Friday, April 8, 2011
Republicans' True Agenda in Shutting Down the Government: End Women's Rights! Stop Aid to the Poor! More Tax Cuts for the Rich!
Senator Harry Reid said, "Republicans want to shut down the government because they think there's nothing more important than keeping women from getting cancer screenings." Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan submitted a Congressional Budget demanding additional Billions in Tax Cuts for the Rich while dumping Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the Poor! (How Ludicrous) As far as Republicans' disrespect for Women in the current budget negotiations, Republicans have added an addendum to the Congressional Budget. They want to block $70 million Planned Parenthood receives each year under Title X, a program implemented under Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970 to provide contraceptives, cancer screenings, and pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease testing at community health centers across the country. And they want to cut off $293 million the clinics receive through Medicare. Republican lawmakers have LIED and said the money indirectly subsidizes abortions, despite the fact that the federal Hyde Amendment expressly prohibits such use of taxpayer funds. Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., repeated the Republican LIE today that abortions are "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." He later clarified his LIE saying it was inaccurate and was "not intended to be a factual statement." (ridiculous!) Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider, but it issued a fact sheet today stating that more than 90 percent of its health care services are preventive, not abortions. The company says no taxpayer funds are used to fund abortions. "It's an outrage to shut down the government over an extreme proposal that would deny millions of women Pap tests, breast cancer screenings and birth control," said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.