“Half of our health centers are in medically underserved communities”. “All these clinics, as far as I know, take Medicaid dollars, so you could go to any of those clinics to get any medical service you could”.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is using his rivalry with GOP leaders like McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as a way to define himself among conservative voters who dominate the GOP presidential primary electorate, took to the Senate floor after the vote Monday to attack them. The central issue is a disagreement between parties over the funding of Planned Parenthood. “This dysfunctional Republican Congress can’t figure its way into governing and doing what is better for everybody”. If that deal can be worked out, it would also provide directions on how to fund the remainder of fiscal 2016.
A federal district judge in Utah issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, preventing Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s administration from discontinuing funding to Planned Parenthood health-care facilities in the state. “All Americans, regardless of their views on abortion, should be repulsed by the callous and cavalier attitude of Planned Parenthood representatives as they discuss their harvesting ‘techniques, ‘ as well as the revenue they require for the organs of unborn babies”.
Similar rallies were scheduled in almost 90 cities across the country, as the organization continues to fight attempts to strip its federal funding. The legislation would extend current spending levels through December 11 and does not include language to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood despite pressure from conservatives.
The report also said Planned Parenthood gave almost $22 million in grants over five years to its Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which is legally able to do lobbying activity.
Yet, in the organization’s first appearance before Congress since the release of secretly recorded videos, Cecile Richards minimized the procedures as a small part of its services. They said defunding it would roll back women’s rights.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.
Richards said that she apologized because she thought it was “inappropriate” that the doctor in the video had a “clinical discussion, in a nonconfidential, nonclinical setting”. “It did not reflect the compassionate care that we provide”.
Backed by Democrats and Establishment Republicans, the vote passed easily.
“If we can’t support women to control choices they make over their own bodies then we’re not supporting women to be equal members of society”, said Chelly Hegan, President/CEO of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.