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House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

February 18, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The Republican House of Representatives took their latest shot at limiting access to abortions today by passing an amendment to their 2011 government funding bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. There amendment has some big problems, however, and it’s very unlikely that it will become law.

First, the Senate, which is still controlled by Democrats, will never agree to this. Some Republicans — namely Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME] and Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME] — have even said that they would oppose an attempt to block Planned Parenthood from receiving funding. Senate Democrats are confident they have the votes to block this.

The second problem is that it is clearly unconstitutional. Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution forbids Congress from passing bills of attainder, i.e. laws that punish a specific individual or group that have not been given a judicial trial. The Republicans passed a similar bill of attainder last year against the community organizing group ACORN that resulted in the federal government being sued. The Republicans may want to repeat that, but nobody else does.

One more thing to be clear on here. Planned Parenthood does not receive federal funding for abortion services. That has been against the law since 1974. They currently receive funds for other health care services, like cancer screening and family planning. But abortion services are subsidized exclusively by private donors. This amendment is about killing Planned Parenthood, not about blocking public abortion funding. That’s already blocked.

By the way, the full roll call details are not yet available, but according to Politico, “The vote was 240-185 with 11 Democrats voting for the amendment, and seven Republicans voting against. One member voted present.”

UPDATE: The full roll call has finally been published and can be viewed here.

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AlexisML 02/24/2011 3:28pm
in reply to fakk2 Feb 18, 2011 4:29pm

The same thing can be said about employees from any organization. Bad people are everywhere, that doesn’t mean that the organization that they work for voluntarily supports them.

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Dayofswords 02/18/2011 8:19pm
in reply to fakk2 Feb 18, 2011 4:39pm

and to stand without apology for the sanctity of human life.

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Dayofswords 02/21/2011 8:19am
in reply to fakk2 Feb 20, 2011 10:00pm

I should clarify then:
No federal money has gone to abortions that are non-emergency(so far haven’t been any cases going against it) or rape or incest

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M4Finny 02/19/2011 4:18pm
in reply to Danielbh67 Feb 19, 2011 10:26am

How much good PP does? Are you kidding us? They murder babies to make money. I suppose the Philadelpia abortion doctor was doing “good” too? Was it “good” when he shoved scissors into the brains of live babies? Was it “good” when he cut their feet off and stored them in jars? Abortion is evil and PP is the mecca of this evil. You want to fund it? Fine, keep my tax dollars away from your perversions.

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REPVET 02/23/2011 7:59am
in reply to dbroncos Feb 18, 2011 2:36pm

if nothing is free yet condoms are offered with no out of pocket direct expense to those who wish to receive them, why should my taxes be used to fund abortions of those who chose not to take the proper precautions. while getting volunteer hours as a pre med student, i accepted and position at a PP during my time there more than once, i received a file on a few young women who were there for another abortion. one had even been there 5x in only 2 years. even as a true conservative i believe that abortion does have its place in our society. however, the availability of these services are abundant and are unfortunately being used as the easy solution instead of condoms or birth control or abstinence. which is completely wrong.

and many places provide free condoms including most major universities in which the condoms are actually payed for by the students health fee that is included in their tuition

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Abaratarrr 02/20/2011 1:52pm

Why is planned parenthood still needed with the new health care bill that passed? Isn’t everybody going to get free health care anyway?

Dayofswords 02/18/2011 8:19pm
in reply to Dayofswords Feb 18, 2011 8:19pm

That is not what i typed, i quoted that and it only showed that….

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