White House Threatens To Veto Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood; Huckabee Threatens To Send In Troops To Prevent Abortions

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There were two threats related to abortion in the news today. While Hillary Clinton looks willing to throw Planned Parenthood under the bus for political gain, the White House is showing why I backed Obama over Clinton in 2008. From The Hill:

The White House on Friday threatened a veto on any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.

A budget measure that strips funding from the organization “is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto,” press secretary Josh Earnest said.

“We have routinely opposed the inclusion of ideologically driven riders” in budget bills, Earnest added.

The White House spokesman questioned the authenticity of the recordings and pointed to criticism they have received from media organizations.

“I haven’t seen the videos, but those who have taken a close look at them have raised some significant concerns about their authenticity and whether or not they actually convey the view of those particular officials or even the broader institution,” Earnest said.

On Thursday, Earnest said the “fraudulent way” the videos were released means there is “not a lot of evidence” that Planned Parenthood violated any laws.

Abortion opponents claim that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue obtained during abortions, which is illegal. Their illegally obtained tapes actually show negotiations over nominal fees for preservation and transportation of the tissue for biomedical research, which is totally different from selling the tissue, and which is legal. Fees for transportation of medical specimens is customary, such as when Medicare or private insurance companies pay me to place cervical cells in preservatives and transport the specimen after doing a pap smear on a patient.

An article at Slate describes the importance of using fetal cells in medical research. This is the real pro-life position.

An investigation of Planned Parenthood ordered by Republican Governor Mike Pence in Indiana cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing after the videos were released.

Mike Huckabee has taken opposition to abortion to a new level, threatening to not only disregard the Supreme Court, but possibly send in troops:

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee indicated Thursday that if elected, he wouldn’t rule out employing federal troops or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop abortion from taking place in the United States.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against bans on abortion, Huckabee said past presidents have defied Supreme Court rulings.

Jesse Choper, professor emeritus of public law at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, said in a phone interview Friday that Huckabee’s statement was “way off-base,” adding, “it does rival Donald Trump.”

“I think he’d better more carefully examine what he’s saying, because it is totally unprecedented,” Choper said Friday.


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    Philo Vaihinger says:

    Why do these places require subsidization?

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    Ron Chusid says:


    Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of services for the poor, including routine contraceptives; emergency contraception; screening for breast, cervical and testicular cancers; pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; comprehensive sexuality education, menopause treatments; vasectomies, and tubal ligation, besides abortions. They get about one-third of its funding from the government, with this money legally be required to be used for these other services besides abortions. Anti-abortion groups either oppose some of these other services such as contraception, or are willing to see the other services be eliminated in order to prevent them from existing at all as they perform abortions. Some anti-abortion groups have even attempted to boycott the organizations which provide private donations.

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    Philo Vaihinger says:

    A point few on the left will admit except when recommending legalization of infanticide is that late term fetuses are just babies in a dangerous place.

    Early term fetuses, in contrast, are mere masses of human cells not shaped up into a remotely recognizable individual human being.

    As Judith Jarvis Thompson so famously wrote decades ago, "an acorn is not an oak tree."

    But a sapling actually is, small and immature and weak though it be.

    Allowing murder of any class of humans for selfish reasons or, worse yet, at will, is a little too scary for me, and so I would prefer late term abortions be disallowed except in those cases where the usual arguments for euthanasia fairly apply.

    So I would prefer that late term abortions for the usual reasons or at will not even be allowed, much less that they become profitable, less costly, or more entrenched thanks to uses of killed babies that would make even Jonathan Swift sick.

    And so I wonder where the tissues to be used for research that this flap is about actually come from.

    And I fear the worst, that they are "harvested" from killed late term fetuses that are undeniably murdered innocent human babies, killed for wholly frightful reasons.

    George Will

    Even apart from that it is in place to ask, since lawful "reproductive services" really are not health care services, why the government should be financing their provision, or requiring that employer insurance plans cover any or all such things, assuming all the while that government should be providing, or requiring employers or others to provide, health insurance for people at large.

    Some of what PP does counts as real health care, I gather.

    But much, maybe most, comes under the heading of "reproductive services," no?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I don’t know anyone on the left who actually supports infanticide. Abortion of late term fetuses is rare–the actual number and reasons varying dependent upon what is meant by late term. Late term abortion is generally performed due to dangers to the mother. Dependent upon when the line is drawn, a major cause of abortions being done later than they might have been is due to restrictions created by conservatives which make it more difficult to obtain abortions earlier.

    Conservatives try to distort the science, labeling abortions at points before even the cerebral cortex is formed as late term with false claims that the fetus can feel pain, when this is biologically impossible.

    Planned Parenthood provides valuable services both with regards to reproductive services and related services such as cancer screening. Reproductive services most certainly are classified under health care. Of course it is a philosophical difference between conservatives and liberals as to whether the government should contribute towards the funding of such services for those who cannot pay.

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