The debate over Planned Parent funding raises the question, “Who do we want to be as a nation?”

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Sen. James Lankford (R-Ok.)

Pro-life Sen. James Lankford (R-Ok.)

There are many takeaways from today’s unsuccessful vote to take federal funds currently going to Planned Parenthood and distribute them to other agencies, including community health centers, that provide health care services to women . Tomorrow we’ll talk about many of them, today just two.

The opening prayer that began the session was delivered by the Rev. Barry C. Black, the first African-American to be Senate Chaplain. In his prayer, he spoke of the importance of “refusing to grow weary” in doing God’s will.

Rev. Black was not taking a partisan position on any issue raised today. But his words were a reminder to us that we have just begun this battle and that no pro-lifer will grow weary.

We wouldn’t in any case. But having seen the remarkable videos of PPFA officials at their worst, we have redoubled our determination.

And to state the obvious, you don’t have to be a pro-lifer to be appalled by cold-blooded conversations that treats the selection of intact organs of aborted babies like items to be pulled off the shelf at Home Depot, to borrow from pro-life Senator James Lankford (R-Ok.)

In his remarks pro-life Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) invoked William Wilberforce whose tenacious struggle to end the British slave trade seemed to be utterly quixotic. But eventually, in 1812, after decades, Wilberforce prevailed.

Coats said, “We will have a William Wilberforce moment facing the U.S. Senate” today.

Final thought for today. The sponsor of S.1881 is pro-life Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). With perfect clarity, she said that the question this bill poses is “Who do we want to be as a nation?”