“We strongly support Planned Parenthood not only for its efforts to channel fetal tissue into important medical research but also for its other work as one of the country’s largest providers of health care for women, especially poor women“.
That $235 million “is offset with money from the Obamacare slush fund“, an aide in a Republican senator’s office told LifeSiteNews. Nearly every Republican voted to move this bill forward-and most co-sponsored it-but Democrats refused to cast politics and special interest groups aside, and blocked it.
“We are writing today to express our strong support for a funding resolution that will avoid another unnecessary and harmful government shutdown“, the GOP freshmen wrote.
Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, explained, “If we shut down the government, you can’t walk into Yellowstone Park, but you can walk into Planned Parenthood“. That begins several weeks after the 20-week mark the bill sets as the starting point for an abortion ban.
“We’ll win that political fight”. “This debate shouldn’t be partisan”. “We were sent here not to shut down the government, but to make the government operate to the benefit of taxpayers”.
Like Kerry, Planned Parenthood is being “swift-boated” by the Republican Party and anti-abortion groups.
Diane Black represents Tennessee’s Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I can’t imagine the Dems would object to” smooth passage of a clean funding bill, Thune said.
McConnell says it is necessary to “pause” funding as the government continues to investigate the Planned Parenthood scandal, after it was previously revealed that anti-abortion activists altered videos to show clinics illegally selling fetal tissues. “My focus is on urging leadership to actually lead”.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas hopes the House will follow suit.
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats stand as the chief obstacles, with Democrats repeatedly blocking any legislation that undermines abortion rights. Planned Parenthood serves 2.7 million women, men and young each year and provides essential services like cancer screenings and helps prevent unintended pregnancy. The CBO estimates as few as 5 percent, or as many as 25 percent, of women served by Planned Parenthood would have reduced access to healthcare they previously received. Once the Senate passes a funding bill, it will leave the matter to the unpredictable House, where GOP leaders have yet to decide on their exact course of action.
Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accused GOP leaders of “surrender”.
“It’s a small battle on an otherwise massive-scale war”, said conservative commentator Steven Crowder, who added it was “good to see someone growing a pair” on the issue.
Last week she fired off a strongly worded letter to Cruz asking him to illuminate his “strategy for success” if the government shuttered. Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, told LifeSiteNews.
Notwithstanding the fallaciousness of the videos, the Republican Party has jumped on Planned Parenthood to highlight their anti-abortion stance.