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GOP Should Stop Bashing Planned Parenthood

April 6, 2011

It has been interesting to watch how the fiscal mess has turned into a culture war, again.   The riders that some conservative Republicans want attached to the spending bill in Washington must be denied. 

A smack down needs to take place.

The reason Planned Parenthood always comes under attack is easy to figure out.  By doing such nonsense the Republicans know they can send a fundraising letter back to their supporters that will raise plenty of cash so they can make more TV ads come the next election cycle.    No one ever stops to think how such games make the whole political process less credible, or how public policy suffers as the result of such mindless gimics.

Bashing funding for Planned Parenthood runs counter to logic.  It runs counter to the needs that exist in the nation for the services offered.  If one is truly against abortion then Planned Parenthood should be fully funded.

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON statement: “The assault on Planned Parenthood is unjustified. It is penny-wise and pound foolish. The law strictly and clearly prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion services. The Republicans’ elimination of funding for Planned Parenthood, will in the end cost more than it saves by ending the ability of millions of American women to receive family planning services, breast and cervical cancer screenings and preventative healthcare at cost-efficient Planned Parenthood centers. And the denial of simple birth control and family planning services may well increase both the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in our country.”

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