House Republicans are so eager to strip federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood that two of them have introduced identical bills to do so in the first days of the new Congress.
Tennessee Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R) and Diane Black (R) separately reintroduced a bill during the first two days of the 2013 legislative session that would prohibit Title X family planning grants from being awarded to any organization that performs abortions. The bill, first introduced by former Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) in the 112th Congress, primarily targets Planned Parenthood, which receives about $340 million a year in Title X funds for non-abortion health and family planning services. Both bills amend Pence's original bill to include exceptions for rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother.
Blackburn is Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over the issue. Since she filed and circulated her bill on Thursday, the first day of the legislative session, more than a half-dozen Republicans have signed on as cosponsors and numerous anti-abortion groups have endorsed it.
Blackburn declared the bill a priority for her committee and vowed to carry on Pence's agenda. “Congressman Pence has been a champion in the fight to protect innocent human life and I hope to continue his leadership in the House,” she said in a statement. "As a woman, I believe America deserves better than abortion."
You mean like access to a better sexual education or access to preventative care such as that provided by Planned Parenthood? It is worth noting of course that the federal funds that Planned Parenthood receives ARE NOT used to perform any abortions.
And don't think this kind of draconian approach to women's health issues is only coming from Tennessee either, losing VP candidate Paul Ryan is also jumping back on to the anti-choice bandwagon.
Also from HuffPo:
Despite the deep unpopularity of fetal personhood bills in 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has again decided to cosponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act, a bill that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.
Ryan, who reportedly has 2016 presidential ambitions, had to de-emphasize his opposition to abortion without exceptions during the 2012 election to align his position with presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But this year, Ryan has been tapped as a keynote speaker for the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List's sixth annual Campaign for Life Gala, and he is re-upping his support for the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the country.
The personhood bill, first introduced in 2011 by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and reintroduced by Broun last week, specifies that a "one-celled human embryo," even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood."
Jesus the next thing you know they'll be granting full legal rights to the sperm soaked tissues under a teenager's bed.
You would think that after this last election these idiots would recognize the changing mood in this country, but it is like they only see that they are losing the mass majority of the American electorate and are choosing to double down on social issues in order to hang on to their dwindling number of conservative supporters.
Well good luck with that.
I doubt these bills will be anymore successful than they were the last time. Though they DO serve the purpose of helping to identify to the more progressive voters who should NEVER receive their votes in upcoming elections.
Ya hear that Paul Ryan?
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