Six Days Until GOP Shuts Down The Government Again, Republicans Ignore Consequences For Real Americans

Despite promise after promise from Republicans in Congress that there would be no more shutdowns and they would stop governing crisis by crisis, we are less than one week away from another irresponsible Republican government shutdown. In their willingness to shut down the government over a partisan ultimatum to defund Planned Parenthood, the GOP is not only playing politics with women’s health, but with the millions Americans who would face the real consequences of a shutdown.

With just six days left for Republicans to avoid a shutdown, check out the coverage of how another GOP shutdown would harm the economy, endanger jobs, and result in damaging consequences for small businesses, seniors, students,  homeowners, and children:

Washington Post: Shuttering the government actually costs more than keeping it open — more than $2 billion last time 

“Lost work, back pay and wiped-out jobs for federal contractors and other private-sector workers loom as just some of the […]

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Group Attacking Planned Parenthood Feeling The Heat?

The head of the group attacking Planned Parenthood, Center for Medical Progress, is doing everything possible on CNN this morning to deny his deep associations with anti-choice extremists and militants — ties that are clear as day on paper.

CMP’s highly edited and misleading undercover videos are part of a coordinated strike that Congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidates like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are fueling to try and defund women’s health care. Last night was the latest sign that Republicans are fracturing their coalition using an anti-choice extremist group to decide whether to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding.

The facts on CMP’s extremist and militant connections:

CMP Board Member Troy Newman Is An Anti-Choice Extremist

Troy Newman Was A Board Member Of The Center For Medical Progress. According to Christian Newswire, “Operation Rescue President Troy Newman serves on the Board of Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress. During this investigation, […]

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You’re only as good as the company you keep…

House and Senate Republicans are excited to be able to attack a woman’s right to choose and birth control again now that they think they got that whole pesky “legitimate rape” thing out of the way.

But as the ghost of Todd Akin still roams the hill they are aligning themselves with a whole new group of extremists – including those who condone violence against doctors and clinics – that are also supporting the political hit job on Planned Parenthood.

As Congress continues down this extreme anti-choice path they are likely to be looking back at the further damage they have done to their standing with women and wish they had found a way to shut this whole thing down.

Politico — Republicans have sought to use the videos to revive the debate over abortion, which has been largely dormant since former Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments derailed his 2012 bid for […]

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New Research Shows Anti-Choice Group’s Extremist Ties and Potentially Illegal Activity

In light of today’s newly-released video from the extremist Center for Medical Progress attacking Planned Parenthood, here’s what new research reveals about the group with a history of subversive activities: They have ties to anti-choice extremism — including to groups that supported health worker harassment and that were sympathetic to a doctor’s killer — and allegedly performed other illegal activity.

The Center For Medical Progress — as innocently-named, as it is maliciously motivated — is, as The Huffington Post reported:

“[N]othing more than a front organization for the anti-abortion group Live Action. That is not how the IRS understood it when considering the group’s application for tax-exempt status, and not how the group originally presented itself to the public in soliciting donations.” 

That’s right: Center for Medical Progress seemingly misrepresented itself to the IRS as a biomedicine charity, whereas it is nothing more than a bona fide, anti-choice hit squad that, as The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett put it, “appears […]

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Things Rep. Chris Smith Wants To Investigate: Birth Control

As Rep. Chris Smith uses a deceptively edited and misleading video to call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood, his charade is the latest in his history of calling for absurd investigations. Smith once called for an investigation into birth control pills.

Smith and other Republicans refuse to acknowledge medical study after medical study that show their claims about contraceptives are unfounded. It hasn’t stopped the GOP — including Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker — from lining up to attack Planned Parenthood for political expediency.

Background:

1998: Congressman Chris Smith Called For Using Resources At Congress’s Disposal To Come To A Conclusion How Birth Control “Chemicals” And The IUD Work, Out Of Concern They Might Cause Abortions. In a debate over the coverage of abortion and contraception in health care for federal employees, Chris Smith said, “Let me make it very clear there has to be a determination made, and maybe it is about […]

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Americans For Prosperity: “Doctor Questions”

A new ad from Americans for Prosperity stars a pediatrician who says that “Obamacare has me worried” about her ability to give patients the attention they need and the future of her practice. However, while the conservative group identifies Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher as a “Family Doctor and Pediatrician,” the ad does not mention that she also has a history of attaching herself to Republican campaigns in Virginia, including Ken Cuccinelli’s bid for governor.

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Women Speak Out PAC: “Barack Obama: Abortion Radical”

An ad from a Susan B. Anthony List super PAC calls President Obama an “abortion radical” because of his votes on several “Born Alive” bills in the Illinois Senate, his opposition to a law to criminalize adults helping minors circumvent parental notification laws as a U.S. senator, and his support for the Affordable Care Act. The ad’s most egregious falsehood is the suggestion that the health care law expanded “tax-subsidized abortions” and pays for sex-selective abortions, even though there is no federal funding for abortions in the law. Bills addressing sex-selective abortions, much like the Illinois iterations of the “Born Alive” measures, are attempts by anti-abortion activists to increase restrictions on legal abortions, while parental notification laws endanger minors in abusive or troubled homes.

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It’s Not Just Abortion: The Far-Reaching Conservative War On Women’s Health

Summary

Attempts to restrict women’s access to legal and safe abortion is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the conservative assault on women’s health care. Conservatives, particularly the increasingly right-wing House Republicans who rode into the majority on a Tea Party wave, have also sought to undermine and defund a variety of what ought to be non-divisive women’s health care services. Over the last year or so, conservatives have ramped up the war on women’s health care, including access to contraceptives, preventive services like cancer screenings, and programs that promote maternal and childhood health.

Title X: Birth Control And Cancer Screenings

House GOP Repeatedly Tried To Zero Out Title X Funding

In The 2011 Spending Bill, House Republicans Tried To Completely Eliminate A Program That Provides Family Planning And Cancer Screenings For Low-Income Women. From the National Women’s Law Center: “The bill to fund – and de-fund – the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, H.R. 1, passed the House on February 19, 2011, on a party-line vote (all but three Republicans voting voted for the bill; all Democrats voting voted against it). […] H.R. 1 eliminates funding for the Title X program, which for more than 40 years has provided family planning services, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and other preventive health care to low-income women in need. Title X-funded health centers serve more than five million low-income women and men each year, and six in 10 women who obtain health care from a family planning center consider it to be their primary source of health care.” [National Women’s Law Center, 2/23/11]

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Contraceptive Coverage: No Bitter Pill For Most Americans

The arguments in favor of the new Health and Human Services (HHS) rule requiring employers to provide health plans that cover contraceptives with no cost-sharing are overwhelming. Yet, as is often the case in matters concerning women’s health and reproductive rights, what ought to be an issue of effective and practical modern public health policy has been reframed by the right as a threat to religious liberty. Despite an exception to the HHS rule allowing religiously affiliated employers to avoid paying premiums that support contraceptives by shifting the responsibility onto insurers, conservatives remain outraged. But the outside groups and politicians who persist in protesting over the issue are at odds with the American public.

The Origins Of The Uproar Over Contraceptive Coverage

The Affordable Care Act Requires New Insurance Plans To Cover Preventive Services For Free. From The New York Times: “Starting this year, insurers will be required under the Affordable Care Act to completely cover such services as annual physicals, childhood vaccinations and dozens of screening tests for everything from high blood pressure to abdominal aortic aneurysms.” [The New York Times, 9/19/11]

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