Here were my top picks for the week, beginning with an example of how liberals try to pigeonhole attempts to defund abortion and the abortion industry as simply moral intrusion, by Paul Szep at GoComics.com

But in reality, being pro-life is good fiscal policy, a point pro-lifers must keep making. Here’s what I mean, by Chuck Asay at Townhall.com

Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, posted a great op ed driving home this point at BigGovernment.com on February 12. Excerpt…

Our national debt exceeds $14 trillion and after running a federal deficit of $1.3 trillion last year, we will see a $1.5 trillion deficit this year.  I get one clear message in talking with the American people – promote job growth and control government spending.

The federal government funds thousands of programs and projects, and Congress must look at all federal expenditures and reduce or eliminate those that do not meet the needs of the American people.

Taxpayers deserve accountability, and recent undercover videos taken at Planned Parenthood centers demonstrate the egregious abuse of taxpayer funds.  These videos show that PP is willing to use public funds to commit a federal crime….

Although PP eventually ordered new training for its employees, I have a better solution – defund it. Why should taxpayer funds go toward an entity with a history of skirting or violating reporting laws and that promotes abortion, even for children under 14 years of age?

Although PP is barred from using taxpayer funds to perform abortions, these dollars are fungible, federal funding allows the group to use other funds for abortions.

In 1997, the group received $160 million from taxpayers and performed 160,000 abortions.  Last year, it received some $360 million and performed over 324,000 abortions.  As taxpayer funding increased, so did the number of these life-ending procedures….

Defunding PP should be a fiscal and moral priority for Congress, and for the American people.

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