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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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Displaying 61-68 of 68 total comments.

fakk2 02/20/2011 4:47am
in reply to Dayofswords Feb 19, 2011 7:54pm

Umm, actually, that was a copy/paste from the congressional record which recorded the debate, which if you read my posting you could’ve figured out. That’s public school education for you I guess. Here, I’ll repost it for you:

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fakk2 02/20/2011 8:41pm
in reply to fakk2 Feb 20, 2011 8:38pm

4.) Since they are a 501©(3), it can die. I don’t care either way if it does or doesn’t, but nothing says a non-profit has to stay afloat. If it’s as important as everyone thinks, and as useful and efficient as everyone hopes, then I have full faith it will stay alive just like all the other 501’s in America who don’t use federal funds to do good works.

Abaratarrr 02/20/2011 10:19am
in reply to Dayofswords Feb 18, 2011 8:14pm

It’s like a college kid asking his uncle to pay for his trip to Vegas, via having his uncle pay for a new transmission for his broken car, He asks his uncle for money to fix his car rather then canceling his trip so in turn his uncle paid for the vacation but it looks like he paid to fix his nephews car.

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fakk2 02/20/2011 8:09pm
in reply to Dayofswords Feb 20, 2011 1:40pm

So, you’re saying 4 things:

1.) You can’t rely on people to give a damn about something they care about

2.) Americans want higher taxes on the rich, but not for them to freely give their money because it’s not practical

3.) The patients are the ones who will be footing the bill

4.) It’s a business that needs a bailout, thus the government should keep funding it

Wow, where do I begin. I’ll take them in order and see if they make sense (over a few postings):

1.) Assuming 0.02% of all females in America (~36,265) contributed $2,400+ to PP instead of a political organization, I think PP would survive, considering it’d constitute $260.1 million. Including males and females (~141,141 individuals) it’d come to $1.0821 billion. And that’s just if they gave to PP what they gave to elections in 2009-2010
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