Democrats can’t compromise when it comes to Planned Parenthood
Congress is back from recess and the fight to defund Planned Parenthood is back with them.
In August, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed in the Senate. Any bill like it will fail again — Republicans just don’t have the votes.
But what right-wing congressional Republican leadership does have, in seemingly endless supply, is the great desire to grandstand for their extremist base. Since they can’t pass a stand-alone bill to defund Planned Parenthood, Republicans are now threatening to shut down the government if Democrats don’t agree to a budget that cuts Planned Parenthood funding.
That’s where congressional Democrats come in. While there are many champions of women’s rights who would never back down in their defense of Planned Parenthood, there are others who may be willing to compromise with Republican hostage takers in order to get a budget passed. We have to make sure they hold the line.
Now is the time for Democrats to be all in for women. Tell congressional Democrats: No cuts to Planned Parenthood funding.
Forcing a government shutdown in order to take breast cancer screenings, Pap smears and other preventive health care from women is ugly political gamesmanship that would be extremely unpopular with the majority of Republicans’ constituents. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been clear that it’s a terrible idea that he’ll try to block.1 But that doesn’t mean his fellow Republicans, especially the ones running for president in 2016, won’t stop trying to defund Planned Parenthood.
This fight is not just about Republicans trying to take away women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health care. They also want to destroy an institution that fights every day for women’s rights. That’s why we have to make sure Democrats make no compromises when it comes to Planned Parenthood.
Before the August vote, we delivered more than 330,000 signatures from CREDO members telling Republicans not to play politics with women’s lives and telling Democrats to stand in support of Planned Parenthood. CREDO is Planned Parenthood’s biggest corporate donor, and our members sent more than $80,000 to Planned Parenthood in August after the video scandal broke. We need to make sure our support is just as strong now.
Tell congressional Democrats: I’m counting on you to stand with me in support of Planned Parenthood.
Thanks for joining us in standing with Planned Parenthood.
- "McConnell: GOP shouldn't shut down government over Planned Parenthood, Seung Min Kim, Politico, 08/06/2015.