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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Fight Over Planned Parenthood's .008 Percent of the Budget Ends Thursday

Posted by on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Congressmen might've reached an uneasy truce on the budget but the debate over federal funding for Planned Parenthood is far from settled. On Thursday, the U.S. House and Senate are expected to take a floor vote on whether Planned Parenthood should continue to receive roughly $300 million in federal funding—or .008 percent of the budget—that allow low-income women to access affordable birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment, not abortions (the funds are already federally prohibited from being used for abortions).

To be clear: The vote won't pass in the Senate. And, since it's been decoupled from the overall budget vote, it has less likelihood of passing with huge numbers in the House again (fewer Representatives are going to come out as proud, anti-woman bigots without an entire budget deal to deflect some of the criticism).

Meanwhile, a majority of Americans—65 percent—support Planned Parenthood funding, according to a recent CNN poll.

So now is the time to contact your Representatives and bang the drum on why Planned Parenthood is vital. For instance, in Washington state, Planned Parenthood is the only low-income planning family provider in 16 counties*. After the jump, you'll find a few good stats the organization has concerning its services in Washington state:

*Benton, Clark, Franklin, Island, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman, and Yakima.

Planned Parenthood serves over 140,000 women and men in Washington and provides education to 35,000 individuals.

They provide 40,953 STI/HIV screening tests each year, 38,962 annual exams, and 39,010 breast cancer screenings—not to mention birth control and family planning services.

They help avert 42,983 unintended pregnancies annually through family planning services. For every dollar spent on family planning, the state saves over $4 in costs associated with unintended pregnancies.

And nationally, as Dan and numerous other smart people have noted, abortions account for only three percent of Planned Parenthood's patient services. This isn't a fight over abortion. It's a fight over women's health. Don't let the bigots win, contact your Representative now.


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They need to stop arguing over stupid ideology and do their damn jobs and make cuts that actually make sense and that don't screw over the little people. If they are prohibited from using the funds for abortions, then why should they care? Defund PP and watch health problems skyrocket for the low income populations that depend on them for a wide range of health services. I promise that the financial costs will be far higher with these people cramming into ERs. The so called "smaller government" GOP won't be happy until the government controls the personal rights of everyone that doesn't already fall in line to kiss their asses.
Posted by Miffed Mollusk on April 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2

So when do we discuss the vastly larger ethanol subsidies, or the other agricultural subsidies, or the masive expenditures for the debt service for the Iraq and Afghan wars and the cost of their continuing operation?

Did you know the debt service cost for the construction of the massive US Iraq Embassy is many many times more than the Planned Parenthood funding?

That's where the real money is. That's where the real debt is.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 12, 2011 at 2:24 PM · Report this
diminished 3
re: the dollar spent saves four local dollars numbers: where did you find them? i know im going to have to quote sources if i throw that one out into the mix.
Posted by diminished on April 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM · Report this
PP is very important.

The GOP can grab a gun, hold it against the head of PP and scream "We 're going to blow this fucking bitches head off if you don't cut spending!"

Then the Liberals will piss on themselves and squeal
"OMG! What will we do without the government paying to slaughter our babieeees!?" and promptly pony up 8.5 BILLION in cuts (to save PP's 300million)

It worked like a charm.

Next time, however, it will cost you (a lot) more to save the fucking whore.....
Posted by you've been warned. on April 12, 2011 at 2:56 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
The teabaggers/conservatives/republicans don't know what planned parenthood does, nor do they care. They only know that they were told by their leaders that it spends their tax dollars on nothing but abortions all day long. Therefore, they will be forever against it. Actual services don't matter, actual budgets don't matter, the Hyde amendment doesn't matter.

The teabaggers complain endlessly about government spending, yet they would gladly shut down the entire country to stop one, single abortion if they could. They would endorse a trillion dollar bill if the bill merely said it would go entirely to ending a single abortion.

They are radicals. They are completely unrealistic and completely unreachable.

So yes, contact your congresspeople, but don't even bother with the teabaggers. Nothing will ever change the facts they hold inside their imaginations.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 12, 2011 at 2:59 PM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 6
@3, The numbers came from Planned Parenthood Votes--I have a call in to see if they can break down that number for me (and you). I'll update when I hear back.
Posted by Cienna Madrid on April 12, 2011 at 3:04 PM · Report this
internet_jen 7
Also which 16 counties? A quick search turned up Clark County as no longer offering BC services.
Posted by internet_jen on April 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 8
@7, I thought I included the counties--thanks for pointing that out. I've added them back in.

@3, still playing phone tag with the political director of PP WA votes, but in a message she says the numbers come from the Guttmacher Institute, an independent research firm that tracks reproductive health issues. I haven't yet found specific stats on the Guttmacher site, probably because I keep getting derailed reading other articles. It's pretty fascinating. Anyway, I'll still update when I hear more.
Posted by Cienna Madrid on April 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM · Report this
They want to cut it to prove they can.
Posted by Gerald Fnord on April 12, 2011 at 10:37 PM · Report this

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