House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood. What Happens Next?

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood. What Happens Next? September 18, 2015
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The United States House of Representatives voted this afternoon to defund Planned Parenthood.

Commenters are saying that the vote is largely symbolic, since the bill will most likely never be heard in the Senate. However, there are procedural ways around that. Also, if the bill is amended, it might pick up a few Democratic votes.

We need several things to get this into law.

I wrote a summary of things that we can do to have the best chance of making a law for CatholicVote. 

Here is part of what I said:

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill this afternoon defunding Planned Parenthood 248-187.

Three Republicans voted against the bill. They were: Representatives Charlie Dent (PA), Robert Dold (IL), and Richard Hanna (NY). Two Democrats voted for the bill. They were: Representatives Dan Lipinski (IL) and Collin Peterson (MN). Representative Steve King (R-IA) basically abstained by voting “present.”

According to Fox News, the bill would transfer monies that currently go to Planned Parenthood to what are called “government-backed community health centers.” This does not sound as if the bill moves the monies to local health departments. But I am not sure.

This is a critical first step in defunding Planned Parenthood. However, a successful effort at law-making must overcome two hurdles. First, it must garner 60 votes in the Senate to stop potential filibusters. Second, it must be able to overcome a presidential veto.

Read the rest here.

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29 responses to “House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood. What Happens Next?”

  1. I’m all for defunding PP, and making abortion illegal. But there is something else.

    With two new babies in the family this week, I’m thinking about hope a lot. Life takes hope. Without it, we turn to death. The Resurrection is the ultimate source of hope. Missing Mama, but in the sure and certain hope of rising in glory. My health isn’t the greatest, but heavens, life is good! Sitting at lunch and laughing with my family after the adoption hearing was such joy.

    Unless we can, together, surround women – and families – with hope, they will turn to abortion, euthanasia, and all the other form of death our culture promotes. Divorce and contraception are direct denials of hope that God’s Providence supports us. Abortion is the ultimate cry of despair. That’s what we have to counter.

    • What can they do? Your expectations are off. Just look at how the Republicans in the state governments across the country have either eliminated PP funding or made abortions harder to get. I get upset at people who refuse to see what Republicans have actually done on the abortion issue. Get those Democrats out of office if you want progress on this.

      • At a state level, in some states, sure- but just look at the resistance Rebecca met with on the subject of abortion from Republicans, merely because she was a pro-life Democrat.

        I’m convinced on a national level, pro-life issues are far too valuable to get poor people to vote for tax breaks for the rich, for the Republicans to ever do anything real on the subject. Just like on the other side of the aisle, welfare recipients are far too valuable to get poor people to vote for crony capitalism for welfare to ever be funded enough by the Democrats to actually lift people out of poverty.

        The unborn and the poor are just pawns in the game.

          • I have to agree with Manny. The Republican Party has been a strong supporter of pro life legislation and has passed most of what we have. There are exceptions in this like … ahem … yours truly. But the Ds need serious conversion.

            However, I been in the cat bird seat and I can tell you that the Rs also kill pro life bills at the behest of money interests. I’ve seen it happen a number of times.

            The Rs become pro life tigers when they face close elections with Ds. That pushes them to be more “real” about it in order to get votes. When they get a big majority, their pro life ardor cools considerably. That is not to take away from the fact that the Rs are where we need to Ds to get on a big part of this issue.

            I say a big part of the issue because there are many parts of the issue where they are not so good. Embryonic stem cell research is an example. It also seems that the Rs, while better than the Ds need considerable working with about marriage.

            I’ve gone on here because this is one of my hobby horses. I believe that we will never change this country until we convert both parties. The Ds must be converted on life issues.

          • Which, let’s face it, hasn’t been very much at all. And when it comes to helping young unwed mothers, if there is a program to be cut, the Republicans will cut it- because lower taxes is simply more important than life.

            • Fine but don’t blame the Republicans for lack of effort on abortion. In chess the opposition has a turn to play. The Democrats have stymied the Republicans from doing more. Lower tax cuts have nothing to do with getting abortion done. Either you’re ignorant or prejudiced against Republicans, I can’t tell which.

      • There is so much they could do: Mandate paid maternity (and paternity) leave; provide absolute funding for healthcare (preferably for everyone, but at least children) and expand sick leave for people with kids; provide guaranteed supplementary income (income; not tax breaks, but direct dollars in pocket) for parents; improved and free school busing; raise the minimum wage to a living wage; mandate proper sex ed, not abstinence only.

        All these would slash the abortion rate, by providing new mothers with the assistance they need to ensure they can properly raise their children instead of having them be seen as a millstone. They COULD do all these things, but they don’t. Historically, they’ve voted against these things, because the real god they worship is the dyad of the Almighty Dollar and the Free Market. That’s why they’re so relentlessly branded anti-women, not pro-life. And I’d say they’re right to be so.

          • Manny, are you being sarcastic? If you are, I apologize for not reading it that way.

            In my opinion outlawing abortion isn’t going to happen for many years, if ever. Certainly not in our lifetime. We should be chipping away at the reasons someone thinks abortion is the answer. Mandated paid maternity leave and some of the other things mentioned above would go a long way towards eliminating some abortions.

            I will bug you! While we disagree on some things, I respect you and your opinions greatly.

            • I was certainly irritated with that guy’s response to me. That was strictly a troll comment, meant to anger me. It had nothing to do with the subject at hand and he knew as a Republican i would never endorse any of it.
              If you’re referring to my comment to Theodore, I wasn’t being sarcastic. I get iiritated with people complaining the republicans don’t do enough on social issues. They do as much as they can.
              Now you’re not a troll…lol. You’re comment is on the subject. I don’t personally expect abortion to be ended in my lifetime. But one never knows. In politics a lot happens suddenly. The analogy of the straw that broke the camel’s back is the way I think of it. SSM happened that way. Five years ago no one would have thought it would have happened in our lifetimes, but straw upon straw the camel stood up but then suddenly collapsed. Abortion might happen that way too. But I agree it’s unlikely. There are two things that might happen in our lifetimes. (1) We may be able to limit abortion to 20 weeks. (2) We might be able to over turn Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. That would send the issue down to the states where i expect most states would still keep abortion legal but with more restrictions. Those are good, positive steps but not enough for my heart. In my heart I want the unborn to be recognized as human beings and given the dignity of a right to life. I know I won’t see that in my lifetime, but I will pray for that in this life and the next.
              PS, I respect you too. 🙂

              • Manny, I think even Republicans need to take a serious look at paid maternity leave. That is an excellent way to make it easier for women to choose life of their babies. It’s pro life, pro woman and pro family, all at once.

                • I’m not sure what the law is. I thought there was maternity leave already. I wouldn’t against that, but if you endorse it you have to realize two things. (1) The cost is only going to be passed on to the consumer and (2) businesses will now have an incentive to not hire young women. The way the price of health insurance is now, can we add this on top of it? Personally I would like to go back to a culture where the father went to work and the mother stayed home and took care of the children. That was an ideal home life.

              • Manny, just to clarify: I know nothing about you. My answer was perfectly serious. It was not a troll comment in the least. You asked what the Republicans could do, and I listed a series of answers. That you dislike or disagree with them doesn’t make it trolling; it means that I disagree with you. If you’re unwilling, for one reason or another, to vote in favour of these things, you must consider why, because these things all demonstrably reduce the rate of abortion.

          • Goodness, there’s a dilemma. They’re all good things, and while some are more important than others, it’s really hard to narrow it down…

            If I had to pick, I’d probably favour reverse income tax; a kind of welfare that’s fair to everyone and universally applied. That sort of system has been tested in many places and, universally, it seems to result in more mothers staying at home to raise their kids (having a primary parent whose sole attention is on the child is really great), and more young people entering higher education in more ambitious fields (STEM, etc.).

            Second to that, I’d say either universal healthcare or a living wage. Really, really hard to decide between them. I lean ever so slightly to the former over the latter, simply because access to health insurance is, at present, a major economic inhibitor in the United States; people are often compelled by a need for security that sees them take jobs they otherwise wouldn’t, just to maintain a good health insurance policy through the company. If this were done away with, then people would be more willing to pursue desirable jobs, allowing for more fluid economic movement and happier people.

    • No, they don’t have 60 … as of now. Can they get 60? There’s a chance, but they would have to seriously try to change some votes. I don’t think they’ll try. The political advantage to both parties is in a straight party-line vote. Political advantage trumps all.

      • Is there really a chance they could get to 60? Which Democrats do you think would go against PP? Other than Machin in WV, I can’t think of any other. It would probably mean death to their political future.

        • I think our best chance is to do what I described in the article; use another bill as the vehicle to get around cloture, make that a bill the ds we have a chance of turning want badly for their districts, amend the language to add paid maternity leave and make sure the services people support that in the planned parenthood money will be provided elsewhere. There’s more, but that would heat it up enormously. We need to get past cloture and do that w/o 60 votes by amending a bill. The big hurdle is a veto override.

          • I’m usually not for these end around approaches. Once one side starts the other side does it too, and twice as often. Laws need to stand on their own weight for democracy to work.

            • Manny, that is how laws are made. I mean that. It’s how it’s done. We’ve been getting our heads handed to us in the end runs for 50 years. The game is politics. It’s time for the good guys to suit up.

  2. What happens next? Nothing. Politics as usual.
    Each party does the bidding of its patron corporation(s). And, if you look closely enough you’ll find that neither of them is really particular about what the corporation does as long as it keeps them in power. Will we ever learn that we can’t serve both God and mammon.

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