The New Bogus Video Attack On Planned Parenthood Is Stupid Even By Conservative Standards

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Conservatives are at it again. Another ridiculously edited video offered up as proof that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts.

Conservatives expected this to catch on like it’s 2010. But this is no tea party clown show and the media has collectively sighed at the silliness, basically asking “Show us the money.” Being ignored and asked for proof has caused conservatives to go into a collective meltdown of hideous behavior not fit for print. (See Twitter.)

In a statement, Statement from Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.

A well funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research. Similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades. These groups have been widely discredited and their claims fall apart on closer examination, just as they do in this case.

The reason why this story isn’t going to catch on with the mainstream press isn’t because of “liberal bias.” The reason why the story will likely die in the right-wing media bubble is that is that it is ignoring the fact that Planned Parenthood is doing nothing illegal.

Organ donation is legal. What is not legal is selling body parts. The conservative video offers no proof that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts. At no point in the video does Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, say they sell body parts.

Here’s the quote from Nucatola at issue, though this is presented without context and is edited:

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

This didn’t stop the Center for Medical Progress, the folks behind the video, from accusing Planned Parenthood of “illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts.”

You know, because ugh. Evidence. You can’t come up with evidence even when you edit. All you can do is present things out of context and put a string of sound bites together that might not have been related to one another at all.

It gets worse. Newsweek busted the center behind the video for using a name they are not affiliated with:

Though Daleiden’s organization shares a name with the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress, a spokeswoman for the institute told Newsweek the two group’s are “totally separate organizations” who have “never been affiliated.” This is all to say, the video was not made by a purely scientific center, despite the organization’s name, nor in a purely objective manner.
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Daleiden, who has written anti-abortion posts for The Weekly Standard and obviously has an agenda, tried to back track into claiming that Planned Parenthood doesn’t get consent, which isn’t the same thing as proof that they are selling body parts, and of course…

Even this watered down accusation was put forward sans proof:

Planned Parenthood makes two key admissions in their statement today: 1) aborted fetal parts are harvested at their clinics, and 2) money is exchanged in connection with this. They also tell several lies: 1) That proper consent is obtained from patients, 2) That Planned Parenthood does not make money off the body parts, and 3) that everything is legal.

Again, no. Planned Parenthood did not say they are selling body parts. They are harvesting body parts, and this is not only legal but heavily regulated. (And here we thought conservatives hated regulation — but oopsie, that’s only when a big corporation might lose money if regulated out of killing innocent Americans. Regulating anything to do with women’s bodies is their number one priority.) Sometimes money is involved in harvesting of body parts, but this is legal so long as it involves costs related to harvesting organs.

You know something really stupid is coming your way when hopeful but neglected presidential candidate and Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) jumps on the bandwagon.

So it is that Jindal vowed to investigate something that is legal and something else that no one has presented any evidence of happening, “Today’s video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the systematic harvesting and trafficking of human body parts is shocking and gruesome.”

Yes, body part harvesting is “gruesome” I suppose, but it saves lives. And again… no one has offered any proof that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts.

Oh, proof! Wah. Life is so unfair.

71 Replies to “The New Bogus Video Attack On Planned Parenthood Is Stupid Even By Conservative Standards”

  1. How utterly…Republican. There is no lower limit to Stupidity when it comes to Conservative Fear-mongering.

    And no, it’s not an attack on your (Conservatives) Free Speech when anyone you’re talking down to (yelling at) asks you to provide some empirical evidence. (I’m looking at you Ted Cruz brown-nosers!)

    You’ve still got your Free Speech to ask rhetorical and loaded questions all you want, and I’ve got just as much free speech right to call you out on your moronic statements.

    This ain’t Fox News Buttercup!

    Another version of Expelled! The Republican Retards aren’t used to someone questioning them. Obviously.

  2. Conservatives Big on Fear, Brain Study Finds
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201104/conservatives-big-fear-brain-study-finds

    Conservatives are insecure
    The Insecure American
    “I am not, or not only, talking about right-wing contempt for the poor, although the dominance of compassionless conservatism is a sight to behold. According to the Pew Research Center, more than three-quarters of conservatives believe that the poor “have it easy” thanks to government benefits; only 1 in 7 believe that the poor “have hard lives.” And this attitude translates into policy. What we learn from the refusal of Republican-controlled states to expand Medicaid, even though the federal government would foot the bill, is that punishing the poor has become a goal in itself, one worth pursuing even if it hurts rather than helps state budgets.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/opinion/paul-krugman-the-insecure-american.html?_r=0

  3. …or think.

    All Conservatards know about books is how they’re supposed to buy particular ones in bulk so that they can engage in a literary Potemkin Village for the Republican they’re currently sweet on.

  4. Unless that book is a cherry picked bible they aren’t interested in books. Especially books that make you think.

  5. But, of course, Republicans would gladly accept other people’s organs if it meant saving their lives.

    I’ve had an organ donor card since I was 21, but I’m tempted to amend it to say “Do not donate my organs to a Republican.”

  6. you can’t make them read because they spend their time looking for the coloring books and crayons…

    they do like the pop-up books and My Pet Goat tho…

  7. See, I thought something was fishy about that video.

    I first noticed it on my Facebook feed and said this:

    “I just wonder who did the taping. I can only assume it’s some PoS right wing website needing attention because, you know, conservative can’t solve the problem of tying their own shoes without blaming someone else for it.”

    No one who attacked me had the balls to admit that I was right! It is some PoS right wing website behind the video. Instead, they say that I’m a “Liberal who has resorted to name calling” and “another hateful Liberal”.

    Well, this Liberal was right. So they can go back into their holes and cry all they want… it doesn’t change the truth.

  8. Hate to burst your bubble but they edited down to the dirty details. In response to the criticism of the edit the same org released the entire video for your perusal. Why make it a party topic? Isn’t it a question of right vs wrong?

  9. Considering the complete lack of honor demonstrated by the Right when it comes to their exposes: your challenge holds little water.

    The complete video, which I sat through, doesn’t change the message of BULLSHIT one iota.

  10. As someone who has an elevated chance of ending up on a donor list and is the aunt of a little girl who is on her third gifted liver as of age 7, thank you both for being donors. The same thanks apply to everyone registered. Those organs are real world miracles.

  11. I’m too old to donate, but have volunteered to have myself waxed, starched, and conveyed to a medical school, as not that many old Americans have all original parts but their tonsils.

  12. Heh, I can’t donate either as my organs would make them sicker, but you’ve got me wondering if they might want to study me. They can use me for the healthy/unhealthy comparison.

  13. What organs or tissue left of mine that would be useful yes. I’d be aghast if mine heart ended up in the kind of asshole like Dick(head) Cheney.

  14. Advice to all candidates:
    if you want to act “presidential”, ask to view the UNEDITED video before publicly drawing your conclusions.

    Response from GOP — “Oops, too late.”

  15. The very quote you posted from Dr. Nucatola is an admission of illegal behavior:

    42 U.S. Code § 289g–1 – Research on transplantation of fetal tissue

    In research carried out under subsection (a) of this section, human fetal tissue may be used only if the attending physician with respect to obtaining the tissue from the woman involved makes a statement, made in writing and signed by the physician, declaring that—

    (ii)no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy was made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue

  16. Still can’t figure out why the left wing is so gung-ho for abortions. You’d think the people who usually have respect for others and want universal health care would want to protect unborn children. The right wing, a bunch of disgusting orcs and trolls, takes the high moral ground by being against abortion. This is one of the few things I agree with the republitards on. Abortion is wrong, period. You can try to justify it, but it is still taking a human life. If a fetus can start sucking his or her thumb at around 12 weeks, they are showing consciousness. It’s simply a disgusting and barbaric thing to do. The only exceptions should be if the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest, the latter being cases when the woman has no control over the situation. Don’t bother to come back at me and tell me how stupid I am, your opinions on this matter mean nothing to me.

  17. We’re not gungho for abortions, Mr. False Premise.

    We’re gung-ho for people’s rights. The fact that you refuse to consider other folks’ opinions speaks volumes about your fanaticism.

    I write for those who at least have an open mind: If Republicans were TRULY against Abortion, they’d stop fighting everything that would help prevent abortions.

    Such as: REAL sex education, Birth Control, Masturbation, and Gay Sex. They’d be schooling their own about how Real Men Don’t Rape.

    But they don’t.

    And no- it’s not a human being, it’s the potential for a human being. It’s a fetus, that needs a woman’s body to develop to term.

    And as a guest (sometimes uninvited), the host for the guest has the right to expel them.

    I’m sorry Mr. Le Hunt, that you’re such a flaming theocratic hypocrite. I invite you to grow up.

  18. I went to Planned Parenthood, about 48 years ago…& all they could do was let my parents eat me…

    Now, apparently they are serving hot lunch!

    How 3% terrible….That is not even a tip…

    And they were out of baby-brains…..

    Good thing I don’t own 6 or more guns…

    Because some of our current politicians are from zelgdorfr apparently.

  19. Adrenaline Junkies jump off of mountains on skis, with parasails…

    Fear Junkies, watch Brer-Fox NewsyNews…

    I enjoy being FEARLESS.

    NO FEAR. Was a thing.

    Banksters scare the crap out of me though…& wasps…I’m allergic to the German wasp venom…

    Wall Street, refers to a wall to keep out feral pigs….I guess they learned how to buy helicopters & fly right over it…

  20. With all the fiery backlash this topic has received, I cant stop thinking about this one simple fact: If Planned Parenthood is so innocent, why are they trying to avoid an inspection? Are they hiding something? If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear. Even if the video hadn’t been so heavily edited, people still would have found ways to make it seem like this video was a lie. Why? Because People have trusted PP and if it is found guilty of what it has been accused of, the people who supported it would feel like the made the wrong choice. *Just between you and me, people don’t like being wrong* Also, even if they were just harvesting and donating the organs to help save babies lives, the doctor was preforming a partial-birth abortion, made illegal in 2003. If proved innocent of the “bogus” charges against them, they are still guilty of delivering half a baby and prying its neck open with scissors.
    ~Not Republican or Democratic. Just an ordinary 13 year old girl. …

  21. Dumbass Planned Parenthood do not perform late term abortions. As a matter of fact there are only 4 clinics in the whole of the US that does them

  22. So is he supposed to STFU because he is male or a freaking idiot? Or is it that because he’s male he’s an idiot? I don’t see why men are supposed to be responsible about the birth process but then are told to STFU when they raise questions. It does seem rather prevalent here to tell people to STFU when they don’t fall into the party line or even simply question the logic used in a statement.
    And Moongrimm you may claim this issue is all about rights but the bottom line is there are lots of dead babies as a result of PP’s work.
    You are what you do. Abortionists kill babies.
    And just exactly when did the anyone besides the parents become in charge of teaching kids about sex ? You say the Republicans are blocking efforts to teach kids about masturbation (like any teenager needs instruction on that) and gay sex and it’s dangers but it isn’t the feds job to do this at all.
    Also the idea that there is a rape culture being promoted is absurd.

  23. I didn’t say WHEN the partial birth abortion was preformed. Just that it happened. Although partial birth abortions usually happen within the late second trimester *about 27 weeks*. I am not accusing PP of performing late term abortions. I’m just saying that they did a partial birth abortion, an illegal one. In most in-clinic abortions, the babies are usually killed by a powerful suction* or dismantling the baby’s limbs one by one. So, in order to have any body parts to sell or donate, the child’s body would have to be in good condition. Correct me if i’m wrong but, wouldn’t partial-birth abortions be the only way?
    ~ Bigger Picture

    *Basically a vacuum cleaner 29 times more powerful than one found in the average home.

  24. Man you are something unique I must say. So insecure in your place in the world and your opinions that you actually called a 13 year old girl a Dumbass.
    Learn some manners tough guy,or do you have keyboard turrets syndrome?
    Do you really think your arguments are enhanced by these petty insults?
    And . just wonderin’ are you a DJ and a chef named Ron?

  25. Then if said 13 year old girl wants to stop making bullshit statements then she should stop being homeschooled and read instead of being told what to say. And quite frankly if you don’t want to play with the big dogs get off the porch.

    Another thing I have no idea how old or if you are a man or women and I can give a rats ass about you conservative trolls I call it like I see it. We are not here for you to post your lies and then let it stand. Now where is that link or did your uncle ned send you an email about it?

  26. Hey. Thanks for standing up for me. Although I am 13, if it distracts you guys from getting the true meaning of my messages, just ignore my age. I added that info so that people wouldn’t just skim over the truth and pass it off as just some old republican/democrat trying to “convert” you. Though, I do agree that cow doo-doo prob’ly isnt the most sanitary thing you could have said to express your feelings. :)

  27. I never said that PP performed late term abortions. You gotta sloooow down and read my comments. If I have implied that PP did, I had no intention of doing so. And…just to clear this “Uncle Ned” biz up, whatever I post is simply my own beliefs that coincide with the solid Truth. I look up everything I post to make sure I don’t make any mistakes. No one edits my work, offers insights, or anything like that. I’ve checked with my mom about doing this, and have no intention of stopping anytime soon. If you want some great insights of PP read the book Unplanned. Its great. :)

  28. Read the link and just had to laugh at this part

    I’ve even heard anecdotes where a woman would get an abortion at a clinic on one day, then go back to protesting against the same clinic on the next day. Another woman I interviewed told me, “Most pro-life women oppose abortion with four exceptions: rape, incest, the life of the mother, and me.”

    I am done

  29. No J.S.

    He should shut up because he’s an idiot. When he can raise a legitimate question without resorting to hyperbole then we’ll listen.
    You pull shit, you get told to shut the fcuk up.
    It’s that simple.

    It’s about rights. The rights that dipshits like you want to take away from women.
    Non-parents become teachers because a lot parents wouldn’t or couldn’t teach their kids about sex. Often times they parents left such up to child molesting priests or some other pedophile who was more than happy to teach the kids about it.
    The Feds have a vested interest in protecting society- unlike the Right who just want to screw anyone and everyone- over.

    No, there is a rape culture.

    http://time.com/40110/rape-culture-is-real/

    Time to act like an adult J.S.

    Far far more babies are and have been killed as a result of Pro-lifers depredations.

  30. I’m sure I could…..but by the time I found a good solid story with enough evidence to prove it, my brain would be dripping out of my ears form looking at the screen for so long. It would take so long because the woman and the doctors prob’ly wouldn’t go around telling everyone of what they did. Just at my understanding….you can never tell with people. :)

  31. If you took the time to research, you’d find that PP has no problem with an investigation- an investigation to find out the truth; not a expose pretending to be an investigation.

    Plus, PP is about maintaining confidentiality for their clients- a concept totally lost on those who feel they have a right to stick their noses where it doesn’t belong.

  32. You have YET to provide anything that coincides with the truth.

    All you’ve done is regurgitate the usual oxymoronic lies of the Anti-choicers.

  33. From your post and I quote “the doctor was preforming a partial-birth abortion, made illegal in 2003.” This which I hate to link to would suggest that this is where you get your ideas from. The term, it has replaced the live partial birth abortion method since the Partial Birth … Currently, this late-term abortion process is in use in pregnancies as late as 35weeks http://www.operationrescue.org/about-abortion/late-term-abortion/

    Its just a matter of terminology now where is that link that Planned Parenthood preform late or partial term abortions

  34. Link please indeed.

    Many assertions, no evidence.

    Laughable child. I’ve drunk Scotch that was older and had more spirit.

  35. ” I look up everything I post to make sure I don’t make any mistakes. No one edits my work, offers insights, or anything like that.”

    I’m sure I could…..but by the time I found a good solid story with enough evidence to prove it, my brain would be dripping out of my ears form looking at the screen for so long

    Considering how much you’ve managed to contradict yourself in just a few minutes.

    I think you’re gonna need to clean up that brain juice from your keyboard.

  36. I have no problem with PP keeping their client’s names and info a secret. On the contrary, I respect that. But, if PP itself has no problem with the investigation….many other people do. If not, this page wouldn’t be here. PP was built on good intentions, but….ya know, if I posted what it turned into, you’d just call me another bleep-worthy name. As I suggested earlier, read Unplanned by Abby Johnson, a former employee. It shows the truth…maybe the one most people don’t want to hear…That might explain the name calling.
    ~The Bigger Picture

  37. The bigger picture just keeps shrinking. I must admit I never heard of this author you cited so I decided to look her up and these are not my words: the Texas Monthly poked numerous holes in Johnson’s story: Johnson’s departure from Planned Parenthood turned out to be a more complex story than it first appeared. At a court hearing for an injunction sought by Planned Parenthood to prevent Johnson from divulging confidential information to her new allies, two of Johnson’s former co-workers testified that she told them in the days before she resigned that she was afraid she was about to be fired. At one time, Johnson, who was named the regional Planned Parenthood affiliate’s employee of the year in 2008, seemed to have a promising future with the organization. By mid-2009, however, her relationship with her employer had begun to deteriorate. Salon reported that on October 2, Johnson was summoned to Houston to meet with her supervisors to discuss problems with her job performance. She was placed on what Planned Parenthood calls a “performance improvement plan.” It was just three days later, on Monday, that Johnson made her tearful appearance at the Coalition for Life. The following day she faxed Planned Parenthood a resignation letter, which mentioned nothing about a crisis of conscience. … Other questions about Johnson’s credibility arose during our interview. She told me, for example, that there had never been any threats of violence against the Bryan clinic; however, Johnson herself received a series of threatening letters in 2007. “God will punish you for killing the innocent or we will,” read one. “You are not taking us seriously. You were at the clinic alone. Not very smart,” read another. In fact, the threats were taken so seriously that security cameras were installed at Johnson’s house, as she later acknowledged. Johnson also claimed that while most services at Planned Parenthood were provided by a nonprofit corporation, abortions were done by a for-profit corporation. Both she and Carney seemed to sincerely believe this was true, though all services at Planned Parenthood are, in fact, provided by a pair of separate nonprofit corporations. As confounding as these inconsistencies are, there may be a much larger problem with Johnson’s story. Johnson has told the story of her journey from pro-choice activist to pro-life celebrity many times in many venues, and the crux of the tale is always the same: her moving description of what she saw on the ultrasound that September day in the Bryan clinic’s operating room … Johnson’s account is so plausible and rich in detail that even Planned Parenthood seems not to have investigated whether this event ever took place. At my request, the staff at the Bryan clinic examined patient records from September 26, the day Johnson claims to have had her conversion experience, and spoke with the physician who performed abortions on that date. According to Planned Parenthood, there is no record of an ultrasound-guided abortion performed on September 26. The physician on duty told the organization that he did not use an ultrasound that day, nor did Johnson assist on any abortion procedure. “Planned Parenthood can assure you that no abortion patients underwent an ultrasound-guided abortion on September 26,” said a spokesperson. It’s difficult to imagine that Johnson simply got the date wrong; September 12 was the only other day that month that the clinic performed surgical abortions. Could clinic staff and the physician be mistaken? The Texas Department of State Health Services requires abortion providers to fill out a form documenting basic information about each procedure performed at a clinic. This document is known as the Induced Abortion Report Form. The Bryan clinic reported performing fifteen surgical abortions on September 26. Johnson has consistently said that the patient in question was thirteen weeks pregnant, which is plausible, since thirteen weeks is right at the cusp of when physicians will consider using an ultrasound to assist with the procedure. Yet none of the patients listed on the report for that day were thirteen weeks pregnant; in fact, none were beyond ten weeks. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/flashback-abby-johnson%E2%80%99s-suspicious-conversion-anti-choice-movement

  38. Firstly, I’m not anti-choice. Under a certain light, were all pro-choice. I believe in making choices. Heck, I’m making a choice to explain choices to you. Everyone gets the choice to choose good or bad. The only people who don’t get choices are the unborn. They can dream, feel pain at six weeks, they diserve to live. Nobody can take away that right, not even the mother. We are all going to die someday, what gives anyone the right to pull the trigger? That’s why I’m putting up with you guys. I want to show you the truth behind abortions. Nothing more, nothing less. Can’t you respect that?
    ~The Bigger Picture

  39. Hey guys. Teenage girls get flustered really easily. I started answering all you retorts too quickly and stopped thinking things through. I apologize for confusing you and I will continue to add to some conversations later. You guys gave me a good argument and I agree with some of what you said. I wasn’t ready for so much confusion and backlash. I will be more consistent in the future. If you want any more information about the message I am trying to get across, please read Abby Johnson’s book. Look up Pro-life websites and I hope you realize the truth. Look up the billboard people or pro-life across america. And just to end on a strong note, true Pro-Lifers love the people, hate the sin.
    God Bless,
    The Bigger Picture

  40. You really need to start reading more and stop parroting bovine excrement that you are told
    Fetuses cannot feel pain until at least the 28th week of gestation because they haven’t formed the necessary nerve pathways, says Mark Rosen, an obstetrical anesthesiologist at the University of California at San Francisco. He and his colleagues determined that until the third trimester, “the wiring at the point where you feel pain, such as the skin, doesn’t reach the emotional part where you feel pain, in the brain.” Although fetuses start forming pain receptors eight weeks into development, the thalamus, the part of the brain that routes information to other areas, doesn’t form for 20 more weeks. Without the thalamus, Rosen says, no information can reach the cortex for processing.
    Read More
    http://discovermagazine.com/2005/dec/fetus-feel-pain
    http://discovermagazine.com/2005/dec/fetus-feel-pain

    Now I know its not the Bible and fiction but science does count

  41. I don’t buy that argument. My daughter who is a teenager, we can get into some heated debates and sometimes I wish she would STFU so I can have some peace. Don’t ever back down from what you believe in but come with facts and I don’t care if you are 13 or 80 you come with facts then you earn respect

  42. Thanks, but I’ve already done a shit-ton of research on the matter.

    And I’ve got the truth.

    Pro-lifers are hypocrites.
    http://buffalobeast.com/pro-lifers-are-murdering-hypocrites/

    Pro-lifers are terrorists.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/06/1051978/-Another-day-another-pro-life-terrorist-bombs-an-abortion-clinic

    And Abby Johnson is a liar of the worst order.
    http://lifediscussions.org/view/?id=8205

    Perhaps it is time for you to research both sides of the debate Bigger Picture?

  43. Pro-life extremest do awful things. They live in this dillusion that, if they destroy the people creating the problem, the problem will go away. I don’t support the extremest, neither should any true true Pro-lifer. The extremests have killed people.

    Since 1991, there have been 17 attempted murders. 8 were succesful. By killing, extremests have given “Pro-life” a bad name.
    True pro-lifers love life, at any stage. They forgive and forget. That’s what they did to Abby Johnson. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

    Although there are some bad “pro-life” groups out there, there are many that ultimetly live up to their name. The coalation for life is an example. They started the 40 days for life. A peaceful protest that involves no violence. Sorry if my explanation is sorta choppy. I just want you to remember that destroying lives, don’t save babies’. There are a lot of good non-violent pro-life movements out there. Check them out for yourself.

    ~Trying to show the Bigger Picture…

  44. It’s almost like Republicans have been gearing up to destroy Planned Parenthood well before the doctored videos showed up.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started a fast-track process Friday on legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding in the wake of two controversial videos showing officials discussing delivery of fetal parts.

    The Republican leader began “Rule 14,” which will let the legislation skip the committee process and be placed on the Senate calendar so it can be brought up for a floor vote.

    The move comes after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed McConnell during a blistering floor speech earlier Friday, suggesting the Kentucky Republican wanted to dodge a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.

    It’s not that is matter unless the bill can get 67 votes. But the pressure on what few Red State Democrats are left will be pretty strong
    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2015/07/planned-out-in-advance.html

  45. Just out of idle curiosity, when you say that expanding Medicare wouldn’t cost the states that declined to expand Medicare any money because the federal government would pay for it, in your view, where exactly does that federal money come from? I don’t claim to be an expert, but it seems that the Fed can either print the money, borrow it, or get it by taxation. Can we agree that printing money has undesirable secondary effects, and that borrowing it is problematic when the national debt is at $17 trillion and counting? That leaves taxation – which means that somebody is footing that bill. “There ain’t no free lunch” reflects reality. Because economics.

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