As anti-abortion extremists released another secretly recorded video in their ongoing attack against Planned Parenthood, it seems Senate Republicans in Washington won't have the votes they need to block the health services they provide.
The bill, championed by Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul, among others, will require 60 votes. Two Republicans, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois – who is up for re-election in a blue state – and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, have already told The Hill they would not vote to defund Planned Parenthood.
“The problem is, in my state and many others, Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of women’s health services in certain parts of my state,” Collins said. “[I] don’t know how you would ensure that all of the patients of Planned Parenthood could be absorbed by alternative care providers.”
Two Democrats with anti-abortion records, West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey, aren’t supporting the bill either.
Bravo to those members who are taking a stand to do the right thing.
And while those efforts seem to be failing, Republicans over in the House seem to lack the dire "urgency" to defund PP as they claim, because vacation time! Again!
The House of Representatives, where 18 male members signed a letter saying they would shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, left for its summer recess and won’t hold a vote until the fall. The White House, which would be the final stop for any defunding bill, has pledged support for the organization.
Of the 18 members of the House who signed a letter threatening to shut down the government unless Planned Parenthood is defunded, zero were women.
Yes, the fact that women are getting health care, which we all know the GOP hates, at PP clinics across the country MUST BE STOPPED, and they're so desperate to do so they'll block funding the country over it, period. The situation is so grave that....they'll get to that sometime in the fall when it's closer to election season. But first they've got to take a few weeks off from their busy four day work week... as they do every few weeks.
Meanwhile, the extremists behind the selectively edited videos have illegally hacked the Planned Parenthood website, which means that women in need of any of their health services were blocked from any access.
Back here in Florida, where PP clinics don't even donate tissue for medical research, the subject of all the fake outrage, Rick Scott has ignored this and plans to investigate them anyway in yet another useless, unnecessary taxpayer funded witch hunt.
And while he's so concerned about any possible "illegalities" that aren't happening in those clinics, he apparently isn't concerned that these same extremists have also illegally hacked Florida's Planned Parenthood websites as well. That site has been unavailable most of the day (and still is, as of this writing) thanks to the hackers, but we haven't heard a peep from Scott over that. Perhaps he's just too busy running around the state on the taxpayer's dime conducting ceremonial signings and photo ops for bills he actually signed weeks ago.
But I digress. The point is, Scott's investigating clinics for things that aren't happening there in the first place, while ignoring actual illegal attacks against those very organizations websites. Because this is how we govern now in Florida since we've sunk to new lows by electing a man whose former company made the Medicare fraud history books.
And if it hurts women, or fails to save lives, hey, that's just how he rolls.