In the face of grandstanding and dysfunction over another “Shutdown Showdown,” it’s time we burn the Washington political machine to the ground and build back a government that actually works for the people.

Over the past decade, Washington politicians have pumped more than $4 billion into Planned Parenthood.  It's abhorrent and insane that Washington forcibly confiscate money from our paychecks only to bankroll Planned Parenthood’s repulsive, revolting butchers. 

Congress neglects our veterans' hospitals, abandons our borders, and bankrupts our children, but somehow finds plenty of money for the abortion industry. Talk about priorities!  How many harvested organs will it take before this madness ends? The facts are staggering.

It’s time we end the grandstanding, eliminate the gamesmanship, and demand that Washington do much more than just “Defund Planned Parenthood”. It’s time we stop these senseless, sinful killings that deprive life and liberty from unborn persons.

Planned Parenthood performs 327,000 abortions per year, approximately one every 96 seconds. Government grants, funds, and reimbursements account for 41% of Planned Parenthood's income.  In total, they earn $1.3 billion in annual revenue.

Harvesting human organs to be swapped and sold like brake pads for a Buick is beyond barbaric, it’s unimaginably immoral, grotesque, and evil. But it’s salt in a sick, painful wound that American taxpayers are forced to finance these horrific practices.

Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton call Planned Parenthood a "healthcare provider,” but the facts tell an appallingly different story. They invest virtually nothing on adoption and pennies on prenatal care. In fact, of every dollar they spend on services for pregnant women, 94 cents go to abortion.  It's clear that Planned Parenthood isn’t a "healthcare provider” any more than a heroin dealer is a community pharmacist.

Government funding runs out at the end of the month and politicians are squabbling with excuses and name calling over Planned Parenthood. The American people are disgusted by Washington, and the current shutdown theatrics is a crystal clear example why.

But defunding Planned Parenthood is not enough. Even if Congress defunds these butchers entirely, they would still have $800 million in private funds each year to murder innocent babies.  Worse still, another 700,000 abortions occur annually at other abortion clinics. 

I have a better plan. It’s time we end the scourge of abortion in America. It’s time we end the grandstanding, eliminate the gamesmanship, and demand that Washington do much more than just “Defund Planned Parenthood”. It’s time we stop these senseless, sinful killings that deprive life and liberty from unborn persons.

Our Constitution guarantees a right to life – not a right to kill babies.  We often say “ God Bless America!” but how CAN God bless America if we engage is such uncivilized infanticide.  

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was a 2016 Republican candidate for president of the United States.