There’s an old saying, “Good or bad, elections have consequences.” Well, I’m happy to report that after years of trying, we’re finally succeeding cutting off federal funding to America’s largest abortion provider. Recently, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the defunding of Planned Parenthood would be part of the repeal of Obamacare.

Currently, Planned Parenthood receives roughly one-half a billion dollars a year in federal subsidies, and nearly 2 million of that is paid to affiliates right here in Montana. With any luck, this will be the death note for an organization responsible, in large part, for killing nearly 60 million babies since 1973. Year after year Republican legislators here in Montana have stripped federal subsidies destined for Planned Parenthood from the state budget, and year after year, they’ve been replaced by Democrat governors. Now it appears President-Elect Trump will keep his campaign promise and cut off funding entirely. And to that, we say, “It’s about time.”

This announcement by Speaker Ryan comes on the heels of a Congressional report that confirms all of the allegations of Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue for profit. Despite outright lies by Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, and numerous lawsuits filed in an attempt to silence David Daleiden, a House Select Committee has found that Planned Parenthood did, indeed, conspire with third party tissue procurement companies to profit from the sale of human fetal tissue. Not only did Planned Parenthood make tissue and organs available for sale, but according to the Committee report, they also modified abortion procedures to produce the higher number of INTACT fetuses, which command a higher price. Unfortunately, it also results in a larger number of fetuses delivered alive.

Thank goodness for David Daleiden and his team for uncovering these atrocities and shining a huge spotlight on one of America’s most notorious organizations. According to former employees like Abby Johnson, abortions are, by far, Planned Parenthood’s largest revenue stream. And although federal funds are technically not allowed to be used for abortions, they ARE used to back-fill those portions of Planned Parenthood’s budget not funded by abortions. This puts Planned Parenthood in a bind. If they lose 500 million dollars a year in federal funding and can’t fill that hole in their budget with abortion revenue, they’ll have to look for other sources or go out of business. Maybe they can go to a donation-based model like most other non-profits. I’m sure they could apply for a grant from George Soros or the Clinton Foundation. Either way it appears their federal gravy train is coming to the end of the line, and for that, we say thank goodness!

Years ago, I was in a hearing in the U.S. Capitol and seated next to me was Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade. She claims that as a 16-year-old, she was used by the abortion industry and she wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned. January 22nd is the 44th anniversary of that decision, and it appears that the tide may be turning.

Sixty million abortions later, the millennial generation is more pro-life than its parents. Federal funding is about to be cut off. And President Trump could place a pro-life majority on the Supreme Court. There could finally be a light at the end of this dark tunnel.