Government to Shut Down over Planned Parenthood and Pap Smears?Meredith Carroll
Keep your laws off of our bodies. Is that not clear enough? Should I say it louder?
What is it about male lawmakers and their insistence that they know what’s best for women to the extent that they’re willing to shut down the entire government of the United States over the issue?
Our country is on the verge of having our government close for business, and now word comes that it’s about subsidized Pap smears. Does that mean that there’s someone, or a group of people, who are pro-cancer? Really?
Reports have emerged saying the holdup is because the White House and Democrats in the Senate are sparring with Republicans over provisions, or riders, that restrict the federal government from spending money on particular projects. Riders are used by elected officials to create policy by circumventing the congressional committee process or to benefit special interests by blocking government spending or to enforce specific regulations.
This week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a meeting with the president and congressional leaders that there would be no approval for government funding if any of it were allowed to reach Planned Parenthood, which is legislation known as Title X.
Fortunately Democrats are united in their effort to oppose any riders regarding Planned Parenthood. Of course, Planned Parenthood does not use a dime of federal money to pay for abortions. They use their federal money for things like preventative health services such as Pap smears and other cancer screenings, HIV tests and prenatal care.
Does it matter that the key people involved in the negotiations are all men? Looks like we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully the men are evolved enough and the answer will end up being NO.