Millions…nay billions…of federal taxpayer dollars go to fund entities in most states who spend those dollars on killing. True, the budget figures may show that the funds were spent for other purposes, but merely receiving these government grants enables these entities to have money to spend on their killing purposes.

Planned Parenthood? No, I speak of the states which impose capital punishment as the ultimate penalty for a criminal act. Each of them receives federal tax dollars under assorted programs and grants, the majority of which have nothing to do with administration of their state’s criminal justice system.

Even if funds are designated for law enforcement they are not budgeted specifically to carry out executions.

In a way, that mirrors the federal tax dollars that go to Planned Parenthood. The long standing Hyde Amendment prohibits their use for abortions. yet abortion foes argue for the total defunding of Planned Parenthood on the theory that, even if these federal funds are not directly applied to the abortions that some Planned Parenthood facilities provide, their existence enables PP to perform abortions with the other funds they receive.

PP does this secure in the knowledge that the federal government spending can be used for its other purposes and its “abortion mission”  will still be effectuated.

If the defunding Planned Parenthood argument holds water…and believe me its adherents are thoroughly convinced that it does…then that same argument should hold water justifying the withholding of federal funding to states with the death penalty.

Ah, the PP opponents would say, PP kills innocents. Again, so does capital punishment.

Let us look at Texas as our avatar.

Since the restoration of the death penalty in 1976 in the U.S., Texas has carried out 482 executions, nearly 40% of the nation’s total. Texas is notorious for executing prisoners who were juveniles when the crime occurred; prisoners who were severely metally retarded; prisoners who were severely mentally ill; prisoners who were severely mis-represented by counsel; prisoners who were the victims of severely unethical prosecutors; and prisoners who were severely innocent.

Just ask Cameron Todd Willingham and Carlos DeLuna.

In Texas it costs an average of at least $2.3 million to put a prisoner to death after all appeals are exhausted. In contrast, to imprison someone for forty years in a single cell—probably longer than the average prisoner would be incarcerated for a life term—costs around $700,000.

Let us quit giving Texas the extra money that funds its execution scheme of injustice.

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