The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Congressional Republicans seem committed more than ever to embarrassing themselves leading up to the 2016 Presidential election. The current, but certainly not the last, focus is Planned Parenthood. These legislative giants have solemnly proposed to defund the diversified provider of women’s services, Planned Parenthood, (again) and have used as their justification some videos said to depict Planned Parenthood selling (or offering to sell) fetal tissue. How outrageous and why shouldn’t Planned Parenthood be defunded? Hmmm.
The GOP continually gets this one wrong. Defunding Planned Parenthood is a naked play for the evangelical conservatives who wish no knowledge of Planned Parenthood’s offering, and certainly do not want family planning to be in the hands (and minds) of other Americans. Ironically, were a defunding successful, Planned Parenthood would likely be unable to continue services ranging from breast exams to family planning counseling from lower income women most in need of this information. The consequence would likely be an increase in unwanted pregnancies and abortions.
Boy, those Republicans are good people.
Most likely GOP leaders really don’t care. They are educated and possess sufficient income that their families will not go without this knowledge and services. Hypocrisy comes to mind but stupidity is edging it out.
These same GOP pandering bible totters are all a twitter about the current status of abortion and of course the cost of Medicaid. Yet when it comes to programs that have been shown to reduce unwanted pregnancies as well as family size, these GOP biggies suddenly cannot or do not want to see the big picture. They are acting like there is a free lunch to be had.
All too soon, when the standard bearers are chosen, the call will arise, “Republicans are at war with women”. And, in a most pretentious manner, GOP leaders will say “how can that be, some our best Republicans are women”.