By Senator Chris McDaniel
At the core of my political beliefs is an unyielding desire for individual freedom.
As a Constitutionalist, I believe all liberties must be protected, and equality should prevail. All people are worthy of dignity. All deserve respect. Indeed, I’ve spent my entire career defending the rights of others, even when I sometimes disagreed with how they were being exercised. And that includes the unborn.
But the so-called rights of angry marchers do not extend to our pocketbooks, so we must make our stand.
To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson: For the government to compel a person to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions or acts which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.
Political correctness does not change that fact. Neither do the complaints of demanding liberals.
The good people of Mississippi should not have to pay for the abortions of others; taxpayers must not be made to spend our money on acts which are morally repugnant.
The “unity principles” which are the foundation of the so-called “women’s march” are little more than a manifesto of extremism. As clearly explained on the organizers’ website, the principles demand taxpayer-funded abortions and free birth control “regardless of income.” Put simply; they want others to be financially responsible for their lifestyle choices. But that’s not how a free society works.
As I described in the Facebook post that caused the initial uproar, many of those women have used their disposable income on non-essential items like piercings, tattoos, body paintings, signs, and plane tickets. And yet, instead of prioritizing their spending habits, they still unreasonably insist that the people of Mississippi pay for their birth control and abortions.
The tragic irony of the women’s march is that most were marching for the “right” to violently end the lives of their unborn, including the lives of little girls.
I will not support such an agenda.
As to their calls for my resignation, I have no interest. I will not comply. To the contrary, I’ll continue to fight them every step of the way.
Will there be an apology? Absolutely not.
But Mississippians expect one.
That’s why it’s time for Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the other pro-abortion groups that have condoned and even encouraged the abortions of approximately 60 million children — including 30 million baby girls — since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 to offer an apology to the American people for promoting a culture that devalues life and demeans individual dignity.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to do everything in my power to push for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the repeal of Obamacare.
I was elected to fight for the people of Mississippi, our principles, and beliefs. And that’s what I will continue to do. We’ve all been silent too long; it’s time for us to be heard.
I’ll continue to battle until the very end, even if I have to stand alone.