Written by Michael Cummings on August 7, 2015

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

On Monday of this week, the United States Senate rejected a motion to remove taxpayer funding from the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Voting for life were all Republicans but two, Mark Kirk (IL) and Senator Majority “Leader”Mitch McConnell (KY). Voting for death were all Democrats but two, Joe Donnelly (IL) and Joe Manchin (WV). The measure failed 53-46. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Republican candidate for president, didn’t vote. Even during a race to lead the increasingly less free world, Lindsey couldn’t be bothered to say “Aye” for life. Guess who was a co-sponsor of the bill he voted against: Your friend and mine, Mitch McConnell.


First, understand that this was not a vote on the bill per se but one for cloture, a parliamentary procedure that halts debate to allow a full vote. In other words, getting cloture means enough people officially agree to hold a formal vote. What makes this failure worse is that our Republican-led Senate couldn’t gather the required 60 votes to get it through this step.

Here’s more bad news. See the text of the bill (emphasis mine):

Congress finds as follows:

(1) State and county health departments, community health centers, hospitals, physicians offices, and other entities currently provide, and will continue to provide, health services to women. Such health services include relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals.

(2) Many such entities provide services to all persons, regardless of the person’s ability to pay, and provide services in medically underserved areas and to medically underserved populations.

(3) All funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be made available to other eligible entities to provide women’s health care services.


(a)In General.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics.

(b)Rules Of Construction.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed to—

(1) affect any limitation contained in an appropriations Act relating to abortion; or

(2) reduce overall Federal funding available in support of women’s health.

These elected public servants weren’t voting to make abortion illegal, nor were they voting to remove all taxpayer support from anyone providing abortions. If you’re an abortion provider, put up a shingle that saying, “Women’s Health Clinic” and you are the second chance sweepstakes winner of all that leftover taxpayer funding. The language is so vague it creates a loophole a Kardashian butt could get through.

True, the progress this vote would have made had the bill gone to the floor and received the necessary votes would be impressive. Planned Parenthood performs almost 330,000 baby murders every year, representing 40% of all reported baby murders in the United States. For them to have to rely on private donations would make it a good day for life.

So what are we to do now?

I am not asking you to quit your jobs, move to a commune in Washington, D.C., and spend the rest of your lives and money on Sharpies, tape, and poster board. I am asking that you don’t avoid the conversation of abortion when it comes up with family and friends. Don’t raise your hands in submission and say, “We won’t get into that right now.” You don’t have to go into long diatribes, but simply state in your own words that babies unborn and born have a right to live. At one time we were all babies, unborn and born. Why did we get the opportunity to live, but others do not?

To ensure we are properly motivated, I’m going to ask that we do something uncomfortable. When the images and videos come to our phones or computers — you know, the grisly ones – let’s look at them. Acknowledge that these little boys and girls are there, that they exist. Then let’s say a prayer for them so their souls make it back to heaven where they came from. Finally, let’s pass the images and videos on to everyone we know, and do the same for the horrific images and videos of ISIS and what these demons do to their victims.

For this request, you might call me a monster or at least a sensationalist. But I think we suffer from a type of complacency that exists when we read bleached words on Web sites about killing babies and we hear the stories about ISIS on the news, but we don’t lock in the horror enough to speak out more and put more pressure on elected officials to stop this wholesale slaughter and organ harvesting. Leftists don’t hate free markets. They love free markets for illegal guns and dead babies.

We must not let evil be so bright that we can’t look at it (see previous column). Let’s ask God for protection when we look at the belly of the beast. Doing so allows us to name evil so we can get to the business of destroying it.


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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.