Legislation to cut off Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood failed

Protesters gather outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Vista, California August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Protesters gather outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Vista, California August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

I remain a person who does not profess to know everything. Mind you, it is without question a mystery to me as to why this “non-funding” bill did not make it through the senate. I want to scream, “Who has the lead position here.” Mitch McConnell that’s who.

Before I totally launch into this minor tirade, one should be made aware that Obama’s ACORN and SEIU organizations are running tip top. Just a suggestion — check on how your senator’s voted. You know, the quantum antics of Sen. Marco Rubio as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham or John McCain for that matter will not escape me. A person can “join” the side of the other party; but be careful, it may come back to haunt one.

Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women’s health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.

Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural vote. Sixty votes were needed to advance it in the 100-person chamber. It received 53 votes, with 46 senators opposing it.

Planned Parenthood, which provides healthcare services to millions of women at hundreds of centers nationwide, has come under attack with the online posting of hidden-camera videos produced by an anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress.

The group has said the videos show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for fetal tissue from abortions it performs. Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing and has said it does not profit from fetal tissue donation.

Under U.S. law, donated human fetal tissue may be used for research, but profiting from its sale is prohibited.
Republicans are likely to try again in September to stop Planned Parenthood from getting federal funds, which currently amount to more than $500 million a year.

After a congressional recess in August, conservative Republicans could try to attach their defunding measure to a bill to fund the government, raising the prospect of a possible government shutdown over the issue.

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4 Responses to Legislation to cut off Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood failed

  1. My take on the vote is that it accurately reflects a philosophical divide in the senators’ constituencies. Though people of conscience can be both for and against abortion, a small majority admit it’s a tragic necessity and want it to remain an available option. Some folks also highly dislike lying to advance an agenda, and have recognized that the CMP are political operatives, producing propaganda. Side-by-side comparisons of the edited vs unedited videos support PP’s arguments.

    Planned Parenthood maintains an entirely separate legal entity for abortion services from all their other activities. This is precisely because most of their patients are poor women on Medicaid, and they have to meet a high bar of governmental oversight already. Considering the amount of documentation required, I doubt it’s even possible to hide the amount of illegal activity the CMP accused them of.

    Since the Hyde Amendment has been in force for 39 years, backed by hundreds of court cases, there’s no rational motive for Planned Parenthood to jeopardize its substantial funding for non-abortion services, and its status as a non-profit by trying to illegally make money off tissue donations.

    I have no idea if the GOP would be so unwise as to try another government shutdown over this issue. It hasn’t exactly worked in their favor previously.


    • Jon-Paul says:

      Invisible Mikey:

      Thank you very much for your response vis-a-vis my article. You certainly represent yourself to be a person seeking knowledge. Subsequently I do have some questions based on your comment only — so please be advised that this is prior to me getting over to see your work. Okay? Off we start with the justification of your take on the vote: I on the one hand, especially in today’s set of political woes reserve any judgment as to the “accuracy” of the constituents living in any senator’s constituencies. Now along those exact same lines, do you think there is a difference between the words of ideologies and/or a philosophical divide?

      The spell inference about “people of conscience” is something we all know well; however, a small majority (of whom) admit that it is a tragic necessity. The trouble in supporting this claim is served by the national polling data that may state otherwise. The notion that Planned Parenthood maintains an entirely separate legal entity for abortion services from all their other activities, represents to me some type of legalese philandering to keep loopholes open for how they make money. Please see (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Amendment) for any further discussion insofar as any discussion would have to include Roe v. Wade.

      And in finale, I think we pretty much disagree on what Planned Parenthood is jeopardizing its substantial funding (mostly tax payers funds) c’mon let’s both admit to the truth here — that company is making a profit off of unborn baby parts; to suggest otherwise will take far more than what is presented in your comment. Thank you again.


      • Thanks for your reply, Jon-Paul. I’m unable to understand what some of the sentences mean, so I don’t know how to respond to them. For example:

        “do you think there is a difference between the words of ideologies and/or a philosophical divide?”

        If you are asking what I mean by “philosophical divide”, I am only saying large groups of citizens are on both sides (pro-life vs pro-choice), with a small majority accepting that having abortion legally available is necessary. People in some states favor banning abortion, and in other states they don’t. I hope that’s what you were asking. Elections and many court cases have made it clear that most Americans want abortion to be a safe, legal option, available with reasonable restrictions.

        I work as a medical asst. and imaging technologist. I know how much documentation is required for tissue and organ donation at any age. Planned Parenthood gets more governmental oversight than most hospitals already, because the majority of their patients are poor women and children on Medicaid. I don’t believe it would be possible for them to somehow hide illegal profits. This isn’t like “Dr.” Gosnell, who could hide his activities because he owned his own organization. Planned Parenthood is too large, and no small group of persons own it. The larger a non-profit is, the more they exist under financial scrutiny. That’s fact.


        • Jon-Paul says:

          Hey there again Invisible Mikey! I am unaware of any institution — considering its size — to be able to hide money. Just look at the U.S. federal government, Internal Revenue Service, as well as the entire budgeting system here in the USA. Actually, I am of the opinion that the bigger the better. Sorry and I apologize: Ideologies are those issues which we moderate closely organized system of beliefs, values, and ideas forming the basis of a social, economic, or program. A philosophical divide represents concerned with the study of the nature of life and reality, or of related areas such as ethics, logic, or metaphysics as well as concerned with or given to thinking about the larger issues and deeper meanings in life and events.

          Although I agree as I did previously that there is a certain percentile of American people who want abortion. Allow me if you will — I think that the majority you refer to is of course women, or those who will readily gain something at the exemption of something else. Okay for reals, Ready? Enough about the paperwork and economic status of those who favor abortion. I am steadfast in my belief that if an institution wants to accommodate for medical services — fine; however, if there is something else that the institution wants to capitalize on then to that matter it belongs in print.


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