform over 320,000 abortions annually.
This potentiality sent shockwaves among the most The most telling observation, which quickly went viral was that of Cathleen Decker and the Washington Post. Both Decker, a politics analyst and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and the Post used nearly the exact same wording:
GOPcare's ban on Planned Parenthood would result in loss of healthcare to many in rural/low income areas; thousands of births would result.
— Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) March 13, 2017
CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births https://t.co/XSi3u0k5DQ
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 14, 2017
From there the phrase “thousands of births” or “thousands more births” took on a life of its own; particularly among the press and liberal politicians; like Wisconsin’s own state Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Madison)
Another Ryan/Trump Care CBO fact. CBO; Defunding Planned Parenthood will lead to thousands more births. https://t.co/wIoe4hGj4U
— Jon Erpenbach (@JonErpenbach) March 14, 2017
It soon became a repeated phrase throughout social media. Responses varied, but they certainly fell along similar lines of thinking depending on one’s position on the abortion debate. With liberals reacting as though House Republicans had sentenced low-income Americans into a life of poverty by having a child which could have been aborted at a Planned Parenthood.
-24 million lose insurance under AHCA
-Defunding PP leads to THOUSANDS more births
-This administration doesn't give a shit about you
— Eisha Misra (@EishaMisra) March 14, 2017
Defunding Planned Parenthood could lead to thousands more births, CBO projects. BABIES THE GOP DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE CARE OF.
— Diane Askwyth (@dianerocks52) March 14, 2017
— Dr. B (@drakbailey) March 14, 2017
This means thousands of women dying from unsafe illegal abortions. The CBO can't tell you that, but history can. https://t.co/8vpPCtUwbM
— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) March 14, 2017
Conservatives, on the other hand, mocked their liberal counterparts who clear come off as “horrified” at prospect of more children wandering the planet and people having to face up to the responsibly of actually having to take care of them.
CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births https://t.co/8cdHgwlpZ2 And that's a problem because . . .
— David French (@DavidAFrench) March 14, 2017
WashPo: "Thousands more Births if Planned Parenthood defunded" Only to liberals could more babies be seen as a bad thing.
— Mark Corallo (@MarkCorallo1) March 15, 2017
Oh no! Not more births! Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births, CBO says https://t.co/GBb8kIqcys
— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) March 16, 2017
Others pointed out the twin twists of the Left’s cruel logic. First, that they are essentially rooting for the murder of thousands of children annually, all to the alter of “Choice.” Second, that it openly showcases how many on the Left know what Planned Parenthood does as a business model, and either simply ignore it or feign ignorance for political expedience.
— C. C. Pecknold (@ccpecknold) March 14, 2017
— Jay Sekulow (@JaySekulow) March 15, 2017
A concern only if u prefer death over life. "Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births…" https://t.co/RRb40eftAA
— David Tsvirinko (@dtsvirinko) March 16, 2017
In the 1992 Presidential Campaign, then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, as a way to tell the American people the Democratic Party was no longer extremists on abortion, said that he would prefer the procedure be “Safe, legal, and rare.” 25 years later, the average liberal activist or Democratic politician are horrified that children might actually be born into this world.
Much has changed.