This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: The Pence Amendment to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding — which Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) has been peddling for some time now like it’s the most important thing on the docket — has come around again, but hopefully was shut down for good by a moving speech delivered on the House floor by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).
Following a slew of graphic abortion experience descriptions from a man (GOP Rep. Chris Smith of NJ), Rep. Speier revealed that she was “one of those women [Rep. Smith] spoke about just now.”
“I lost the baby,” Speier went on to say. “And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous.”
(For the record, none of the taxpayer dollars Planned Parenthood receives through the Title X Family Planning program (fractions of a penny per taxpayer) go to fund abortions, and the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood account for less than 5% of all patient services rendered, according to the latest annual report.)
UPDATE: Despite Rep. Speier’s stirring words, the Republican-led House voted 240-185 to defund Planned Parenthood, and also blocked the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases while they were at it. FWIW, the Pence Amendment isn’t expected to pass the Senate.