Monday, July 25, 2011

A Glimmer of Hope: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Signs Bill De-Funding Planned Parenthood

I've been focusing a lot on the political implications of the faith lately, and it's not by chance.  As the Holy Father noted in his little-reported Advent address to the Roman Curia, it is difficult if not impossible, for anyone who has eyes to see, to look around and notice the sad state of affairs in the Church and in our society at large.  On so many fronts, its seems that we are descending into another dark age, not unlike that that followed the fall of the Roman Empire, as vice and lack of faith seem to be eclipsing reason and belief:
"For all its new hopes and possibilities, our world is at the same time troubled by the sense that moral consensus is collapsing, consensus without which juridical and political structures cannot function. Consequently the forces mobilized for the defence of such structures seem doomed to failure."
Michael Voris of highlighted the address in a December, 28, 2010 spot of The Vortex:

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Still, once in a while, we catch a small glimmer of hope in what seems like a sea of darkness.  One of those glimmers came this past week, as Texas Governor Rick Perry signed legislation into law defunding Planned Parenthood of $34 million annually in taxpayer money.  I have never been a fan of Governor Perry's sometimes heavy-handed style of governing and remain critical of many of his policies, but on this one he is dead on where it counts.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Signs Bill De-Funding Planned Parenthood -

Score one for the Lone Star state!

Stay tuned later this week for the second installment of my series on the Holy Father's collection of political essays, Values in a Time of Upheaval, reflecting on the role that we as Christians are called to carry out as citizens of both Heaven and Earth.



  1. In Indiana, Mitch Daniels was the first governmor in the country to sign a law de-funding Planned Parenthood, but a judge overturned it, so in reality, the law did little. I hope it will turn out better for Texas.

  2. Mandi,

    It hasn't faced the federal judiciary in court yet, but I hope that it will and that the trend toward recovering a culture of life will continue in other states as well.