… PICKET: Then how come you didn’t vote for Pence’s amendment to de-fund Planned Parenthood back in 2009?
STUPAK: I don’t think I ever voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood does not do abortions…in my district. Planned Parenthood has a number of clinics in my district that provide health care for my people. Therefore, these clinics do quite well in my district, and I’m all for health care and extending it to everybody–access to health care, so that’s just another way. Also on Planned Parenthood , when they do it, there is a segregation of funds that go with it. It’s usually about four hundred million they tried to de-fund on Planned Parenthood. Maybe this time, I’ll look at it again if Pence brings it up. Maybe I’ll vote differently this time, but you’re right I did vote [reference]against it.
Yikes. How about substituting “The KKK didn’t lynch blacks in my district.” And just what are those services Planned Parenthood provides in his district that are acceptable for a “pro-life Catholic” Congressman – could they be Sterilization education, Contraception and so-called Emergency Contraception? Or how about Abortion Referral provided by the Marquette Center Planned Parenthood Clinic in his district. Yeah they don’t do abortions themselves, but as they say “we can help you” get providers in your area that offer abortion services.
Hey maybe he can write his own bill to defund Planned Parenthood and then vote against it as he voted against his own bill. “I was for my own bill, before I voted against my own bill” thus surpassing even Sen. Kerry.
Oh and as for the segregation of funds concerning Planned Parenthood – money is fungible. That they do abortions is reason enough for them not receiving one penny and accounting trickery does not change this.
Planned Parenthood President said about the Executive Order that Stupak got from the President.
What the president’s executive order did not do is include the complete and total ban … that Congressman Bart Stupak (D–MI) had insisted upon,” Richards said. “So while we regret that this proposed Executive Order has given the imprimatur of the president to Senator Nelson’s language, it is critically important to note that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban.”
Yes Banned Parenthood is not exactly shaking in their boots in anger over the Executive Order when they call the whole thing a “success.”
Remember how Obama, Democrats, and Progressive Catholics assured us the Senate bill would not fund abortions. Funny that and Executive Order was required to do that which said “it is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services..” Though the legal analysis by pro-life lawyers is that this is what I would call a Potemkin Executive Order. It can not be compared to Executive Orders that modified Federal Regulations, but to look for that ray of sunshine possibly the EO could slow things down a bit before it is challenged.
The idea for the Executive Order was from White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who has been rated 100% by NARAL and 0% by the NRLC. Emanuel even voted against a bill making it illegal to harm or kill a fetus during a crime. So if you murder a pregnant women I guess the child is a freebie according to him.