Feb. 28th, 2011

salienne: (Fringe Olivia what is this)
So as many of you may or may not know, the House of Representatives recently passed the Pence amendment, which would cut federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Due to the Hyde Amendment, these funds cannot go towards abortions. Instead, they go towards such services as STD testing, pregnancy testing and cancer screenings. In other words, it would cut off basic health services for over a million impoverished patients, especially women.

I, naturally, told my representative this was not okay.

Here is the response that I get:

"Thank you for letting me know of your opposition to any attempt to restrict federal funding for Planned Parenthood in fiscal year 2011.

As you may know, on February 19th, the House approved H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, by a vote of 235-189. Attached to this spending measure is an amendment that would deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood for the remainder of this fiscal year. Despite what you may have heard or read, this amendment does not cut any funding for health services, and it does not prevent other organizations from receiving any health services funds as provided for in the Continuing Resolution. (What does he think the funds go to--wild gay orgies, followed by abortions for the lulz?)

While I appreciate knowing of your thoughts in this regard, I voted for this amendment because according to Planned Parenthood's recently released 2008-2009 annual report they received a staggering $363.2 million in government grants and contracts, a $13.6 million increase from the previous year. A fact sheet released in September of 2010 also revealed that for this same time period, Planned Parenthood performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions. (Correlation=causation, apparently. Whoooooooooooo) Planned Parenthood continues to receive more government funding each and every year while they simultaneously perform an increasing number of abortions. It is my belief that subsidizing abortion providers under the umbrella of family planning – other than in special cases such as the life of the mother – must no longer be accepted. (THE HYDE AMENDMENT, YOU PIECE OF LYING SHIT. YOU DON'T EVEN MENTION IT.)

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Although we may not agree on this issue, I am confident that there are many issues on which we do agree and it is my hope that you will continue to keep me apprised of your interest in legislative matters important to you.

With best wishes and personal regards, I am Bill Young, a rampaging douchecanoe."

Does he think I have the IQ of a doorknob? Seriously? Not only are abortions medical procedures, so even if I did believe his whole "we're funding abortions!" spiel he'd be wrong, but does he honestly expect me to believe these federal funds are just being given willy-nilly? If they don't go towards medical procedures, what do they go towards?

smh i can't even

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