Earlier today the House of Representatives passed a measure 240-185 that would bring an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood. After the final passage on some underlying spending bills, the bill will head to the Senate for a possible vote later this month.
If the amendment goes into law, the measure would cut $330 million through the end of September for the organization. While federal law prohibits its dollars from providing abortion services, Planned Parenthood also provides family planning, HIV tests and preventative cancer and other medical screenings.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said before the vote, “There is a vendetta against Planned Parenthood . . . Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to provide family planning services. Planned Parenthood has a right to perform abortions. Last time you checked, abortions were legal in this country.”
An obvious attempt to weaken an organization that famously provides abortions, it makes me sick to my stomach that in 2011, there are still people — and those in power, no less — who think it’s OK to tell women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. As has been before said too many times to count, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Do the lawmakers in the House not have wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, mothers, aunts and nieces? Do the 240 Congressman and Congresswoman who voted against funding for Planned Parenthood feel there are other aspects of a woman’s life that they can morally and appropriately legislate? But in this instance, they feel justified?
It’s a sad day for our country, and an even sadder one for women of all ages.
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