If I walked up to you and said, “Give me your money. I need it to get an abortion.” You’d scream for the police and walk away.
This scenario happens every day. Half of all Americans believe abortion is murder and they’re forced to pay for it everyday by way of tax dollars. Some laws prevent abortions from being paid for by tax dollars, sure, but Planned Parenthood gets millions of tax dollars. They provide a lot of services and abortions are just one of them. In a valid, round-about way, Planned Parenthood may survive when it otherwise wouldn’t because of tax dollars. That’s not right.
Let me be clear in stating that I’m in favor of legal-but-rare abortions. But I’m not so blind that I can’t see that making people pay for something they don’t support is wrong. It is. In the case of abortions, I’d stop all public funding for institutions like Planned Parenthood. Wealthy people that want to support abortions for poor people can do so if they wish, but the market should determine if there’s room for those organizations.
I could go on, too. The National Endowment for the Arts is another example. Why should I have to pay for something I may not believe is that great of art? What if I find it offensive? Today if that happens, we have to have some big discussion about it. If we just stopped the federal funding, we’d reduce the deficit and eliminate the problem! You don’t like that painting? Meh, don’t pay to go see it and don’t give money to the artist. Ditto for NPR and PBS. There’d be nothing left to discuss!