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House Republican proposes measure to protect Planned Parenthood funding
Life Site News ^ | 5/24/2012 | Christine Dhanagom

Posted on 05/25/2012 5:35:08 AM PDT by IbJensen

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - House Republican Bob Dold is attempting to legislatively enshrine Planned Parenthood’s federal funding with an amendment introduced this month that would prohibit the government from denying Title X funds to an organization on the basis that it provides abortions.

The Illinois congressman was flanked by representatives from Planned Parenthood and the Republican Majority for Choice at a recent press conference announcing the introduction of HR 5650, the “Protecting Women’s Access to Health Care Act.”

Illinois Republican Congressman Bob Dold wants to protect Planned Parenthood funding.

The proposed bill claims that it merely “clarifies and reaffirms existing federal law,” which, it purports, already prohibits “discrimination” against abortion-providing organization in the distribution of Title X funds.

Dold said his bill is “critical,” because it “ensures nondiscrimination within the federal Title X family planning program.”

“We should not discriminate against hospitals and organizations that provide access to basic, preventative, and in some cases life-saving services for so many underprivileged women through Title X,” he said.

Paul Linton, Special Counsel with the Illinois-based Thomas More Society and a resident of Congressman Dold’s district, pointed out that the law would “seem unnecessary” if its claim to be merely re-affirming existing law is to be believed.

However, Linton told LifeSiteNews.com, the law actually appears to be going one step further than current federal law by preventing any future president from adopting regulations such as those that existed under the first Bush administration to ensure that Title X funds do not “directly or indirectly underwrite abortion services.”

“The regulations made requirements about having separate physical facilities, separate bookkeeping and other requirements, to separate the abortion related functions of a grantee and the grantee’s Title X project,” Linton commented. “[The law] arguably would prevent any subsequent administration from adopting those same regulations that the Supreme Court upheld.”

The Title X Family Planning Program, established in 1970 to provide grants for “family planning” programs, funnels about a quarter of its annual funds to Planned Parenthood, often through programs administered by state and local governments.

While Planned Parenthood says that none of the money goes towards abortion services, pro-life advocates point out that government funding frees up other financial resources, indirectly bolstering the organization’s booming abortion business.

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Despite the bill’s claim that current law prohibits “discriminating” against abortion providers, Kansas and North Carolina have passed laws prohibiting the allocation of Title X funds to Planned Parenthood. Other states have cut off Planned Parenthood funds that were being drawn from other government programs. Many of those laws have been challenged in court.

The legislation would also present an obstacle to any attempt on the federal level to cut off Planned Parenthood’s Title X funding, such as Rep. Mike Pence’s amendment, which passed the House last February but was killed in the Senate. Dold was one of only seven House Republicans to vote against it.

While Dold’s bill has outraged pro-life Republicans, it has done nothing to endear him to abortion supporters, some of whom dismiss his bill as political posturing.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat, told The Hill newspaper that the proposal was an opportunistic attempt on Dold’s part to “parade as a moderate.”

“I think it’s really important to understand that Bob Dold understands that if he is reelected, there is absolutely no chance — none, zero — that this legislation would go anywhere,” she said.

Dold’s current legislation is unlikely to pass in the


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: abortion; bobdold; getridofthiscrud; illinoisrino; karlrovepuppet; moralabsolutes; novaluesrepublicans; partylineconsquences; prolife; rino; romneyrepublican
As long as the republican party thinks their tent is big enough for republicans like this they will remain a minority party.
1 posted on 05/25/2012 5:35:20 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen
He's trying to run to the left because it's a liberal Jewish district, used to be Mark Kirk's. He's a supporter of Israel, but so is his Democratic opponent, Schneider—who is not as far left as the guy he beat in the primary, Schnayerson, who was a Stalinist from Moveon.org.

So I guess Dold is trying to get a big contribution from the baby-killers. Reminds me of the punchline of that lawyer joke—the one that explains why lawyers, rather than rats, are increasingly being used in scientific experiments: "And the main reason is, there are some things rats just won't do."

2 posted on 05/25/2012 5:53:18 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: IbJensen

They hold the House.

They are in reach of the Senate.

They have held the WH more than the Dems have held it, ever since Eisenhower.

They aren’t a minority party.

This statement is a reflexion of living in the past. The long ago past.

It’s also a statement of your frustration at the Republican party, which I do understand.

There’s a lot to be frustrated about.


3 posted on 05/25/2012 5:55:35 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: IbJensen

For those who think simply voting R is good policy.


4 posted on 05/25/2012 6:08:13 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: IbJensen
An Illinois republican is acting like a democrat? Color me shocked. /s
5 posted on 05/25/2012 6:16:55 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: SamuraiScot
re: So I guess Dold is trying to get a big contribution from the baby-killers. Reminds me of the punchline of that lawyer joke—the one that explains why lawyers, rather than rats, are increasingly being used in scientific experiments: "And the main reason is, there are some things rats just won't do.")))

There are two punchlines to that joke.

2) And we kept having problems with the technicians getting emotionally attached to the rats.

6 posted on 05/25/2012 6:18:46 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: SamuraiScot

His district was packed w rats by dem legislature.


7 posted on 05/25/2012 6:22:15 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: IbJensen
As several comments point out, this unique gerrymandered district, in Illinois (think Mark Kirk), has NO relevance on the national Republican Party, even if you want to pretend so.
8 posted on 05/25/2012 6:38:19 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats ...)
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To: IbJensen

Dold is going to learn the hard way that you can’t out liberal a liberal at the next election.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 7:10:52 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: IbJensen

Disgusting.


10 posted on 05/25/2012 8:05:05 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: IbJensen

Every Republican in the House should be placed on notice by the Tea Party that if they support this effort, they will be turned out in the next primary.


11 posted on 05/25/2012 8:36:29 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

I hope Dold loses the General. I thought he campaigned as a pro-lifer in 2010. What a joke. His ACU rating is under 50% too.


12 posted on 05/25/2012 10:17:37 AM PDT by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: IbJensen

Why didn’t Kinzinger move into THIS guy’s district instead of Manzullo’s?


13 posted on 05/25/2012 11:44:23 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: IbJensen; wagglebee; Morgana

The GOPe is a partner of the Democrats.

Why do so many conservatives still think the GOP is on our side?


14 posted on 05/25/2012 2:14:29 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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15 posted on 05/25/2012 4:07:52 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: IbJensen

Who in the crap is this “Republican”? Why in the world would ANY Republican support him.


16 posted on 05/25/2012 4:52:47 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: GeronL

“The GOPe is a partner of the Democrats.

Why do so many conservatives still think the GOP is on our side?”

I prefer someone on my side instead the side of politicians whose only goal is to get reelected and reward their special interests and then find a new job as a million dollar lobbyist. I will vote for honest pols. Someone that will support policy that will reduce the head count of those who want to have more kids who are to be paid for on my dole. My philosophy is if you can’t support a kid then don’t have one. The answer is not clear cut.


17 posted on 05/25/2012 5:27:17 PM PDT by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: IbJensen

DOLD is permanently toast. Ain’t gonna help him that his district is lefty burbs. Why not just become a DEM if you wanna be the Congresscritter that bad?


18 posted on 05/25/2012 8:38:27 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Tea Party needs to get busy and field an opponent for this RINO. Illinois had better come to its senses.

There’s already enough trojan horses in Washington to fill a Texas ranch.


19 posted on 05/26/2012 5:19:33 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: Mamzelle
There are two punchlines to that joke.

2) And we kept having problems with the technicians getting emotionally attached to the rats.

Thanks for bringing that up. I just didn't want to overload people. And since jokes always go in threes, there's one more—I think it's first in the order of delivery:

There are so many lawyers, we'll never run out of them.

20 posted on 05/26/2012 11:34:58 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: SamuraiScot
That's right! I'd forgotten, it was "three reasons to use lawyers rather than lab rats for experiments."

I think over the years we have had several threads on Favorite Lawyer jokes.

All time fave: A lawyer and his only child took a hike in the woods, only to encounter a mountain lion. The lawyer started to run, and his only child said to him, "Why are you running? We can't outrun a mountain lion?" And the lawyer says wisely, "I don't have to outrun the mountain lion."

21 posted on 05/26/2012 1:37:01 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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