Do Republicans do anything about de-funding Planned Parenthood?

Young pro-life women protest Planned Parenthood
Young pro-life women protest Planned Parenthood

I keep getting comments from people on the blog and on the blog’s Facebook page saying that Republicans never do anything about de-funding Planned Parenthood. Is that true? Or is this belief just held in ignorance by people who don’t follow legislation very closely? Let’s take a look at a vote that’s happening today in the Senate.

Life News reports:

The Senate will cast a vote on Monday to try to break the Democrat filibuster against a bill to stop infanticide.

As LifeNews reported, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop infanticide nationwide. And in the House, Democrats have blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a bill that would stop infanticide a total of six times.

Earlier this month. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse had wanted to vote on a bill to protect babies born alive after failed abortions.

The Senate vote would have come days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law new legislation that allows abortions up to birth and after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam backed infanticide during a radio interview — saying that he’s perfectly content if doctors and parents discuss letting disabled babies die after birth.

Sasse asked of the Senate for unanimous consent to vote on legislation that would offer them appropriate Medical Care and treatment.

However, speaking on behalf of pro-abortion Senate Democrats, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State, stood up and objected to the vote.

The truth is, the House Republicans DID pass some pro-life legislation from 2016-2018. Some of it got signed into law, but most of it died in the Senate, because of the Democrats. 

Also, in the Senate, the new Senator from Tennessee (Marsha Blackburn) has already introduced a new piece of legislation designed to stop taxpayer-funding of abortion. The bill is sponsored by 25 other Republican senators.

Excerpt:

Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee introduced her first bill in the Senate. The proposed law, S. 105, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, is a counterpart to a similar bill introduced in the House of Representatives. The legislation seeks to deny funding to abortion organizations, including Planned Parenthood.

[…]”Today, I introduced my first bill in the United States Senate, S. 105, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which strips all abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, of federal funding,” she wrote. “Tennesseans and the American people do not want their tax dollars funding abortions. They have made this position clear time and again. Hardworking taxpayers do not want to subsidize the business of abortion providers and entities such as Planned Parenthood.”

The bill has not yet passed the Senate, which is the first step in making it law.

Meanwhile, at the state level, Tennessee Republicans are advancing a bill designed to ban all abortions after 6 weeks:

Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to protect unborn babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat.

State House Bill 77, sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss, would protect almost all unborn babies in Tennessee by prohibiting abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks. Exceptions would be allowed for medical emergencies. Violators could be charged with a felony and face up to 15 years in prison.

The state’s moderate Republican governor Bill Lee has already promised to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

Meanwhile, President Trump is doing his part to defund Planned Parenthood as much as he can using administrative power.

Life News reports:

President Donald Trump today finalized an administrative rule that would partially defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and deprive it of as much as $60 million in taxpayer dollars. This action adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

The abortion chain receives about $50 million to $60 million in Title X funds annually, but that could change now that the new rules are being implemented. The administration’s changes to Title X family planning grants have angered the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, prompting a lawsuit, but they provide hope for life-affirming pregnancy centers, which can now compete with the abortion giant for the federal funds.

There really isn’t any point in rank-and-file Republicans complaining about elected Republican legislators. They are doing their jobs of introducing legislation. Sometimes, the legislation passes. Sometimes it’s defeated. The outcome of these votes depends on whether we elect enough pro-life Republicans. Saying that “Republicans do nothing to stop abortion” is not only factually incorrect, but it is actually pro-abortion, because it discourages Republican voters from donating and working hard to be involved in the political process.

In my experience, people who say things like this are cynical losers who have failed at life. Their fatalistic pessimistic outlook makes them feel in control. They justify their inactivity by warning others not to try because the system is rigged. We should oppose these ignorant, conspiracy-minded losers whenever they open their mouths.

6 thoughts on “Do Republicans do anything about de-funding Planned Parenthood?”

  1. You ignore several things: republicans controlled the power of the purse for much of Obama’s presidency. Despite this fact, they never hard bargained.

    Republicans also has control of both the senate and the house for much of W’s presidency. Given that his wife and daughters are staunch abortion advocates, I think we can infer that abortion was an issue to be mentioned, but not acted upon.

    When have republicans pressed a bargain on democrats? I have not seen them willing to go to extreme lengths over any issue.

    Some may point to the recent shutdown, but that was a joke: Every federal worker received backpay, even if they didn’t work.

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    1. I will add to this excellent comment that when the Dems have full power, they seem to have little problem getting all of their evil passed. (Think Obamacare.)

      It’s certainly true, as you point out, that the GOP compromises way too much and uses abortion as a voting issue but not a policy one. This, BTW, was even true during the days of slavery where the GOP was a single issue party and STILL routinely compromised on slavery even as they made slow progress.

      That parallels the definitive, but slow, progress we have seen on abortion due ONLY to the GOP.

      There are not that many GOP abortion abolitionists. When I asked my Congressman, who has a 100% pro-life record, why the GOP was not doing more on abortion, he said that I (we) have to change hearts and minds. I said “Why did I elect you then?” Apparently, unlike the demons on the Left, the GOP does not think they have the authority to legislate morality. Or they are just cowards. Or both.

      It parallels the state of the Church these days. Lots of churches, too few Christians.

      I’m not a defeatist. I go out every single day expecting God to save babies and souls through me, and I actually believe we are on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade. I just have seen too many traitorous GOPs on abortion to not recognize that a lot of them are not very conservative, or anti-abortion. One of the most sickening things I have ever seen was Laura Bush go on NBC, just a few months after W left office, and proudly proclaim she was “pro-choice.” I certainly hope that somebody is reaching out to that poor lost soul!

      On the other hand, I don’t believe that a person who truly has the Holy Spirit in them can vote Democrat, except in extremely rare situations.

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      1. I suspect what’s going on with most republican politicians is that they subscribe to the pro-life position because that’s the position of their party, but most of them don’t understand the moral, scientific, and philosophical basis for the pro-life position. They couldn’t defend it. That reason I suspect this is the fact that in spite of having a platform from which to speak and be heard, they rarely ever give a defense for the pro-life position. They simply assert that they are pro-life. Without understanding the basis for the pro-life position, I suspect the hearts aren’t in it, and that’s why they don’t push it.

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  2. Unfortunately the S.105 legislation has a possible loophole written in that I’m sure if passed, democrats and pro-abortionists will take full advantage of:
    “(b) Exception.—Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to an abortion where—

    “(1) the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest; or

    “(2) a physician certifies that the woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-threatening physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.

    We’ve already seen how the meaning of a “woman’s health is at risk” has been stretched by many on the left to include mental states, so this bill with those exceptions probably will have little impact. Just one pro-abortionist doctor signing off that her “sadness” or “fear” qualifies as physical illness and then loophole exploited.

    For part 1 exception, I could see how it would be exploited: regret = rape.

    Sorry to be cynical, but it seems our victories always end up hollow in the end due to compromise with the left.

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  3. There are also limits in some countries by courts. In Canada most of our barbaric laws were by decree of the supreme Court because few people that face an election would have pushed things like full term abortions or right to die laws.

    Well till really currently it seems the wackjob politicians are publicly making claim to crazy laws in the US

    But even in the US it was a row vs wade bad court decision that overstepped the elected officials and rammed through a law citizens didn’t want.

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  4. Why was Sasse’s vote have to be unanimous to get it out of committee? Why can’t he get a vote to the floor of a Republican controlled Senate? Without knowing those things, I would guess because there is a lack of will, but you seem to think they are putting up a good fight, but just are unlucky.

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