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Shutdown Showdown Status Report : Planned Parenthood Still in the Cross Hairs

Shutdown Showdown Status Report : Planned Parenthood Still in the Cross Hairs

From reports and Congressional spin interviews late Thursday, it appears that the Shutdown Showdown is more about social issues than it is about money. Once again, the right of women to have access to decent health care and preserve the right to control their own bodies trumps all other questions. As of this writing, lawmakers left the White House Thursday night with no deal, and with policy riders about Planned Parenthood funding (ending it) dominating the confrontation.  On MSNBC Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) reported she could not vote for a deal that defunds an organization whose services will be used by “one in five American women in their lifetime.”

Here’s what POLITICO said Thursday night when the meetings ended:

“I am not yet prepared to express wild optimism,” said President Barack Obama, after meeting with top leaders again Thursday night, the third such Oval Office session in the space of less than 24 hours. White House and congressional staff were instructed to work again through the night and Obama made clear that he needed a final answer Friday morning as to whether a deal can be reached.

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In a joint statement Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledged to work “to resolve our remaining differences.” But Reid made no attempt to hide his pessimism: “We never get to the finish line” he told colleagues later. And the changed mood left Boehner suddenly a target for Senate Democrats, who had warmly praised him just days ago.

Earlier in the day, many women took part in demonstrations in Washington, reported by those present in tweets tinged with rage.

“Media continues 2 misleadingly frame bdgt stalem8 as about “abortion.” IT IS NOT. it is abt essential womn’s health services. #rally4health
4 those who blame both parties 4 stalemate, read ths list of 3GOP riders; get back 2 me:http://bit.ly/dQlojq #p2
Do facts matter? If so, pls respect them. @NPR @NYTimes@Dailykos @washingtonpost Do not report that riders R abt abortion when they R not.

The parties are supposed to be working all night and the President has announced that he wants a solution by Friday morning.  Watch this space.

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4:53AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Being parents isn't easy

7:22PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Thanks

5:10PM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

WE will do that Tom, as soon as you and most men keep their dicks in their pants.

9:57AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

Our most pressing need in today's world is population growth control and coversion to a now growth economic model not the dogama of relifious ignorance from a time before the availability of birth control, before knowledge of the germ theory of disease as a moderately effective way to mitigate communicable disease and a freedom of religion and from religon rather than dominance by one distinct dogma to be forced on everyone whether they like it or not.
Plus the one inconvenient truth that all women risk their lives in pregnancy and child birth and should have a right to use their minds to help decide how to relate with their bodies rather than someone else making up their minds for them.

7:15AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

There has to be a balance between the left & right for the nation to function & be successful ad in the past. But the right is no longer conservative but ultra-conservative & under the thumb of religious zealots.One cannot be optimistic when seeing the results of a poll which indicates that 46% of Mississippi Republicans are opposed to the past legalizing of interracial marriage. In 2011, no less. How absolutely appalling.

2:48PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Given the number of Planned Parenthood supporters evident here, there's no need for this organization to be in the public trough. Just pass the hat around, meet its funding requirements, and keep PP out of any federal or state budget!

12:17PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Women and children have a right to and deserve the best health care that our society can provide regardless of who pays for it. Planned Parenthood is one of the most effective and efficient health service providers for this population. Early detection of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and problem pregnancy save millions of lives - not to mention health care dollars. Partisan voting is no longer a valid excuse for decisions that create hardship for half the population. Legislators are elected to represent the people and must always keep the interests of the poorest and most vulnerable as the highest priority.

5:32AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

We have to change the way Congress conducts our business. One bill at a time, not adding riders and playing games, ok, if you vote for my rider, I will vote for yours. It is a waste of time, if they voted on 1 thing and then were not allowed to bring it up again until a certain amount of time has passed, we would have a budget already.

9:43PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

The bottom line is this. If not for the bush tax cuts and pandering to the ultra rich with government and state perks, we could take care of our troops as a country and all of our responsibilities home and abroad and make sure all americans had a right to the american dream and a good quality of life. All this other sub coversation without this factor, I am not listening to it. We want to claim greatness but don't want to be great. This budget mess is another way to change the subject about the fine mess G.Bush and his group left America in. We keep going further and further down this rabbit hole of lies. This budget cutting will only lead to a depression. If you want a depression play this cutting game. Cause the repubs never admit to any wrong doings it's always our fault or the democrats fault. I can only shake my head in disgust with the so called christian right who hoodwink people out of their pockets to pay people like bachman to do their bidding. If you can't see that america is under seige what does it take?

9:42PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

The bottom line is this. If not for the bush tax cuts and pandering to the ultra rich with government and state perks, we could take care of our troops as a country and all of our responsibilities home and abroad and make sure all americans had a right to the american dream and a good quality of life. All this other sub coversation without this factor, I am not listening to it. We want to claim greatness but don't want to be great. This budget mess is another way to change the subject about the fine mess G.Bush and his group left America in. We keep going further and further down this rabbit hole of lies. This budget cutting will only lead to a depression. If you want a depression play this cutting game. Cause the repubs never admit to any wrong doings it's always our fault or the democrats fault. I can only shake my head in disgust with the so called christian right who hoodwink people out of their pockets to pay people like bachman to do their bidding. If you can't see that america is under seige what does it take?

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