To many, it appeared that Planned Parenthood was in danger of losing their federal funding, due to a Bill sponsored by Joni “Pig Nuts” Ernst (R-IA) and Rand “Idiot, Son of idiot, Named after Idiot” Paul (R-KY). It seemed that hundreds of organizations churned out emails that Planned Parenthood was doomed, unless we made a contribution to the sender. In actuality Planned Parenthood was not in any danger at all.
A Republican effort to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding came up short in the Senate Monday, with a Democratic filibuster leaving the bill from Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seven votes shy of the 60 needed for passage. But the failure of the measure, which aimed to take away more than $500 million in federal funding from the organization, is likely just a prelude to a fiercer debate to come.
Republican presidential candidates such as Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are threatening another government shutdown if federal money for the reproductive health and abortion service provider is not eliminated. Cruz told Politico that Ernst’s bill was nothing more than a "show vote," and that when it comes to the real fight, he is willing to do whatever it takes to defund Planned Parenthood.
The recent conservative attacks on Planned Parenthood follow the July 14 release of two heavily edited video clips in which Planned Parenthood officials appear to be negotiating the sale of aborted fetuses. The videos, part of a conservative campaign against Planned Parenthood, were produced by a little-known anti-abortion activist named David Daleiden, whose group, the Center for Medical Progress, is associated with the anti-abortion organization Live Action. The video was circulated by Groundswell, a conservative strategy group, which Mother Jones’ David Corn reported on back in 2013. Groundswell includes such players as Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and conservative journalists and commentators from outlets like Breitbart News, which broke the news of the first sting video…
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If Republicans had been serious about passing this bill they would have tucked it into a must pass budget item originating in the House, forcing Democrats to obtain 60 votes to remove it. Instead, they brought it to the floor knowing that Democrats would block cloture. Only Donnelly (DINO-IN) and Manchin (DINO-WV) goose stepped with the Republican Reich, May both suffer saguaro suppositories! The final vote was 53 – 46.
The only Reason the Republicans did this is to have a dog and pony show that they could take home to display to their rabid base voters. We can be sure they will try to keep this issue alive because they can use it as a distraction from the many subjects they wish to avoid on the campaign trail. Nevertheless we need to know how to counter their lies. The videos, on which they are basing this attack have been thoroughly debunked already. Furthermore, several of the Republicans, who are screaming their outrage now, voted to fund research using fetal tissue in the past.
Finally, never forget that Republicans have their own comprehensive plan covering women’s rights: