Senate Dems Successfully Block GOP Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood

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The GOP war on women continues, as they go on a crusade to remove all government funding from  Planned Parenthood. This new attack on the women’s health organization is fueled by heavily edited videos put out by the rabid anti-choice liars at the group Center for Medical Progress. These people will stop at nothing to prevent women from gaining access to safe and legal abortions. This includes actually breaking the law by using fake identities to gain access to sensitive information within Planned Parenthood and other women’s healthcare organizations.  Luckily, suits have been filed against this group and they have been legally prohibited from releasing anymore of these propaganda videos.

None of this matters to the woman-haters in the GOP-led Congress, though. They have made it quite clear that even though the bill to defund Planned Parenthood, S.1881, did not receive the required 60-vote majority to pass, that they will not stop until Planned Parenthood receives no more government funding. Senator Ted Cruz sent out this tweet shortly after he and his fellow misogynists lost the vote:

We should not rest until we have done everything to protect the lives of unborn children. http://1.usa.gov/1g2jZu6 

That pretty much sums up what the entire right-wing wants and they will stop at nothing to get theirway — up to and including shutting down the government again. Senator Rand Paul actually said that it would be President Obama’s fault if the government gets shut down over this:

“I mean if President Obama wants to shut down government because he doesn’t get funds for Planned Parenthood, that would be President Obama’s determination to shut down government.”

No, Senator Paul, it would be the fault of you and the other misogynists in your party if we wind up in another government shutdown because you want to defund one of the most vital women’s healthcare organizations in America. Planned Parenthood is often the only way for low-income women to receive healthcare. Further, some of the clinics don’t even perform abortions, which is currently your party’s pet peeve. They do, however, give live saving services, such as HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, cancer screenings, birth control (oh, I forgot, you don’t like that either) and STI screenings. That is what you are defunding. Your mission is to literally kill women and I, for one, am glad that I have a president in office who is willing to go to great lengths to prevent that. For an in-depth look at what the GOP would really be defunding by yanking money from Planned Parenthood, click here.

We won this very small battle, but make no mistake: the GOP will continue its assault on women’s health in America. They want a government so small that it fits in our vaginas and uteri and we cannot allow that. Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said it best in this tweet:

We won the battle, but the war isn’t over: Anti-abortion politicians vowed to do everything in their power to cut patients off from care.

She is too right. We have a long, hard battle ahead of us to protect this vital resource for the health of American women. Luckily, we’re more than up for the fight.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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