Judge blocks Florida law defunding Planned Parenthood

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You will be made to care about fund that which you abhor.

From Life News:

Florida is not allowed to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, who made it clear that he was opposed to the state legislation during hearings earlier this summer, permanently blocked the legislation from going into effect, ABC News reports.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the law after Gov. Rick Scott signed it in March. The law would have stripped approximately half a million dollars in taxpayer funding from groups that perform abortions. It also required more rigorous state inspections of abortion facilities.

The Florida legislation would have redirected the tax dollars to other non-abortion community health centers, ensuring that women will have access to basic health services. Community health centers, which offer comprehensive health care to women and families, outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by 20 to one.

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In short, the judge’s “logic” was as follows: Governor Scott didn’t investigate the claims of the sale of body parts as much as he should have, therefore funding must continue.

This is outrageous on several levels.

  1. Since when does a federal crime have to be proven in the court of law before a state can defund an organization (that shouldn’t be funding in the first place)? If the state of Florida wanted to stop funding a state park because of literally any reason, would this judge demand that funding continue because a crime wasn’t committed? (Hint: No)
  2. Taxpayers shouldn’t fund private companies.
  3. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to fund things they detest or find morally reprehensible.
  4. Even if you don’t understand the proper role of government and believe that taxpayers should fund these things, a state should still have the ability to decide for itself what its budget is and with whom it does business. If an autonomous state wants to quit funding something, they should be allowed to quit.
  5. What in the world does the Federal government have to do with this? Have these judges ever even heard of the 10th Amendment? What do they teach at law school?

Let’s recap: The elected government of the autonomous state of Florida decides to stop forcing its taxpayers to fund a particular company that does something most of its citizens find deplorable, and a Federal judge says “Hey! You can’t do that!”

This is where we are now.