Planned Parenthoodwinked

From The New York Times:

In a signal that Senate Republicans will not be automatically aligning with their brethren in the House over the course of a vast and raucous spending debate, Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts said on Tuesday that he did not support eliminating federal financing of Planned Parenthood, a move approved by the House last month as part of a larger spending bill.

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(I had to include Michele Batshit Bachmann, because she looks so natural in that pose.)

While that bill failed in the Senate earlier this month, all but three Republicans voted for it, and therefore also for the amendment that removed all federal funds from Planned Parenthood, which provides gynecological health care, family planning and abortions for women. (The three Republicans who voted against the bill, Senators Mike Lee of Utah,  Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, said they thought that the underlying spending bill did not have adequate spending cuts; all of them, however, support cutting off money to Planned Parenthood.)


Shortly after the vote on the House spending plan, Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, said in a brief interview that she chose to vote in favor even though she disagreed with its cuts to various programs, including Head Start, a heating assistance program and Planned Parenthood. Ms. Murkowski reiterated those views in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

A form of the amendment to defund Planned Parenthood, which was offered by Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, could be resurrected on the House floor later this year as a stand-alone measure.


Under the Pence amendment, Planned Parenthood would be stripped of all forms of federal financing.  Under the new stand-alone bill, Planned Parenthood and all other abortion providers would lose their money from Title X, a federal grant program dedicated to providing family planning and related preventive health services for low-income Americans. The bill would also prevent Title X dollars from going to any organization that provides money to an organization the provides abortions.


Even without the stand-alone bill, the matter is likely to remain in the spotlight, since some House Republicans feel eliminating Planned Parenthood’s funding is key to approving any spending measure.

Update: In response to an e-mail inquiry, Senator Olympia J. Snowe said Tuesday, “As a champion of women’s health, I have supported access to family planning and women’s health services throughout my career. While confronting our serious economic challenges and fiscal realities will require difficult decisions to reach more sustainable levels of government spending, the outright elimination of funding for Planned Parenthood and Title X is a step too far and would have a significant impact on access to the preventive services and screenings that have benefited millions of women nationwide.”


Late Update: Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Andrea Miller, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts issued a joint statement calling Brown’s comments a “positive first step,” but added that “this is about more than one issue. We also call on Sen. Brown to stand up for the Commonwealth’s women and oppose other far-reaching and intrusive anti-choice policies as they move from the House to the Senate.”

And Matt Canter, Communications Director of the DSCC [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] sent TPM the following statement:

If Scott Brown felt this way, he should have shown some backbone and opposed these cuts in the first place. Instead he did what he always does and stood in lock step with the Republican establishment in Washington DC, voting to cut funding for 800 women’s health care clinics across the country, including more than a half dozen in Massachusetts. Scott Brown is not who he says he is. He votes with Mitch McConnell 98 percent of the time, and Massachusetts voters deserve better.


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20 responses to “Planned Parenthoodwinked

  1. Alright, I’ll jump in …

    As you know, I’m a pro-lifer. Even so, I look at what Planned Parenthood does. Yes, abortion. Okay, move on …

    OB/GYN health for girls and women who can’t afford it. So, if they are going to have babies, then they have better odds of having healthy ones. And whether they are or not, they have better odds of being healthy themselves. This sounds like a good thing to me.

    Contraception. So, there might not be as many unplanned pregnancies to bring up the question of abortion? How is this not a good thing? To say nothing of the issues of STD’s.

    I guess I have that hang-up of thinking that being pro-life should mean more than just being anti-abortion.

    Of course, this is really just porno for the dittoheads. It has nothing to do with saving the federal budget, and even less to do with reducing abortions (it will likely have the reverse effect). But they like to drool over their ability to cut funding for boogeyman organizations like NPR and Planned Parenthood.

    • you would think that people at planned parenthood are holding guns to women’s heads, forcing them to have abortions (all paid for by the government, of course). this is nothing but a political ploy to pander to some religious groups. if planned parenthood should not receive any federal funds, because some religious people object, then why should any religious group receive federal funds if non-believers object? why shouldn’t churches pay taxes? why are they used as middlemen to distribute charity? how do i know that my taxes are not going to fund proselytization? they say they keep the funds separate, but how can they prove that? they can’t, just like planned parenthood can’t prove which funds are going for which services.

      • Exactly.

        In this case, it’s especially obvious, because they’re going after Planned Parenthood, not organizations in general. I assume that there’s some other group out there offering women’s health services and includes abortion. But no one cares about that, because that other group doesn’t have the name recognition of Planned Parenthood.

        I have a friend who’s a Quaker who has been a part of efforts to be exempted from having her taxes go to the military. For some reason, I suspect that most of the people trying to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding aren’t on her side, there. Obviously, exercising one’s conscience is only allowed if your conscience makes you a wild right-winger.

        • the rethugs are so vindictive, and i think it’s going to backfire on them. there have to be some teabaggers who know women who had their lives saved when they went to planned parenthood for a pap smear or a mammogram.

          • Well, a recent poll shows that Catholics have a higher rate of acceptance of gay marriage than the general population.

            A lot of groups look homogeneous in the aggregate, but are only so united when you take a closer look.

            I think that a lot of tea partiers are in for a shock when they realize that they’re supporting people who hate them. I know two people who have backed out of tea parties already. One of them got tired of making excuses for bigots, and the other realized that his own mother needed heating oil assistance and his own sister received WIC and had been receiving state child care assistance until she was dropped from the rolls.

            He told me that it’s easy to hate welfare moochers until you realize that the people getting assistance are really … people. I welcomed him to the dark side.

      • jeb

        You are absolutely right Nonnie. I’m so f’ing sick of the hypocrtitical crap that passes for discussion in this country. We don’t want your g-damned religious views shoved down our throat as an excuse to be mean vindictive suckheads. The pandering is sickening and the deluded morons who think this is a good idea have no clue of the big bills that will come in the end if these vital services aren’t provided upfront.

        • what infuriates me about those who use religion to push their political goals is that they rope in people who are basically decent and make them contribute to things that they wouldn’t ordinarily agree with.

  2. how many jobs has Boner created – defunding NPR and Planned parenthood sound like major employment grabbers!

    and those fundies – as long as we have unplanned pregnancies and kids who have no health care – well who cares about jobs

    and i love how Snowe bird has to QUALIFY her vote to stay in good graces

    these people all suck

    • limpy can easily win statewide, but she can very possibly lose a primary to a teabagger. it would serve her right (no pun intended), because she, like a lot of other rethugs, is a coward. she knows that there’s nothing wrong with planned parenthood, and she should just say so unequivocally. then she should tell yertle mcconnell to kiss her ass and become an independent.

  3. It’s not about Planned Parenthood & abortions funding, it’s about the GOP flexing it’s muscle & greasing up the Lockstep machine. All of this is grist for the mill we call 2012 elections.

    • you’re absolutely correct that this is all about 2012. everything the rethugs are doing is about 2012. they’re pandering to a tiny percentage of people who vote in primaries. however, i don’t think they’re really doing themselves any favors. this crap worked last time, but the teabaggers seem to have all but dissipated as pro-union people have all the momentum.

  4. If my count is correct, there are four different anti-abortion bills in the house and dozens of really hysterical state ones floating around. When not obessing over lady private parts, they seek to impose standards of nationalism and religious purity. These jokers don’t have a clue about this country swirling faster and faster as it approaches the plughole. When the promised “jobs” come, it will be five buck an hour security guard work protecting their gated communities.

    • they have a clue, but they don’t care. all that’s important to them is that they keep their cushy jobs in d.c. just long enough so they can collect their generous pensions and get lucrative lobbying jobs.

  5. If Brown wants to get re-elected, he needs to appeal to Massachusetts voters, not just the Republican establishment or the teabaggers. Several times, he’s shown that he’s aware of this.

    If the Republican party continues along its current theocratic-nutzoid trajectory, within a few years Brown will probably switch parties — as many expect Snowe to do. Even Murkowski might.

    • nekkid scottie is already wavering. he’s got very tiny balls (hence the careful placement of his his hand in his playgirl pic). if there’s a smart dem in massachusetts who is eying his seat (in the senate, not in his nekkid pix), s/he should be screaming full-throated support for planned parenthood, the rights of women, and support for health care for everyone.

  6. Powkat

    I like the bat shit on Michele’s shirt.