Should Senators Defend or Defund Planned Parenthood?

Should Senators Defend or Defund Planned Parenthood?

Can it be true that Rand Paul really wanted to, in the words of Sen. Barbara Boxer, “put an abortion issue on a highway bill”? No, of course not! Yet, comments abound that Rand Paul tried to derail highway funding by pushing forward a one-sentence bill amendment (S. Amdt. 2268) to defund Planned Parenthood.

Rand Paul took action because high-level officials from Planned Parenthood were caught on film describing the actual prices, and potential profits, for fetal-tissue harvesting. In response, Sen. Paul’s disgust and efforts were trivialized by the likes of Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. John Thune, who gave comments to the effect that ‘senators just want to use the recent Planned Parenthood brouhaha to get into the limelight.’

Perhaps the political news-parroting that surrounded Rand Paul’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood stems from the ninety-six or so proposed amendments to the H.R. 22 bill, which interestingly enough has nothing in its original text to do with highways or transportation, except for a note that says that it “is the expected vehicle for highway legislation.” Aah, therein lies the problem! News reporters have been stating things backwards. It isn’t a highway act with health amendment riders. It is a healthcare act with highway amendment riders!

Anyone who actually reads the H.R. 22 bill, that is, the “Hire More Heroes Act of 2015,” will find that it is supposed to amend the IRS Code in regards to healthcare. Somehow it all seems silly; a bill about hiring veterans has become a stand-in for highway funding. An act that wouldn’t be possible in the House except under special circumstances, notes Josh Huder on The Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. Rand Paul’s effort to pass H.R. 22 with a rider that would defund Planned Parenthood doesn’t seem that off-topic anymore.

He’s not stopping there. Sen. Paul joined several of his colleagues on Wednesday to introduce a stand alone bill that would prohibit any more tax dollars from going to the organization. Do you support this? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

(Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

WATCH: Sen. Paul Talks About Defunding Planned Parenthood on Hannity – July 28, 2015



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