Shutdown Looms: Result of Political Games

April 8, 2011

The U.S. Government could shut down tonight at midnight because Republicans have launched a vicious attack on women's health care. The women in Congress are speaking out (THANK YOU!) against the bs that the radical Republicans have been shoveling.

The Republican obstructionists claim that they want to defund women's clinics, including Planned Parenthood, because taxpayers should not fund abortions.

The truth is that taxpayers do not fund abortions. Federal funding of abortions is illegal. The majority  of the funding that the Republicans want to cut goes to preventive care in affordable women's clinics.  Can we afford to cut funds for cancer screening, family planning and contraceptives?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi called the proposed Republican cuts "a war on women."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats will not budge on the issue to reject any proposal to defund Planned Parenthood. In an interview with CBS News:
Reid again said a deal had been reached on spending, with Democrats agreeing to record discretionary spending cuts. He said the final issue is over a rider that would block Title X funds to Planned Parenthood, which are used for pap smears, cancer screenings and other women's health services. 
No funding from the government can be used for abortions, Reid noted. "Anyone who says this debate is over abortion is being untruthful," he said.
It is not about the money. In fact, according to the Washington Post defunding Planned Parenthood could result in more spending:
After all, funding for Planned Parenthood represents a miniscule part of the budget cuts being discussed. Moreover, there is evidence, based on data from the Guttmacher Institute, that defunding Planned Parenthood would actually cost the government $174 million more per year as those Medicaid-eligible women would be forced to seek services at more expensive clinics.


UPDATE: The shutdown was avoided when Republicans removed the Planned Parenthood rider and Democrats agreed to $38.5 billion more in cuts.  Now the rich can celebrate sticking it to the middle class. Let the class wars continue!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are approximately 1,200,000 abortions in the United States per year. It wouldn't surprise me if ultra left wing radicals took to the streets if that number dropped.

Pelosi is frantic that Conservatives want to curb the number US Citizens being aborted while applauding Mexican women who cross the border by the hundreds of thousand to give birth for free. Yeah, makes a lot of sense.

Wendy said...

Anonymous

Please reread and comprehend: NO FEDERA: MONEY CAN FUND ABORTIONS. Okay, now do you understand?

You said, "There are approximately 1,200,000 abortions in the United States per year. It wouldn't surprise me if ultra left wing radicals took to the streets if that number dropped." Who would want someone to be in the position to be considering an abortion? The people (of all parties, all sexes, all religions) who do support abortion support a woman's right to choice. Maybe you are among those who think women who are raped and women who will die if they carry a baby to term should not have an abortion. This question should not be raised here anyway since FEDERAL FUNDS CANNOT BE USED FOR ABORTIONS. GET IT?

Turn on your television or read the paper. The ultra liberal democrats have joined moderate and conservative Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the streets every day to fight for the middle class and workers' rights.

If you want to attack a person here (Pelosi) don't do it with a lie. Have some facts.

Anonymous said...

5,575 US Citizens are killed each week by Planned Parenthood clinics. You have to admit that this is an alarming number. How can anyone be certain that not one dime of Federal money isn't paying for some part of that statistic.

Anonymous said...

BTW Federal money DOES fund abortions. How many abortions were conducted at the Commonwealth Hospital during the garment factory days? There's a number out there. How many Chinese women with NO insurance walked into the 100% Federally funded CHC ER and had their babies aborted? There's a number out there. Please re-read and comprehend, Federal money does fund abortions. How many abortions take place all over Micronesia at hospitals that are 100% FEDERALLY FUNDED? Again, there are numbers out there. You are also mistaken about not being able to use Federal funds for abortions. There are loopholes, some I agree with. Rape, incest. HOWEVER, Planned Parenthood's book keeping and records are murky at best. For instance, a woman can claim that her unborn six month old's father was her first cousin. That's where the investigation ends. No testing, no police nada. All part of the Doctor / Patient laws. Yup, State sponsored late term abortion. Gotta love it.

Anonymous said...

Not ONE federal penny funded abortions for garment factory workers. Abortion is illegal in the CNMI which is why there were underground clinics or pregnant workers were sent back to China for abortions

Wendy said...

Federal money does fund deaths (war and the death penalty), but it is illegal to use federal money to fund abortions. Spin all you want, but you are incorrect. The law that prohibits federal money from funding abortions is called the Hyde Amendment.

the teacher said...

This case ended some 40 years ago and politicians are still winning elections from rhetoric like "abortion is murder" "save the children' and such with the old christian right and conservative southerners and from the midwest bible belt. Abortion is legal, whether you agree or not, the court says a woman has the right to choose.

What is the choice anyway? Should the US overpopulate to have access to cheap labor?

Spending federal money saves money in the long run because the choice is have the state raise, feed, and educate orphaned children. The uneducated third world is overpopulating at an alarming rate so more fortunate countries should set the example and model to follow/

Anonymous said...

"What is the choice anyway? Should the US overpopulate to have access to cheap labor?"

The far left wing liberals believe and fight for tens of thousands of poor illegal Mexican women to cross the border, have their automatic US Citizen babies and you talk about over population? What is shocking and extremely disturbing is the liberal tolerance for infanticide. Induced labor live birth abortions are a liberals' victory. Let's bring in as many illegals as possible and abort living breathing US Citizen children. Sounds great!

It's not your money! said...

As a taxpayer, I would prefer $600 of my tax dollars to pay for an abortion, as it is far less expensive than paying for the pathologies inherent in raising the unwanted and impoverished. The Conservatives might have a point, on principle, if they weren't so hypocritical. They oppose sex education and contraception, both of which would make most abortions unnecessary. They also oppose funding for education, school lunches, public health programs and infrastructure. Apparently, "every life is sacred," means "the little bastard's on his own" once he leaves the womb.

Wendy said...

It's Not Your Money

Exactly! Well put. The thing that gets me is that the Republicans LIE to make some kind of righteous statement to their base.

Wendy said...

12:25

Get some facts before you toss out lies, statements and accusations that cannot be backed up.

You said, "The far left wing liberals believe and fight for tens of thousands of poor illegal Mexican women to cross the border, have their automatic US Citizen babies and you talk about over population? What is shocking and extremely disturbing is the liberal tolerance for infanticide. Induced labor live birth abortions are a liberals' victory. Let's bring in as many illegals as possible and abort living breathing US Citizen children. Sounds great!

You obviously know nothing about the "far left wing liberals." Since I am one and many of my closest friends are labeled as such, I can say I know not ONE liberal who fights to have poor illegals cross the border. That is a lie. I can also say I know no one who has a tolerance for infanticide, but I know many liberals and Republicans who support a woman's choice and all of my friends support woman's healthcare that includes cancer screening, family planning and preventive medicine, which Republican leaders attempted to end for the poor. I also know many liberals and Republicans who support abortion in cases of rape or if a woman's life will end if the baby is carried to term. You are a complete ass (sorry can't say what I really think of your opinion.) to say, " Induced labor live birth abortions are a liberals' victory." Another sick lie.

Anonymous said...

The pro-abortionists' repressed guilt is in full bloom!

Clearly, they have enabled and are enabling the deaths of thousands of unborn children right here in Micronesia, despite the sordidly hypocritical use of "forced abortion" scenarios to justify federalization.

Plannned Parenthood condones hundreds of forced abortions annually, by failing to inquire about motives or counsel would-be patients when, for instance, a teenager is brought in by a so-called uncle who is actually a "boyfriend" using her for his own ultra-liberal hedonistic pleasure.

Every dollar PP gets for birth control (which promotes promiscuity, thus increasing abortions) allows PP to use its own funds that would otherwise be spent on such purposes to be transferred to its death chambers.

Likewise, abortion in the CNMI is not illegal. It may be prohibited by the CNMI Constitution, but that is not enforced in the federally-funded CHC due to Roe v. Wade.

50 million suffering, murdered children is enough! And we have deluded activists complaining about shark fins, cock fighting, and Marpi power poles?!!!

They should be ashamed at what they are doing to our culture! Thank goodness for immigrants who replace all those slaughtered on the American killing fields.

Anonymous said...

noni 2:59 It is not uncommon and also very prevailant in NMI or first cousins to cohabitate and also marry. I can count at least 9 that I know off the top of my head without even thinking.All of them have many kids together. With some, the mother of the girls are not happy about the situation but it is only on the surface and all is forgotten at family gatherings.
After all this is the NMI where anything is allowed.
As the Gov. said, he "can change any laws, except for Gods" So what about this?

Anonymous said...

Abortion might be 'illegal' in the CNMI but that does not mean it doesn't occur at the hospital or private clinics. Divorce isn't allowed under the Catholic Church, but pay Bishop Camacho enough money and you can get a divorce with God's grace.

Abortions in the FSM hospitals are Federally funded. How? The hospitals and doctors are paid for with Federal money just like eye exams. If the mother's life is in danger the baby can be legally aborted in the CNMI. These were Chinese workers. Their employer can force them to say and do whatever they want.

Anonymous said...

6:25 OMG you are a sick puppy. Presuming to be able to get into other peoples' minds and so judgmental. Bet you support war and killing like all good Republicans, huh?

Anonymous said...

Noni 6:25 says:

Every dollar PP gets for birth control (which promotes promiscuity, thus increasing abortions) allows PP to use its own funds that would otherwise be spent on such purposes to be transferred to its death chambers.

Promotes promiscuity? Who are you? Like you even know who goes to Planned Parenthood? It primarily serves the poor married, and unmarried. So birth control promotes promiscuity? Who are you to tell anyone what they should do as long as they aren't hurting anyone?

And you criticize activists who are fighting for community causes? Wow, too much jive.

Anonymous said...

Ah, you can forget about the Planned Parenthood thing. It is a red herring. This is just the first very mild blow in the much bigger battle to come. Personally, I think 6 Trillion might be a bit low to cut, but it's a good start. Yes, it will impact the poor, but I it is going to impact the rich also. What happened to us? The Democrats have been in control of the inner cities for decades and it has just gotten worse. Why? They have been killed by kindness. Does anyone really think that giving people things will make more responsible? It makes them more needy and dependent, that's all. The very rich folks need a much higher tax...but let them invest this money in America and make more money, not just hoard it. Loopholes in the tax system need to be removed. Half the people in the country don't even pay income tax and they get a lions share of the entitlements. Yes, they call them entitlements, like people are entitled to them. Generations of families have had the entitlements so they have grown up thinking that the government will take care of them. After all, they took care of great-granddad. Why should I do anything?
I don't have the answer, but is is easy to see the problem and we have proven that no amout of $$$ will solve it.

Anonymous said...

There were Federally funded abortions at CHC during the garment days. These abortions were protected under Federal law. There are Federally funded abortions taking place all over Micronesia. That's right, Federal money directly paying the salaries and equipment of hospitals performing abortions.