“I think abortion is a moral issue,” LifeSite news quoted Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby saying before the vote. “I don’t believe the county should be funding abortion, and I don’t believe the county really should be involved in funding an organization that performs about 35 percent of the abortions in the country.”
The county funding had come from California’s tobacco settlement funding and the board was not aware that Planned Parenthood fell under the umbrella of a $7.5 million agreement with the Orange County Coalition of Community Clinics.
In an e-mail to constituents, Supervisor John Moorlach wrote: “Not to generalize, but when you contact a law firm that specializes in bankruptcies, they most likely will advise you to file for bankruptcy. If you go to Planned Parenthood, they are most likely to recommend their specialized surgical solution, which they provide and are compensated for, which appears to be a conflict of interest.”
Not only is it heartening to hear an elected official talking this way about the country’s largest abortion provider, it is even more heartening to hear it from an elected official in a state where abortion support is strong. As the L.A. Times said in an March 14 editorial about the Orange County move, the majority of abortions in California are publicly funded, and 89 percent of California parents want state-funded sex education for their children.
Also heartening was the USA Today/Gallup poll on Jan. 30-Feb. 1 that showed that only 35 percent of Americans supported President Obama’s decision on the Mexico City policy.
Sometimes it may seem like an uphill battle to proclaim the truths about life, but these small glimmers of hope give us the courage to move on. As we near the feast that celebrates the triumph of life over death, we must remember that Christ goes ahead of us as “the way, the truth and the life.”