With the threat of a government shutdown looming, the question of Planned Parenthood seems to be what’s hanging in the balance. Or not, depending on who you believe. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Planned Parenthood is why Republicans are holding out: “Republicans want to shut down our nation’s government because they want to make it harder for women to get the health services they need,”
“This is indefensible and everyone should be outraged, men and women should be outraged,”
Reid said he said he was “personally offended” that Republicans are holding out over something as basic as women’s fundamental healthcare needs. Which is what this money would be funding, since Planned Parenthood does not use government funds for abortion.
The Republicans, of course, have a different take on the situation:
House Speaker John Boehner claims that the hold-up isn’t about Planned Parenthood, or any other policy issue at all, but just that Republicans don’t think spending cuts in the new budget proposals were substantial enough. He urged the President and Senate to approve a Republican proposal for a one week budget extension. But the proposal also includes a clause limiting abortion access in the district.
Sure, this has nothing to do with policy.
Meanwhile, we’re hours to go before a shutdown and the government can’t even agree on what’s keeping them from being able to make a decision. I know this kind of posturing isn’t unheard of in politics (to put it lightly) but I can’t say it’s making me optimistic about a resolution.