I am a bleeding heart liberal and I don’t mind saying so. I’ve been following the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle closely, watching the GOP explode over an illegally recorded video that pretends to show Planned Parenthood doing A Very Bad Thing. It’s all a big fat lie, edited to a fair-the-well. Here’s the reality:
Point #1: Planned Parenthood is NOT “selling baby parts”. They are providing tissue samples to medical researchers. There is a fee to cover the clinic’s costs if they are asked to prepare and catalog the sample(s). If the medical research group sends their own staff to prepare and catalog the samples, there is no charge. NO CHARGE.
Point #2: Multiple medical schools have come forth to say that Planned Parenthood’s charges of $30-100 are ridiculously low as compared to actual ‘for profit’ organizations providing a similar service.
Point #3: ‘Non-profit’ does not necessarily equal ‘free service’. That’s a fact. Lots of other non-profit organizations have fees for some of their services. That doesn’t mean that Planned Parenthood should be deemed for profit. Not at all.
Point #4: The Federal government no longer provides any funding for abortion to Planned Parenthood or to any other organization. Zero. Zilch. Done deal. There is Federal funding provided to Planned Parenthood’s women’s health services, like cancer screenings and well woman checks and, more importantly, the family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancy and (therefore) reduce the rate of abortion! These are essential services for millions of women who fall in the ‘gaps’ between Medicaid and affordable insurance on the ACA exchanges.
Point #5: Those essential services represent an overwhelming majority of what Planned Parenthood does, while abortion accounts for just 3%.
So Congress wants to punish 97% of Planned Parenthood clients in order to make points with those in their base who do not understand any of these 4 points. Way to go, GOP. Shrink that government till it fits into my vagina.
Meanwhile, where’s the funding for highways? Isn’t that at all important, given the washed out bridge between California and Arizona? What about finishing the job of fixing the VA? A revised voting rights act, an important step in making our elections fair again? A minimum wage increase? Anything? Has the GOP done something productive this year? Where’s all the accomplishments Mitch McConnell promised us? What have they done, other than waste time trying to punish Barack Obama for daring to be President while black, and Hillary Clinton for daring to be something other than a former First Lady, and all of the women, poor and aged for daring to exist?