Individual Leftists may, from time to time, learn to reject Statism, and the worship of the State, but the ideology of leftism is inexorably wedded to the ideals of Collectivism, which demands the State be supreme in all matters including charity. Lena Dunham, writing an op-ed for the NY Times (you know a newspaper is intellectually bankrupt when it elevates the foolish to positions of credibility) is aghast that women might pay for their own birth control
“Birth control pills are many women’s method of choice for preventing unintended pregnancy and should be covered by all insurance policies for that reason alone,” she writes, but then adds that “millions of women living with endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cystic acne, migraines, uterine abnormalities and a history of ectopic pregnancies, birth control can be a crucial, even lifesaving, medical treatment.”
If the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress succeed in stripping funding from Planned Parenthood and giving employers carte blanche to deny women necessary medication under murky notions of moral disdain, all paths to health and wellness will disappear for a huge swath of Americans.
“All paths” to health will disappear? So, women could never, say, pay for their own birth control? No health insurance would cover birth control? Planned parenthood is the only option for birth control? This is wildly inaccurate. And, understand this. Not giving federal tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, will hardly prevent that organization from offering services
The group, however, showed, in its latest annual report, that it is performing even more abortions and providing less contraception services — all while its taxpayer funding has increased.
In 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood reports performing 328,348 abortions – an increase of 4,349 abortions over the 323,999 abortions the group states it performed in 2014-2015. The organization also reported 2,945,059 contraception services in 2014-2015, and 2,808,815 of the same services in its latest report, a drop of 136,244 within a year.
With regard to its revenue, the new report shows Planned Parenthood’s total revenue to be $1,354.3 million, an increase over the $1,296.1 million reported in 2014-2015. The organization shows an increase in government reimbursement and grants this year, reporting $554.6 million in taxpayer funding, while in 2014-2015 it reported $553.7 million.
Planned Parenthood reported an “Excess in Revenue Over Expenses” of $58.8 million in 2014-2015. That amount rose to $77.5 million this past year.
So, Planned Parenthood, which Dunham practically elevates to sainthood, could not offer free birth control to women who cannot afford it? Certainly in Planned Parenthood were a corporation raking in $78 million a year Dunham would demand they pony up some of their “obscene profits”. Yet, in this case Dunham, being a Leftist can never imagine any solution but one that emanates from the federal government. How very collectivist of Dunham. This is the fatal flaw in Leftism that leads it to destroy everything it touches. Leftism sees the State as the only possible solution to any and every problem. Individuals are seen as helpless dependents who will perish without a massive bureaucracy to care for them from birth.
This belief also leads the Left to reject individual liberties in favor of the “common good” and “equality”. As a wise man said you may have equality, or you can have liberty, but you cannot have both. To ensure the egalitarian utopia the Left desires the government must be supreme, the sole arbiter of what “rights” individuals may have, and when such rights may be sacrificed upon the altar of Collectivism. In short, collectivist demands that natural rights be surrendered so as to reach this fictional utopia where all are equal.
Such a desire is lunacy, yet the Left is hopelessly addicted to this lunacy.