The president took on the threat of a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding in a speech on Wednesday. takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com|By Andrew Rosenthal

Andrew Rosenthal: “Using some deceptive videotapes from an anti-abortion group as a pretext, Republicans have been claiming that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal tissue obtained from abortion procedures. It’s not true, but that hasn’t stopped the right wing. Its real objection to Planned Parenthood is that it provides family planning – in other words birth control – to women all over America, but saying so directly would be a tactical mistake. (By the way, Planned Parenthood is already barred from spending a dime of federal money on abortions.)

Today, speaking to the Business Roundtable, President Obama pointed out that “it’s not good sense to hold an $18 trillion global economy” hostage to an ideological antipathy toward “a women’s health care provider that receives 20 cents out of every thousand dollars in the federal budget.” ”

The president took on the threat of a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding in a speech on Wednesday.
takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com|By Andrew Rosenthal
David Lindsay The behavior of the Republicans is disturbing. How is it that there is no center in the Republican Party wiling to defend Planned Parenthood against false and trumped up charges. Is this because of big money, or that the primary base is now dominated by people with the values of the Ku Klux Klan?

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