Sunday, October 11, 2015

Planned Parenthood And The Will Of The People

Some congressional Republicans remain determined to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds Americans back government support for the group by more than 2-1.

Two-thirds of those surveyed, 65%, say funding should continue for the group, which provides contraception, cancer screening and other health services to women; 29% say it should be cut off.

"Basically, we're defunding women's health care," protests Erika Raney, 32, a business consultant from Los Angeles who was among those surveyed. "It furthers the issue that women still don't have equal rights in the U.S."

Passions run high on both sides of the issue. Ronald Joseph, 78, a retiree from Elmira, N.Y., objects to the abortion services Planned Parenthood provides, although the $500 million it receives in federal funding isn't used for that purpose. "They're butchers," he said in a follow-up interview. "They might as well put sawdust on the floor."
I didn't realize that sawdust was necessary to provide contraception, cancer screening and other health services to women.

I do not understand the Republican Party. Why do they pander to the minority of the American people? I thought we were a democracy.

It seems to me that one of the things this poll says is that most Americans think that the services Planned Parenthood provides are legal and moral. Why are the Republicans saying otherwise?

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