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February 18, 2011

HOUSE GOP VOTES TO BLOCK ALL PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING.... In case the rest of the House Republicans' agenda targeting women's health was too subtle, Rep. Mike Pence's (R-Ind.) bill to block all federal funding for Planned Parenthood was approved today.

The 240-185 vote on Friday is a victory for anti-abortion forces led by Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence. He says taxpayer money should not go to groups that provide or promote abortion.

Democrats say Planned Parenthood provides contraception and other valuable family planning services, and that cutting off the money will make it hard for women to get such basic help.

Planned Parenthood provides services in hundreds of clinics around the country. Pence aides say the group reported receiving $363 million in federal money in its latest report.

The roll call hasn't been posted, but according to multiple accounts, seven Republicans broke ranks and opposed Pence's measure, while 10 conservative Dems voted with the GOP majority.

As a practical matter, Pence's bill isn't going anywhere, and he knows it. The measure won't be approved in the Senate, and even if it somehow made it through the upper chamber, it'd get a presidential veto. Voters like these aren't intended to be part of a governing agenda; they're intended to score points and please right-wing constituencies. Republicans are wasting time to make themselves feel better.

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement, "It is difficult to understand why people who say they are opposed to abortion would do so much to undermine the family planning and contraception that helps prevent the need for it."

Don't go bothering them with logic, Cecile, they have a culture war to wage.

I'd also note that the debate on this, which began yesterday, took some emotional twists and turns, including Rep. Jackie Speier (D) of California, acknowledging her own abortion, while condemning a GOP colleague who was trivializing women's decision-making. Greg Sargent has the video.

Update: By the way, Pence and others who supported today's bill may want to take a moment to look up the meaning of "bill of attainder."

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He says taxpayer money should not go to groups that provide or promote abortion.

What, you haven't seen the Planned Parenthood billboards and commercials urging everyone to have an abortion?

Posted by: beejeez on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

I detest our media:

"Democrats say Planned Parenthood provides contraception and other valuable family planning services"

"Democrats" don't just "say" this -- it's God's honest truth. Talk about tilting the news, depriving it of content, not doing your fucking job...... Aieeeeee!!!

Posted by: David in NY on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Where's the list of Dems who voted for this? I plan to let them hear from me.

Posted by: g on February 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

[...] why people who say they are opposed to abortion would do so much to undermine the family planning and contraception that helps prevent the need for it. -- Cecile Richards

Because it's not about abortion. It's about the Sacred Seed Protection. Prevention (contraception) is as much of an attack on The Sacred Seed as abortion, so cannot be allowed. Keeping women "in their place" which would result from this as well would be but icing on the cake. And being able to prance and posture for the teabagging dinosaurs like this, without any repercussions (because it'll never actually happen and impact their other potential voters) is priceless, politically.

Posted by: exlibra on February 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

Ah David in NY you forget facts are not 'fair and balanced'. Better to just stick to the 'he said-she said' two sides to every argument approach. That way no one is accused of being baised.

Posted by: thorin-1 on February 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

WAKE UP boys, girls and everyone else! LOOK to 2016 and imagine a Republican President and a Republican Congress actually putting stuff like this into law. IF you do not defend your philosophy NOW you will have NO chance later. Look what happened to Arizona colleges for the last 15 years the professors, students, and parents of the state sat on their hands while the Legislature cut University budgets and tuition was raised. NOW, tuition is out of the price range of all, except the idle rich and those who are willing to indebt themselves for a generation which means more business and engineering students at the expense of arts, sciences, philosophy and the other courses which show us where we have come from and which provide the foundation for our future.

Ayn Rand once said society eventually notices when its philosophers go on strike. I submit to you that they did years ago, we did not notice, and the Tea Party is the result.

So unless you are out there marching which seems the only way to get the attention of the media, the dry run you see now will be the command performance in 2013 & 2017.

IF you are NOT frightened now, remember what Yoda said to Luke as he prepared to go meet the dark side of the force during his initial training, "You Will Be."

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on February 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

Yessiree, what we need here is a lot more unplanned parenthood. And then if we can just eliminate those job-killing childhood nutrition programs and aid to women with dependent children, we can begin to inflict some serious punishment on sinners. The good Lord will be proud of us!

Posted by: tamiasmin on February 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

The stupid in this country is hurting my brain ....I'm getting overload and I have the misfortune of living in stupid central Florida. To quote david in NY . Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Alan West, Illiana Ross Leitenan ........Aieeeeee!!!

Posted by: John R on February 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans are wasting time to make themselves feel better.

I believe the phrase you are looking for is "jerking off."

Posted by: martin on February 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

By introducing these bills, the GOP is preventing action on the Democrats' job-killing agenda. Thus the Republican commitment to social issues is really the job builder and economy saver of our day.

Posted by: Al on February 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

Is this war on women's rights Phase 12 of the GOP's job creation program? By the way, where are those jobs? Where are the new ideas from the GOP? I wonder how many people who voted for these people voted for a new culture war.

Posted by: max on February 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Steve says Republicans are wasting time. I respectfully disagree. I would encourage Dems and liberal blogs to stand by and let them proceed. I'm curious to know (while there is still the Senate and Pres safety net) just how far these bastards will go before the dim electorate FINALLY decides the whole GOP party needs to be flushed.

Posted by: chopin on February 18, 2011 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe the American public is about to get the government it deserves. Because this is certainly the government that they voted for.

And then the voters will blame someone other than themselves when bad things happen. They always do.

Posted by: Bokonon on February 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

Women and minorities (especially Hispanics) are on the receiving end of concerted, malicious attacks on individual freedoms. Apparently, you must have a white penis of questionable size, a powerful anger about the fact that you have no control over the increasing size of ethnic group, a moral compass that is dysfunctional and a shitload of ill gained money to assert individual freedoms. The media is almost wholly controlled by Conservative money, the Koch brothers are in the process of taking over control of the country and so many people would rather watch reality TV. Then there are the stunningly stupid group of potential 2012 GOP candidates......

Posted by: Diane Rodriguez on February 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Planned Parenthood provides many more services for women than just abortion. Planned Parenthood also provides pap smears and birth control either free or for low cost for women who are too poor to afford to see a GP and who are too poor to afford contraceptives. I know. I was one of those women. I had a crappy job that paid me just enough money to pay my bills with nothing left over. This crappy job also had crappy health insurance. If it wasnt for Planned Parenthood I would have gone 3 years without a very basic female health service. If men had the equiptment to grow children inside of them they'd sing a different tune awfully damn quick.

Posted by: Kim K on February 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

I thought this fucking bullshit was over in the 80's, then the 90's, then the 2000's and now here we are again.. 2011..., same bullshit, different assholes peddling it. I will officially be out picketing the Culture War on Saturdays at Stevens Creek and Winchester from now on. The call to act up and to flush these white trash feces from office is paramount. Fuck you very much Mike Pence! Another person on my Pie In the Face list dude, keep your eyes open Jackass!

Posted by: Trollop on February 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

"Voters like these aren't intended to be part of a governing agenda; they're intended to score points and please right-wing constituencies. Republicans are wasting time to make themselves feel better."

Variations of this phrase are often said, but I have to admit, I wish the Democrats acted like this.

Republicans allow votes on issues that, while unlikely to pass, are things that their base wants.

On the other hand, the Democratic leaders -refuse- to allow votes on issues that are not only wanted by their base (single payer, etc), but might have a chance to actually pass and get signed.

I am disappointed that the crazy, hateful, conservatives get their wants addressed, but the progressives in the Democratic party are constantly seated at the kiddie table in the kitchen.

Posted by: David Langdon on February 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

Steve wrote, "Voters like these aren't intended to be part of a governing agenda; they're intended to score points and please right-wing constituencies. Republicans are wasting time to make themselves feel better."

Republicans don't really want to legislate, so it's not as if they have anything else to do.

That said, I think we need to take page out of their playbook. The GOP knows what tactics to employ to get their base to consistently show up on election day. Dems say, "What's the point? It'll never pass or will be vetoed."

The point of holding such votes, which the Senate should do, is to demonstrate where Dems stand and what could be accomplished if more Dems were elected. The point is to get traditional Democratic voters to show up at the polls on election day. The point is to grow the base and get new Democrats out on election day. The point is to elect more Democrats, progressive Democrats, so that we can do more good.

No, Republicans aren't wasting time with such votes. They're building and growing their majorities. If Dems don't figure out how to do the same thing, then I fear our future.

Posted by: Chris on February 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

Will they also be stripping funding from Catholic Community Services--you know, the child molesters?

Posted by: kk on February 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

does anyone know where to find voting record right now?

Posted by: daybaron on February 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

There you go, ladies - nobody who finds herself the single recipient of an unplanned pregnancy need worry where support might come from. Mike Pence will be glad to help you raise your child.

Alternatively, you could stop all that dirty fuckin' before you's married. That must be popular with Republican-leaning late-teen males. I wonder if they thought about that.

Posted by: Mark on February 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

This is just another issue the Repubs use to posture and preen for their base. Anything to avoid real ideas that solve the real problems. What's amazing is how they control the media message and project the image that they are "doing the people's business". Ha! The Media has helped to build this "House of Cards" because they need it-not because it's truly worthy. The Repubs, however, deserve credit for making a whole lot of something out of nothing.

Posted by: fillphil on February 18, 2011 at 9:07 PM | PERMALINK

Don't fear, David in NY, you are not the only citizen of our country who saves some righteous progressive indignation for the media. I often boil with rage at the ridiculous one-side-other-side comparisons that journalists come up with. These comparisons make the same sense as comparing Main Street business owners with carnival barkers or neuroscientists with astrologers and mall vendors hocking aromatherapy. Giving the right wing assortment of haters, screamers, bigots, idiots, and throwbacks a platform on which to be taken seriously is a daily embarassment to our fair country's news outlets. Keep up the cause, David. One day, their words will catch up with them.

Posted by: wesfromga on February 19, 2011 at 3:43 AM | PERMALINK

The Republicans are now out on a limb on all these issues. Have any of them thought about the mechanism by which they concede and walk all this back, because the Senate will have none of it?

Posted by: bob h on February 19, 2011 at 7:20 AM | PERMALINK

I add my voice to the other comments--I want to see the roll call!

Posted by: Brainchild on February 19, 2011 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-93
took some time to find, but here is record

Posted by: daybaron on February 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

To the House Republicans, "traditional family values" means unplanned pregnancies by unwed, under-aged teenagers.

Posted by: labman57 on February 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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