yeahnobutreally said: I will never understand how “Planned Parenthood” became exclusively synonymous with abortion. It’s a fairly straightforward title: Planned Parenthood, like, birth control and family planning, abortion is a last fucking resort, assholes.
» We say: To put it simply, we agree with this point and want to emphasize it. Planned Parenthood is getting nailed to the wall over what’s effectively 3 percent of everything the organization does, according to their fact sheet. Most of the help they give is purely contraception and STD-testing related (each count for 35 percent each). Out of 11 million people who visited Planned Parenthood in 2009, roughly 300,000 went for abortion-related services. The problem is, abortion is such a hot-button issue for many that three percent is far too much — it negates the other 97 percent.
» Why this number matters: Forty-one is the magic number of senators needed to mount a filibuster and, in doing so, block a bill’s passage. Harry Reid has already stated that the anti-Planned Parenthood amendment passed by the House of Representatives won’t be included in the final legislation; however, with this group this size backing him up, Reid’s words now carry much more weight. Interestingly, while the Gang of 41, as someone will undoubtedly refer to them sooner or later, is composed entirely of Democratic-aligned senators, three Republicans have also voiced opposition to stripping Planned Parenthood of federal funds. This will undoubtedly complicated budget negotiations going forward, but we’re nonetheless heartened to see this many senators stepping up to defend such a vital national service. Here’s to hoping they remain intact.
Our pro-life constituencies are weary of campaign promises and empty rhetoric… We don’t want another symbolic victory.“Operation Rescue” founder Randall Terry • On the topic of anti-abortion politicians following through with policy. This came after the arrest of a group of six Terry supporters outside the office of John Boehner (who wasn’t even inside at the time), where they were demanding that the Speaker stand firm on defunding Planned Parenthood, no matter the Senate’s reaction. Not that Speaker Boehner can force the Senate to do anything, but procedural nuance isn’t always the strong suit of hyper-zealous, single-issue political groups. source (via • follow)
» This has nothing to do with abortions: This bill, which only passed in the GOP-controlled house, affects preventative-health services like cancer screenings or contraception – not abortions, which are maybe 3% of Planned Parenthood’s entire array of services and are already not supported through federal funding – at the grand cost of $330 million. Now, the likelihood that this would actually affect Planned Parenthood as-is? That’s very low, because this is part of that whole Republican-pushed spending plan that will likely not get through the Senate or Obama in its current form, but the fact that it’s even on the table is getting a lot of people worked up.