On eve of Shutdown Republicans cave on demand concerning eliminating Planned Parenthood Funding

The pro-life position is very important to a great many of the freshmen members of the House of Representatives. As you can see above in the clip from the film series Whatever Happened to the Human Race? by Francis Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop, the unborn baby is a child, but we are treating many of them like a caged animal that we run tests on and dispose of. Technology has brought many like Bernard Nathanson and more recently Donald Trump to realize the unborn baby feels pain. Therefore, many because of technology have joined the pro-life view. I have written about this many times before.

On Thursday I got to hear Congressman Mike Pence tell the listeners of the show “Today’s Issues” on American Family Radio that the Republicans were not going to back down on the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood from the federal government. Therefore, since I am very much pro-life, I wanted to follow the developments of this story very closely.

I am little perplexed by this development concerning the CR and I did stay up late in the night to try to get to the bottom of this mess. Evidently the Republicans caved on their demand that Planned Parenthood should be defunded by the federal government and passed a temporary CR. At least there will be another debate next week before the April 14th CR is finalized. However, I am not very hopeful that the Planned Parenthood issue will be revisited.

Mike Pence released this statement on April 8, 2011:

4-8-2011 – Statement from Pence Press Office Regarding Continuing Resolution and Pence Amendment PDF Print
Washington, D.C.— The following statement was issued by Matt Lloyd, Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, today regarding the Pence Amendment that would deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates: 

“It has been erroneously reported in the media that Congressman Pence has signaled a willingness to accept a compromise on the Pence Amendment in the negotiations over a long-term Continuing Resolution. These reports are inaccurate. Congressman Pence has made no statement concerning the ongoing negotiations and remains committed to the Pence Amendment and will continue to work with colleagues to include this measure in any final legislation.”

Rep. Mike Pence defended his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood in order to reach a budget cut compromise. He also claims troops will still be funded if a government shutdown takes place.

According to Wikipedia:

7th Continuing Resolution, funding through April 14, 2011, passed on April 8, 2011. This continuing resolution followed a deal on the full annual budget which was made with just hours remaining before a government shutdown.[6] It itself contains an additional $2 billion in cuts.[7] The previous day, the House had passed a Republican-backed resolution which would fund the government for another week and cut an additional $12 billion from 2010 levels, which was rejected by Democrats and not taken up by the Senate.[22]

Deal curbs D.C. abortions, includes other social issues

Carrie Brown in her article “Deal curbs D.C. abortions, includes other social issues,” Politico, April 9, 2011 reported:

President Barack Obama said the budget negotiations weren’t the place to deal with contentious social issues — but the agreement doesn’t completely sidestep abortion.

Democrats beat back Republican attempts to cut funding for women’s health services, including for organizations like Planned Parenthood.

But Democrats did agree to ban the District of Columbia from using federal and local taxpayer funds on abortions — a move already being cheered by abortion opponents as a noteworthy victory.

The deal also includes a guarantee that the Senate will vote on bill that would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, according to a House Republican summary.

Such a bill is unlikely to make it through the Senate, but the vote will put moderate Democrats and Republicans, particularly those facing tough reelections next year, on the spot.

“The Speaker said repeatedly he was going to fight for the most policy provisions – and most spending cuts – possible and he did,” said Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Speaking from the White House late Friday, Obama suggested the agreement didn’t deal with abortion.

“We also made sure that at the end of the day, this was a debate about spending cuts, not social issues like women’s health and the protection of our air and water,” Obama said. “These are important issues that deserve discussion, just not during a debate about our budget.”

In fact, the deal is filled with several non-budget policy “riders” that bring some of the House Republicans’ favored causes into the budget agreement. Here is a list provided by the House Republicans:

— Guarantees Senate debate and vote on repeal of Obama’s health reform law. The House passed such a bill in January.

— Requires numerous studies of health reform that Republicans say “will force the Obama administration to reveal the true impact of the law’s mandates,” including studies on the law’s affect on premiums, the number and cost of contractors hired to implement the law and “a full audit of the waivers that the Obama administration has given to firms and organizations – including unions – that can’t meet the new annual coverage limits.”

— Denies additional funding to hire more IRS agents.

— Requires mandatory annual audits of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, by both the private sector and the Government Accountability Office. The audits will examine the effects of the agency’s actions on the economy, including its impact on jobs.


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