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Abortion Debate Could Shut Down Government

Family Planning Debate Could Shut Down the Government


How do you know the abortion debate in the country has gotten out of control? When it threatens to shut down the US government. Senate Democrats say they've almost reached a deal with Republicans over the budget but won't move forward unless the GOP drops efforts to defund family planning services with the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "It's an ideological battle that has nothing to do with fiscal integrity of this country, everything to do with the ideology on that other side of the Capitol."

Republicans are hoping they can successfully stop all government funding to Planned Parenthood, even though it's already against the law to use federal funds for abortion. Last month, a similar bill failed to pass the Senate, so the GOP-controlled House added an amendment to the budget bill. Also written into the bill is a provision that would eliminate all funding for family planning clinics nationally, and there's another amendment that would forbid Washington DC from using even nonfederal funds to pay for abortions. As Joan Walsh pointed out this week on Salon, cutting Planned Parenthood funding, which helps provide contraception to poor women, could ironically cause the abortion rate to spike.

Do you hope Democrats will risk a government shutdown, which would put 800,000 out of work temporarily, keep national museums closed, and disrupt business and home loans, in order to protect family planning funding against Republican attacks?

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IdeaOfOrder IdeaOfOrder 6 years
When the government is on the brink of a shutdown due to a budget crisis it would seem that family planning services (and other frivolous services) ought to be cut.. at least for the time being. I'm all for the services that Planned Parenthood provides to lower income women, but realize that there are other local clinics that can provide the same/similar services. I realize that this is more of an ideological battle more than anything else. I just think it'd be nice to see both sides willing to give up the unnecessary in order to keep our country running.
katialoves katialoves 6 years
ok #8 is probably right. planned parenthood still has value in society. but we shouldn't be attached to it emotionally; its functions can be replaced. as long as there is some other way introduced for the poor to access birth control, why do we need the government to fund to planned parenthood? the democrats should think of an alternative way to get birth control to poor women. or the gop could suggest something. and please! no the author is not showing any bias. the reason the last paragraph is phrased like that is that the ball is in the democrats' hands, due to the chain of events. there is no 'do you think the republicans should' because as the author spelled out for you, they have already created this problem, knowing govt shutdown may occur.
reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
I doubt that the Republicans have fully evaluated the potential consequences of the changes they propose, per usual.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
It's funny how people who are so against abortions in the US tends to try to implement measures which would put women in a situation where they are much more likely to require them, sadly. It's like they have zero sympathy to women. Kinda glad I don't live in the US, I would probably be one of the protesters if I was.
myhousemd myhousemd 6 years
Regardless of the apparent bias, I think a shutdown is worth it. I'm pissed that people are going to get screwed over because of personal values, but I would be even more upset if I saw the bill pass as it is currently written. It would be such a dangerous precedent.
timotab timotab 6 years
What - biased question much? "Do you think Democrats should risk a government shutdown, which would put 800,000 out of work temporarily, keep national museums closed, and disrupt business and home loans, in order to protect family planning funding? " What if you'd asked: "Do you think Republicans should risk a government shutdown, which would put 800,000 out of work temporarily, keep national museums closed, and disrupt business and home loans, in order to stop family planning funding? " I'm not going to respond to either actual question, but wow, I'm astounded by your phrasing and the bias in this piece. Another example: "Republicans are hoping they can successfully stop all government funding to Planned Parenthood, even though it's already against the law to use federal funds for abortion." But PP does more than provide access to abortions. A *lot* more.
miriah15 miriah15 6 years
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