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Planned Parenthood under attack
February 18, 2011 - Terry Estep
Today the GOP-controlled House voted 240-185 to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said "It is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund organizations that provide and promote abortion."
I have to disagree. Wholeheartedly. If it's morally wrong to spend our tax money on things we don't like, then there isn't a politician alive who could rise above the karmic level of an blind toad with leprosy being raised in a bordello with poor ventilation. Saint Reagan is probably hopping into a wall at this moment. Why should abortion be so special?
While Pence is working to find new and exciting ways to strip women of their power to make decisions about their own health, I can think of a few key areas where I don't want my tax money going. Guantanamo Bay, military show trials and indefinite detentions. Unconstitutional spying on American citizens. Drone attacks on civilians. Texas (nothing specific... although I could spare a few dimes for Austin). Oh, and South Dakota. It's cold there, and they just tried to carve out a "justifiable homicide" exemption for people who murder doctors who perform abortions. NOT A PENNY FOR SOUTH DAKOTA!
Planned Parenthood does a lot of good for this nation. They provide health services for millions of people who otherwise would have to go without. Among the services they provide, outlined in a floor speech by Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., are pap tests, breast exams, gynecological exams, flu vaccinations, cholesterol screenings, stop-smoking programs, and contraception. Thanks to the Hyde Amendment, Planned Parenthood is already barred from spending taxpayer money for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save a woman's life.
The Republican war on women continues.
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