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Government to Shut Down over Planned Parenthood and Pap Smears?

By Meredith Carroll |

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Are federally subsidized pap smears really worth shutting down the government?

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.

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Government to Shut Down over Planned Parenthood and Pap Smears?

  1. Amanda says:

    Keep in mind that none of this would be happening if the Democrats would have actually done their jobs and passed a budget last year (as evey congress had done since 1974) when they still held a majority in the House.

  2. GP says:

    It’s NOT about that, so give it a freaking rest. I consider myself a “progressive” and am nearly as disgusted with the Dems and the GOP. The Dems are only a shade better, at the end of the day.

  3. daria says:

    keep in mind that none of this would be happening if our government was not so divided along partisan lines that individual legislators were unable put aside party affiliation long enough to protect women’s health

  4. Amanda says:

    Daria – I’m honored that you would choose to use my language in your post. : P

  5. NoWay says:

    Looks like the beltway crowd is treading on church/state issues. “Religious” partisans are pushing issues that have no business within the halls of government. How to conduct one’s personal reproductive life is just that – personal. It’s of no business to anyone else.

    Morals cannot be legislated – they must be handed down withing the family and not like the holier than thou dictators scream.

  6. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    They can’t achieve what they want in the courts, so the Teahadists are once again ready to hold the entire US hostage. The last time was over tax cuts for the wealthy… give the rich another cut or raise taxes on everybody. The Democrats – at least the majority – gave a crap about the regular guy’s pain, and wouldn’t let that happen. The Rethugs know that even if they screw over their poorer and middle class base, all they have to do is throw them some red meat social issue to get them back in line and the base gets right back in line. Hopefully the Dems will hold the line on this one and let the thugs drive the bus right off the road once again… let them choose whether a soldier gets paid or some woman has access to a legal medical procedure.

  7. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    That last ‘them’ being the issues voters on the right.

  8. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Mistress — I will be sick to my stomach if soldiers don’t get paid.

  9. Lee says:

    In reference to Amanda’s point, I do not understand why the Democrats are not being forced to accept full responsibility for the current situation when they had months to pass a budget while still in control of the House, Senate & WH.

  10. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Lee — Not sure how that will help them come to an agreement now.

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