GOP Cooling to Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood?

Wingnuts are practically salivating to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood, saying its defunding is a nonnegotiable point in the budget. But prominent members of the GOP are calling for them to stand down, rightly observing that a shutdown over women's health care would be bad for everybody. And support is coming from some of the most unexpected places. Politico:

“On this issue, Republicans and conservatives are dead wrong,” Dick Scaife, a prominent Republican donor, wrote in a Feb. 27 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review op-ed. “Abortions are a minor aspect of Planned Parenthood’s mission to provide reproductive health care, education and other services to Americans, regardless of income.”

Over at the Daily Beast, Mark McKinnon, a former John McCain adviser, characterized the call for shutdown as “shortsighted political posturing” and “why Republicans get a bad name with many independent voters and women. ... Republicans would be well advised to keep their focus on real economic issues that have impact, like entitlement reform.”

And yet, the Pence Amendment to defund Planned Parenthood -- stripping many low income women and children of their only access to basic health care -- remains popular among the GOP, a key bullet in their total war on America's women. And they're shooting with impunity:


“We have never been closer to defunding Planned Parenthood since 1973,” Pence said Monday. “It’s passed the House of Representatives, and if we can prevail upon our colleagues in the Senate to pass legislation that seizes on this moment in history, we can end all public funding for Planned Parenthood once and for all.”

He was followed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who urged supporters not to give up if initial Senate legislation does not reflect their position on the issue.

“There’s also the opportunity, I think, where potentially we could insist upon this language in any other negotiations we’re in with the Senate,” Jordan said. “The House can insist upon our position, insist this language be in the CR that ultimately gets signed — may have to be in a fight next week on some language, where you iron out what they do in the Senate. It’s time to insist upon this Planned Parenthood language being in whatever the final product is going to be.”

Happy Women's History Month! Planned Parenthood is presently traveling around the country on a 'Truth Tour' to 'counter the lies' of the GOP. For dates, go here.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 9, 2011, 5:02am

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