Even though the Planned Parenthood videos have been proven to be edited fakes, House Republicans are moving forward with a vote to defund the organization.
House Republican leaders are planning a vote to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood this fall, according to GOP aides, a move that could help mitigate an inter-party battle and avoid a government shutdown.
“We’re encouraged to know there will be a vote this fall, whether it’s our bill or something that is similar,” a spokesman for Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said Friday.
A bill to defund Planned Parenthood is expected to come up for a vote shortly after lawmakers return from recess, aides said. It would likely take the form of legislation from Black which would block federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year, although leaders are still weighing their options.
Speaker of the House John Boehner is trying to avoid a government shutdown by allowing House Republicans to vote on a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, even though the videos that are the basis for the vote have been proven to be edited fakes.
Republicans are still going to vote to take away access to a vital healthcare resource from millions of Americans even though an expert analysis of the videos found that they were not authentic, “Fusion GPS analysts reviewed all four of the “full footage” videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, totaling more than 12 hours of tape. This analysis did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation, but we did identify cuts, skips, missing tape, and changes in camera angle. A forensic video expert, Grant Fredericks, reviewed segments of tape identified as suspicious during this preliminary review. This professional analysis revealed that the full footage videos contained numerous intentional post-production edits.”
Boehner and his House Republicans have a long record of disgraceful behavior since taking the majority, but allowing a vote on a bill that is based on videos that have been proven to have been edited and manipulated is the worst thing that this Republican majority has done.
Anyone who votes to defund Planned Parenthood based on the videos is incapable of accepting reality, and should not be holding public office.
House Republicans are about to hit a new low, and it is time for the American people to rise up and stop their ideologically driven insanity.