TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you support federal funding for Planned Parenthood?

Monday, April 11, 2011 | 10:36 a.m. CDT; updated 9:25 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 11, 2011

The government avoided a shutdown Friday when it reached a budget compromise. The proposed budget agreement for the current fiscal year, which ends in September, will be voted on this week. One of the highly debated topics in the budget was the issue of federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Republicans in the House introduced an amendment that would cut all federal funding Planned Parenthood receives through Title X, a program that provides grants for family planning services. It is illegal to use the federal funds for abortions.

Planned Parenthood launched a campaign for people to sign a letter to Congress protesting proposed cuts and received support from celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson.

As part of the compromise, President Barack Obama agreed to a ban preventing Washington from spending funds to subsidize abortion services. He refused to compromise on the issue of funding for Planned Parenthood, and the proposed budget leaves funding intact.

Do you support federal funding for Planned Parenthood? Why or why not?


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K Weber April 11, 2011 | 2:03 p.m.

What the small minded don't understand is how much good Planned Parenthood does. It cares for those who may be pregnant with prenatal care when families can't afford insurance. That saves us all money because a healthy baby doesn't cost as much to care for in the future. Supplies birth control at reasonable rates. It diagnoses and treats STD's. Again - a huge group in our population can't afford insurance! Do you want everyone in the emergency room, with those rates billing everything to? And if you are SO against abortion - tell me - just how many of those unwanted children have YOU and everyone else against abortion adopted? Put your money where your mouth is and start adopting and raising all of them.

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Ann Edwards April 11, 2011 | 2:10 p.m.

Yes, I support it. By furnishing birth control services to those who couldn't otherwise afford them, they do more to reduce abortions than anyone else.

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Ellie Funke April 11, 2011 | 3:14 p.m.

They have a lot of changes to make before they should qualify for ANY tax revenue. They lie to Congress about the services they provide. Family planning? Cancer screening, really?
There are legitimate clinics providing those services funded by charitable organizations for those who can't pay. I should not be compelled to support any organization that so blatantly disregards our values.

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John Schultz April 11, 2011 | 5:01 p.m.

Does that include the Republican Party? Why does the federal government pay for their (and the Democratic) political conventions? There's lots of things, even some agree with, that the federal government should not fund.

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Rita Hayward April 12, 2011 | 1:39 a.m.

Does anyone actually think that abortions are going to stop if Planned Parenhood loses its funding? Of course they're not.
Here's what's going to happen: All the people who once received birth control from Planned Parenthood (millions of people from all backgrounds) are not going to stop having sex - be realistic. Even if people are using condoms, their chances of becoming pregnant will increase without the use of birth control.
Two things will happen when the birth rate begins to rise: some people will carry their pregnany to term, sometimes needing assistance that is also being cut by the government (assistance they might not apply for if they were afforded reproductive rights), and 2.) I'm not going to get graphic, but abortions are still going to happen, it's where and how that scares me.
Oh, and to the person (who I'm praying is not a woman) who commented that Planned Parenthood is "lying" about providing cancer screenings, here's a fact: Planned Parenthood provides one million cervical cancer screenings per year. But, you may not consider that a "worthy" cancer, nor be aware of its existence.
This is not about monetary issues, this is about what is happening to our government, our country and its people. We're eating each other alive - men are denying women the most basic of health care services, the wealthy are stamping all over those of us who have less money (rendering us powerless), education seems to be the last priority on anyone's agenda, while oil and war are at the top of every representative's list.
Do I support Planned Parenthood? You bet your butt I do! More than I support the $2.5 billion tax cuts going out to oil companies - companies that somehow feel the need to cut corners on safety despite bringing in billions of dollars each year and paying next to nothing on it.
Planned Parenthood's funding would be 3% of the $2.5 billion tax cuts afforded to oil companies, just like only 3% of their services are abortions. Please, let's stop attacking women and get serious about the more pivotal issues happening in our country and on the planet.

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Glenda Harris April 12, 2011 | 9:41 a.m.

Our streets are nothing more than a river of blood from our aborted babies. How can God bless the United States of America. Yes there is a separation of church and state. For the state to leave the church alone. Plus, the Constitution never said anything about separation of state and God, the Creator of all things. You want to see this country blessed, ban abortion. The mother's life is an exception. I know mothers who have given up their lives so their unborn baby could have life. Yes, I know that young man personally. He is now in his late 30s. He is a pastor, a husband, and a father. If people could only know the Lord Jesus Christ and how much He loves us that He gave and spilt His blood for the cleansing of our sin. Sin separates us from Almighty God. He just wants to bless us. But, due to our rebellion against Him, He cannot bless. Just call on that Name Jesus, He will save you and deliver you and help you through everything that is against you. He'll turn hate into love, doubt into faith, unforgiveness into forgiveness, and more. There is a God who cares about you. All you have to do is call on that Name Jesus. You can mock Him, but He still loves you, you can curse Him, He still loves you, you can shake your fist at Him, He still loves you, You can rebel against Him, He still loves you. But, He is not only a God who loves you, He is also a God of Righteous Judgement. No matter if you don't believe there is a Hell, it's still there because the Holy Word of God says it's there. Why does a Just God send people to Hell, He doesn't, we send our selves by our rebellion. Just because our Legislators pass a law and make a certain thing legal in this great country, America, if it isn't right with God, God will not honor that law that has been passed by our Legislators. So, just because it is a law, God is the last one to have the say so. If that law is against His Word, that law is considered to be a rebellious law.

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Mary Douglass April 12, 2011 | 10:06 a.m.


ALL women (and men) deserve accessible, affordable health care...all forms and specialities.

Planned Parenthood has done more to reduce the need for abortion through FAMILY PLANNING than all other services and interest groups put together.

The irony is the services the federal dollars pay for support the goals of the fear mongers and persecutionists...pity they can not be quiet long enough to realize it.

This is definitely a "be careful what you want, you just might get it" topic.

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Mark Foecking April 12, 2011 | 11:19 a.m.

Rita Hayward wrote:

"Do I support Planned Parenthood? You bet your butt I do! More than I support the $2.5 billion tax cuts going out to oil companies - companies that somehow feel the need to cut corners on safety despite bringing in billions of dollars each year and paying next to nothing on it."

I support Planned Parenthood also, but oil companies generate massive amounts of tax revenues for both state and federal governments. In fact, they generate quite a bit more tax than they make as profits (because we're all such oil addicts).

Glenda Harris wrote:

"You want to see this country blessed, ban abortion."

It used to be banned for a long time. This didn't stop it however - women just got them from backstreet practitioners, and many of them died from it.

If you don't want to have an abortion, don't have one. But don't try to force your beliefs on other people.


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Chip Leaver April 12, 2011 | 11:45 a.m.

Isn't it obvious that that anything that has to do with a woman's reproductive system is of great interest to these zealots, even if it has nothing at all to do with abortion? Furthermore, these wedge issues serve as a rallying call of sorts, that send out a message to the crazies, bringing them together in one united, but deadly force, killing not only individuals working in women's reproductive health centers, but the country too, with their one issue voting habits.

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Jimmy Bearfield April 12, 2011 | 1:26 p.m.

"It cares for those who may be pregnant with prenatal care when families can't afford insurance."

If you can't afford insurance, it's selfish and irresponsible to choose to make a child.

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Paul Allaire April 12, 2011 | 1:53 p.m.

Um... I think that's sort of why the place is around.

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Ellie Funke April 12, 2011 | 1:54 p.m.

I don't support any funding for Planned Parenthood if it is taken by force as with tax dollars. There are organizations that assist women and families charitably WITHOUT compelling me to support them. Most however will not perform abortions and will try to council you on the distructive life you chose if you have to be treated for STDs. I see no reason to use the little tax revenue we have just to keep you in the bootie call.
While there are some points that catch my eye I don't have time to read your 2 page diatribes/monologue. So if you really had something good and I missed it, try condensing it.

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Jimmy Bearfield April 12, 2011 | 2:13 p.m.

"Um... I think that's sort of why the place is around."

After you've created the child, or picked up the clap, is a little late to see the light regarding personal responsibility. At that point, you, responsible people or both now have to pay for your irresponsibility.

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Paul Allaire April 12, 2011 | 2:20 p.m.

Where did you get off putting the "you" word in the sentence? It implies much that has no basis in fact. But you know this. For instance, have you stopped mutilating kittens yet???

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Chip Leaver April 12, 2011 | 2:30 p.m.

I thought misogyny was a sort of boys club. Glad to know that there are women out there taking full advantage of their rights and equal opportunity to be female misogynists.

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Jimmy Bearfield April 12, 2011 | 2:52 p.m.

"Where did you get off putting the 'you' word in the sentence? It implies much that has no basis in fact. But you know this. For instance, have you stopped mutilating kittens yet???"

I laughed out loud when I read your post. This is a common usage of the pronoun and is called "generic you" or "indefinite you." When a football player says in an interview, "You just want to go out and play the best you can," the reporter doesn't think that the player is referring to him/her any more than the reader or viewer does.

Reminds me of this post about "a given":

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Paul Allaire April 12, 2011 | 6:40 p.m.

Oh go on and try to change the subject of the article to somewhere where you were lecturing me on grammar trivia.
Change the subject all day long.
And not one word about those kittens.

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Steve Spellman April 12, 2011 | 9:38 p.m.

It figures this would be a long thread...

This is so contentious, which indicates it's not a good idea to do at the Federal Level (other than the fact Congress has no such Constitutional authority to appropriate funds for this purpose).

Here's a centrist common-sense proposal: go more the way of Medicare and appropriate the funds as is (with a small, proportional cut, as should every Federal Dept this round) and block grant the money, per capita to each State to administer themselves. Each State can decide if it all goes to mammograms &/or OB-GYN services, or whatever. Other States would spend on contraception or whatever. Make government as local as possible in as many matters as possible. This is not as radical as I am tempted to write, but hopefully reasonable to many.

Some local liberal/progressives would not like this because they know the composition of our State gov't, and realize their wishes would not be followed. Well, determining that is another issue.

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holly rossetti May 19, 2011 | 6:55 a.m.

"What the small minded don't understand is how much good Planned Parenthood does."

First of all, I don't consider myself "small minded"...I consider myself "experienced". Maybe you should find out why people don't support abortion or PP. It might open your eyes to the excruciating physical and emotional pain, depression, mourning, regret, guilt, shame, self-hatred, and devastation that it causes women, their men, and their families.

Second of all, there are MANY wonderful clinics that counsel women and help them keep their act that she (and the baby) will NEVER regret.

I used to be a big supporter of a woman's right to choose an abortion...until I had one that is.

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