This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on August 11, 2015.
In the wake of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials across the country discussing how they preserve the body parts and organs of aborted fetuses for medical research, a national debate is underway about whether Congress should defund the organization, which receives more than $500 million taxpayer dollars a year.
No matter what your view of Planned Parenthood, the controversy raises a difficult question: What can taxpayers do about federally funded programs they find objectionable? To whom should they appeal: state lawmakers or Washington, D.C.?
Davidson is director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.