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5-RING CIRCUS ALERT: The House just voted to create a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood despite the lack of any evidence of wrongdoing.

Republican leadership has apparently become obsessed with Planned Parenthood, to the detriment of almost any other legislation: Today, the House voted to create a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. This marks the fifth committee investigating Planned Parenthood based on false claims that have been totally discredited.  And it happened in the sixth legislative week in a row that Congress has focused on attacking Planned Parenthood and women’s health instead of the priorities they once said they had.  

All Those Things Congress Hasn’t Done While Focusing on Planned Parenthood…

At the beginning of 2015, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell laid out their plan for Congress in a Wall Street Journal op-ed — priorities that they’ve obviously let drop while getting caught up in the fishing expedition against Planned Parenthood:

  • Measures authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline;
  • The Hire More Heroes Act, legislation encouraging employers to hire more of our nation’s veterans;
  • A proposal to restore the traditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment;
  • Legislation to help protect and expand America’s emerging energy boom;
  • Legislation to support innovative charter schools around the country;
  • Addressing the “insanely complex” tax code that they stated “is driving American jobs overseas”;
  • Addressing a “savage global terrorist threat that seeks to wage war on every American”;
  • Addressing “excessive regulations and frivolous lawsuits” that they said are “driving up costs for families and preventing the economy from growing”; and finally
  • Addressing a ” national debt that has Americans stealing from their children and grandchildren, robbing them of benefits that they will never see and leaving them with burdens that will be nearly impossible to repay.”

Few of these priorities have been addressed. Instead, congressional leadership has been obsessing over women’s access to basic health care, making our country pay the price. Here’s are just some examples of how:

Attacks on Planned Parenthood Were Motivated By Politics — and Are Now Embarrassing to Congress

  • These attacks are unabashedly political. In other words, “Let’s Make Planned Parenthood the Next Benghazi:” GOP leaders proclaimed they will continue to investigate Planned Parenthood — despite multiple investigations showing no wrongdoing.  What’s more, House Majority Leader and possible candidate for Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) revealed the blatantly political nature of the attacks on Planned Parenthood, threatening to do to the organization what he claims to have done to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with the Benghazi special committee.

Bottom Line: Congress Should Stop Wasting Time Attacking Reproductive Health

Americans don’t want their members of Congress focused on restricting reproductive health care. It’s time for Congress to give up this obsession, and get back to work.

240 - 185. 240. 240 is the number of votes, within the House of Representatives, that passed an amendment that would eliminate millions of government funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.

330. 330 is the number that represents the millions of dollars that will not be used in Planned Parenthood clinics. 330 million dollars would be eliminated for preventative-health services, which include contraception and cancer screenings, at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.

While it’s true the measure still has to go to the senate, the idea of this passing is outrageous.

Yes, I understand that there a huge debate for pro-life and pro-choice.

Yes, I’m aware of the controversial video of a Planned Parenthood employee giving information about where to receive an abortion for a 14 year old prostitute.

Yes, I agree that people should be more more cautious when having sex.

There is so much controversy and debate about Planned Parenthood and related-topics, but you can’t deny the fact that Planned Parenthood also provides a number of other beneficial services for communities nationwide. So why take the funding away. Planned Parenthood is already restricted from using the funding on abortion, so why completely take away funding from the other services? It doesn’t make sense to me.

People argue that it promotes sexual activities before the “right” age, but who are we kidding? Kids are going to have sexual contact with one another regardless if they have protection or not. Like I said, so much debate about the ethics of Planned Parenthood that it is ridiculous.

Where do you stand? Do you feel that the elimination of the funding for Planned Parenthood (keep in mind, if you’re against abortion, Planned Parenthood is already not allowed to use the money for abortion services) is a good idea? If so, why?