So, my little blog caused a bit of a stir yesterday! If you called Congressman Mike Doyle’s after reading yesterday’s post, or wandered over here after his response, then you know that Rep. Doyle in fact OPPOSES HR-3 and HR 358. In fact, he opposed them from the start, no pausing, no pondering, no prevarication.
He writes (about HR-358) “You will be happy to know that when this legislation was considered before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, of which I am a Member, I was vocal with my strong opposition, and voted against it. Despite that, H.R. 358 passed out of the Committee by a vote of 14 to 9, and will next be considered before the entire House of Representatives.”
According to the Congressman’s office, an intern got his facts wrong, and thus learned a valuable lesson on three very, very important words: “I don’t know.” I hope they weren’t too mad at the young man. I am encouraged that anyone still wants to go into politics these days.
Also, I spoke with Doyle’s office and they were very nice. They could have been jerks (even though I DID do my due diligence) human nature is often to lead with anger and indignation.
So it’s all good, right??
Wait…what did I see this morning? In the swirl of getting myself and the kids out the door on time I could swear I heard CNN say that the Budget deal to avoid a government shutdown hinges on….funding for Planned Parenthood.
And according to this blog (and you know Blogs are the most reliable source for information right?) only Harry Reed and John Boehner can come together strike a deal and avoid a shut down. (Actually lots of outlets are reporting that it is the issue of funding for Planned Parenthood holding things up.)
We are doomed.
Just kidding. Actually we are
I could spend hours out of my day which I don’t have writing about why this is so immoral and mean spirited. Many people will face many crises if the government shuts down, from families not getting a paycheck, to government safety inspections being put on hold (and for those of you who say we have too much Government, Government BAD, there are families in China right now grieving because Government regulations failed).
Then take the issue of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is literally a life saver for many women. Their cancer screenings, STD (which are now called something else that I can’t remember b/c they were still called venereal diseases when I was in High School) testing, and family planning services are the ONLY HEALTH CARE many low income women get. Make no mistake, without Planned Parenthood women will die.
Now put the two together. Republicans want to shut down the government because they want to stop women from getting health care and they want to let hospitals choose when to save a woman’s life and when to let her die.
KABLOOEY. That is the sound of my head exploding and all hope for the United States evaporating from my little Pollyanna heart. (Update: Infy does a much better job of rationally talking about this subject today without his/her head exploding.)
So Today you have two jobs.
The first is to start making calls to tell various and sundry leaders that Planned Parenthood provides vital health care to under-served women and that holding up an entire federal government’s operations over women’s access to health care is the most misogynistic thing you’ve ever heard. Here’s a few you can start with:
Harry Reid 202-224-3542
John Boehner (202) 225-6205
Sen. Casey (202) 224-6324
And then, if you have any energy and desire, drop Congressman Mike Doyle a note and say thank you for his support on this vital issue. The thing is, we need Dems like him that tend to be a little more conservative on social issues to step up here. Rep. Doyle, Sen. Casey, and others need to put those values to work and stand up for protecting women’s lives.
So get on the horn folks and start making some noise.