“we’re not bending on women’s health”

See here for C-Span video of Democratic women senators speaking today about Planned Parenthood, etc – Thank you M and Ladyhawke

Steve Benen: As of last night, the difference in proposed spend cuts between Democrats and Republicans was pretty tiny. At the White House meeting, Harry Reid said he was prepared to approve $34 billion in cuts, while John Boehner wanted $39 billion.

….over the last several days, Democrats have gone from $33 billion to $34.5 billion to $38 billion, all in the hopes of trying to satisfy Republicans. And there’s still no deal.

….this appears to be Reid’s final offer – Dems have compromised even more when it comes cuts, and are expecting Republicans to drop the culture-war riders in exchange.

“The [$38 billion] number we’re not bending on,” Reid told reporters this morning. “We’re not bending on that and we’re not bending on women’s health.” The Senate leader added that “women’s health” is the “only thing left”.

If House Republicans are waiting for an even better deal, they’re not going to get it. Either the GOP wants to avoid a shutdown or it doesn’t. Here’s their chance to answer the question.

…Planned Parenthood is already prohibited from using public funds to terminate pregnancies, and has been for many years. We’re simply talking about women’s health, and whether congressional Republicans find women’s health so offensive, they’re willing to shut down the government to prevent its funding.

More here


There’s a great post at The Reid Report about this – here (Thank you Ladyhawke)


Steve Benen: Senate Jon Kyl was on the Senate floor this morning, talking about Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, some of his thoughts on the subject were, well, lies.

“Everybody goes to clinics, to doctors, to hospitals, so on,” Kyl said. “Some people go to Planned Parenthood. But you don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”

That’s not even close to being accurate. Kyl was just making stuff up:

“According to Planned Parenthood officials, more than 90 percent of the health care services provided by the organization is preventive in nature. Each year, it provides more than one million cervical cancer screenings, 830,000 breast exams, and nearly four million exams, treatments, and tests involving sexually transmitted diseases. The federal funding received by the organization goes strictly toward these basic needs and others, such as birth control and annual exams. In fact, just three percent of its work is related to abortion.”

….if it looks like Republicans shut down the government over women’s health, the GOP will be excoriated, and it would be a public relations disaster.

…Remember, this isn’t about abortion – the organization is already prohibited from using public funds to terminate pregnancies, and has been for many years. What we’re talking about here is Republicans shutting down the government to prohibit working-class and low-income women from accessing contraception, family planning services, pap smears, cancer screenings, and tests for sexually-transmitted diseases….

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25 Responses to ““we’re not bending on women’s health””

  1. 1 Me4obama
    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Amen Harry Reid, u stand up for women’s rights. Amen sir.

  2. 2 Tulips
    April 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    They are saying the president will not bend on plan parenthood. I am with him and the dems, let them shut it down for this. I don’t want it but we have to show the country what is important to the republican and its not the economy or the troops. Its not even the American ppl. Its only important to their constituents.

  3. 3 Me4obama
    April 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    That is my line in the sand no if or buts. That’s why I am an Obama democrat, take your small government out of my bedroom u nut jobs.

      • 5 Dorothy Rissman
        April 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

        I read Steve’s comments and his own complaints, but then, I made the mistake of reading comments. The ugly progessives are back in force with their screams that dems are skunks and cowards. “I will not vote for dems in 2012.” Cry, bleed, beat my chest! The dems have let us down. And what do we call these Mooks? Whiny Ass Titty Babies!

        • 6 Audrey
          April 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

          Those are not Dems Dorothy! Those are paid trolls who have invaded the internet pretending to be dissatisfied dems. They are all over the place and they are mostly republican trolls and quite a number of them are paid to disrupt, sow seeds of discontent and disillusionment and hate!

          • 7 Gloria Powell
            April 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm

            Yes. yes, Audrey! It’s gonna be a huge breakthrough when more of us recognize and and begin to treat these folks as the trolls they are!

  4. 8 Ladyhawke
    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm


    The Reid Report makes it plain:

    There’s probably nothing more dangerous to a democratic society than the combination of religious zealotry and corporate power. An empowered minority, driven by almost maniacal religiosity and directed by corporate influence and money, can do a lot of damage.

    Well, America has arrived at that moment, when our maniacal minority, also called the tea party movement, is at the brink of dismantling much of what this country has stood for, for nearly 100 years, and replacing it with religious dictats and corporate control over our everyday lives. Small government? Forget about it. This is as big as “big government” gets.
    We in America are accustomed to looking askance at other countries whose religious extremists exert an undue hold on government. In Israel, extremist settlers are literally stopping the peace process out of a fanatical zeal to possess all the land they’ve read about in the Torah. In Ireland, religious beefs brought the country to near civil war for generations, and spawned a Christian terrorist organization called the IRA. And we all know what’s happening in near Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) and the Middle East.
    We’re not so accustomed to religious extremism roiling politics in our own country.

    But it does, and it is.

    Welcome to tea party America.


  5. 9 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Harry Reid – 1
    John Boner – 0

  6. 10 ingrid
    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm



    Greetings from The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

  7. 12 Rita
    April 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Here’s another one Chip: http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/04/gop-to-shut-down-government-over-mythical-united-nations-financing-of-abortions/

    “Planned Parenthood is getting all the attention because Americans know what it is and use their services, but the Planned Parenthood rider isn’t the only plank in the right’s war on reproductive health services that’s holding up negotiations. Republicans, led by Chris Smith of New Jersey, also have a rider about the United Nations Population Fund, which they don’t like because it funds abortion even though it doesn’t fund abortion:…”

    Here’s the deficit reducing tea party for you…

  8. 13 lisa
    April 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Just heard that the issue isn’t Planned Parenthood specifically, it’s Title 10 which provides medical services for over 5 million women and girls. The Dems have compromised and given 3/4s of what the repugs wanted, but appearantly, 3/4s just isn’t good enough. Bastards.

  9. 14 Ladyhawke
    April 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    The women of the Democratic Party are fighting back. This video needs to go viral.


    • 15 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      I am so proud of these amazing women. I hope everybody gets to see this video. It is very moving. I hope this marks the tipping point and the implosion of the Republican Party. The extremist are on the wrong side of this issue. This video makes them look petty, heartless and cruel.

    • 16 m
      April 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      I’m not sure the link you posted worked just right. Here is another link to it:


      let’s see if that works!

      thanks ladyhawke!

      • 17 Ladyhawke
        April 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

        Thank you m, we must have been making our comments at the same time about that link not working. Anyway, your direct link is working fine. I am watching it again right now because it was just breathtaking to see these strong women fighting for women’s healthcare.

    • 18 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Just FYI – I wanted to watch the video again but when I clicked on the cspan link above the video did not show up. Just in case the name of the video is:

      Democratic Women Senators Brief Reporters on Negotiations

      I hope the link gets fixed soon. Senator Mikulski and Senator Murray called out the reporters for asking questions that distract from the real issue which is exactly what the Republican Party wants.

  10. April 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    What will be next? This is just crazy. This is exactly why people do not trust our legislators and our government.

  11. April 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    God forgive me but I hate Jon Kyl. I am so glad he will not run for re-election. He is a horrible man.

  12. 21 barb
    April 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I just ask one thing. Let this go national and hit every household to see what the GOP/tea party stands for. I am calling Boehner’s office.

  13. 22 Theo67
    April 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Imagine – we have to do this all over again for the 2011 fiscal year budget,and to raise the debt ceiling.

  14. 23 barb
    April 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I just called John Kyl’s office in DC and left a message regarding his statement and planned parenthood and that he actually wants a government shutdown. The male secretary had statistics that planned parenthood is lying and are performing abortions on rape and incest victims with some of the federal money. I asked where the documentation was. I also mentioned with a goverment shutdown that he (secretary) was going to be fuloughed and loose income. He said that yes, he had been notified that it is true. I said that shutting down the governemt over one issue is ridiculous and it prevents our military and familys, fed. employess hardships and I disagree with this tactic. I also said that Boehner is a poor leader and the Rep can sway him any way they wish and I blame them all for this drama. I ended with I hope that you don’t get furloughed. He was kind and polite and said thank you for the call. I bet he has gotten a lot of these phone calls because when I said “Are you writing all of this down”? He rattled off things I didn’t even say so he was very prepared for the phonecalls.

    It won’t help but at least I did try to voice my opinion.

    • 24 majii
      April 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      PP is permitted to refer patients for abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and/or if the woman’s health is in danger because the Hyde Amendment allows for federal dollars for abortion in these specific cases. Either the secretary didn’t know what he was talking about or had been ordered to lie. IMO, it’s both.

  15. 25 majii
    April 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Don Lemon at CNN called Kyl’s office about this, and now Kyl is saying that he didn’t mean what he said to be taken in a “factual” way. IOW, he lied on purpose.


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